Like most in a classic Italian household, Vince Lia grew up with the basic necessities that any growing young Italian man is taught to have – lots and lots of food. And amidst a home culture of delicious desserts and copious quality cheeses, deli meats and special feasts, Vince soon grew himself into a foodie lifestyle he was sure he wouldn’t be able to live without.
Then, it seemed like life had chosen to tell him the opposite was true: that he couldn’t live with the same lifestyle. After being diagnosed with ulcerative colitis – a dangerous inflammation of the colon – he realized that he would have to change his life if he wanted it to go on for much longer. He stayed away from vegetables, fearful that they may cause an unwanted reaction in his body – yet the meat and nutrition-less carbs he consumed instead led to greater symptoms, and stronger medication.
It was then, years later, that despite the urgency of his friends and family, he began juicing raw vegetables. Without the fiber, the nutrients from these vegetables quickly incorporated themselves into Vince’s diet – and with time, he gradually changed his life towards a totally vegan diet, beating his colitis.
He, like others, realized that a healthy vegan diet didn’t just mean cutting out animal products and sticking to potato chips, white rice and Oreo cookies. It meant that, just as with any diet, being healthy meant cutting out processed foods, cutting out unnecessary calories, and working with the bounties of nature to produce delectable yet nutritious dishes that would rival his childhood menu.
Given Vince’s understanding of how a vegan diet, made with local and fresh ingredients, can greatly increase people’s happiness, productivity and sense of wellbeing, we’d like to invite him to take on our #VeganCancer social internet challenge, in order to promote our organization’s goal of kickstarting, crowdfunding and building vegan projects that would show the world that a sustainable, organic, farm-based vegan community is a financially-viable model for modern societies. The projects can be anything, from homes to sanctuary farms, so long as they follow these tenets:
Sustainability: Sustainability entails the building code of the projects construction – structures must be crafted utilizing recycled materials to see to it that the building is zero-carbon – built and existing without a carbon footprint.
Cruelty-free Treatment: Obviously, no animals may be harmed or enslaved – and no animal products would be allowed – but the same goes for humans, so as to eliminate discrimination between and across races, ages, and more.
Freedom of Information: Information would cost nothing – people could learn and teach as they please through classes and mentorship, without worry for costs and the drawbacks of standardized testing.
– See more at: http://www.datsyn.com/article/5692/2016/04/21/Health-Blogger-Vince-Lia-Asked-to-Take-On-The-VeganCancer-Challenge#sthash.cyH8JB1G.dpuf