Disclaimer- these are all of my personal opinions and I am not by any means forcing them onto my readers! I am also not a professional in the dietary field.
Some of you may already know via my Instagram, but about 5-6 months ago I stopped eating meat and cut out most dairy. My main reasons had to do with my health, animal cruelty, and the environment. I watched the documentary "What The Health" on Netflix and let's just say the rest is history! In hindsight, I can agree with some by saying the film was bias. They are definitely trying to push a vegan movement by persuading viewers that eating meat is the worst thing you'll ever do and that it will eventually kill you. I won't disagree with that. Even with that being said, the information about the meat industry is true as are the studies of disease & cancer correlation. I suggest doing your due diligence and researching anything you're skeptical about.
This topic seems to come with a lot of debate, which is fair. We have been raised in a society that enforces meat as a necessary part of our every day diet. For some, saying that we don't need meat or even claiming that it is bad for your health is absurd. Change is scary- I get it. If you're one of those people, hopefully you can be open minded enough to hear it out. After all, it's YOUR health. All I can hope to do is bring awareness to you!
If you're turning your head away from it, let me share a quote Tony Robbins once said in a podcast that struck me. "Ignorance in finance is poverty, ignorance in diet is disease and death.".
Another great documentary that is just as persuasive but a little less forceful is "Forks Over Knives". Available on Netflix.
Like any major lifestyle change, this came with stress. It seemed very inconvenient but I knew it was necessary. Here's the amazing thing about switching to a meat-free diet in todays day in age- your access to information is ENDLESS thanks to this awesome little tool called the internet( sounds familiar yeah?). In the weeks following up my decision to cut out meat and most dairy, I started to follow dozens of vegan & vegetarian dedicated Instagram pages (Buzzfeedtastyveg, Veganfoodspot), saved tons of recipes on my Pintrest, and watched videos on YouTube about how other people "transitioned" to a vegan/vegetarian diet. Seeing that there were SO many resources available to me restored my faith & made my transition much easier.
I'll be honest, at first I made the choice mainly for my health, but I've realized that it is just as important for the environment & for the animals that experience such cruel and inhumane torture. According to a report published by the Worldwatch Institute,
51 percent of global greenhouse-gas emissions are caused by animal agriculture. I sleep better at night knowing I'm not supporting an industry that is so destructive to our planet. As for animal cruelty, The American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals says it best.
I originally wanted to go strict vegan but I soon realized that it would require a lot more time and effort than I could afford. Not making excuses-just being practical with myself and my lifestyle. I've come to accept that thats okay! I feel great with what I've decided to cut out and keep in. There is not a one-size fits all for diets or for personal health.
As of now, I am still eating seafood & eggs. However, I am more conscious about where the seafood is from and the type of eggs I buy (e.g. I check to see what ocean the fish is from- different oceans have different levels of pollution).
I will be doing a follow up post of my typical grocery shopping list, what items/brands that I use as replacements for dairy & meat products, and my go to meals and snacks. Excited to share that with you all. Would love to hear your opinions, questions, or tips, feel free to comment below and thanks for reading!