What The Health

Photo by Scott Webb on Unsplash

Photo by Scott Webb on Unsplash

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?