141 – Here’s Why You Eat Meat
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Highlights from today’s show…
- Dr. Dave shares two reasons why you probably eat meat…
- What are some of the benefits of living a vegan lifestyle?
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I want to ask you a question. I have talked a lot about eating and being healthy on my show since the beginning. Are you still eating meat? Let’s talk about this for a few seconds. If you are eating meat, why are you eating meat? I realize that 97% of the people in North America are eating meat. So I am in the minority. The overwhelming minority. If you are a vegetarian or a vegan, we are in the minority. But here’s the deal, I want you to reflect and close your eyes for a few minutes and think about why you may be eating meat. And I will tell you probably why.
1) You were born eating meat. When you were growing up, that’s what you did. That’s what everybody did. You are born eating meat, milk, eggs, cheese, and dairy and things like that so you think it’s normal.
2) You have probably become accustomed to love the taste of it. People talk about how great bacon tastes, and how good meat is, and how great it smells on the grill. It tastes so good. So that’s probably another reason you’re not willing to give up that taste. And I don’t know whether you think it’s healthy or maybe you realize that maybe it’s not healthy but I think that most people believe that anything in moderation is ok. I am here to tell you it is not healthy at all. The way that these animals are bred and raised is with sickness and illness. They are bred unnaturally and they suffer too. There is nothing healthy about eating any of these animals. There just isn’t. I would challenge you to show me that eating any type of meat is healthier than eating plants. It’s not.
I have done it both ways. I grew up eating meat. And a little over two years ago, I switched to an all vegan diet. I do not eat or consume animal products. I spent 58 years of my life, eating what you may be eating now. Yes meat used to taste good to me but when you quit eating animal products and you’re eating beautiful wonderful glorious plants all day long it’s amazing. There are so many things that come from the ground that you can eat that are plant based. Such as greens, fruit, nuts, beans, seeds, and grains. There are so many varieties. I don’t walk around feeling hungry or that I am missing something. Because of where I am in life and what I have discovered, when I am at a family event where people are passing around a dead animal it actually grosses me out. It doesn’t make sense to me. I am not saying you are a bad person at all but what I am saying is that most people aren’t really thinking at all where it’s coming from. How they’re raised and how they’re bred. What chemicals are being given to them to try to cut down on illness and toxicity coming from these factory farms? There is so much illness and sickness. And animals are sitting in feces and there’s nowhere to move. They’re overweight and have heart problems because their bodies can’t support how quickly they grow from breeding. I have learned a lot over the past 2 to 2 and 1/2 years. I learned things that I never knew. And when innocent people are eating meat, you really don’t know what you’re eating.
When you stop eating meat, you will notice some things happen to your body. Your skin is much more vibrant, you lose weight, cholesterol levels go way down, if you have diabetes or pre-diabetes your blood sugar will begin to normalize. I can’t say it’s in 100% of cases. But it does happen in the overwhelming majority of cases I have seen. You become happier, healthier, more energetic, and more positive. My outlook on life and positivity has increased so much since I became vegan. Because I was eating cruelty and suffering. I am not blaming anyone. As I said, I was raised to eat meat and most likely you were too unless you were raised vegan.
If you decide to change, and adopt a plant based diet. I don’t mean drinking diet coke and eating potato chips because that is theoretically plant based. That is not a healthy diet. I am talking about eating healthy. When you eliminate animal products from your diet, you will be amazed at how much younger you will look and feel. I am 61 years old and I feel like a kid. I feel like I can do anything. People tell me all the time that I look vibrant and young for my age. And I take that as a compliment. I believe that it is a side effect of being vegan.
I don’t know why you wouldn’t want to try it. Just test is for 90 days and see what happens. I admit it’s anecdotal and there is no scientific evidence but I can only tell you what happened to my body and my outlook on life and the same with my wife Yoko. So many things have changed for the better in our life and in our relationship. I can’t sit here and tell you that everything is perfect. No, I am a human being like everyone else, things that come up, and problems and issues. Taking animals products out of your life is not a panacea that will solve all the problems in your life. If you’re $100,000 in debt, going vegan isn’t going to solve that problem. You have to do that on your own. I do think it helps to go vegan because I think that you can think clearer. Like I said, I can speak to this because I have done it both ways. If you have never tried to go vegan, there is really no way you can say that you can’t do that. It’s not difficult at all. I used to think that being vegan would be impossible. It’s actually one of the easiest things I have ever done because I prepare. I don’t eat in the junk food places that 90% of Americans do. I don’t want to look like most Americans do. 61 might be considered old but I don’t feel like an old man. I feel like a young vibrant man that can do almost anything.
What do you think? Have I convinced you to try it? See how you feel and see how your health is. I feel so much better knowing that I don’t have any part in animal suffering.
I hope this was a good message for today. I know a lot of you are already plant based but I think this is an interesting message so I hope you listened until the end anyway. If it’s not for you, I still love you as a human being.
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