Expert vegans not only know how to order at a restaurant, and find the most nutrient dense option. They can also answer questions upon questions about protein, iron, dairy and honey; the sustainability of their choices, and what is so important about organic?
What the expert vegan might not know, however, is that they are truly professional leaders.
Professional: adj. following an occupation as a means of livelihood or for gain
Leader: noun. a person that leads
Professional leaders set an example. Professional leaders go out there and do things the way that they are meant to be done, as role models, specialists, and authorities.
On Friday, May 10, 2013 at the Seaport World Trade Center in Boston, Massachusetts; the Massachusetts Medical Society Continuing Education Program had a number of professional leaders in the medical field present about innovations in technologies, patient information, and much more. A fascinating array of what the evolution of the medical industry is going to look like, yes, but what I was concerned with was how six out of the eight PhD, MD, candidate, surgeon, professional, yatta yatta yatta in the medical field were overweight and obese.
This might come as a shock to you, seeing as these are professionals in the medical field discussing the importance of prevention of chronic disease and how the prevalence of them has been increasing and looks like it is going to double by 2037. Oy!
Another note I might add- I just finished a semester taking in information from a nutrition professor speaking about obesity left and right who is physically unable to walk across the room without becoming flushed and out of breath. Yup, you guessed it vegan expert. My nutrition professional leader of NUTR 315 is in fact obese.
Do you think these doctors, and professors realize that they are part of this problem? Now don’t get me wrong- these people are brilliant and do deserve to be respected as such. Isn’t it unfortunate that the way our lives these days results in even the elite and educated falling into the s.a.d. lifestyle that is the Standard American Diet. It is truly quite a feat to break free from habit, and undergo behavior change. As educated professionals, leaders, and scholars, one would think that they would be able, by now, to maintain their beautiful machinery.
Fact: A plant-based diet prevents, treats and REVERSES almost all chronic diseases.
It is so astonishing to me. They don’t realize that they are walking role models of human existence in America. I don’t know about you, but from all that I know and have seen as far as health trends goes; I would rather take health advice from a vegan than a cardiologist.
You have all the tools. You’ve seen “Forks Over Knives”, and read numerous cookbooks, blogs, and articles. Maybe you’ve even dabbled with Dr. Doug Graham and David Wolfe on raw? FullyRaw Kristina on YouTube? Julieanna Hever, the Plant-Based Dietitian? Whatever vegan level your at; know you are on the path to becoming one of the most powerful heroes of America. A true professional leader.