I've watched a ton of movies on Netflix in preparation for this episode.
Cowspiracy – which explains how much resources it takes to create a cow (acres of land, gallons of water)
What the Health – Which shows the benefits of eating a plant based diet (both of these movies are done by the same team).
Overfed and Undernourished – Examines a global epidemic and our modern lifestyles through one boy's inspiring and personal journey to regain his health from the inside out. After heartache, Liam Gollé weighing in at over 176lbs turns to his Aunty & Uncle for help and embarks on a journey that promises to transform his life forever.
Vegucated – A movie that shows a few people from different walks of life who attempt to go Vegan for a week. It also has some pretty brutal video of slaughter houses.
All These Health Organizations Are on the Take
This movie shows how agencies:
The American Diabetes Association – was taking money from Dannon who make Yogurt, Kraft Cheese, Oscar Meyer Processed meats, Bumblebee Foods (all of which contribute to Diabetes), even though American Heart Association
The American Cancer Society – was taking money from Tyson (one the world's largest meat producers), Yum! (owners of KFC, Pizza Hut, Taco Bell)
Susan B Komen Breast Cancer – Partners with KFC, and Yoplait Yogurt (Studies show Yogurt leads to Breast Cancer according to the movie)
The American Heart Association – Takes hundreds of thousands of dollars from meat, poultry, and dairy industry. Taking millions of dollars from the Fast Food and processed food manufacturers
Every one of these companies is taking money from meat and dairy companies that make foods that are associated with cause of these diseases
This would be like the American Lung Association taking money from the Tobacco industry. There is an obvious conflict of interest. When these organizations put out reports, we need to realize who really paid for those reports.
Conspiracy Was Almost Shut Down
In the movie, you hear how the financial backing pulls out of the movie (for fear of retaliation from the Meat industry?). Obviously, the movie was made. It did a great job of making me a skeptic so I sent an email to the makers of the film who replied back quickly and pointed me to their crowd sourcing campaign that showed how they raised $117,092
They actually raised their goal in six days and ended up with 217% of their goal.
The Whole “Planet Thing”
I'm not a hippie. I've never hugged a tree, but the math is simple. The population is growing at an alarming pace. The countries that have the most rapid growth are trying to eat more like Americans (meat and dairy), and if we all are like Americans, we would need five four more earths. There simply isn't enough space to grow the feed, to raise the cows, and to dispose of the monstrous amount of poop. So I'm might recycle if it's offered, but that is about as far as I go typically.
Hard To Argue with Proof
These movies have me seriously considering eating less meat. While I would love to say it's to save the planet, but the truth is when I see someone (in What the Health) who can barely walk using a walker and later after just switching her diet be walking down the street – that's hard to argue with. Another example in the movie had someone who was wheezing when she spoke. She had problems breathing. This was remedied in a very short time and both of them through buckets of pills in the trash
But What About Cavemen?
I hear alot about the Paleo Diet. Where we should eat meat wrapped in bacon, thrown on top of eggs. There are some places where you can't grow fruits and vegetables, so you gotta eat something to live.
A Targeted Plan of Action Seems Like Forever – But It's Not
In the movie Overfed and Undernourished we watch a young boy go to live with his Aunt and Uncle who get him off horrible food choices and on to (you guessed it) primarily plant based diet. At the beginning of the movie, he has man boobs (and I think he was 13). A few months later he's in much better condition. He almost quits a few times, but he sticks with it and in the end, the results are obvious. It took a while to find him, but his Facebook page seems to show he has kept it off. I can only imagine the pressure he is under.
So Where Do I Go From Here?
I'm going to attempt Meat Free Mondays (see https://www.meatfreemondays.com/) which has great recipes, etc. If I can do one day a week, then maybe I'll go two days a week (then three)
The biggest problem I see with all diets is we all shoot for perfection. As I speak right now I have a package of drumsticks, and a box of frozen burgers. I work too hard to throw food away. I know trying to go Vegetarian cold turkey is rough, but if I can do this over time, little by little, I can pull this off.
This means I'm going to have to try new things. I'm going to end up eating humis at some point. I'm going to be using my Air Fryer to cook Squash and Cauliflower instead of Chicken.
There are three types of vegetarians:
- Lacto-ovo-vegetarians eat both dairy products and eggs; this is the most common type of vegetarian diet.
- Lacto-vegetarians eat dairy products but avoid eggs.
- Ovo-vegetarian. Eats eggs but not dairy products.
- Vegans do not eat dairy products, eggs, or any other products which are derived from animals. – source
I can see me starting out as Lacto-ovo-vegetarians and going from there. It will take time, but I do see the undeniable health benefits (and will get into iron, and other things another day).