I honestly cannot believe I am writing this post. In fact, I already have several posts lined up ready to be published. But here I am sitting and writing this one.
This blog is about clarity, following your true calling, discovering your True Self, getting you in the flow. I am here to inspire you. We are talking high material, baby!
“Raising animals for food is one of the top two or three most significant contributors to the most serious environmental problems, at every scale from local to global.” – United Nations
And still here I am getting ready to write about eating animals’ flesh. How is that for an inspiration and high material?
How does it relate to clarity? Directly actually. I got so much of it now that I stopped eating animals that I cannot believe I haven’t done it earlier. I am also much healthier, have tons of energy and turns out save the planet all at the same time. Enough to get me in the flow.
I just had someone tell me that it is not fun to eat healthy. That’s the most unconscious statement that I heard in a while. And that’s what motivated me to write this post.
Is it not fun to feel good? To have more energy? More clarity? To live longer? To look better? To make more money after all, because that what at the end of the day more clarity means to our bottom line? To ensure you give the best to your kids? Are all of those things really not fun?
Why 7 seconds of pleasure? The term was invented by my dear friend Vicky Shemer, an avid supporter of green and healthy living . Because that’s really how long on average it takes you to chew food before you swallow it.
Am I really hoping to change anyone’s opinion here regarding eating or not eating meat? Not really. But this blog is also about conscious living. Conscious living involves conscious choices. You cannot make conscious choices if you don’t know the facts.
I’ll give you the facts. No pressure. Just read them. Whatever you decide – whether give vegan or vegetarian diet a try or not, I am sure that choice will be the right one for you.
I won’t judge either way and still think you are awesome and still would love to go out with you for lunch some day. I hope you’ll feel the same way towards me.
I have a pet bird. Little green cheek conure. I love cats and dogs as pets but they are too messy for me at the moment, I have a three year old son after all and have more than enough cleaning up to do.
Getting a little bird for him was a great alternative. They love each other.
Her name is Abby and she has a brain smaller than a walnut. (Why am I talking about pet bird??) I know, but wait a minute.
Abby literally gets offended when I come home and not say hi to her. You can tell it. She needs attention. She has feelings. I bet she would die if all we were doing were feeding her and cleaning her cage. Hold that thought for me.
Peta.org claims that research has proved that chickens are smarter than dogs, cats and even some primates. In a natural setting, a mother hen begins to teach her chicks various calls before they even hatch-she clucks softly to them while sitting on the eggs and the chirp back at her. Unfortunately, chickens in factory farms never meet their mothers.
My Abby gets offended when I don’t talk to her. She is not a chicken of course, but still.
Most small farms now have been replaced by massive corporate run factory farms in which chickens, pigs, turkeys and cows are treated like machines instead of living, feeling individuals.
Chickens raised and killed for their flesh spend their entire lives in filthy, ammonia-laden sheds with tens of thousands of other birds. Ammonia levels in chicken farms are so high that the corrosive substance burns the birds’ lungs and skin. Most chicken suffer from chronic respiratory disease, weakened immune system and bronchitis. I am not even speaking about drugs they are dosed with to grow quicker.
Men’s Health magazine ranked chicken as the number one food you should never eat because of its high rate of bacterial contamination.
After six weeks in these horrible conditions, the birds are roughly thrown into cages and then they are shipped through all weather extremes to slaughterhouse.
I won’t go into details of how they are killed, you got the picture.
I know, living consciously is tough sometimes.
Still reading? Ok.
Birds who are raised for their eggs are packed, five to 11 at a time, into wire cages that are so small that they don’t have enough room to spread even a single wing. Their wings and legs atrophy from disuse and their legs and feet become deformed from standing on a slanted wire cage bottoms.
Their sensitive peaks are cut off without any pain killers.
There is no one single federal law that protects animals in factory farms, while a recent Gallup survey showed that 96% of Americans believe that animals deserve legal protection.
I won’t talk about cows and pigs here and how they are treated. Do you own research if you wish.
You might argue that you buy only cage free eggs and organic grass fed beef.
Look at other facts below:
Obesity is one of the most pressing health problems in United States and will soon become country’s leading cause of preventable deaths. Despite the growing number of “diets” that are being touted through the country, Americans just keep getting fatter. A government review of all studies on weight loss found that two thirds of dieters gain weight back within a year and 97% gain it all back within five years. This fluctuation is worse than being overweight. These dieters would have been better off if they hadn’t even bothered.
