Have any of you seen the documentary "What the Health"? I saw it close to a month ago on Netflix and have managed to restrain from eating meat since. If I were to "put a label on it" I would say I've been a healthy mix of vegan/vegetarian/pescatarian for close to 4 weeks now.
It is not my first rodeo on plant based "diet" documentaries. I've watched a few over the years and each time I swear meat off but I always end up eating meat again. I'm not saying that will not happen this time around but I think it's been a little easier to finally make the decision because I have been feeling very hypocritical about eating meat lately. I profess to be an animal lover but here I am contributing to the meat producing industry. An industry known for mistreating, abusing, and downright torturing millions of animals. I can't say I have been backing the dairy industry as well because I cut dairy years ago from my "diet". As I've said before, it was an easier (not easy at all, just presuming easier compared to other people) choice for me because I am allergic to dairy - as well as a few dozen other things, as I've recently discovered…but that's topic for another day.
Anyways, back to "What the Health" - I really enjoyed the documentary even though it is pretty clear that they are using somewhat of a scare tactic to captivate and sway the audience. And you know what? I don't blame them! The meat and dairy industries are scary. The rate by which we consume both now a days is scary! The health issues associated with the high consumption of these are scary! The impact to the planet is scary! The amount of ignorance surrounding food sourcing and production is scary!
Yes, comparing eating eggs to smoking cigarettes seems a little far fetched. And yes, claiming the consumption of sugar isn't an issue is irresponsible. At least that's my personal opinion on both counts. The thing is, now a days you can quote studies, research, and statistics to back almost any claim you want to make. So for me it all goes back to - do what you feel is best for your body.
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