Hi! My name’s Iarlaith (Ear-Lah, gaelic meaning: Prince of the West) and I’m a 14 year old lad living in County Sligo, on the west coast of Ireland. Ever since I was a wee pup my parents have been teaching me about acceptance, equality and kindness. Thanks to them I grew up wanting discrimination, suffering and all injustices to end faster than a hummingbird’s heartbeat. What could someone like me do to make that happen though?
Hummingbird in flight
Not rich, not powerful and not able to dedicate myself to every single charity out there. So, I talked about how global warming was a bummer, how much people dying of starvation sucked and how it blows that the rain forests are getting shaved off the planet like a beard at the barbers. Never really helped though. Just stood back and let all this destruction take place feeling quite powerless like almost everyone else. Then I made a change. One that helps me help others and myself!
Read up ‘cos it all starts here. A few months back when I was 13 my family and I were going through big changes. My dad was working in Geneva, Switzerland on his own and the rest of us were setting up a new home in a new town.
I was lonely, sad, fatigued, low on energy, grumpy and had more acne on my face than pages in a comic book. Home life was quite gloomy. School felt like a waste of time and friends were few.
Then my life whizzed around after an eye-opening documentary called ‘Sugar Crash
’. I discovered how sugar was ruining my life with depression, anxiety and possibly one day with diabetes, cancer, obesity etc. A sugar detox was the only solution.
My mum reminded me of a cookbook I got for christmas called ‘The Happy Pear
’. When I read their stuff and looked at their recipes I was amazed. No-bake brownies with no oil, no sugar, no eggs, no milk but a frock load of nutrients coming from oats, nuts, dates and cocoa powder? I’m in hot dammit!
They were awesome. Smiling, cool guys with so much healthy knowledge – That’s it. They became my Role Models. David and Stephen Flynn. Up there With Compton Hip-Hop artist Kendrick Lamar and Batman!
The entire book was vegetarian and most of it was fully plant-based and that is when I found out ya don’t need meat and eggs to eat wonderfully! So I tried it. I went vegetarian for a month. It was difficult but doable the first week or so and it became a lot easier after that.
I felt awesome, zits were disappearing, strength flooded through my bones and energy into my blood. After the month was over I wanted to keep my streak going for a little longer. I spoke to other kids in my year casually about how I was eating mostly a plant-based diet and many of them, including teachers, would tell me I wasn’t getting all my nutrients.
Not Juan though. He was a foreign exchange, non-veggie student from Spain in my class and he thought it was amazing. He acted like I was never going to eat meat again but I didn’t want to tell him otherwise because I wasn’t sure what I’d do. He told me about a guy called Gary Yourofsky and how he made an incredible speech about living plant-based. I watched it and I was stunned beyond words.
How could I have been such a hypocrite? Where did all my peace and love go when it came to the animals? Sure, I cared about Equality among humans but whenever it came to a cow’s rights I laughed and took another bite of my cheesy bacon beef burger. What sort of person would I be if I went back to my old ways – knowing the secret horrors of a glass of milk. And how disgusting, disturbing and grotesque it all was.
Ever since then I’ve been ballin. Home life is quite awesome. My mum and dad are getting a lot slimmer and younger with every raw cake they eat. My younger brother recently stopped eating meat and my youngest brother is reducing as much as he can. In the mornings energy and strength lift me out of bed, I work out daily and exercise a lot more than I used too because I love doing it.
My acne is nowhere near as bad as it used to be and my happiness is now real! I eat what I want to eat when I want to eat and I never want to eat junk food because that puts me in a junk mood. Living Plant-based is probably one of the best, if not the best, decision I have ever made in my short teenage life.
Now I can help prevent global warming, people starving, the amazon rainforest being shaved away and reduce suffering more than I ever thought possible! I’m a happy herbivore. A plant-based person. An artist, a surfer, a guitarist, a friend, a reader, a son, a skater, a learner, a muscle-builder, a chef, a cyclist and quite a lot more. You do not have to give up the things you love to live a loving, lovely life.
I started this blog because I want to make a difference and spread the message of health and compassion throughout the galaxy. This blog will be about all the epic thing’s that go on in the Plant Kingdom. I’ll be busting myths, sharing recipes, talking the truth, telling you to be healthy and brainwashing the world with my plant-based propaganda! MooHooHaha! Without the Moo. So smile all the while and be the best you you can be!
Mostly I wanna hear from you. What are your questions, opinions or challenges with the plant-based lifestyle or anything else? Please let me know.
If you’ve read this far… Then thanks! You’re awesome!
Peacefully and Respectfully,
Iarlaith — The Sweet Spud!