A Top-Notch Proposition
Last week I saw the new movie Forks Over Knives, about how we can prevent and even reverse a number of chronic illnesses by using food as our medicine. It is based on the research of Dr. T. Colin Campbell and Dr. Caldwell Esselstyn, who grew up on family farms, and conducted independent studies of how the animal-based diets that they we're familiar with during childhood had actually contributed to disease among their family members. Each doctor came to the independent conclusion that eliminating animal-based and processed foods from the diets in the populations that they studied was highly significant in preventing and in most cases reversing high blood pressure, high cholesterol, heart disease, Type 2 diabetes and even cancer.
Its hardly a little known fact among my friends that I'm a vegan, and that I haven't eaten meat for the past 5 years. While I acknowledge that this way of eating is not for everyone, I do think that most of us would benefit immensely from incorporating more plant-based foods into our diets and relying less on animal proteins, fast foods, and highly processed, packaged foods.
Want to know why I'm vegan?
For my health
I used to be an acne-ridden, congested, sluggish and sick teenager and young adult. When I stopped eating meat, dairy and eggs, those problems virtually went away. Why? Well, because milk was made for babies. Babies need the hormones in milk to grow and develop. Once they reach a certain age, they stop producing the enzymes in their stomachs that allow them to properly digest milk. So they stop drinking it. Have you ever seen an adult cow drinking milk? It would be pretty weird, wouldn't it? Thats the same reason that dairy gives us so many problems we don't need all those extra hormones bouncing around in our bodies. Milk is for growing babies, not grown adults.
For the animals
Have you ever watched a video of what happens to animals on factory farms? If you have, I'm gonna guess that you at least tried to be vegetarian right after you watched it. The life of a dairy cow is not pretty either. I won't go into detail here, but I suggest you watch this video: Meet Your Meat.
For the environment
Cows eat. Then cows poop. Cow poop produces methane. Methane emissions are responsible for over half of the greenhouse gases causing global warming today. By reducing our consumption of animal products, we can eliminate one of the major sources of methane emissions, and at least have a shot at reducing global warming in our lifetime.
Wow, I know that was a lot of information, but it's something that I just had to share with you. I could talk your ear off about the benefits of a plant-based diet, and I certainly would love to answer any questions you have for me.
So, based on this information, I want you to try something for me. For the next week, reduce your consumption of animal products. Every time you think you should have a glass of milk, reach for water instead. Every time you think you should cook meat for dinner, try some beans instead. Its just a week, but it could make a huge difference in your health. Come back here and let me know how you feel at the end of the week. Its as simple as that.
And please check out the movie! Its not playing in local theaters anymore, but you can browse the website and get more info.
Posted in Newspaper Post Date 04/04/2016