Since I decided to transition to a plant-based lifestyle, family and friends have so graciously expressed their confusion and concern for my health. The first question is how and why are you giving up meat. The second is a general concern for my health and well-being. The third and most common question is how will I get protein. It is a common misconception, that animals are our only source of protein. This could not be furtherest from the truth. Protein comes in many forms, including: soy (Tempeh) grains (quinoa), seeds (hemp, and Chia seeds), nuts (almonds and Cashews), legumes (Beans, peas, and lentils) and vegetables (kale, zucchini and mushrooms).
We as humans are not natural carnivores. Just think about it, mother nature biologically made lions with sharp jagged teeth to kill and eat raw meat. Their bodies allow them to devour and digest raw meat without exposing them to sickness. Unlike carnivores, we must rely on weapons and machines to kill animals.
After we kill, we must throughly cook the meat to ensure that we do not get sick from dangerous bacteria. Unfortunately, cooking does not kill all strains of the toxins found in dead animals. Bacteria is highly adaptive as some strains are heat resistant and can survive after being exposed to high temperatures.
This is exactly why the meat industry raises animals in a tight, controlled environment in which they inject steroids, hormones, antibiotics, and chemicals to make animal consumption “safe.” This alone makes plant-based protein superior. Animal based protein such as cattle, eat a vegan based diet consisting of grasses, plants, and vegetables.
Eating meat provides us with protein by way of animal flesh. Only the meat is infested with antibiotics and chemicals to enable us to “safely” consume it. So by process of elimination any potential benefits are removed by way of the chemicals. Therefore, eating plant based protein directly from plants and nuts is superior as it removes the middle man of the animal that first ate the plants.
The meat industry’s animal farming and slaughtering methods are not widely publicized. Consumption over education is the main goal. We as consumers eat meat with the assumption that governmental agencies such as the FDA, and the Department of Agriculture will protect us.
This is not necessarily true. Say What! These agencies have establish levels for toxic chemicals and bacteria. As long as companies maintain levels within an acceptable range they are in compliance with federal regulations. Legal compliance does not equal moral compliance.
Meat eaters often eat meat with every meal which can range anywhere from three to five times per day. Over a lifetime, repeated exposure to these toxic chemicals can easily exceed the acceptable range and lead to chronic disease and cancer. We as consumers should not blindly trust the food industry. We need to educate ourselves about the process it takes to go from farm animal to packaged food in the meat isle of our local grocer. If people made it a priority to familiarize themselves with this process they would be less likely to continue to eat meat.
7 Reasons Why you Should Opt for Plant-Based Protein Over Meat
1). Humans are not natural meat eaters and we must rely on injecting antibiotics and treating animal corpses with toxic chemicals so that we can “safely” eat meat. All while under the false assumption that we are not predisposing ourselves to chronic and potentially incurable illness.
2). Mother nature does not make mistakes. If it were meant for us to eat meat we would’ve been born with functional devouring teeth along with a digestive system designed to protect us against toxic animal corpses.
3). Just because you were born into a family of meat eaters does not mean that you have continue. Knowledge is power. When you know better your do better.
4). Let food be thy medicine. Mother nature has provided us with all of the food we need to survive. If we were meant to eat meat she would’ve provided us with a natural means to do so.
5). Transitioning to a plant-based diet is not difficult. Once you educate yourself about the meat industry and the process it takes to go from farm to table it will empower you to change. This lifestyle change is all mental. Once you change your mindset your eating habits will follow. Documentaries such as “Fat sick and nearly dead”, and “What the Health”, are great Netflix documentaries to start.
6). The most difficult part about transitioning from a meat to a plant-based diet is your social interactions. Most people are oblivious to the realities of the meat industry. So much so, they are completely closed minded to the idea of learning truth. Do not let it discourage you. In life we can only control ourselves. Health is wealth. We only have one life to live, and we owe it to ourselves to make our health a priority.
7). Remember gorillas are vegan mammals that consume only plants. Like humans gorillas have a similar configuration. Although they can weigh up to a ton, they do not have devouring teeth and do not need meat to survive. Gorillas are composed of pure rock solid muscle and do not need to take any protein supplements. Simply mention the vegan Gorilla whenever someone decides to debate you over the importance of animal protein.