My Plant-Based Philosophy

Monday, July 3, 2017


 This post is my sole opinion, and my life philosophy.  I don't expect everyone to agree or abide by the lifestyle I have chosen for myself.  I do not judge anyone's dietary choices.

So, a lot of people are really curious about my transition to a meat-free diet and how someone who was as adamant about eating meat decided to just....stop.

In my house growing up, we ate meat.  We were pure meat eaters and we loved it.  I have eaten just about every animal there is, you name it.  And I liked it.  Because I'm not going to lie to you, meat tastes good.  But that's not the point.

I gave up meat for a variety of reasons.  One, because the factory farming industry is basically destroying the environment.  The amount of natural resources it takes to make a hamburger are alarming.  With the way the world is going now and the concern for our Earth, it only makes sense for me to do whatever I can to reduce the stress I put on the environment in any way that I can, and that makes sense for me.

Eating meat at one time in human history was a means for survival.  We had little other choice, so we raised and ate animals.  It's now 2017, and animals are no longer necessary to our survival.  We have options, and we have choices, and the ever popular evolution argument is no longer valid.  We are no longer slaves to our biology or our circumstances.  We can choose not to eat meat.

Also, when our ancestors raised and slaughtered their own animals, they really connected to what they were doing.  They were grateful for their livestock, and let them roam free and fed them well.  There were no antibiotics, there were no factories.  They needed those animals for survival, and they really appreciated the process of raising an animal and having that animal give their life for yours.  Now, we buy meat from grocery stores that have been pumped full of antibiotics and have undoubtedly lived horrible lives.  I don't think that's right.

I care about animals, and many people who eat meat care about animals as well.  However, I think our society has taught us to discriminate against certain animals.  Dogs and cats are friends, but cows and pigs are for eating.  I don't believe in this line of thinking.  I think that all animals are equals, and how they taste shouldn't matter.  I no longer feel that I can eat a meal knowing that a living creature had to die for me to enjoy it.  I changed my way of thinking.

I gave up meat for my health.  Not eating meat lowers your risk of heart disease, type 2 diabetes, stroke, and obesity.  Eating a well-rounded, plant based diet is better for your health and contrary to popular belief, it is not impossible to get protein or iron without animal products, and it's also not difficult.  I gave up meat a year ago and I honestly have never felt better....and I was a smoker for 10 years.  Giving up meat made a noticeable difference in my skin, hair, mood, and overall health.  My doctor was surprised.  Giving up smoking, while necessary and great for your health, didn't yield as noticeable results as giving up meat.  This should tell you something...

My philosophy about giving up meat extends to my cooking.  Adopting a plant based lifestyle should never feel like you're giving something up, or like you're being deprived.  So many cooks and cookbooks boast that their recipes can be made vegan or vegetarian if you "take something out."  This lifestyle is not about "taking things out," it's about changing the way you think. It's not about what you can't have, it's about what you CAN have and what you will have and how that is going to make you feel.

I have never once felt deprived of something from my former meat-eating life.  I've devoted my cooking to developing recipes that everyone can love, and to show people that it's not boring and not every vegan dish tastes like bland tofu.  You can have everything you had when you ate meat, it just takes a little creativity and I will do all of the work for you.

It's not about what you've given up.

Here are some helpful links if you're thinking of transitioning to a plant-based diet, and as always I'm always here to help!

Transitioning to a Vegan Diet
Vegan Society
Vegan Starter Kit

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