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9 Powerful Reasons Why You Shouldn’t Go Vegan

Mar 7, 2019 | Ethical Living, Intentional Living | 2 comments

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Let me guess:  You’re thinking about going vegan.

And you’ve got some questions.  Some might even say objections.

I get it.  I had them too.

I mean, most of us have been taught since a young age that eating meat, dairy, and eggs is healthy.

So, why are these vegans running around telling you that you should ditch animal products for good?

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I am not a health professional, nor do I claim to have training in nutrition.

There is a common theme among people when they find out I’m vegan.

That is, the quick attempt to defend their consumption of animals.

Here are the 9 most common objections against going vegan:

(And why they’re total bullshit.)

  1. Humans are supposed to eat animals
  2. Where will I get my protein?
  3. I enjoy the taste of animals + dairy
  4. Everybody else tells me that I should eat animals
  5. Animals are good for you
  6. I only eat grass-fed, free-range animals…so it’s cool
  7. I don’t like fruits and vegetables
  8. Hey, you only live once, right?
  9. I am only one person, so why bother?

 

Objection #1:  Humans are supposed to eat meat

Silly vegans, humans are meant to eat meat…right?

Well…actually, not so much.

See, according to scientists and our DNA, humans are supposed to eat a diet made up of plant-based foods.

Much like our closest relative – the chimpanzee – humans thrive by eating fresh fruits, vegetables, and starches.

In fact, humans only started to eat animals when healthy vegetation became scarce and the ability to grow fruits and vegetables wasn’t an option.

And, unfortunately, humans never got back to their roots after this issue ceased.

Need more evidence that humans aren’t supposed to eat meat?  Let’s look at the digestive system.

Fact:  If you are supposed to eat meat, you have a short intestinal tract.  If you are supposed to eat plants, you have a long intestinal tract.

Which do humans have?  A long intestinal tract,  meaning we should be eating plants – not animals.

Think about it.  Do you often find yourself suffering from stomach pains after eating meat or dairy products?

Probably.  Because our bodies are not designed to digest these things.

And lastly, what about your basic instinct as a human?

Consider this scenario:  You’re stranded on a desert island and desperately need food.  Do you:

a.) look for plants to eat

b.) find, catch, kill, drain, skin, and cook an animal

I’m gonna assume that you, like me, would look for plants to eat – because it is your natural instinct.

Objection #2:  You can’t get all of your vitamins on a vegan diet

I’m sure you’ve heard this before:  Where do vegans get their protein?

It is a common concern of many people – that on a vegan diet, you simply cannot get all of your necessary vitamins and nutrients.

However, this isn’t actually the case.

Let’s start with protein for instance.

The average person needs anywhere from 40 to 60 grams of protein every day (depending on gender, lifestyle, etc.).

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Now, let’s look at a list of plant-based protein sources:

  • Black Beans – 21g/100g
  • Tofu – 19g/100g
  • Lentils – 26g/100g
  • Chickpeas – 19g/100g

(14 more plant-based protein sources)

While it is true that most meat contains more protein per 100g than plant-based protein sources, it is not true that you cannot find sufficient protein sources on a plant-based diet.

And, while meat and other dairy products are a dense source of protein, they are also a source of cholesterol and casein – the main triggers behind heart disease and cancer. (Uh, no thank you!)

Many health professionals agree that if you are consuming enough healthy calories every single day, then you will not be at risk of protein deficiency.

But, what about vitamins such as iron and calcium?

Again, it is a misconception that you cannot get your required vitamins through plant-based options.

You can get plenty of iron from legumes, grains, nuts + seeds, and green leafy vegetables.

And, most kinds of almond milk contain more calcium than cows milk! (Plus these 75 non-dairy sources of calcium.)

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Like I said, getting your required vitamins and nutrients from plant-based sources is very easy.

And, besides, where do you think your chicken, cow, and pig are getting the vitamins that are passed onto you?  FROM PLANTS.

You don’t need a middle man (or animal) for your health.

Objection #3:  You enjoy the taste of meat + dairy

“I could never go vegan.  I just love steak tips too much.”

I’ve heard this objection to veganism many, many times – that you cannot fathom giving up meat and cheese because they are so damn delicious.

