On today’s show we are again honored to have superstar Marla Rose from veganstreet.com for part two. Whether you are a vegan, are aspiring to become one, have a tiny bit of curiosity, or have absolutely no desire, this episode is a VERY important one that could actually be life changing! You should definitely give it a listen! Marla answers many of your questions!
Dr. Dave Madow asks special guest Marla: “I noticed you are coming up on your 20th anniversary of being a vegan Marla. What are some of the differences or what have you experienced over the past 2 decades?”
Marla answered: We struggled with getting vegan options even at the local coffeehouse like having soy milk. Now, living in a big city like Chicago definitely made it easier overall than many other places people live. It was a struggle to find places to eat out or even get what you need to cook at home. It is so much easier today and so much more accepted. We are creating change now and more people are open to it and we have more access points and resources at our disposal with the internet to make this happen faster and better than ever.
QUESTION FROM LISTENER MISTY: “What changes happen physically once becoming vegan?”
ANSWER: Marla was vegetarian at age 15 and vegan at age 26, so she did not experience huge physical changes and transformation. Many people see amazing transformations. However, Marla did have really bad psoriasis as a teen. Once she went vegan it went away and never went back. She suspects it was the dairy in her diet as many other people have experienced.
QUESTION FROM CALLER JILL: “How do I convince 3 teenagers to adapt to a vegan diet?”
ANSWER: Marla would treat a teen like any reasonable adult. She would start with educating them why you think it is a good idea. Dr. Dave recommended maybe having kids connect with the animal side of the picture. There is a strong movie called “Earthlings”. Now neither Marla or Dr. Dave have seen it and it is very disturbing and not for the faint of heart. But maybe the teens would want to see it. See where they are on the issue and what are their thoughts. Listen to your teens. Dr. Dave says bring your kids to Marla’s VeganMania in Chicago in the fall – details here: http://chicagoveganmania.com/.
QUESTION FROM CYNTHIA: “I have been vegetarian for 10 years and eat dairy and eggs. Isn’t that enough?”
ANSWER: Marla says that the drive for her veganism vs. vegetarianism is ethics of eating animals and animal products. Eggs and dairy do contribute to a variety of health concerns. You are also ingesting whatever hormones and antibiotics are fed to the animals that produce the milk and eggs. Also, do chickens and cows kept in humane conditions and are treated as disposable commodities. Marla shares some strong information about how these animals are treated and what drives her to be vegan.
QUESTION FROM DR. RICK: “What is the best way to discuss what people will be gaining being vegan?”
ANSWER: You get all the fruits, all the vegetables, all the grains in wonderful abundance. You also get it completely guilt-free of any harm to animals! Actually many people who are vegans are exposed to far many more vegetables than meat eaters. You will try fruits and vegetables you have never heard of and/or never knew even existed!
QUESTION FROM DR. LAURIE: “I was vegan for short periods of time before like for a month and I ended up very week and tired.”
ANSWER: Marla says that when you initially cut out all the meats and dairy your body needs to adapt and will be detoxing all those chemicals and hormones. Also, many new vegans and old vegans rely heavily on grains, breads, and carbs right away which can slow you down. It is recommended to give it a good 90 day try and see how she feels at the end of 90 days. Also, maybe find a vegan support group that will support you, provide information, and answer your questions as you go along. Also, make a concentrated effort to get your daily required protein in your diet. You will not be able to function efficiently without proper levels of protein.
QUESTION FROM MANY LISTENERS: “Just where do you get your protein in a vegan diet???”
ANSWER: Listen to the laughter of Marla and Dr. Dave talking about the non-vegans needing fiber in their diets! There are entire rows and aisles at stores devoted to fiber and fiber issues! Nuts, seeds, quinoa, green peas, nuts, nut butters, beans, chickpeas, tempeh, tofu, hemp seeds, chia seeds, and so much more! Here is a great article about great sources of vegan protein: http://www.vrg.org/nutrition/protein.php.
CLOSING WITH MARLA
“Plug into your heart and what you know is right for you, future generations, and the planet.” says Marla.
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