I like to think of myself as balanced when it comes to my love for science. I am not as skeptical about everything as Richard Dawkins is, but I am not even close to being like Sadhguru. I am in between.
I acknowledge that science can be often limited, rigid, and close-minded, but I also acknowledge that without science I wouldn’t have the medicine that helped me handle my epilepsy and that without science we would have no idea what planets are out there and what they are made of.
I am somewhere on the Sam Harris level – as I imagine him to be because he meditates and no one who is not at least 1% open-minded does that; I love science and respect it, but I also think Buddhism may have something to contribute to the world.
Not as a religion but as a philosophy on how to live and approach life through mindfulness and the awareness of impermanence.
Seriously, Making Sense is by far my favorite non-vegan podcast. In case you want to listen, my favorite episode at the time that I am writing this, is titled Is Buddhism True? where he is speaking with Robert Wright.
But I don’t want to talk about science as a whole, or even about why you should like science; what I want to show you now are all the facts that science confirmed to be true about eating animal products:
- WHO has classified bacon and sausage as carcinogenic to humans. *
- Within minutes of eating dead meat bacteria toxins, the body gets a burst of inflammation, stiffening or paralyzing of arteries. *
- The leading source of sodium in the American diet for adults is chicken. *
- The number one dietary source of cholesterol in America is chicken. *
- Eating 1 egg per day is just as bad as smoking 5 cigarettes per day for life expectancy. *
- The number one source of saturated fat is dairy. *
- 93% of dioxin exposure comes from eating animal products. *
- Milk does not build strong bones. *
- Dairy is linked to many different types of cancer. *
- Any animal protein boosts the level of cancer-promoting growth hormone IGF-1. *
- Dairy can increase a man’s risk of getting prostate cancer by 34%. *
- If you eat meat, the chances of getting diabetes are about 1 in 3. *
- If you eat meat, chances of getting cancer in men are 1 in 2, and 1 in 3 if you are a woman. *
And here is what we know about eating a whole plant-based diet:
- You can stop and reverse heart disease with plant-based diets. *
- When people adopt a fully plant-based diet, blood pressure comes down. *
- The healthiest, cheapest, safest source of Vitamin B12, is a fortified food or supplement. *
So what can you do now that you know better?
- You can start by eating more vegetables and fruits. Start experimenting with cooking plant-based meals and play around with different herbs and spices. Follow my Pinterest board for meal ideas.
- You can eliminate animal products from your diet. I recommend doing it over a period of a few weeks if that would make it easier for you to get used to a new diet. You can read this post to get more helpful tips.
- Get your blood tests and learn about how healthy you really are. If you know where your health is more at risk, you can take better care of yourself.
When we know better, we can do better.
Being aware of what could cause major disease in our body, gives us a chance to eat better, live better, and make better and healthier decisions. We cannot take this life for granted and live it in an unhealthy way.
No, eating everything in moderation is not the answer. And no, you only live once is not an excuse to treat your body with disrespect. The fact that you do have only one life, should be the biggest reason why you choose to live a healthy lifestyle, taking care of your body and mind.
Just like you would not take cocaine in moderation, you should not smoke in moderation, or drink dairy in moderation. If something is bad for your health, there is no moderation to consider.
You either quit or eventually die. Don’t count on luck – you might not have it.
Hoping that you are one of those rare, rare people who eat junk food, smoke, take drugs and have bad relationships, yet still live up to a hundred years old and have no major health problems, is the perfect recipe for a disaster.
Those people have been born under a lucky star, but there is only a 0.0000001% that you are that person. So instead of risking getting cancer or diabetes – which you most likely will if you do not change something-, eat your veggies, move your body, and take care of your stress levels.
Saying that we will all die so why bother being healthy is extremely disrespectful to the life itself. You have this one chance to experience it. Why sabotage it?
Your homework is to watch the documentary What The Health and borrow a book or two on the topic of plant-based nutrition.
Trust me when I say that basic nutrition knowledge is necessary. Not only to help you eat healthy and plenty but to help others who will want your help once they see how energized and fit you are.
So why do we distrust science when it comes to eating plant-based? Let me know what you think in the comments.
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