My partner is a vegetarian. She decided that she no longer wanted to eat meat anymore when she was 12-years-old, because of the appalling conditions which some animals are kept in. We have all seen the videos on Amazon Prime Video of puss-filled livestock in tiny pens as they prepare to be killed. It is not pleasant.
My partner has never tried to turn me into a vegetarian. But when you live with someone who does not eat meat, then you also tend not to eat meat, just because it is pointless cooking two meals at the same time. She also kept various vegan cookbooks and vegetarian cookbooks around the house and, after reading them whilst being sat on the toilet, I am not ashamed to say that I thought that these meals looked good.
I had dabbled with the idea of becoming a vegetarian for some time. I am an animal lover and, as such, eating animals just for the fun of it never really made sense to me. I prefer seeing animals in their natural habitats rather than seeing them covered in their own faeces as they are led off to the slaughterhouse.
So in Jan this year, I decided that I was going to give up meat and dairy. I watched a film called ‘What The Health‘, and it convinced me to shy away from eating animal products for a while. If you have not seen it yet, then I would recommend spending the time to sit down and watch it. You can watch it on Amazon Prime Video by clicking here. Watch it and then leave a comment below and let me know what you think.
So, after getting the p**s ripped out of me by my meat-loving friends, I took the plunge and decided to only put products into my body which have been made by nature and which do not have eyes.
For the first couple of days, most of my time was spent on the toilet. I have little doubt that my body was getting rid of all of the rubbish that I had eaten during the preceding 72 hours.
But after the ‘detox’ and after a few headaches, I felt different. I felt like I had more energy. I felt younger and fitter. I am by no means overweight. I am 6ft 4 and go down the gym about 3-4 times per week. But my body felt more alive. I had been hesitant to give being a vegan/vegetarian a go, but now, nine months later, I won’t be going back to my old ways.
By the way, if you want to learn more about detoxing your body, then it is well worth doing some reading up on it so that you understand what the process involves. You can find a selection of books regarding how to detox here.
The main problem I have with meat is the cr*p that is injected into meat and the relationship that this cr*p has with our bodies. We were never designed to eat hormones or to ingest the sort of chemicals which are injected into meats to make them last longer just to appease the supermarkets.
If you owned a sports car, then you would not expect it to work correctly if you filled it up with dirty fuel, right? And yet, our bodies are infinitely more complicated than sports cars but far too many of us are happy just to pump our stomachs full of nasty things which our bodies were never designed to ingest.
Since giving up meat and dairy, I feel the same as what I felt when I was in my late teens. Don’t get me wrong; if someone served me some meat, and I knew that the meat had been fed organic food, hadn’t been injected with hormones and hadn’t been washed with chemicals which will strip the paint off of your car, then I would eat it.
But, alas, it is very rare to find meat that ticks all of these boxes.
So, for now, I will give meat a miss, and I will stick to my vegan diet. I do not give a f**k what my friends say now. My body and my health is more important than the banter that is aimed at me.
So I now only eat food that has been made by nature and is still in the form that nature made it rather than eating food made and sold by companies where profit is their primary motivation rather than peoples health.
If you want to cook some ridiculously tasty vegan recipes from scratch, but you don’t know where to start, then try ‘Plant Based Cookbook‘. They have some fantastic recipes and food ideas which will convince you that becoming a vegan or vegetarian was the right thing to do.
And if you really want to understand why it is vital that your body consumes as much fruit and veg as it can, then I cannot recommend: ‘Superfoods to Superhealth: Intelligent and sustainable food choices for the next generation‘ enough.
It has been written by a GP and is an eye-opening read. I have purchased three copies of it so far and gave one copy to my mother-in-law who was diagnosed with bladder cancer back in November.
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