There are 3 main reasons to eat a plant based diet: for your health, for the planet, and for the animals.
I’ve compiled a list of resources to look up for the science behind the many benefits derived from eating a plant based diet.
For good health, one usually turns to doctors, so I’ll start with those.
Dr. Michael Greger, MD is very well known in the plant based community, he’s the founder of nutritional facts, and the author of How Not To Die. He’s spoken at many conferences, has been interviewed by many people, big and not as big, he can be found all over, usually on a treadmill or standing vs. sitting.
Dr. Neal Barnard, MD, has lots of good information. He has great work on reversing diabetes with a plant based diet, and easing chronic pain. His father died of Alzheimer’s so he invested lots of time into the brain and unclogging it from saturated fats and cholesterol.
Dr. T Colin Campbell, PhD, author of the China Study, is also a great source. He’s 84 and claims not to need Viagra, as it’s animal fat our bodies cannot digest that clogs all of our arteries. He has many other claims, many of which are written in the China Study which show great health from a people who eat a plant based diet, not by choice but because there is nothing else, in comparison to our poor health in our country.
Dr. Caldwell Esselstyn, MD, Dr. John A. McDougall, MD, and Dr. Michael Klaper, MD, are a handful others worth looking into. There are a great many more, I feel as though these guys had the greatest impact for me, and are a great start.
There are some YouTube personalities that have tons of followers.
I think, if I had to pick a favorite, it would probably be Mic the Vegan. Every video of his that I’ve watched includes controlled studies from medical journals, or statistics, he does his research well and doesn’t just make claims but immediately supports them. He isn’t afraid to take those on who wish to debunk or disparage eating a plant based diet, real science is on his side and he has a way of getting his point across. To top it off, he’s pretty funny.
Happy Healthy Vegan is also a good one to subscribe to, Ryan and Anji are great together! It’s very nice to hear from someone who’s been doing this for a long time and can put things into perspective. They also share their blood results showing how healthy they are, they provide live proof that not only does this way work, but the results are much better than that of one who eats the opposite of a plant based diet.
Earthling Ed is also fantastic, he’s very passionate and has lots of good research as well; Klaus Mitchell is really very good and has interviewed tons of good names and has very good speeches and documentaries. And Caitlin Shoemaker has amazing recipes, and many, many great ones on a budget.
Must see documentaries when it comes to good health are as follows.
In my opinion, I think What the Health makes the top of this list, it truly is well put together. The Game Changers comes at a close second, targeting athletes and fans of athletes, because it’s so entertaining while hitting key points! Leaving Forks Over Knives in third, it’s also really good, but it can be a bit offensive when taken in all at once, it’s a harsh reality we’ve been eating.
Moving on to the environment, there are a great many activists for the planet. In the Amazon, the people of the land fight for it daily, and have for decades. The natural habitat there is torn down to make way for cattle to graze, or for growing more gmo corn and/or soy to fatten the cows up; a football field’s worth every 2 minutes if my memory serves me. This statistic can be found in Cowspiracy, a great documentary by Leo DiCaprio on the environmental impact from our lifestyles. In this doc, the main character calls out the American Heart Association for having steaks on their website while stating that eating red meat causes bad heart health. Same with Susan G Comen’s initiative for breast cancer while putting her pink ribbon on yogurt even though dairy causes breast cancer. And Green Peace with neglecting to talk about the methane in the cow farts and the massive amounts of water needed for just one cow, or one patty for that matter. Also, cows are meant to eat grass, not grains. If we did just allow them all to eat grass, they would require even more land than they are already occupying. The methane in their farts is eating through the ozone layer because there are entirely too many of them.
Another environmental hit no one really knows about is palm oil, the amount of palm oil farms on the face of the earth is getting substantial. Monocropping as whole is dangerous for any environment, plants cohabitate with other plants and animals, they need each other, think of the butterfly effect.
Finally, I left this topic for the end because it’s the hardest to talk about, let alone watch. It’s going vegan for the animals. This gets terribly graphic, you have been warned.
Male chicks have no place for profit in the animal food industry, so they are immediately tossed into what looks like a wood chipper, while the females are saved. The females will be separated to either serve as providing breast meat, so they are given gmo grains and hormones as well that are meant to fatten them up, they are given antibiotics to help them to survive their terrible environments making us immune to these same antibiotics so when we actually need them they don’t work. Their breasts get so big they can’t even walk, so they just lay there. The rest of the female chickens are saved for egg laying. The typical chicken lays around 15-20 eggs per year, so the chicken itself is modified genetically so that she lays about 250 eggs per year.
