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Where’s the Beef?

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Okay, hear me out.

I stopped judging people for what they ate a little while ago, and it was never out of judgement itself really, more genuine worry for their health after doing so much research.

My closest friends would have McDonalds for breakfast, processed foods, GMOs, tons and tons of heart-stopping foods daily…and that totally used to be me.  We just aren’t taught otherwise.  Or what any of those things are.

I am not saying go vegan—I’m saying cut down on animal proteins, because they are actually HARMING your body in the amounts that we in the US eat them.

Our bodies are quite literally all we have on this planet- they are our vessel, or means of being here, experiencing this life.  I can’t think of anything I would want to take BETTER care of than that.  We are all we have.  We say we don’t have time to eat right, but if you really think about it, we don’t have  time not to.

 

I shall sum it up for you:

If you want to live past 50 and help prevent killing this planet, cut back on meat products and incorporate more veggies in your diet. Hooray!  So easy.

 

If you need more convincing….

Facts that might suck to here but will RULE to hear once you don’t have heart disease, diabetes, high blood pressure, stroke, heart attack, or the like:

  • Antibiotics are fed to at least 55% of our livestock, completely supported by the Meat and Dairy industry
  • The most common cause of death in the US is a heart attack
  • Average US man’s risk of death from heart attack: 50%
  • Risk of average US man who eats no meat: 15%
  • Most burger patties consist of cow feces

 

Things about the environment and the meat industry you should know:

  • It takes 2,500 gallons of water to produce a pound of meat
  • a meat-eating diet requires more than 4,000 gallons of water per day
  • Number of people who could be adequately fed using land freed if Americans reduced their intake of meat by 10%: 100 million
  • For every pound of steak we lose 7 lbs of wheat
  • 1/3 of the fossil fuels in the US goes to raising animals for slaughter
  • If everyone went vegetarian for just one day, we could save 1.5 billion pounds of crops otherwise fed to livestock, enough to feed the state of New Mexico for more than a year
  • if every American skipped one meal of chicken per week and substituted vegetarian foods instead, the carbon dioxide savings would be the same as taking more than half a million cars off of U.S. roads.

 

Ultimately, you know what your body needs.  The problem is, we’re not listening.

I was sent this website, Forks Over Knives, and I watched the trailer for the documentary.  It’s hard hitting, but they’re saying the same thing- just cut back.  Swap a sandwich for a salad sometimes at lunch, use almond milk in your cereal instead, eat more Indian food (because they kick ASS at vegetarian dishes), skip that McDonalds because you know you feel sick after it anyway.

Easy Peasy.  No harm, no judgement, everybody wins.

Take a gander!  It is, as Roger Ebert calls it, “A Film That Can Save Your Life.”

 

 

Plus, their website has recipes, which is bitchin.

:)

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