Friday, August 21, 2009

Meet Your Meat

Warning: This post highly opposes my previous pork tenderloin post. I'm not being hypocritical, but rather have had a change in heart :)I am not writing this blog to try to convince anyone to become a vegetarian. I am simply sharing my thoughts as to why I'm giving it a shot. I am currently doing the "30-day veg pledge"! I have tried going vegetarian before, mainly for the health benefits, but have recently decided to give it another go due to a reason I will talk about later. First, some health benefits . . .


Cancer Protection - When my mom was diagnosed with breast cancer in 2000, she made the decision to go vegan. My family greatly believes that this (along with constant prayer, tenacity, love, support, and great naturopathic doctors) is one of the reasons she is alive and well today. The World Health Organization states that dietary factors account for at least 30% of all cancers in Western countries! Cancer researchers in England and Germany have found that vegetarians were about 40% less likely to develop cancer when compared to meat eaters. Those are significant numbers! Also, studies show that people who consume higher amounts of fruits and vegetables have about one-half the risk of cancer, especially the epithelial cancers, and the risk of most cancers was 20-50% lower in those with a higher consumption of whole grains.
Visit www.cancerproject.org/survival/cancer_facts/meat.php if you'd like more detailed information regarding meat consumption and cancer risk.


Heart Health - Personally, my diet has nothing to do with my weight :) I visited the doctor this summer for my physical and found out my cholesterol is slightly high! I was shocked because I thought of myself as pretty healthy with a good diet. This is another reason why I have finally decided to become a vegetarian. Vegetarians have a whopping 50% less chance of developing heart disease! Studies performed in Italy show that those with the highest consumption of fruits and vegetables had a 21% reduced risk of heart attacks. After I saw my dad go through his heart attack, I don't want myself or anyone else I know to have to go through that.


Other benefits of a vegetarian diet that have persuaded me include a stronger immune system, living on average 6-10 years longer, and helping to prevent diseases such as osteoporosis and Alzheimer's.


OK, now to the topper that ultimately led me to this decision. I came across the website http://www.goveg.com/ through a Facebook post of a girl I know from high school who is a vegetarian. On this website, there is a link on the left-hand side with the title "Meet Your Meat". I clicked on "pigs", and couldn't believe what I was watching! I won't go into detail for those of you who would rather not know. For those of you who would like to check it out, there are videos as well as pictures if you'd prefer to not watch the videos. I do have a love for animals, and this literally broke my heart and subsequently made me sick to my stomach as we had just eaten pork!


My hope is that this blog post will help my "30-day veg pledge" to not be another failed attempt, and I will continue with this for more than 30 days. By putting all my thoughts out there to you, I will have you to help hold me accountable . . . and then there's always that video to help remind me . . .

3 comments:

  1. Great post Amanda!

    In case you want additional materials to further keep you on track, Food Inc. is an excellent documentary on the food industry Brittany and I saw about a month ago. It's kind of had its run in theaters, so you might have to wait for it to come out on video.

    There are also a couple of demeaning books that Brittany read and enjoyed, "Skinny B***h" for women and "Skinny B*****d" for guys. I haven't read either, but one of my friends did and immediately switched to being vegetarian (or vegan, can't remember which) after it. I believe this book was the one that was the breaking point as far as going vegan for her.

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  2. In my previous comment i've asked you if you were a vegetarian. While i was futher exploring your blog, if found this post about the 30 days pledge.

    Are you still a vegetarian? Or do you sometimes eat fish too? I've taken the 30 day vegetarian pledge too 3 weeks ago, but i've been eaten fish....aaaaahhh.

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  3. @ASH I did read Skinny B... Very good book.

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