@Terry4 While you can pick a category to fall into, you don’t have to. Such a huge difference decline in symptoms suggests the basics will hold true that there is a benefit to a plant based diet. I would have a strong assumption knowing the nutrients that are in fruits, veggies, grains and beans that it has a lot to do with a higher consumption of those foods.
@mohe0001 I have been vaccinated but I still am leery of covid and the variants, knowing a persons symptoms are usually less when vaccinated. There will be a certain caution I believe to going out and about “freely” while so many still get sick for some of us. I doubt I would get on a plane for a while, but I did go to a restaurant that had a very open outdoor setting where a group met. Some still die vaccinated although obviously a small percent and a majority but not all those hospitalized are non vaccinated people. So yes a lot of us older crowd or compromised people are not ready to jump in fully. I still believe in masks to help protect cancer patients, youth etc. Such a small thing really.
@Robyn_H I started out as a vegetarian at the age of 11. I had met cows in person and connected the cow with the hamburger on the plate and realized I didn’t have to eat it and cause it to be killed just because of a food choice on my plate. At that point I hadn’t even realized the tremendous suffering in the meat industry.
Fast forward to my early 20’s and reading about veal, calves kept caged and that 50% of dairy cows born are male and not wanted except for being raised as veal or meat and that drinking milk promoted those cows being born into those horrible conditions. Male baby chicks born are not egg layers and not wanted and are still thrown live into meat grinders because that is the cheapest and easiest way to deal with them.
Besides the fact of the atrocities at slaughter houses and the fear and pain and suffering animals go through, I do not want to be a cause for any animal to end up there.
I am all for “just” vegetarianism. My husband is just a vegetarian. But ethically a vegan is usually taking it a step further. While vegetarians are likely to become vegetarians because of 50% ethical and 50% health reasons, a lot of the health reasons to become one will still have some animal welfare cares with it. While a vegan is more likely to be a vegan for ethical reasons and then carry some health reasons into it. The popularity of being a vegan for health reasons is picking up rapidly.
But I know the animal behind that meat and that animal has emotions and feels pain. I do not want to be involved in any part or process of that fear and pain.