Hello beautiful people!
For today’s discussion, I wanted to talk about veganism and the plant based diet. I have been thinking about writing on this subject for a long time, as I have been way more conscious of my consumption of animal products.
I finally decided to write on this today as last night Justin and I watched the documentary What The Health on Netflix. It was life changing and I recommend that you stop what you’re doing for an hour and a half and go watch it now! I have seen many documentaries before on the benefits on plant based diets but this one truly struck a chord with me.
Today is the day that I start my journey switching into a plant based diet, and I’ll tell you why.
DISCLAIMER: I am not a nutritionist and all of my thoughts are based on my own research and experiences!
For starters, I am lactose intolerant, so I don’t find it difficult to cut out dairy products like others do. I was a big meat eater for a long time, thinking my body needed astronomical amounts of protein to thrive and build all the muscle that I desired and that meat was the only source of protein. I was wrong about that. After realizing I didn’t need as much protein as I thought, I stopped eating as much meat! I ate meat maybe one time a day, some days none at all.
A common misconception is that we need one gram of protein per pound of body weight. WRONG. We need .8-1 gram of protein per kilogram of body weight, which is a lot less! For me, I would need about 60-70 grams of protein per day, and back when I was eating meat as my main course of most meals, I would get anywhere from 150-180 grams of protein per day. This was way too much protein for me, and way too much meat. I realized that you can get sufficient protein from veggies and grains and have been incorporating those as “main courses” instead of “side dishes” to my meals.
In What The Health, I learned that processed meat is a carcinogen (cancer causing) and I was utterly shocked! I got to thinking about how many of my peers I see eating deli meat and hot dogs and sausages on a daily basis. Eating foods like that is basically the same as smoking cigarettes. Processed meats and tobacco fall into the same group (Group One) of carcinogens!!!! Dairy also has a direct link to breast cancer. And we are gladly putting this stuff into our bodies! It’s astounding.
Did you know that 80% of pharmaceuticals in the USA are given to the animals that we get our meat from? I didn’t! I don’t know about you, but I definitely don’t want unknown substances from animals in my body. Not only that but how the animals are treated is sickening. They are shoved into cages to sit in their own filth with hundreds of other animals. Some die and sit there for days decomposing while the other animals that we are going to eat are there taking in all that bacteria. The worst part of it all is that when they’re slaughtered they throw the animals into bins and ship them via truck to be chopped up and sent to your local grocery store.
It saddens me to think about how uneducated people are, and how people eating excess amounts of animal products should be informed so they too, can change their lives. Not only would changing our eating habits benefit our own health and lives, it will benefit our neighbors that live near animal farms and our planet as a whole. The world does not need animal products, there are plenty of other options. I promise, you will not go hungry.
If after reading that you’re not convinced, here’s just a few benefits of eating vegan:
- Carbs from the fruits/veggies/grains give you the energy you need for day-to-day activities
- You will finally get enough fiber in your diet without even trying
- You will not need to take vitamin supplements as they are all in your food
- Prevents diseases such as heart disease, high cholesterol, diabetes, and cancer
- Weight loss
- Healthy and clear skin
- Simple and delicious meals
To make the change to a plant based life style, I asked my best friend that is vegan for some words of advice. She said:
- Make your favorite dishes but substitute the meat out
- Tofu is your friend when finding meat substitutes
- A tofu presser makes your life easier
- Start thinking of vegetables as your main course
- Explore new sources of protein like tofu, lentils, beans, etc.
- Browse Pinterest for recipe inspiration
I hope you guys found this post eye opening and that you will consider the benefits of a plant based lifestyle. If you are a vegan, what are your tips for making the switch? What was your reason for switching? Do you feel good about your choice of being vegan?
Please let me know in the comments below! You can help me and others that read this too!