People begin their vegan journeys for initially one set of reasons, but then cannot be helped but be touched by all the others, as Seasiren suggested. Her story is amazing. She was told by conventional medicine that her fate was to have high cholesteral, etc etc. but she beat her fate with a vegan diet. Check out her story and photos on the home page. There is also a link about her under News and Events "Vegan Fitness Model:Denise Turner" or something like that. You will be pleased to read about all the benefits she is reaping from a vegan diet, where conventional medicine failed.
I also recommend picking up Neal Barnard's "Breaking the Food Seduction" as well as "Thrive" by Brenden Brazier. Very helpful to a newcomer to veganism for health reasons. You might also want to read Howard Lymans "Mad Cowboy" for a real inside look into the cattle industry. Lyman is a former cattle rancher turned vegan.
But as a guide to all you need to know to be a healthy vegan, the book "Becoming vegan" will be an invaluable resouce for you. It is a definite must have.
All these books are available at public libraries.
I myself was the opposite. I became vegan purely for this reason: www.meetyourmeat.com
. I saw the realities of the appauling and horrendous conditions under which animals we use for food are raised and killed, and my conscience compelled me to withdraw my support for this torture and abuse of animals by a greedy industry. If pets were treated the same way the abuser would be facing felony cruelty charges. But since going vegan, I have enjoyed the best health. I have never been healthier, and I very rarely catch colds and flus anymore. I used to get them often as an omnivore.
And, just for the record, NOBODY, I repeat NOBODY was a bigger carnivore then myself (never mind omnivore). All I ever ate was meat. I lusted for animal flesh so much that I could and did eat steaks BLUE rare (practically raw), raw ground beef, etc. I could have pretty much carnivored ANYBODY under the table. So if I could do it, ANYBODY could!
Going vegan forces you to explore a whole new cullinary horizon, and opens up your tastebuds that were lying dormant. Check out the menu items and pics of some fabulous vegan food fit for the gods here: www.fressenrestaurant.com
, just to get your tastebuds on board with this.
Honestly, when there is so much superb cuisine that did not cost an animal its life, why put death into your body? Enjoy healthy, clean foods that promote your overall health and longevity rather than eating the pesticide laden, hormone and antibiotic pumped, dead muscle tissue of a tortured, abused, violated animal
. That description is all fact, not opinion. It's really just common sense!
Enjoy your journey!
In health and compassion,