This is the second out of three part feature. Read the first part here.
Previously, I may have sounded somewhat harsh as I transparently dispel all there is of “moral” virtuosity within Veganism.
I concluded that Morality as an idealism amongst Vegetarian or plant based way of living – is interpretively fixated in one direction. Such that “Morality” towards “pro-life”; despite I myself admittedly drawn and convinced – such pursuit ironically dismisses the nuanced yet sensitive-connectivities behind “Reality” itself. I remind that all realms of “consumption” indeed reconciles this “connectedness” as such to that of a process – inseparably known as Death and remanifestation; hence both compartmentalising the very word “Predator”. That is – something has predated towards the manifestation of something else.
I thus encouraged that “Morality” and “Reality” despite attached onto one same coin (“The Earth”) cannot be easily nor binarily constricted towards handful of “good” vs “bad” observational sentimentalities. The more Moral emotions submitted, the greater accumulutive ignorance we egoistically rely on “willpower” to ignore the side effects. Eg. Micro nutrient imbalances, over-nutrient bias, acidity / alkalinity proliferation, compromised immunity, auto-immunity responses, digestion impairments, so on and so forth.
I concluded at the end – almost all cellular being/s both breathing and/or plants exerts defensive mechanism as such – that they neither receive nor identify “pleasure” – if in a state of being consumed, or being “eaten” by the consumer or “predator”. From Trypsin / Thryoid Inhibitors to Lectins; to name a few.
Despite all the above – this time, I’ve decided to be fair. For a change. For that there is some hope amongst the believers and followers of Veganism.
Here I present two (2) possible merits which are not so often shared or discussed laterally in today’s Pedestrian tabloids.
They understand Economics.
The first out of two significant praises I have towards Veganism is perhaps the most relateable. They truly understand Economics from the most pragmatic of all senses.
I remain at times convinced, in and out – believing that Resource Based Economy would largely revolves around Veganism. The exponential evolution of Technology after all cannot be stopped; coincidentally easing Human burdens from excess labour towards Agriculture and food production. Instead we will have 3D food printing, Artificial Intelligences, vertical farming all the way to livestock cloning or lab-grown proteins.
“Boredom” within any nutritional interventions will inevitably accumulate as is also – a concern towards over-biasing within one whollistic group of nutrients. Hence I welcome palatable diversity; out of cyclical contexts – in that all realms of Nutrition must pragmatically offer variety – despite “frugality” as emphasized within the title of my very own book. I have thus on occasions praised Pea Proteins Isolates repeatedly throughout my book, including a potential dessert recipe, and a meat loaf substitute recipe.
Quantitatively, once again, Veganism truly recognises the importance of this in first and last word. My $25-$27 weekly budgets (with $35-$40 every 3 week replenishment purchasing) would not have been possible without eating my year-expired TVP. I am absolutely sold. Truly, by the much lesser accessibility cost/s. Even allowing period for refeeds after five days of 17-20 hour fasts WITH training on top.
…But from each and every proud “milestone” – is this blissful ignorance? Regardless how we interpret “Economics” – there is always something worth more qualitatively – running ever more scarce in the background – giving me a false sense of confidence.
Qualitatively speaking – does Veganism suffice?
Unfortunately, somewhat worrisome, yet to be fair – still somewhat unconclusive. Not all my prior experiences within of SKD Keto/Lacto-Ovo Vegan experiences have instilled me any more “confidence” to offer any way of “conclusion”. But I will say this, such a challenge from eliminating what was once a homeostatic “default” – is a physiological compromise in trade – for Morality.
Given the effects I myself accumulated from such interventions. From (in order of biggest perceived change) – complete lack of taste perceptibility (requiring me to seriously dosing back up the Zinc), distinct lack of food rewarding responses (a hint of gut microbiome change), and then that hard to describe sluggishness – head, lower back and toe – from high fruits consumption (during carb refeeds) – to curious muscle damages and joint recovery disappointments I couldn’t help but noticed throughout my own training journal.
To this day I remain even convincingly worried – that despite 4000+ cals glycogen / caloric refeed across 48 hours on weekends – my weekday training recovery still aren’t as effective compared from recent memory.
To be quite specific – recently, I have had some very curious rib cage pains along the left side after having predominantly re-introduced TVP’s and more Pea Meat Loafs into my KETO/LC + IF regiment days for close to a month and half as I’m writing this. I have changed not a single supplementation regiment, nor a micro nutrient regiment, nor a training regiment accross four days of hell 5×5-6×6 depletion training. Stretching the pectorals against the wall flat during 6×6 volume / 10+ exercises triggered this immensely for weeks on end, despite liberal sardine, combined linseed and fish oils O-3 and baby aspirin (preworkout) intakes.
Yet paradoxically, as soon as the (recent) introduction of economy beef mince, drained off its excess O-6 fats after brief cooking – brought me gradual relief. As in, undoubtedly a relief – as though everything peacefully contained back to their own respectful senses. All on starvingly sub 1600 calories per day. TRAINING day AND rest day/s. All Keto/LC+IF up to 20 hour fasts.
