My decision to go vegan 2 weeks ago was the result of a couple of things. The first was a news story regarding the abuse of dairy cows back in November 2017. The story was horrific, and if you care for animals at all, it would have struck a nerve with you all as well. It was a large supplier of milk in the South Florida area, and they were caught on camera whipping the cows. By the time the emotional effects wore off, here comes a new round of abusive videos regarding McArthur dairy farm. Mind you, McArthur is one of the biggest milk suppliers to Publix, Walgreens, etc. In these videos, the cows were subjected to blow torches, and pregnant cows were electrocuted to get them to deliver their calves faster. I could not stand the thought of buying dairy milk any longer, and allowing this to continue.
That led me on a journey to watching documentaries on Netflix. The very first was "What the Health?" Honestly, it bothered me so much, I only watched the first 30 minutes. I was not ready to hear that a plant based lifestyle is the healthiest of all diets. That would mean I would have to give up MEAT! So I watched another, Food Inc., Fat Sick and Nearly Dead, Food Choices, Cowspiracy. All of these just got my head spinning. And then a year later I watched "What the Health" all the way through.
If you eat an American diet, and I would think a lot of you do, then you owe it to yourself to know where your food comes from. It had me thinking that even on SparkPeople, they have articles on how fresh vegetables have to be transported for over 1500 miles to make it on your plate, or The Dirty Dozen, about the produce with the most pesticides. But they don't talk about animal agriculture, and the horrors involved. Why do we close our eyes to it, and pretend? Because bacon is so good? You should watch the film and decide if you ever want to eat pork ever again.
You should also know that the committee of people reconstructing the federal guidelines on RateMyPlate.Gov every 5 years are being payed by special interest groups and lobbyists. It's shocking. In the U.S., your health is bought, and then sold to the drug industry when you get diabetes, heart disease and cancer.
I will not sit here and tell you that this lifestyle is easy. Chicken. My gosh, do I have a love of chicken. And I'm at the point I can eat vegan 3 or 4 days a week, but the other days, I succumb to chicken. But I'm going to hang in there. Ween myself off poultry. Or maybe never.
Do it for your health. Watch What the Health with an open mind, and decide for yourself. It may not change your way of eating overnight. It didn't with me. But it planted a seed that took root, and it may just do the same for you.