Three reasons why I stopped eating animal products.
1. The optimal fuel for humans is fruit and tender vegetables. Fresh fruit is the only food that tastes good in its raw form without cooking or processing it in any way. We humans are attracted to the sweetness because our bodies run off glucose sugars. Fruit contains all micro and macro-nutrients for an active human in the proper proportions and serving sizes. Fruits leave behind a minimal toxic burden, whereas grains and animal products leave behind acids and mucus. Animal products are not needed, except for extreme survival situations. The question "where do you get your protein?" is common but don't worry because all plants contain protein, and more importantly are abundant in amino acids which are the building blocks of protein. The first 50 pages of the book The 80/10/10 Diet explores these questions and claims thoroughly.
2. There is a strong correlation between consumption of animal products and disease. This includes not only processed meats full of chemicals and preservatives, but all animal products, no matter how "clean" or locally produced. When consumed, meat and dairy produce an acidic condition in the body, which then needs to be balanced by leaching alkaline minerals like calcium from the bones. That's right, drinking milk does the opposite of building strong bones, contrary to what corporate interests will have you think. The book The China Study, the largest study on nutrition ever conducted, offers a scientific look into this correlation.
3. Animals are sentient beings that feel pain and emotions just like us. It is not within our rights to kill any animal unless we are being threatened or need to hunt to survive. Would you eat a dog? And would you still eat beef if you had to kill and process the cow yourself every time? If you learned that we don't actually need to eat animals for optimal health, and there was a healthy, natural, and most delicious alternative, would you keep exploiting animals for taste? The film Earthlings offers the best depiction of the relationship humans have to animals that I have ever seen, and you can watch it for free at NationEarth.com
I recommend watching Melanie Joy's presentation on YouTube explaining the philosophy of carnism, the belief system that it is necessary, natural, or normal to eat animals - literally the opposite of veganism.
Veganism doesn't have to be all processed soy and corn oil. Explore the infinite flavors and combinations of living plant based food, also known as fruits and greens. Follow @certified_orgasmic on instagram for mealtime inspiration.
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