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Oct. 2018

THE REASON:

My Diet Is Primarily

Plant-Based

A lot of you have asked about my diet, and I assume it’s because you want to achieve a certain physical look; however, at the core, most of my food choices have very little to do with looking a certain way and everything to do with true health and wellness. The by-product is both looking AND feeling good.

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Meat and essentially all animal based products are detrimental to your health and are directly responsible for an array of diseases and other serious health issues. I became passionate about this topic when my dad was diagnosed with cancer several years ago and I believe the cause to be his diet. He, like SO many people, thought he was living a healthy life — worked out every day, only ate “clean”, never smoked, and took good care of his body, yet this disease still managed to reach him.

 

My whole family was floored at the news of this because there was absolutely NO WAY such a healthy man would have developed this. Now, it all makes sense and it finally started to when I found out that no chemical carcinogen is nearly so influential in causing human cancer as animal protein.

 

I don’t know about you, but it seems like everyone around me either has cancer or knows someone close to them who is battling it — and only 5 to 10% of cancer is genetic. This made me wonder, how is this affecting so many people? What is going on in the world that’s making this so widespread? And now, I have a pretty good idea why.

 

If you eat meat, your chances of getting cancer if you're a man are 1 in 2, if you're a woman your chances are 1 in 3.

 

THE CANCER RISK FROM A DIET HIGH IN ANIMAL PROTEIN IS NOW CONSIDERED TO BE ON PAR WITH SMOKING.

 

Processed meat is a Group 1 carcinogen, which is the same group that tobacco and asbestos products are in. This grouping means that the ingredients within each product are KNOWN with certainty to cause cancer. 

 

VEGETARIANS ARE ABOUT 40 PERCENT LESS LIKELY TO DEVELOP ALL CANCERS COMPARED TO MEAT EATERS. VEGANS ARE AS MUCH AS 50 PERCENT LESS LIKELY TO GET CANCER.

 

It KILLS me inside when I’m having a conversation with someone who’s telling me how they eat really healthy and “have steak once a week and eat chicken every other night.” I CRINGE. 

 

CHICKEN FORMS HIGHER CONCENTRATIONS OF CANCER-CAUSING SUBSTANCES THAN OTHER TYPES OF COOKED MEAT.

Studies have indicated that those consuming white meat, particularly chicken, have approximately a threefold higher colon cancer risk compared to vegetarians. (And no, eating organic chicken will not help you avoid this ugly truth.) I wouldn’t expect you to know this, or even have the slightest inclination that this is the case, since chicken is marketed as the “healthiest” lean protein option in the world. Even though chicken carries an even bigger load of carcinogens than red meat, it’s not the only big culprit we have to watch out for.

 

THE TRUTH IS, ANY ANIMAL PROTEIN BOOSTS THE LEVEL OF CANCER PROMOTING GROWTH HORMONE.

A family of mutagenic compounds are produced during the cooking process of many animal products, including chicken, beef, pork, and fish. This does not exclude dairy either, as dairy can increase a man’s risk of getting prostate cancer by 34% and just one serving of whole dairy a day can increase a woman’s chance of dying from breast cancer by 49%.

 

It makes me sick to my stomach to think that we are unknowingly poisoning ourselves with animal products we put into our systems. We have all been programmed to believe we NEED meat because that’s all we’ve ever been taught. BUT, not only do we not need animal products to survive, they are actually directly responsible for killing us. I’m sure many of you are thinking, when did this stuff all of the sudden become unhealthy? The answer is: It was never good for you, it’s just now being exposed and we have all been misinformed until now. 

 

HOW CAN THIS BE?

I felt so tricked when I first learned all of this information. I thought, why isn’t this being broadcasted to everyone??? Unfortunately, these facts are kept on the hush-hush because animal product industries pay the government to not only allow the production of their food, but also PROMOTE and push it as part of a healthy lifestyle!! This is why we *think* we need these products, but the people advising us to eat these things are literally being paid to make the products more popular and readily available everywhere! 

 

For example, the dairy industry has a special department to increase dairy consumption in the United States where they research new products people might enjoy to INCREASE the consumption of dairy products. This department then partners with fast food companies to introduce more dairy heavy items on menus which in turn makes dairy farmers more money. This same process takes place for each animal product industry.

 

THE MEAT AND DAIRY INDUSTRY SPEND AT LEAST $557 MILLION ANNUALLY FOR THE GOVERNMENT TO PROMOTE THEIR GOODS. THESE SAME INDUSTRIES ALSO SPEND $138 MILLION LOBBYING CONGRESS. 

 

If you’re having a hard time believing me and need convincing, the Netflix movie What The Health does an excellent job at explaining this whole concept. I would highly recommend taking the time to view it.

 

I truly believe this documentary should be shown in schools worldwide to children and their parents. Heck, I think it should be a national public service announcement! It is such a shame to me that so many people are unaware of the devastating effects their diet can have on their body and that they continue to eat in a disease-promoting manner (all because no one is helping them see the truth of the situation)! 

 

I guarantee you, if there was a label on all hot dog meats that said, “You are increasing your chances of developing cancer by 15% by eating this,” people would think twice and act differently. Unfortunately, that label does not exist on ANY of the animal products we eat so it’s up to you to become educated & look out for yourself.

 

I have probably recommended the What The Health documentary to 800 people (and counting) — I literally preach about this to uber drivers, strangers, anyone I meet! My intention is to spread the word to change people’s lives and maybe even save one of their loved ones’ lives. This knowledge has the power to do just that.

 

YOUR FUTURE SELF WILL THANK YOU FOR MAKING THE RIGHT CHOICES TODAY.

For me, eating plant-based is not especially hard because I never really liked chicken and other meats to begin with. My mother used to have to force me to eat my protein growing up and when I started living on my own I never cooked it for myself. In truth, I unintentionally ate a very plant-based diet before I learned all of this, but I didn't see any harm in eating animal protein. I would actually sometimes force myself to eat it just because I thought it was good for me or because I was "supposed to". Now, I am aware of the effects it can have and my food choices are well informed today.

In following with my mentality from my "Food Philosophy" article, I will enjoy whatever it is that I want — nothing is off limits. It just so happens that I genuinely do not crave eating chicken, meat, or fish — so I simply don't. I do, however, like to have a cheese board maybe once a week, some eggs once every couple weeks, and ice cream every once in a while. I practice intuitive eating (explained more in my "Food Philosophy" article) and for me, that happens to be mostly plant-based. As you can see, I’m not 100% vegan, but I would say I eat within that framework 90% of the time.

Whatever your cravings are, I hope this information helps you make an informed decision when it comes to consuming animal products, or it serves as a source of help in providing answers for you. If you're wondering what I eat in a day, you can find some plant-based food ideas in my "What I Eat" article.