In the last two months, I have really been compelled to eat more plant proteins and less animal product. We have read so much about how casein (the protein from animals) negatively effects your body. I do believe that animals were once a good part of your diet. In today’s society and the way things are mass produced based entirely around money, the quality of animal life and the products we eat have gone down drastically.
Cows for example used to be grass fed, today they eat corn because they can get mass amounts of it for low cost. Funny thing is – cows were not made to eat corn. As a result, we have diseases such as e coli. You would think when something like this arises, they would question what they are doing and the fact that just maybe they are not meant to eat corn. Studies have shown that if you take a cow with e coli and feed it grass for a week, it kills the bacteria and actually cleans it out of the intestines entirely. But instead of going back to a natural diet of grass with no e coli, they discovered that if you washed the meat in ammonia it kills the e coli and therefore can be eaten. Nothing about that process sounds right or appealing to me.
That was just one paragraph about cows. Each animal has their own story or reason why I choose not to participate in eating meat. I will not say that we are vegetarian, but we have made a conscious effort to eliminate most animal products. We have switched milk to all almond milk, protein powders to plant based proteins, and all vitamins to vitamins with ingredients from natural sources. If we eat any chicken or other meats, we buy small portions and from a supermarket that can guarantee where it is coming from and each step it took to get there. My recipes will not turn vegan, don’t worry. But, I will always be trying to post things that enhance your health.
Should I delete this paragraph? Maybe I should just say it anther way… <Did you know that the amount of corn used to feed just cows is enough to end poverty around the world? Seems backwards. We are cutting down half of our rain forests to create space for these millions of cows. Feeding them corn which they shouldn’t eat, while we have starving children who would kill for some corn. Meanwhile this corn causes a disease in animals which we then feed to ourselves. >
When we started upping our produce intake, it was purely because I kept reading book after book about how a plant based diet heals and cures all kinds of problems. I never really had any reason or intention of cutting out meat entirely. That happened once I really took a look at the food industry. The commercially driven farmer cares all about money and nothing about the health of the animals, the people working for them, or us as a consumer. If a company was named “successful” based on how healthy its consumers were after eating their food this would be an entirely different story.
I am not saying this is for everyone. I am just letting you know what we are up to and why. I really encourage everyone to take a closer look at what they are eating, where it comes from, and what it does to your body.
If you would like to watch some great documentaries about these topics Food Inc, Forks over Knives, and Earthlings are all very informational.
One of the most frustrating things for me is to talk to people who agree that things are not right but feel like they have no power to change anything. I had a conversation with someone last week and they said, “well that’s just the way things are, we might not like it but there is nothing we can do the companies are just too big.” You can do something. You can choose not to participate in it and stop putting $ in the pockets of the people who are poisoning us and our world. If they are driven by money and you keep giving it to them, you are feeding the cause. Stop giving them what they want, until they start giving us what we want.
No one can do everything. But everyone can do something.