185 – Would I Eat a Burger?
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Hey there! Welcome back to The David Madow Lifestyle Show It’s the show where I help you live stronger, thinner, healthier, and happier. I’m so happy to have you here. It’s going to be a great one as usual!
So, the other day I asked a question on Facebook. The question I asked on Facebook was “ask me one question.” That’s all it was. No explanation. Nothing else. Just “ask me one question.”
I got a lot of good ones. And some crazy ones. One in particular that I would like to address. Are you ready for this? It’s going to be quite interesting.
“Do you ever long for a juicy sirloin burger off the grill on a toasted bun and a cold beer?” – Bruce
I think Bruce was serious. Asking me do I ever just want to sink my teeth in a big juicy burger. I’ll give you my answer. My answer is absolutely no. I do not long for this, I do not want one, I do not crave it. I don’t! And the reason is simple – I love animals.
I have pets. As I am walking right now, I am walking past horses. Animals are beautiful. We are animals.
I ate meat for 56 years, but if I were to ever sink my teeth into a burger what I am doing is eating ground up suffering animal. That’s what that is. If you think about it, it’s ground up animal that suffered its entire life. Believe it or not. It’s the truth.
If you are eating a burger, that’s what you’re eating. You are contributing to animal suffering. And you’re eating the end product.
No, Bruce. I am sorry but I don’t crave that at all. When you eat something like that, you are eating fear and you are eating suffering. That’s what’s going into the cells in your body.
Since I stopped, I really believe that I have become a kinder individual. I really believe that. That’s not to say that you’re not kind. But I’ve noticed a tremendous difference though in my life; how I feel and how I treat other people. It didn’t happen overnight. I’ve been vegan now for three years and it did not happen the first time I took animals off my plate. But over time I feel like I am more compassionate to not only animals but to human beings.
I’m very careful about what I say to people and how I say it. I try to respect and love more than I ever have in my life. I used to snap back at people if they said something I didn’t like. And I used to take things personally and give it back personally. When you become vegan and take animals off your plate, a lot of other things go with that. Your body make up really does change. I am not kidding you.
I am able to say this because I have done it both ways. If you’ve only eaten animals your entire life, it’s not fair for you to say what it’s like if you don’t because you have never tried it or done it. And trying it does not mean for a week. It does not mean for a month. It really doesn’t mean for a year. I really started noticing big changes but it took a while. It probably took awhile to get the toxicity out. The suffering and the fear out of my cells.
Your cells turn over to brand new ones every so often. It’s not an overnight process. Once you eliminate animals you really turn into a different person. You can’t really understand this if you’re putting animal products into your body. You can’t understand it because you haven’t done it the other way.
I’m not demeaning. I’m not looking down on anybody. And I always say this. I just got off of a Facebook conversation with somebody that’s so far vegan that this person does not like people that aren’t vegan. This person basically only respects and likes people that are vegan.
Do I think that’s a good way to live my life? No. Let’s face it. I’d say 97% to 99% of the people on this planet eat some type of animal product. If I said that all of those people are bad people, I wouldn’t have too many people to hang out with. I wouldn’t think that anyway.
At age 56 I was not a bad person either and I was still eating meat. I learned over a period of time that’s probably not the best way to live your life and I changed. Not everybody is on the same timeline. Some people are behind and some people are way ahead of me. That doesn’t mean that I am or was a bad person. It has nothing to do with being a good or bad person. It has to do with what you feel is right to do in your life. There’s no judging.
Getting back to the original question. Do I feel that I ever want to eat any animal product again? No, I don’t. That’s the simple answer Bruce. I hope that helps you.
I want to take one more questions that I promised this person that I would answer as well. It’s a great one.
“If you could take one item (besides animal products) out of grocery stores, what would it be?” – Michelle
What would I eliminate forever from the grocery store? Great question! There are probably a lot. But the one that comes to my mind right off that bat. Can you guess? What’s the one product that I would like to see gone. Drumroll please…
It’s coca-cola and all of its associated products. All sugary and diet soft drinks. With the artificial sweeteners, they are poison. I never ever drink soft drinks ever! They are causing medical problems. They are causing obesity. They are causing all kinds of medical issues. There’s nothing healthy about them. They should be only on the black market. Seriously, they should not be labeled. They are horrible. I’d like to know how many gallons of soft drink the average person drinks per week.
I go into an Asian restaurant where usually the food is pretty healthy and I get green tea and people are drinking coke. I don’t get it. It’s killing us people. Let’s get rid of the soft drinks. The soft drinks should go. That’s my answer Michelle.
Right now I am in my outdoor studio and I am doing some walking. Here’s the deal. One of my cars has been on the shop while I have been out of town for a few days. And the shop that has it is about four miles away from where I live. It would have been very easy for me to ask Yoko to drive me over to pick my car up. Most people would have done that.
No, what I did was I put my backpack on. It’s a light backpack I use for hiking and running. I put water in it and an energy bar in it. And I brought my portable recording studio with me. And I am walking the four miles up to get my car. How much fun is that? Think about your body movement. If there’s a chance to get on an elevator or take the stairs, take the steps instead of the elevator. Or park far away at the grocery store and walk a little bit. Don’t take a train if you can walk. Don’t take a cab if you can walk. Don’t talk a car if you can walk.
I noticed yesterday as I was on stage doing a talk in Philadelphia. As I get off the stage and looked at my Fitbit I noticed that I took over 11,000 steps. Motivational speaking in aerobic. It is! You can walk a lot, either on the stage or around the room. And that’s not even including all the walking I did after that gig. Think about it! Move your body!
In exactly one week, we’ve got the Vegan Indian Buffet & Open Mic. I am excited! It’s SOLD OUT! I’m excited to see many of you that are coming in from out of town. Steve’s coming in from Oklahoma. I’ve got a guy coming in from Las Vegas. I’ve got people coming in from Japan. Admittedly they aren’t coming in from Japan only for the open mic. They are going to be here anyway. It’s going to be wild! I can’t wait to see you! If you’re not coming to this one, look for future dates. We’re going to do some more of these.
Until next week! I love ya! I’m Dr. Dave.
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