No. I did not just typed all of the above out for pure narcissism. I implore that the above is what I have felt. No disputes. No fiction. Slowly but surely – adding back that variable to what was once substituted – have eased my pains considerably. The beef died for me. I understood this as a sacrifice; “remanifested” as a need to prolong and thus rationalise my need – for physiological homeostasis.
Quantitatively speaking – does Veganism suffice?
This is where I will say yes.
Despite the somewhat above worrying signs I myself noted. To this day however I still am exploring and avoiding anything within plant-based that adversely impacts my physiology. One food at a time. I would, that is – willingly- continue to stay explorative within this mindset. FODMAPs are already complicated and confusing as it is to truly bring me back up during refeed days. And then knowing what to eat during that 17-20 hour fasting weekdays? Becomes even more crucial – as my body depletes every enzymes activity down to a minimum. How much potassium is there I’ve accumulated from TVP? And how should I balance it? How is my fat soluble intake vitamins has been managed so far? So on and so forth.
Regardless, Veganism encourages a new layer of brave acceptances. Eating less meat made me realise pragmatically one thing – despite my above worrying signs – there are always substitutions towards a need or a purpose to sustain or to rationalise my need for objectivist homeostasis.
Even if it does not completely fulfils favourably towards all contexts, and circumstances.
They praise & embrace – Cognitive Dissonance.
….No differently to us meat based or flexitarian eaters. I am not being comical nor am I being sarcastic.
This is simply how I view Vegans no more transparently than my very own life; through my own lens. We far too often react as knee-jerk reactions. As with anything “bad” at first sight – it is incredibly difficult to highlight “the good” away without first seeing the moral pitchforks and/or death threats.
It seems that no matter how much “facts” they are thrown at in one way or another – or how much scare-ware + fear mongering out there regardless if it’s “Science” printed all over each and every notable deficiencies amongst vegetarianism: Zinc. Iron, Carnitine, Vitamin B12, Vitamin B6 (interestingly zinc, B6 and magnesium are required for optimal enough stomach acidity; to safeguard against H. Pylori infection. ), Vitamin K2 (even I’m bound in trouble with this due to K1 focused intakes / regular K2 supplement can be costly), Taurine, and Creatine (not just for muscle, but liver and neuro-protective)…
…they don’t care.
Such emotions and persistence so strict that despite real people, babies, including animals themselves (my heart nearly sank) – whom all have claimed Near-Death-Experiences – having fed vegetarian / plant based eating….yet witnessing these evidences still not causes a single twitch.
No hesitations. No internal remorse. No regrets. Whatsoever. <Keeps marching forward.>
With next to none social obligatory ecosystems – I have been assured few times by academically minded individuals, including masters degree holders in multiple fields of Medicine and Science – that cancer incident rates amongst Vegetarians are no different to meat eaters.
“Nope”. “Preposterous.”. “I’m still breathing fine, nothing wrong with that!”
…And that is where I will admit – such affirmations are actually a convincing evidence of strength.
I’d praise it. Though be careful not to overstay one’s ego – as to how or where you emit such prowess of strength. Is it for your”-self” or against others whom you suspect “infidels” simply because they do not coincide with your opinion?
We are yet to actually have to ask ourselves from time to time, is it even worth it – labelling or categorising people by this -ism or that -ism, if for every actions and implications you carry out amongst yourselves – ARE INTERPRETED INDIVIDUALLY within one’s OWN COMPARTMENTALISED physiology from head to toe anyway or anyhow….
Then….why, the need for “moral” Competitive-Contempts? And why is there a need – for fighting “the good” fight “for”?
Is it because… I wonder – we rely so much from others Survivorship “experiences” as nothing more than a “driver” to motivate our own experiences? If we achieve the same result… voila, coincidental.
If not, then why keep fighting “the good” fight? You are you. Not others. “You” are wherever, whatever, and however – you are to your present “being”.
I don’t demonise “carbs”. I don’t demonise “Insulin”. I unfortunately cannot tolerate Honey during my refeed/s as it truly slugs my next fasting window but I do not demonise “Apples” either. But I truly uphold the relevance of Ketogenic diets to ensure my pragmatic needs for resilience in all that I do; dependent beginning from my outside contexts – should I have little resources throughout up to 20 hour Intermittent 5 day/s Fast.
As I implored previously as a concept – Nutritional Humility – is an explorative trials and eliminations of redundancies and a strategised, individualised focus on what contextual sufficiencies really means – at an individual level.
Once again I give my merit. Absolute merit. Without sarcasm nor any other motives than me for admitting such merit.
That Vegans are as stubbornly immune as any ordinary human being so consumed at defending a moralist purpose; against anything opposing their idealism.
Stubborness to preserve good will despite pain is persistence.
…And that is once again – nothing more but a resilient evidence of persistence. It appears more convincingly too – that I am no different if I were being shoved at another LDL-causes-heart-attacks studies.
Except for as long as of course…Vegetarians or meat eaters – I implore they do not turn nor remanifest Morality into a weapon of mass contempts. Writing deceptive click-baits for attention’s sake; for instance.
This concludes part 2 out of 3 of my thoughts on Veganism. Please stay tuned for the next section!