Day 94 - What The Health
Have you seen the documentary called "What The Health" that's streaming on Netflix? I gave it a watch today, and it's got me doing some serious thinking.
The film basically argues that meat and dairy consumption are strongly linked to diseases like diabetes, heart disease, and cancer. Some of the data referenced in this film was new to me, and at first I was skeptical, but the longer I watched, the more convinced I became that a plant-based (vegan) diet is healthier for humans.
I've been thinking about the ethical reasons to cut down on my meat and dairy consumption, but this film now has me thinking about the health reasons. Would eating a vegan diet help me to feel less tired all the time? Would it help me to feel more alert and focused? Happier? Would it help me resolve my skin issues? Would it make me a better athlete?
Alzheimer's and dementia run in my family, on my Mom's side. If there is a chance that eating a plant-based diet might help me to stave off memory loss, shouldn't I take it?
Breast cancer is one of the most common diseases afflicting women these days; if a plant based diet might help prevent the growth of cancer cells, wouldn't I be dumb not to at least give it a try?
I never thought I'd seriously consider going vegan, but it's hard to argue with the statistics put forth in "What The Health." I've decided to go without meat and dairy for one week, and just see how I feel, see if I miss them so much I can't do without them, see if I notice any improvement in my energy, mood, and overall sense of well-being.
Are you vegan? Have you tried veganism? Was it difficult for you? What changes, if any, did you notice once you made the switch?
If I can't get B12 from plants, does that mean I'm designed to eat animal products? Maybe.
My beautiful farmer friend wrote me an email with a whole lot of information relevant to my current quest for the right balance in my food choices, and the unique perspective of someone who spends every single day in the dedicated service of the animals in her care.
Protein is probably one of the least difficult nutrients to get enough of on a vegan or vegetarian diet.
Spending the weekend in a place like this gave me hope that despite what humans have done to ravage the planet, incredible biodiversity still exists, and there are people who are actively safeguarding it.
I won't say that we stuck to 100% vegan foods the whole week. But we did completely abstain from meat, and we stayed away from dairy probably about 90% of the time.
Today we'll start with Little Gem lettuce, a quick-growing "cos" variety that does very well in shallow containers and is fairly hardy against pests and diseases
Here was someone who got it! Someone who understood! Hallelujah!
Since Mat and I are giving veganism a try, we've had to get a little creative about what we cook at home. I want to make sure we're getting a nice variety of foods, so that we don't get bored with a vegan diet, and so that we get a good balance of nutrients.
Sitting down at a table with friends over the most nourishing food available is one of the most wholesome and soul-soothing activities in which we can take part.
Intuitively, I feel that exercise and a minimal, zero waste lifestyle go hand in hand, but lately I’ve been asking myself just how they are linked.