I often get asked about the health pros and cons of a plant based diet. I’ve learned that most people have to know that going plant based is the healthiest thing they can do for their bodies before the other very important and crucial aspects of a vegan lifestyle can even be introduced. For so long the script people have heard is that consuming animal products is not only healthy but it is far healthier than eating a plant based diet.
Of course, this is now changing. With more and more research, doctors, and experts realizing what eating an animal based diet for many years has done to our country. People are starting to see the very real, and sometimes alarming evidence, and so questions start to be asked.
What’s more studies are beginning to show more and more the benefits of plant based eating compared to eating meat, dairy and eggs.
So I thought I’d tackle some of the things I’ve been asked or have been told in regards to being on a plant based diet for health reasons.
“I would go plant based IF I got some really bad disease”
This one is really interesting to me. .The person is clearly acknowledging that a plant based diet would indeed help or even cure a ‘bad disease’, yet they will only consider it when they are very sick. The other fallacy in it, is that most people do not know if they have a disease.. There are millions with diabetes who do not know they have it yet, and they continue eating the typical American diet and one day it seems that they just “have” diabetes. When in fact, they probably had diabetes for years and just never knew it.
Saying that you will go plant based if you get a bad disease is like saying you’ll give up smoking when you get lung cancer, or you’ll stop drinking heavily when you have liver disease. Eating a standard American diet is like smoking or drinking heavily, eventually it catches up and eventually your body will be sick because of it.
In regards to preventable disease – our bodies do not just one day wake up and say “OH I think I’d like to have Type 2 diabetes”. This takes years and years of putting things in the body that do not belong there. The only way to prevent Type 2 diabetes (and a host of other preventable diseases) is to PREVENT it all together in the first place. Why put things in your body that aid in the destruction of your body? If eating fast food and consuming large amounts of chemicals is proven over and over to be a cause of certain cancers, why keep putting it in your body (even in small amounts) up till the point that you have cancer?
We have this warped idea as a society – deal with it when it happens. And trust me on this, you just play a game of Russian roulette at that point. For myself, I ended up in a hospital with people telling me that I was lucky that I did not go into a coma, or worse. And for many, their luck does not work out like that. For many they discover minutes to late that they have heart disease, or dangerously high cholesterol. And for many, there is not the choice to go plant based and to heal their bodies, because it’s already too late.
Eating a plant based diet is an easy and very uncomplicated thing to do in order to prevent a host of problems with your health. Why wait until you get a bad disease to find out if going plant based is healthier? Why wait till the last minute and hope that it will work in a life threatening situation, rather than making the change while you are (hopefully) relatively healthy and do not have to be forced by some horrible disease to make the changes that will do absolutely only good for your body?
Going to a healthy plant based diet while sick will certainly help you. However, going to a healthy plant based diet before you get sick in the first place will prevent so much that you won’t have to deal with. Treating your body well is your choice, what you decide to put into it is your choice, you can choose to respect your body and treat it with health and well being, or you can choose to just wait it out and hope it all works out for you.
I believe that most people know what is right and wrong to put in their bodies. I don’t know anyone who would argue that fast food is good for them or that it is causing healing and health in their body, and yet there are fast food places that are busy every single day. There is a clear disconnect for people and their body, and generally I’ve found that most don’t really pay attention to their bodies and how they are treating it, until it is too late. There is nothing worth getting a preventable disease over, and the sooner people can give up the notion that they just can’t switch to a plant based diet, the better off a lot of people will be.
*I’m going to answer a lot more questions in the next few days (well hopefully I’ll answer a lot) Know that every thing that I write, especially regarding health, is because I was there with it all. I almost lost my life to diabetes – in fact I would say I lost 5 years of my life to diabetes. I can say first hand that there is no better decision, and nothing easier than the decision to go to a healthy plant based diet.