It’s proven that protein diets don’t work either. Atkins himself died at 258 pounds.
The only weight loss plan that has been proved scientifically to take weight off and keep it off for more than a year is vegan diet.
I never had problems with weight. The biggest factor for me to give up meat was stronger immune system for me and my son. I go crazy even when he gets minor cold, I’d do anything if it means him getting those colds less and being healthier overall.
Other big benefits for me, just like I said already, were incredible mind clarity that I’ve got as a result and much more energy I have now throughout the day. Just those benefits are enough for me to become a big fan.
But let’s see other facts.
“You’ll live longer. Vegetarians live about seven years longer, and vegans (who eat no animal products) about 15 years longer than meat eaters, according to a study from Loma Linda University.
You’ll save your heart. Cardiovascular disease is still the number one killer in the United States, and the standard American diet (SAD) that’s laden with saturated fat and cholesterol from meat and dairy is largely to blame. Children as young as age 3 who are raised on fast food and junk food show early signs of heart disease, according to the Bogalusa Heart Study done at the Louisiana State University.
Today, the average American male eating a meat-based diet has a 50 percent chance of dying from heart disease. His risk drops to 15 percent if he cuts out meat; it goes to 4 percent if he cuts out meat, dairy and eggs.
You’ll help reduce famine. Right now, 72 percent of all grain produced in the United States is fed to animals raised for slaughter. It takes 15 pounds of feed to get one pound of meat. But if the grain were given directly to people, there’d be enough food to feed the entire planet. In addition, using land for animal agriculture is inefficient in terms of maximizing food production. According to the journal Soil and Water, one acre of land could produce 50,000 pounds of tomatoes
You’ll avoid toxic chemicals. The EPA estimates that nearly 95 percent of pesticide residue in our diet comes from meat, fish and dairy products. Fish, in particular, contain carcinogens (PCBs, DDT) and heavy metals (mercury, arsenic; lead, cadmium) that cannot be removed through cooking or freezing. Meat and dairy products are also laced with steroids and hormones.
You’ll help to bring down the national debt. United States spends between $60 billion to $120 billion annually to treat the heart disease, cancer, obesity, and food poisoning that are byproducts of a diet heavy on animal products.” Source Peta.org
According to recent United Nations report, the meat industry causes more global warming (through emissions of carbon dioxide, methane an d nitrous oxide) than all cars, trucks, SUVs, planes and ships in the world combined. Researchers at the University of Chicago determined that switching to a vegan diet is 50% more effective than switching from a regular car to a hybrid in reducing your impact on global warming.
More than half of all the water consumed in the U.S. is used to raise animals for food. A totally vegetarian diet requires 300 gallons of water per day, while meat based diet requires more than 4,000 gallons of water per day.
Farmed animals produce about 130 times as much excrement as the entire human population of the United States. According to the Environmental Protection Agency, the runoff from factory farms pollutes our rivers and lakes more than all other industrial sources combined.
There are tons of other facts I could have included here but you can do your own research.
That’s what I believe conscious living is all about – knowing the facts, knowing the risks and benefits and I think most importantly being open minded enough to give something a try to be able to make an informed decision based on facts and personal experience.
I strongly believe that at the end of the day benefits of such diet clearly and loudly outweight the downside of it. And again I believe that most of the downside comes in the form of you giving up 7 seconds of pleasure you get while chewing the meat before you swallow it.
Are those 7 seconds of pleasure really worth it?
Those are just my beliefs, they are biased and I was hesitant to write about them so strongly. But again your beliefs might be totally different and I accept them. My main goal here was to educate you, give you facts and tell you about my personal experience.
“If anyone wants to save the planet, all they have to do is just stop eating meat. It’s staggering when you think about it. Vegetarianism takes care of so many things in one shot: ecology, famine, cruelty.” – Sir Paul McCartney.
Give it a try or don’t give it a try. And most importantly whatever you decide- know with your whole fiber that this is the right decision for you. I definitely don’t want you to eat meat and feel bad about doing it. This would bring more harm than anything else. If you are already vegan or vegetarian, let us know about your experience in the comments below.
Own your decision.