A Real-life “Vegan Fierce” Testimonial Showing Vegan Health Benefits & Love for Animals!

A Real-life “Vegan Fierce” Testimonial Showing Vegan Health Benefits & Love for Animals!

Peggy Japhet Warren

Peggy Japhet Warren’s testimonial highlights how easy it is to go vegan and that we don’t give up anything to be happy and healthy.  Her personal story shows that dairy contributed to her health issues, which were cured completely by giving up dairy and specifically, milk.  Please read her amazing story “From Feeling Sick to Fierce – A Vegan’s Journey” if you would like to be inspired! 🙂

From Feeling Sick to Fierce – A Vegan’s Journey

By Peggy Japhet Warren

Discovering that I was allergic to dairy was one of the best things that ever happened to me. For more than two decades doctors said I had fibromyalgia, but didn’t know why or have any suggestions on how to manage it except give me massive amounts of pain medication.  Then one day I learned about problems that can be caused by gluten intolerance, so I decided to eliminate it from my diet and see what happened. The improvement after only five days was astounding. The intense body pain, digestive upsets, headaches, insomnia and constant throat irritation mysteriously vanished. But my success was short lived as I continued to have flare ups for no apparent reason. It took me another six months to track down the true culprit. The poison that had sickened me for years was actually cow’s milk. My full length article describing milk allergies can be found here:  http://magazine.collective-evolution.com/view/docs/CE_Mag_Nov_2013.pdf

Once I ditched dairy I learned that many substitutes I tried were not only edible, they actually tasted wonderful, and soon I wouldn’t touch anything containing cow’s milk. It seemed like a miracle that eliminating this one single food could make such an enormous difference in my life.  But how did this lead to me becoming a vegan?  As I was researching food intolerance and the problems that people have relating to it, I began to become much more receptive to the idea of “we are what we eat.”  For environmental reasons, I already ate very limited amounts of meat, but still loved eggs and ate them almost daily.

Then one day a very long time friend announced to me that both she and her husband had gone vegan overnight after watching the documentary “Vegucated.”  I was blown away.  As I continued to investigate our food system, the animal abuse related to factory farms became obvious. I did not want to support animals being treated that way and began to seek out “humane certified,” “cage-free” and “free-range” options. My friend urged me to reconsider my food options and continue to research. I read books, analyzed documentaries, watched horrible videos and looked at photos on the internet. I wanted to go vegan, after all I was the girl who cared for spiders, was kind to snakes and saved worms when it rained.  But I was terrified that I would not be able to get my protein. After spending so many years feeling dreadful then re-discovering my life, I was afraid.  I didn’t eat gluten, and soy disagreed with me.  What would I eat if I completely gave up meat, and my favorite, eggs?  How would I handle the weekly ritual of going to breakfast with my meat, egg and cheese loving husband if there was nothing for me to eat away from home? What about when the boss took us all to lunch?

Then my vegan friend told me about a plant based protein drink she found. It tasted wonderful, so I ordered a two month supply.  The day it came was the day I went vegan and I’ve never looked back.  Every day I make myself the most delicious super smoothie packed with fruits, veggies, vitamins and protein – it is my biggest meal of the day.  When I go to breakfast I take my own organic raisins, almond milk and cinnamon and have a delicious bowl of oatmeal or eat veggie hash. Lunch out with the gang means a big green salad with lots of veggies. I’m not shy now when I go to a restaurant – if I don’t see it on the menu then I ask them to assemble something for me that I can eat. Sometimes I’m stuck with a bowl of lettuce or a plate of sliced tomatoes and avocado. But you know what?  I feel like a million bucks.My spirit and my body feel healthier than they have in years. Not only do I not miss eating meat, eggs and dairy but I’m constantly discovering new and delicious foods that taste better than any food I’ve ever eaten in my life.

If someone would have told me five years ago that I would be an activist vegan today I would have laughed in their face and thought them mentally unbalanced, probably even radical. But today I can’t imagine any other way to live. If you truly want to live a vegan lifestyle, be brave. It can be done and done very well. The trick is to plunge in, believe that you will thrive and you will. Educate yourself about nutrition and seek out a rainbow of healthy choices that are out there just waiting to be discovered.  Options you’d never thought about before soon become every day staples on the menu. It really is prettyeasy once you make the decision. If we can eat wonderful, cruelty-free food that is super healthy and is easier on the environment, why wouldn’t we?  So if you are thinking about going vegan, but continue to feel hesitant, just go for it – you won’t regret it.

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About the author

I began this website as a way to showcase that going vegan is easy, cost-effective, delicious, and most importantly, fun. No animal has to suffer or die for a meal. Since the age of four, I have not eaten meat. I learned at a young age that the family puppy shared the same types of emotions as wild animals and farm animals. I never thought that it was okay to exploit them. Twelve years ago, I gave up cheese, not knowing the suffering through which cows had gone. I am dedicated to the vegan lifestyle, animal advocacy, and in furthering the social justice movements for all people, animals, and the planet. I am pleased to announce that since this blog began in 2014, there are many more vegan businesses from restaurants, a fully vegan shopping center, a school that only serves vegan food, and a vegan medical center. Although I have no affiliation with them, I feel that it is noteworthy to say that the movement is growing, and I hope to see the property status of animals one day change to acknowledge them as "persons," not things.

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  1. Hazel

    What is someone like me supposed to do, who is allergic and intolerant to all plant nased proteins? If I go without red meat even 1 day I get fainty and convulsive.

    1. Post author

      Thank you for your question/comment.

      Never believe what a non-qualified person tells you over the Internet about YOUR health conditions. No one can possibly know the answers.

      I will answer only from my opinions and experiences. I am not qualified to give medical advice to anyone ever. You, and you alone, are responsible for the decisions that you make, especially when it comes to health.

      There are many vegan, plant-based alternatives to red meat that do not contain chemicals, artificial ingredients, and sometimes, possibly even adulterated meats where you don’t even get to know the animal from which it came such as being from horses or donkeys.

      Personally, I have not eaten meat since the age of four. I lack nothing and am doing pretty well. Most people in the world are actually vegetarians who get by just fine without meat. In the West, meat is still prevalent in society. However, more and more people are moving towards the vegan lifestyle that is abundant with fruits, vegetables, whole grains, nuts and seeds, lentils, beans, tofu, and so much more.

      As a result of eating animal products, we see a shift towards rising cholesterol levels, which can lead to heart disease, obesity, high blood pressure, and lots more.

      Aside from veganism being an ethical lifestyle, and one that does wonders for the environment in comparison to consuming animal products, the health benefits are numerous.

      Regarding your specific health concerns, our communications are over the Internet, and I am in no place to advise anyone from a medical or nutritional perspective for that reason as well as the fact that I hold no credentials. You can move towards a vegan lifestyle for any of the reasons I mentioned such as people, animals, or the planet, but your specific fainting issues are something a doctor, a nutritionist, or other healthcare provider may be able to answer as your condition could be related to anything and might not even be what you consume in and of itself. They may even say you should supplement with B12, protein, etc. I consume milk proteins from soy, rice, almond, hemp, and so many more. I also love eating tofu, broccoli, spinach, kale, beans, etc! You also get protein from anything that you eat. Some people just do not eat enough.

      Thanks again for your question/comment. I hope this helps at least a little bit.

      Disclaimer: None of my comments take the place of a qualified healthcare professional. You are responsible for your decisions.

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