I have said in the past that the pig has it the worst. They never see the light of day, in their entire lives, unless they are transported alive. So most of them spend their entire lives in small cages big enough just for them individually. They are also meant to eat grass and never get to, just grains. The males are ejaculated to retrieve sperm that is then inserted into the female. This is common practice with a lot of the animals and the people “get used to it”. In the activist community, this is considered rape. The pig is then gassed, with the same contraptions used in the Holocaust, the same people profiting then from gassing people then profit now from gassing pigs.
The male cow also doesn’t have any use, so he is veal. The baby male cow lives for days, neck chained low to the ground while he is transported and killed immediately. The female cow lives for an average of 5 years, she is also raped then her baby is taken from her, making this the worst sound made in all of animal cruelty. There’s nothing like hearing a momma cow cry for her baby. Can’t have the baby eating up profits. The cow that produces dairy is hooked to machines that pump her more often than her baby would feed, so she bleeds, then pusses up when healing. The FDA allows 1 tablespoon of pus per gallon of milk.
I haven’t even touched on the cruelty of some, not all, animal care takers. It’s enough to want to go Negan on their asses, in a courtroom of course.
Animals natural lives are a lot longer than what we allow for, so we are essentially raping and murdering animal babies so we can eat them.
Joey Carbstrong is a great face in the animal movement. His tactics are rough, but he gets his point across. He is, what I consider, the new Gary Yourofsky.
I left him for last, because he is the reason I am vegan. I have to take a minute, before I move on to Gary, to talk about the difference between being vegan and being plant based. There are tons of junk foods that are vegan, like chips and cookies for example, and plant based is, well, just plants, no processed food. So there are many unhealthy vegans that are vegan for the sake of the animals. Being vegan isn’t akin to being healthy, being plant based is.
When we first made our transition, it was hard! It literally took me a year before I stopped cheating because of all of the events throughout the year, especially the holidays, it was hard not to eat tamales at Christmas, so that first year, I ate them. While I’m still vegan 4 or 5 years later, I don’t always follow the plant based diet that I should be following for my health’s sake, but I’m not perfect, and that’s ok! I cut myself slack cos I do try. It’s not easy to have meals made from scratch every day if one sticks to just plants, so sometimes I eat meat alternatives, like burgers and pizza.
So during our transition, while we were studying and getting to know all of the people aforementioned, we came across Gary Yourofsky. He’s an animal activist, and was the best; he was banned and thrown out of many countries because of his efforts to free animals. He spoke at many, many schools trying to educate the young on the atrocities of the animal food industry. It was from him that I learned that our digestive tract is extremely long and meant to attain all of the nutrients from plants, vs. a true carnivore like a lion, who has a short digestive tract meant to eject decaying flesh. That our jaws move from side to side, to help in grinding down apples, whereas the lion’s jaw moves only up and down, no side to side movement. The canines we have are very small in comparison to a lion’s as well, ours are meant to tear through the hard flesh of an apple; he invites people to try and chew through a squirrel with our canines as a lion would.
He retired. He gave up trying to change the minds of walls. I can’t blame him, I nearly gave up myself right before this pandemic. It’s hard to speak truths, scream them, with proof, and no one wants to hear you, the opposite actually, they call you crazy. He came back from retirement after maybe 4 years when this pandemic happened as well, he, like I did, realized the people are finally waking up and can hear us!
For the people, for the planet, for the animals. I live this way for all 3 reasons, and for more. I like the way I feel after eating a healthy meal, I then have the energy to proceed with my day vs. needing to take a nap. I like knowing that my spirit is clean from harm. And truly, my food is delicious. Your palette is cleansed when eating this way so food starts to taste different, where I used to need to douse my salads in dressing for flavor, I now enjoy the crispy flavor of leafy greens, though I don’t eat many salads. I have grown to love tomatoes for so much more than ketchup, they are so versatile raw or cooked.
I learned how to cook late in life and I learned that I have a knack for it, my food has always been good. I push myself to better my meals in what I call my science experiments. From making “cheese” from cashews to baking watermelon in the oven to marinating tofu to perfection, it’s never a dull day in my kitchen.
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