3 Reasons to Eat a Plant Based Diet

Fruits and vegetables

Going plant-based doesn’t necessarily mean you have to be “perfect” all the time, however I encourage everybody to make this choice and to do the best they can. When I first decided to eat a plant based diet it took me years to transition. People who first decide to live this lifestyle need to take this step by step. For those who embrace this lifestyle and have more experience in it, need to show tolerance and acceptance for those who are just getting started and respect the individual choices of those who decide not to live this way. Without pointing fingers and judgmental intention, I do think it is of great importance that everybody is made aware of the benefits of a plant based diet and the effects it has on our health, the environment and life on this planet.

In our modern day we have drifted very far from the laws of nature. The human race is at a very critical point in evolution right now. Aside from our technological advancements, we are de-evolving and currently find ourselves on the verge of extinction. We are destroying our health due to our dietary habits, while simultaneously terminating billions of lives annually and completely destroying the environment on the planet that we live on. Our way of life is not sustainable and we must make some conscious changes as individuals in order to turn this around. Eating a plant based diet is one of the single most powerful choices one can make that will accelerate evolution on this planet.


 

HEALTH 

When looking at the big picture, we as a species have really come down in our health. This is primarily due to our dietary habits. We are a tropical fruigivore species, meaning that our primary food source, aside from some vegetables, leafy greens, nuts, seeds and sprouts, should be fruit. Sure we have relocated ourselves to colder northern climates, but this does not change the fact the we are fruigivores. This becomes very obvious when working as a health practitioner with clients that suffer form acute and chronic illness. If people want to improve their health it is essential that they eliminate the consumption of animal products. That alone already says everything, but there are other factors I would like to touch on.

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Meats and dairy products cause putrefaction in our Bowels, which attracts a host of bacteria, parasites, tapeworms and acidosis.The gastrointestinal tract has a relationship to your nervous system and all the organs and glands within your body. When the GI tract gets impacted with putrefication from meats and dairy products, the resulting of inflammation and toxicity produced is echoed to the related areas. The blood capillaries to the colon begin to pick up the toxins, poisons and noxious debris as it seeps through the bowel wall. All tissues and organs of the body are now taking on toxic substances. This is the beginning stage of acidosis which is the leading cause of all dis-eases. This is why eliminating these “foods” from your diet and cleaning the GI tract is imperative to your success in healing any “Dis-ease” condition.

Choosing a diet consisting of fresh fruits, vegetables leafy greens, sprouts and some nuts and seeds will help ward off chronic dis-eases and keep your body functioning at a good level.

Please watch the following documentary  “Forks over Knives” to acquire more scientific facts about the health benefits of eating a plant based diet.

 

 Please visit www.forksoverknives.com

 


ENVIRONMENTAL 

The environmental benefits of eating a plan(e)t based diet are enormous, since animal agriculture is the #1 leading cause for the destruction of our environment. This is not being addressed by the leading environmental organizations because of greed, power and corruption within the menacing system that we live in. The dairy and meat industry will do everything in their power to keep this information suppressed from the general population while governments intentionally ignore this to protect the status quo.

Here are just a few devastating facts about the effects that animal agriculture has on our environment.

 

One hamburger requires 660 gallons of water to produce – the equivalent of 2 months’ worth of showers. [iii]

Catanese, Christina. “Virtual Water, Real Impacts.” Greenversations: Official Blog of the U.S. EPA. 2012.

http://blog.epa.gov/healthywaters/2012/03/virtual-water-real-impacts-world-water-day-2012/

“50 Ways to Save Your River.” Friends of the River.

http://www.friendsoftheriver.org/site/PageServer?pagename=50ways

Animal agriculture is the leading cause of species extinction, ocean dead zones, water pollution [iv], and habitat destruction.

Oppenlander, Richard A. Food Choice and Sustainability: Why Buying Local, Eating Less Meat, and Taking Baby Steps Won’t Work. . Minneapolis, MN : Langdon Street, 2013. Print.

“What’s the Problem?” United States Environmental Protection Agency.

http://www.epa.gov/region9/animalwaste/problem.html

“Livestock’s Long Shadow: Environmental Issues and Options.” Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations. 2006.

http://www.fao.org/docrep/010/a0701e/a0701e00.htm

“Fire Up the Grill for a Mouthwatering Red, White, and Green July 4th.” Worldwatch Institute.

http://www.worldwatch.org/fire-grill-mouthwatering-red-white-and-green-july-4th

Oppenlander, Richard A. “Biodiversity and Food Choice: A Clarification.” Comfortably Unaware. 2012

http://comfortablyunaware.com/blog/biodiversity-and-food-choice-a-clarification/

“Risk Assessment Evaluation for Concentrated Animal Feeding Operations.” U.S. Environmental Protection Agency – Office of Research and Development. 2004.

http://nepis.epa.gov/Exe/ZyPURL.cgi?Dockey=901V0100.txt

 

Animal agriculture is responsible for 91% of Amazon destruction.

Oppenlander, Richard A. Food Choice and Sustainability: Why Buying Local, Eating Less Meat, and Taking Baby Steps Won’t Work. . Minneapolis, MN : Langdon Street, 2013. Print.

Margulis, Sergio. Causes of Deforestation of the Brazilian Rainforest. Washington: World Bank Publications, 2003.

https://openknowledge.worldbank.org/handle/10986/15060

The average American consumes 209 pounds of meat per year.

Haney, Shaun. “How much do we eat?” Real agriculture. 2012. (276 lbs)

http://www.realagriculture.com/2012/05/how-much-meat-do-we-eat/

“US meat, poultry production & consumption” American Meat Institute. 2009. (233.9 lbs)

http://www.meatami.com/ht/a/GetDocumentAction/i/48781

Bernard, Neal. “Do we eat too much?” Huffington Post. (200 lbs)

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/neal-barnard-md/american-diet-do-we-eat-too-much_b_805980.html

A person who follows a vegan diet PRODUCES 50% less carbon dioxide, 1/11th oil, 1/13th water, and 1/18th land compared to a meat-eater for their food.

CO2: “Dietary greenhouse gas emissions of meat-eaters, fish-eaters, vegetarians and vegans in the UK.” Climactic change, 2014.

http://link.springer.com/article/10.1007%2Fs10584-014-1169-1/fulltext.html

Oil, water: “Sustainability of meat-based and plant-based diets and the environment.”
The American Journal of Clinical Nutrition, 2003.

http://ajcn.nutrition.org/content/78/3/660S.full

Land: “Our food our future.” Earthsave.

http://www.earthsave.org/pdf/ofof2006.pdf

I highly recommend watching the eye opening and mind shattering documentary “Cowspiracy”. It is one of the most important films of our time. Everybody needs to be made aware of this. 

 Please Visit  www.cowspiracy.com


ETHICS AND MORALS 

What the animals on this planet have to go through simply for our dining pleasures cannot be put in words. This is what we support when we purchase animal products. I will leave you with the documentary “Earthlings”. The images in this film are authentic, please watch this documentary with caution. This Film is so heart breaking and breath taking that it has helped hundreds of thousands of people make the transition to a plant based diet.

EARTHLINGS from NATIONEARTH on Vimeo.

Please visit www.earthlings.com 

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