Living a life without meat is healthier, kinder to the environment and more
humane than a diet with meat. I should know, I was shortening my life span by eating so
much meat. I was literally killing myself, one bite at a time. After my diagnoses with
high cholesterol I started researching ways to begin a healthier lifestyle. It was then that I
found out about the many negative effects farmed animals have on the environment.
Sufficed to say, I was ultimately mortified when I read about the cruel and inhumane
lives these poor animals live until their death.
I know that we as humans have eaten meat for thousands of years, but thousands
of years ago we had to eat anything we could in order to survive! Some may think we
cannot attain the right amount of nutrients and vitamins that a meat diet can provide. I
would concur with this statement; if we do not monitor our diet correctly we run the risk
of anemia, or lack of protein and the B-12 vitamin we need. However, according to many
doctors around the world (including my own) a vegetarian diet can include all the
necessary nutrients of a meat diet, all while lowering cholesterol, fat intake, and
providing more energy. I am a great example; in 1995 I was diagnosed with high
cholesterol and a high iron count. I was eating meat with practically every meal. I was
instructed by my doctor that if I didn’t cut out the mass amounts of meat in my diet I
would be a likely candidate for type 2 diabetes, coronary disease and ultimately a heart
attack. This was a huge wake up call for me and I chose to cut out all meat products. The
results were instantaneous. Within a week I could feel the benefits of not eating meat. I
felt better, lighter somehow. I now pay closer attention to my diet and take my vitamin
supplements in order to get the proper amount of protein and iron that I need.
In addition to the many health benefits, there are just as many...