Newsweek’s David Noonan is Vegan (for now): Or avoiding being a vulture or hyena
To avoid disease and middle age weight gain, David Noonan adopted the 28 day program in The Engine 2 Diet: The Texas Firefighter’s 28-Day Save-Your-Life Plan That Lowers Cholesterol and Burns Away the Pounds. The diet was developed by Rip Esselstyn to help his fellow firefighter adopt a vegan whole foods diet. Esselstyn has been vegan for more than 20 years and is an athlete and son of Dr. Caldwell Esselstyn, of the Cleveland Clinic, who has long advocated vegan diets for prevention of disease. (Check out Rip Esselstyn’s web site http://www.theengine2diet.com/)
Eating a vegan whole foods diet is a credible way to avoid weight gain and disease. Noonan’s conversion is hopeful and perhaps he can affect other people. But this happy development may disintegrate like Oprah’s brief foray into veganism providing a hiccup in her climb to 200 pounds.
I have noticed a distinct tendency by many people to be self destructive. Whatever diet they try, they go off it. I know this is true – it is true of me. But years ago I realized that I could not kill an animal for food and that it was not ethical to ask another person to do that for me (which made me sort of like a vulture or hyena). I became vegan to avoid adding to animals’ suffering. I did it for myself in the sense that I wanted to avoid feeling guilty. I am vegan because I love animals. This is a diet I have stayed on because it isn’t just for me! If it was for my health or to lose weight, I more than likely would have given up on it after a few months – like a former cigarette smoker trying just one and starting again.
For Noonan’s article check out this link http://www.newsweek.com/id/189291 .