198: Vegan Strong
with Bill Muir, aka Sergeant Vegan
Bill Muir, AKA Sgt. Vegan has been vegan since 1992, after he was already in the punk scene and identified as straight-edge. As a defiant act, he figured since he wasn't drinking or doing drugs, it wouldn't be that much harder to give up animal products.
Twenty-seven years later, Bill Muir now has a Certificate in Vegan Culinary Arts from Atlantic Union College and a BS in Nursing from Drexel University and has authored the book, Vegan Strong. He has also been Honorably Discharged from the Armed Services and serves our Nations's Heroes as an RN at the West LA Medical Center.
In this episode, Bill shares his story of compassion and non-violence through all areas of his life.
Amazon Book Link: https://www.amazon.com/dp/1719406901/ref=rdr_ext_tmb
More Bill Muir:
Vegan since 1992, former US Army Paratrooper SGT VEGAN has accumulated a diverse life resume:
Author (Vegan Strong)
Fluent in both Japanese and American
World Traveller- 47 countries
Musician- Final Fantasy X soundtrack
Strength. Honor. Vegan
More about Vegan Strong:
"Vegan Strong has an incredible amount of practical and useful information about veganism including how to become vegan, vegan nutritional needs, how to shop economically as a vegan and find vegan food anywhere, how to travel vegan-style, vegan recipes and fitness, thought provoking interviews with vegans., and even how to date as a vegan. This book not only covers all the basics you need to know as a vegan, but contains a wide variety of invaluable information for veteran vegans. Highly recommended!" - Happy Cow
Sgt. Vegan (aka Bill Muir) is a classic Renaissance man. He'll cover your back on the battlefield, in a medical crisis, at the gym, or in the kitchen. He knows firsthand what it's like to maintain a plant-based diet under the most grueling circumstances (Army boot camp, Ranger training, deployment to Afghanistan!) and not only survive but also thrive, vegan strong. This iron man isn't just a tough guy, though. He has professional vegan culinary training, which is a natural extension of his warm, gentle heart. There's no one better than Sgt. Vegan to train your body and motivate your mind for a life of health, fitness, compassion, and good eating.
-- Jo Stepaniak, MSEd, author of "Low-FODMAP" and "Vegan, The Ultimate Uncheese Cookbook" and "Vegan Vittles"
The 3 main reasons that most people go vegan are Health, Environment, and Compassion.
Let’s start selfishly with health. I say selfishly but not in a bad way, because worrying about your health (and then doing something about it) is one of the most selfishly good for you acts that a person can do. I look around this great country of ours and I see a lot of health problems that we could eliminate , or at least mitigate, if more people embraced being vegan. We could declare ourselves free of the heart disease and diabetes that have been plaguing our society almost overnight . Break free from those mental chains that have you eating like shit and are killing you slowly, America!!!
It always makes me laugh when I meet so-called environmentalists that still eat meat. Animal Agriculture is one of the biggest polluters of the world, and has been contributing to climate change in a big way. Now that’s a really inconvenient truth. Since Al Gore went vegan in 2013 I can’t talk too much shit about him. He pretty much sums it up in the 2009 interview he did for Dateline “It’s absolutely correct that the growing meat intensity of diets around the world is one of the issues connected to this global crisis, not only because of the CO2 involved but also because of the water consumed in the process.”
You can spin it any way you want, but eating animals sucks. It is time to set yourself free from this unnecessary cycle of death.