I am, first and foremost, a Raw Foodist. For myself, this was mostly done for health reasons. For many folks that’s a good enough reason to not eat meat. I knew that the “Standard American Diet” made people sick so I wanted to avoid animal products. I also wanted to avoid all the diseases associated with eating animal products — cancer, diabetes, osteoporosis, heart disease and many more.
First, I spent a lot of time learning all I could about health and nutrition to make the best possible choices. I even studied nutrition at U.C. Berkeley to better understand my choices! I came to realize that cooking actually creates most of the toxins that cause disease. So I chose to become a vegetarian and raw foodist.
Becoming a vegan was, however, a choice made almost entirely for ethical reasons! Vegans generally don’t even care much about the health impact of their lifestyle choices. But they are very passionate about how their choices affect the other living beings we share our planet with — cows, chickens, turkeys, pigs, fish, horses, cats, dogs and many more. All living beings on our planet are endangered by humans who have no regard for the well-being of all living things on Spaceship Earth.
I started out becoming a vegetarian for health reasons. As I learned more about nutrition I became a raw foodist. As I became more conscious after decades of taking better care of my body, I began to recognize the socio-political impact of my dietary choices and became a vegan. So now I consider myself a raw food vegan!