So, I’ve hopped on the vegetable band wagon after months of weaning myself off meat. Even a month ago I would’ve told you “I’d become a vegetarian but I love bunsen..”
The less I ate meat, the less I wanted it. My burger cravings slowly faded and whenever I ate meat it felt too heavy, too dense. I didn’t enjoy it. But I still continued to eat it.
So..What pushed me?
Watching Forks over Knives. This documentary follows two doctors who prescribe their patients (who mainly have heart problems and diabetes) with a whole grain, plant based diet after they’ve exhausted all of their other options. It also goes into the China Study, the largest ever human study into disease and diet. It has a wealth of data to back it up. From this study researchers gathered that animal protein can grow the spread of cancer. This study shows that a plant based diet can protect you from cancer, heart disease, obesity and other immune diseases. The film makers make it pretty clear that going vegan will hugely cut the risk of getting most degenerative diseases. So I reckon it would be silly for me not to try stop eating meat?
Over the last year I have fallen down a vegan documentary rabbit hole. I watched nearly all the Netflix documentaries, Fat Sick and Nearly Dead, Food Inc, Sustainable, Vegucated, Fat Sick and Nearly Dead 2 etc. The more of these documentaries I watched, the more I wanted to become vegetarian. What took me so God damn long? Pure laziness is my only answer. I made excuses “I don’t have the time”, “I don’t have the money..” etc.
Then I watched Cowspiracy and it pushed me over the veggie edge!
This documentary follows film maker Kip as he tries to make sense of the leading causes of climate change. He unearthed that meat consumption and the agricultural industry are the leading cause of global warming and deforestation.
Here are some facts from the documentary’s website:
- Animal agriculture is responsible for 18 percent of greenhouse gas emissions, more than the combined exhaust from all transportation.
- Animal agriculture water consumption ranges from 34-76 trillion gallons annually.
- Animal agriculture is the leading cause of species extinction, ocean dead zones, water pollution, and habitat destruction.
I had no idea how bad animal agriculture was for our planet. No matter how much I recycled or cut down on my waste.. it would not compare in any way if I didn’t stop eating meat.
The more I think about where meat comes from the more it turns me off eating it. I heard someone saying that if slaughter houses had glass walls than there would be a lot more vegetarians in the world. After seeing all of the sad, badly treated cows, chickens and other animals in these films I would feel like a terrible person if I kept eating them. I have always loved animals but I never really showed it…seeing as I ate them twice a day.
I’d love to go Vegan as there is so much research that shows consuming dairy is detrimental for our health and causes many diseases but I may have to wean myself into that at a later date.
It’s all going to be a bit of a process. I’m not here to judge or be judged. I am just simply writing down my story and journey into eating a more plant based diet and having a healthier lifestyle and sharing any info I come across along the way.
P.S. Any tips are welcome!