I had a hard time trying to think where to start! Issues ranging from fair trade, to harmful chemicals and additives, to GMO, to processed foods, to carcinogenic products, to cattle industry, to animals abuse, to overfishing, to deforestation and the list keeps going on and on. Fact of the matter is that the food industry is completely screwed and you and I are part of the problem.
Here are my 5 reasons why I eat plant-based foods:
Healthier: You are what you eat. It’s amazing how foods can change our moods, feelings and our overall health. Our diets lack wholesome plant foods which are the source of proteins, carbs, “good” fats, vitamins, fibers and minerals. A meal is no longer considered a meal if there is no meat in it! We shove way too much meat into bodies that are designed to consume more plants, which make us constantly suffer from constipation, digestion problems, bloated stomach, weight control, skin, hair and mental health issues. Personally, I’ve never felt as strong, healthy and balanced as I do now, and I do credit that in large part to eating healthy plant-based diet.
Good foods, good vibes
Tastier: My taste and smell senses have exponentially improved. I thought it was only me, but I came to realise that it’s common among people who follow plant-based diets. Your taste buds and flavor receptors begin to notice, adjust and enjoy different textures, aromas, tastes and consistencies. You get used to the goodness of quality plant-based whole foods that nothing else will taste as flavorsome, full, rich and pleasant. And oh boy! Never in my life have I had as much diverse, tasty and satisfying food as I do now!
Cheaper: “plant-based diet is expensive”. I’ve heard and read this everywhere. But the reality is totally different. If you browse in the supermarket, you’ll find animal products and meats are the costliest. Speaking from a personal experience, this dietary choice provides not only good nutrition but also accommodates life on a budget. It ‘s affordable, accessible and convenient. It all depends on the choices you make.
Accessible: “It’s difficult to find plant-based foods”. Another myth among the zillion myths! Wherever you live or travel to, there’ll be veggies, fruits, beans, rice, breads, nuts and many more. I find this diet and lifestyle incredibly versatile.
Debeaking to not let chickens peck each other out of frustration created by the unnatural confinement in factories. Source: Free From Harm
Ethical: If I was to choose ONE reason, this would be it.
Chickens debeaking (beak trimming), forceful continuous pregnancy, beating, hormones injecting, unhealthy diet, electrocuting, torturing, stealing calves from their mothers, improper milking methods, burning forests down for fish farms and agriculture, cattle industry, climate change and so on and so forth! Animal industry gives no damn about the animals’ and planet’s wellbeing. Animal industry gives no respect to lives. Everything is acceptable as long as it makes $$$.
Let me give you a simple example of how meat industry uses up resources. Here is how you get a pound of meat:
12 pounds of grains, 2400 gallons of water, 35 pounds of topsoil and 1 gallon of gasoline! Yes, that’s just for a single pound of meat! Check this link- Facts on Animal Farming and the Environment.
Personally, I decided to cut out meat consumption as I feel responsible and I can no longer claim to care about the planet and animals while supporting a greedy industry that exhausts resources and doesn’t respect lives. I refuse to eat animals that have undergone torture, disrespect and unnecessary cruelty just to be a meal on my plate. Every life is worthy of respect and cherish. Stay tuned for my post- Documentaries and links that have changed my life.
At the end of the day, we’re all on different journeys. Some of us quit consuming meat to manifest their intolerance and refusal to the current situation, others reduce their meat consumption, and others try to find alternatives.
What matters the most is we keep trying to be mindful human beings who make conscious decisions.