Saturday, September 19, 2020

Diseased Meat for the Vegan Curious

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I know, what a hopeful title!

I woke up an hour earlier than I normally do and worked out. Considering that I didn’t manage to get to bed till 1:40AM I thought this was even more of an accomplishment, or idiotic depending on how you look at it. But, I’m glad to have done it. Even though, I won’t lie, I stayed in bed for like 2 minutes thinking of tweets and a post where I could write about how I was GOING to start today, but I only got a few hours of sleep, and then I thought, “Um self, remember that post you wrote where you talked about NO excuses?? ” and then I was all “Well FINE I’LL GET OUT OF BED”

I feel good for doing it. Not because I necessarily feel wide awake and happy to get on with the day, but happy that I followed through with it. I made my morning smoothie, had my vitamins, and now on with the day! And, while I’m being honest, I won’t lie, right next to the blender was a bottle of rum, and yes I thought about a green rum smoothie.

*note to self, move rum AWAY from blender.

But on to other news making events… swine flu. I honestly wasn’t worried about swine flu, until I found out that some people in the town we are currently staying in got sick with it. For those of you who don’t know, I travel full time (with my husband) currently we’re in Palm Springs, CA. I have some mixed feelings about all of the coverage regarding it. Granted, I know that it is serious, and it has the potential of becoming MUCH worse. And I hope that people take the necessary precautions and all of that. But, really I wish that the news media and the government would react as strongly to the pandemic of things like obesity or diabetes or heart disease. Today about 50 people in the country have swine flu, and 1000′s will find out they are diabetic. 1000′s will die from obesity related diseases. I just wish that we, as a society would react as strongly to the diseases that kill hundreds of thousands of people per year. If people took as much precaution, read as much and were just as worried about diabetes as they were swine flu, maybe things would change.

So, let’s talk about it, shall we? I’ll start with those of you who are not vegan or vegan curious. You might be wondering if this says something about pork. The govt. has said that you can not get swine flu from eating diseased pigs, as long as they are cooked to a high temperature. And yet, I’m guessing the majority of people will be staying away from pork products. A few years ago I watched and read “Fast Food Nation” it totally changed my perception of what was going on with the food I was eating. The truth is MOST  of the meat people consume is diseased meat. I mean, I wish I could put that in a nicer kind of way, but I don’t know if that is possible. The conditions of factory farms, animals being pumped full of anti-biotics and growth hormones, combined with over crowding and unsanitary conditions make for a disease brewing factory. You’d think that diseased animals could not be sold to you, but like the government says – just cook it long enough, right? I remember watching “Fast Food Nation” and really not being able to grasp it all. It is when I started to really look and research for myself what was going on with the food I was eating.

I won’t get into more it, because really, I could write till my fingers fell off, and in the end I would still say the same thing… do your own investigating. While it’s hard to accept some of the realities of what is happening to our food, I think that it is such a powerful thing to come to a conclusion on your own. You completely have the power to decide and to know the truth about what it is you are putting in your body. And, you deserve to know that truth. Do not feel bad if you have not looked into before, and do not feel guilty. First of all, guilt, it won’t get you anywhere. AND I don’t know many people who have never consumed meat or fast food for that matter. I will tell you that discovering a lot of these truths is kind of like Morpheus giving you the choice between the two pills, you just have to decide if you want the red one or the blue one, and if you want to know the truth, even if it’s hard, or to go on. There were MANY times in my journey that I ignored it, but I can tell you, that finding out the truth, even if it’s hard, is SO empowering, so rewarding, so hopeful all in the end, it’s completely worth it.

I asked on twitter what people would recommend to others in regards to learning about what is going on with the meat industry.  The following list are all the books that were recommended the most:

Skinny Bitch: This is a pretty concise and very in your face to the entire thing, if their style is not your thing, don’t worry about it, and try another book.

Food Revolution by John Robbinsv

The Face on your plate: Jeffrey Masson

Vegan Sourcebook by Joanne Stepaniak

Animal Liberation by Peter Singer

Thanking the monkey – Karen Dawn

Dominion: The Power of Men, the Suffering of Animals, and the Call to Mercy. by Matthew Scully

Slaughterhouse: The shocking story of greed, neglect and inhumane treatment inside the U.S. meat industry: Gaily Eisnitz

Fast Food Nation by Eric Schlosser

Meat Market by Erik Marcus

Vegan: The New Ethics of Eating by Erik Marcus

The China Study (for the health side of all of this)

Becoming Vegan

4 COMMENTS

  1. Nat

    Hi Alex! Thanks for the recommendations. I’ve heard a lot of wonderful things about Kris Carr!

    And I also really liked the way Skinny Bitch was written, it was funny, honest, and backed up with lots of facts. I find the people who get MOST angry about it, are the ones that are really having the hardest time with health.

    Thanks for stopping by!

  2. daniela

    I went to Amazon yesterday to look up Skinny Bitch and I was shocked to see/read the ratings for that book. There were SO many negative ones! Are people really that outraged because it promotes veganism, or do they think that the claims against meat in that book are false? I am really wondering what they thought the book would be about.

  3. kelly

    Yeah, A LOT of people didn’t know what the book would be about. Many thought it was just another fad diet book – which we women seem to LOVE.
    On the flip side, everyone I know that has read it, really has liked it – it just seems to be that the people who didn’t want to hear it, got really mad and posted some negative stuff.

    But, I would recommend following it up with something like China Study – which is a REALLY in depth explanation of all of it – it backs it all up, you know, with out all the cursing

  4. Alex

    Well as it turns out I bought “Skinny Bitch” for fun at the coach station last October. I am not the kind to read diet books but I started reading the first page and almost peed in my pants laughing!
    I had absolutely no idea it was about going vegan but after I read it I stopped eating animal products and never looked back.
    This was such a wake up call for me and I really thought that anyone who would read it would feel the same.
    So I recommended it to most of my friends. To my surprise most were very skeptical and critical about it. One of them even said she hated it and it was “bullshit and brain wash” (though she could really do with losing a few pounds…), I strongly suspect she didn’t even finish reading the book.
    It’s really hard to face this kind of reaction, especially when it comes from people that you really care about.

    Ah well…

    On a different note, another excellent book is “the Thrive Diet” by Brendan Brazier. He is a young ironman athlete who put this plant based / mostly raw diet together to improve his physical performance, he talks about his research and his journey and it’s very interesting. He is also the dude who started the brand ‘Vega’, I don’t know if you guys get it in the US but they have amazing bars 😉
    I think this book would be especially convincing for men 🙂
    Here you can read his bio:
    http://www.brendanbrazier.com/

    Also, have you guys heard of Kris Carr? She made a wonderful documentary a few years ago called “My crazy sexy cancer”.
    She has got a very good blog: http://www.crazysexylife.com and she published a couple of books.

    Voila!

    Alex 🙂

Nat
I went on a plant based diet after diabetes almost took my life. Now, almost 2 years later not only have I reduced my type 2 diabetes symptoms, I have lost close to 200 pounds (and still losing). This is a place where I write about my journey as I continue the quest for health, and living a good life for today, and long into the future. Get hold of me on nat@cleanseplan.com

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