Hello everyone and happy Tuesday!
To get this blog rolling, I wanted to share something that has been a long topic of discussion in the wellness committee and has strongly affected me.
Recently, there’s been a lot of discussion and debate regarding meat, particular red meat, and its roll as a contributor to cancer, heart disease, and other deadly diseases. (If this is the first you’ve heard of it, just Google it–plenty will come up).
Personally, it was a topic I’d heard about and had taken and interest in, but I’m naturally not much of a meat eater so I didn’t research into the topic much.
Well for all you meat eaters out there– think twice before ordering that burger on your lunch break.
We watched as a group the eye-opening documentary Forks over Knifes.
Forks over Knifes is largely based off the best-selling book, The China Study, which compilies the extensive findings of Dr. Colin Campbell.
Campbell’s argument, and the position that is taken in the documentary, argues that a whole food, plant based diet is the key not only to preventing several diseases such as heart disease, cancer, and type II diabetes, but switching to this diet can actually reverse your chances of suffering from these illnesses. Animal protein, on the other hand can onset these diseases. Essentially, the right nutrition is man’s greatest medicine.
The strictness of the diet is severe, but the documentary provides extensive evidence of various research and case studies where adopting this whole food, plant based lifestyle can have an outstanding impact on your health.
After watching the documentary and conducting my own research, I decided to become fully vegetarian and cut back on dairy as much as possible. You have to do what’s right for you– if you’re a big meat eater, don’t go in cold turkey, rather take small steps. Even implementing “Meatless Mondays” or being more conscious of what you eat can make huge differences in your health and well-being.
To get you started, I have a fantastic recipe I wanted to share! This is next on my list to make. 🙂 Veggie burgers are a great alternative if you’re looking for a heartier, filling meal. You won’t even miss the meat!