the case for [good] grub

Food is the best. Plus it’s right up there with water and oxygen on the “need it to live” scale. So why is it that the yummiest of noms are always so bad for us? Turns out, they’re not. Aunt B’s here to bust the myth that eating vegan/plant-based is all tree bark and granola with deliciously not terrible for you (or the planet) recipes, and the occasional life musing.

Outside of “But what do you eat?” and “So, where do you get your protein/calcium/iron?” the most common question I get asked about my admittedly uncommon diet is “Why?” (I like to think this blog does a fairly good job of answering that first question. Click here for some illumination on the second).

As for the third, this TED talk from 2007 by New York Times columnist Mark Bittman hits the high points of my philosophy on the topic very well, I think. Plus, he doesn’t try to bully or disgust viewers into changing. And he’s funny:

Every one is different, but, for me, the decision was three fold:

1) I feel better. Based on a lot of observation, and my own personal experience, I believe a diet of fruits, veggies, legumes and whole grains is healthier for the human body than one built on a foundation of animal products. Animal fat and proteins are tied to a whole host of nasty diseases that I don’t want, from cancer to heart disease to diabetes. In fact, it was my own poor health that first nudged me onto the path of eating differently. Not very long ago, I was about 20 pounds heavier and felt absolutely awful. But since I replaced all the animal products in my diet with plant-based foods, I’ve felt much, much better, and I haven’t had to struggle and bust my butt to keep weight off like I used to. Worth it.

2) I want to help. I see this type of diet as one way I can personally ease humanity’s crushing burden on our ailing little planet. I can’t afford a hybrid, so there.

3) Yes, I do love animals. I never really felt good about eating animals. I’m not a natural hunter. I would never pick up a bow and go after a deer. I couldn’t even bring myself to put a worm on a hook to go fishing with my grandpa and sisters. So when I finally started to investigate my food and where it came from, and learned some horrifying things I just can’t unlearn about the way modern industry treats animals, that really sealed the deal for me. If I don’t need to eat them or their byproducts to thrive, then why should I?

The documentaries “Forks Over Knives” and “Food Inc.,” and the books “The China Study” by T. Colin Campbell, Ph. D, and “Eat to Live” by Dr. Joel Fuhrman all had massive impacts on me. Check out the trailers for the movies, if you’re curious:

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5 Responses to “the case for [good] grub”

  1. Danielle February 15, 2013 at 11:21 am #

    Love this post! I feel the same way!!

    • Bridget February 15, 2013 at 12:28 pm #

      Thanks for reading. It’s nice to know you’re not the only one, right?

  2. Simply Blissful Life July 11, 2013 at 1:51 pm #

    I totally agree with your views! I feel the best I’ve ever felt since incorporating a more plant-based diet.

    Also, have you checked out the documentary “Vegucated”? It’s an interesting film about going vegan.

    Love the blog!

    • Bridget July 11, 2013 at 1:53 pm #

      Thanks for reading! I have indeed seen “Vegucated.” It was great! I had to cover my eyes at some parts, though. Poor cows. 😦 Sniffle.

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