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Have you ever tried to eat a piece of wood? Or maybe a leaf on the ground or a stone? According to a cook I follow, eating meat might just be the same as eating those.
I used to eat fast-foods every two days or so, I was raised to eat meat at every meal, except for breakfast. And I used to love to eat meat. I come from a Spanish family so you can guess which kind of meat we like to eat, that one that is really fat.
That cook and naturopath who I follow is Irene Grosjean and I think she’s one of the wisest people I’ve heard talking about food in the past decade. Actually, since I heard her talking on a video on YouTube called “La Vie en Abondance” – Life in Abundance – my way of seeing food has totally changed.
And I must say that since the pandemic happened, we should all start to take responsibility for the part we all have to take in the wellness of the world. Don’t you think the planet has been calling out to us? We all can take a little step towards more awareness considering what is good or bad for it.
More and more people seem to decide to stop eating meat. Why so? There are different views on the subject, some people might stop for environmental reason, others ones could lessen their consumption because of health issues ; some even take that step just to live better.
1 – The planet has tried to tell us to eat less meat
Not enough people realise it yet but when we talk about climate change this isn’t only about our cars, planes and private consumption of gas.
The fact that a majority of people eat meat make some other people want to product a lot to sell more and have loads of money. And when you produce a lot of meat, you produce too much greenhouse gas only by feeding the animals, so just imagine what it takes to medicate them, to make them drink, or just to let them live outdoors – for the least that can.
The production of meat leads to the pollution of our oceans. Do you really think that nitrogen, phosphorus, antibiotics and pesticides are good for our water, aquatic or even human life? I’ve never heard anyone tell me that we should eat those everyday in order to be healthy.
More than 25 billion animals are killed by the meat industry each year. Every second, one football field of rainforest is destroyed in order to produce 257 hamburgers.
Do you realise that 70% of all agricultural land is used for rearing farmed animals? Don’t you find that crazy? I’m not saying that we should all stop eating meat but if we could all lessen our consumption, it would do a lot of good to the planet, I’m sure of it.
We live in a consumer society and the more we eat meat, the more we contribute to it. We have meat in every meal. I has become an illness for us. Actually I’m working on a film project that criticise our consumer society, you can see it on my article Docu-Project :The Internal Change Happening Within and Outside of Us.
I’ll come back another day on this point, but you can still go to this website if you’re interested.
The greatness of a nation and its moral progress can be judged by the way its animals are treated.
2 – My body needs healthy food
As I said earlier on my article 4 Different Ways Our Body Ingest Energy, we’re not supposed to eat chemicals. When an animal you’re eating has had antibiotics for its entire life, be sure to eat them at the same time.
It is easy to lecture someone who has decided to become vegetarian/vegan and tell them that we have to eat meat for our own good. But have you ever consider the fact that you are eating meat only because you were taught to? What if that was just a matter of tradition?
As a matter of fact, as Irene Grosjean says it in La Vie en Abondance -with English subtitles-, our body can’t make life happen by eating dead things. If we must eat meat, we therefore have to have a body that can digest it. However, we do not have a carnivorous digestive system but an herbivorous one. Our intestines are long and could even be ones of a frugivore.
We are indeed eating corpses. When I realised what Irene was saying, it hit me. Of course you can argue that you won’t find all the nutriments you need in a plant-based diet ; are you really sure? I’ve heard that B12 vitamin for instance is only found in red meat. Guess what, I get mine in malted yeast, which by the way also replaces cheese since it has the same smell and taste. What about the proteins? Look for red beans, chickpeas, lentils.
I have a friend who’s been sick and that is feeling better and has less medications to take thanks to her plant-based diet ; she hasn’t eaten any animal product for 12 years. I’m far behind and I’ve stopped eating meat for 2 years now. We are both incredibly healthy!
This website put it in another way :
“Deprived of veterinary care, exercise, sunlight, and even the feel of grass beneath their feet, these living, breathing, thinking, feeling beings, whose senses are so much like our own, suffer and die at the rate of millions per day just so that we can have burgers, patties, nuggets, and wieners. Deciding what we will eat means choosing between the horrors of factory farming and respect for animals.”
Some people, like myself, have to stop eating meat for health issues. I know I get really really sick if I come to eat something made with cow milk, which narrows down what I can eat and subsequently led me to stop eating meat, because I realised that it is far from good for us. My physiologist advised me to stop eating meat because I had back problems and guess what? They’ve disappeared now..
When you start becoming a vegetarian, you start by looking at all the label of the things you used to buy and realise that there is meat – or lactose for people with my case – everywhere, even in candies. And then you think about all the animals that must have died to produce that food.
We see in this article that the vegetarian diet is better for us, no matter your health issue and even if you don’t have one.
“A plant-based vegetarian diet is healthier and can prevent diseases. According to the American Dietetic Association, vegetarians have a reduced risk of heart disease, obesity, colon cancer, adult-onset diabetes, osteoporosis, gout, gallstones, kidney stones, lung cancer, and breast cancer. A low fat vegetarian diet, combined with regular exercise, helps reduce blood pressure and can control, or even eliminate, non-insulin dependent diabetes.”
May your food be your medicine
3 – I am curious
It might be a shock for some people but eating vegetarian helped me to discover new kinds of food and I’m not eating the same things everyday, not at all.
The start is difficult, like anything else, because you need to know and look for some recipes. But as soon as you do, you start getting what you need and have everything in your house. You do have to cook – in the same way as meat – but trust me, it’s really good.
You don’t know what to do? Start cooking some vegetables, add rice, let simmer for a minute or two, water that, add some spices that you like and you get a home-made “paella”.
You like to have a kebab or something fat? Trust me, you can have that as well. And I’m deploring the fact that we don’t have a lot of vegan option in France because in the US they do.
But it is still important to eat well. It’s not because you’re going vegetarian that you can eat whatever you want because you’re just eating vegetables. Eating pizzas and veggie burgers everyday is still considered not eating well. But eating vegetables is a good start towards a healthier life.
The fact is that there is enough food in the world for everyone. But tragically, much of the world’s food and land resources are tied-up in producing beef and livestock-food for the well-off, while millions of children and adults suffer from malnutrition and starvation.
Dr. Walden Bello, executive director of Food First, Institute for Food and Development Policy.
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