David Noonan: I Can't Believe I'm Still Vegan
There is a delightful article in Newsweek, by David Noonan, titled, "I Can't Believe I'm Still a Vegan." (Periscope, Pg 16.)
Noonan opens with:
"More than halfway through my sixth decade, I have learned to live with the routine insults and occasional horrors of passing time--the daily aches and pains, the eroding senses (say again?), the too-frequent diagnosis of cancer and other life-threatening illnesses among my peers. I accept these blows, big and small, as the price to be paid for the joys I've known and whatever wisdom I've been able to acquire over the years. I accept them because, well, I really don't have a choice. There is one thing, however I will not abide: getting fat.
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"It would be simple enough to let it all go. As millions of middle-aged Americans have discovered, it's a hell of a lot easier to grow a belly than to not grow one. But I don't want to be one of those guys in the XXL golf shirts who look like they are about to give birth to a basketball. And I don't want to increase my risk of diabetes, heart disease and other health problems associated with obesity. Which is why, in early January, as my holiday food intake helped push my weight past the 210 mark for the first time (I'm six feet tall) I became a vegan...."
I won't share more because magazines keep close tabs on how many clicks an article gets, so please give this link a click and give the article a read -- and even better, forward it to all of your friends:
What a great opportunity it presents for letters to the editor about the benefits of a vegan diet. Noonan has covered health. Readers enjoying plant based diets can corroborate his experience, and we can expand the discussion to the livestock industry with regard to the cruelty of factory farming (see www.factoryfarming.com for information and shocking photos) and the devastation of the environment.
Newsweek takes letters at firstname.lastname@example.org
Always include your full name, address, and daytime phone number when sending a letter to the editor. Remember that shorter letters are more likely to be published. And please be sure not to use any comments or phrases from me or from any other alerts in your letters. Editors are looking for original responses from their readers.
Yours and the animals',