But, are the meat and cheese really what you find yummy?  Or is it the way meat and cheese are prepared?

Think about it.

Do you salivate at the thought or sight of a dead animal?  Do you lick your lips at the thought of blood?

I’m willing to bet you don’t.

Your mouth is watering at the scent of spices, sauces, and fried batter – not at the scent of meat.

You want to enjoy the teriyaki flavor of steak tips and the buffalo flavor of chicken wings – not the flavor of a dead animal.  (Also, why would you mask the flavor of meat with spices and sauces if you LOVED the taste of animals so much?)

And, when it comes to the cheese argument – you don’t have to say goodbye to cheese.

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I enjoy plant-based, cruelty-free cheese all. the. time – same great flavor, none of the cancer-causing proteins.

So, start cooking vegetables with your favorite spices and sauces and realize that these are the flavors you crave, not the flavors of animals.

Objection #4:  Society tells me that I should eat meat + dairy (so why should I listen to you vegans?)

This is a tough one.

And to start understanding why this objection simply isn’t true, you must have an open mind.

See, the people who are supposed to have your best interest at heart, don’t always have your best interest at heart.

Say, the USDA for example.

They publish a model called “Choose My Plate” which shows you what types of foods you should be eating + healthy portion sizes.

Included on the plate are fruits, vegetables, protein, grains, and dairy.

While most of the plate contains healthy items such as fruits, vegetables, grains, and plant-based protein options, the USDA also tells you that you should be eating animal sources of protein and dairy every day.

So, why shouldn’t you?

Well, for starters, there are tons of science-backed research that proves that animal products increase your risk of cancer, heart disease, and diabetes.

I mean, processed meat is listed on the American Cancer Society’s Known And Probable Human Carcinogens List. (And, don’t be fooled – all meat is processed.)

So, then, why is the USDA recommending that we include portions of cancerous food on our plate every single day?

Simply put?  MONEY.

The animal agriculture industry is worth billions of dollars – a fact that explains why the USDA is encouraging you to consume animals that cause cancer, diabetes, and heart disease.  (Watch What The Health for more on this.)

Don’t let somebody else’s greed get in the way of your health.

Objection #5:  Meat + dairy are good for you

We already got into this next objection a tiny bit, but I’m gonna dive a little deeper into objection #5 – that meat and dairy are good for you.

You often see meat and dairy products labeled as “healthy.”

But, do you know the parameters that need to be met to be able to label something as ‘healthy?’

Well, there is almost no regulation for the labeling of food as healthy except for the FDA’s guide on the Use of the Term “Healthy” in the Labeling of Human Food Products.

And, this guide is simply that.  A guide.

Stated within the document is the fact that the FDA’s “guidance documents, including this guidance, do not establish legally enforceable responsibilities.”

In other words, the FDA would like companies to consider their opinion on the topic of labeling food as healthy but will not hold you legally responsible if you label your unhealthy food item as healthy.

So, just because some company is telling you that a food is healthy, it might not be. (And it is up to YOU to do your own research!)

Secondly, there are cold hard facts that meat and dairy are not good for you.

Let’s dive into the claim that meat is good for you, first.

Yes, meat contains protein and vitamins such as iron and B12. But, meat (and dairy + eggs) also contain cholesterol – a deadly molecule that you shouldn’t be putting into your body.

Cholesterol can only be found in animal products and is directly linked to an increased risk of heart disease and heart attack – AKA not healthy.

Processed meat is also listed on the American Cancer Society’s Known And Probable Human Carcinogens List.  Again, not healthy.

And finally, let’s look at the health benefits (or lack thereof) of dairy.

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Dairy, or products that are derived from cows milk, contain a type of protein called casein that is linked to an increased chance of getting cancer.

Unfortunately, we have all likely been exposed to a carcinogen during our lives.  However, we have the ability to turn these cancer cells on and off, depending on our lifestyle.

And, casein, the main protein found in animals milk’s, turns on and accelerates cancer growth in humans.

I don’t know about you, but heart disease and cancer aren’t two things that I associate with health.

So, do yourself a huge favor and take back control of your health by eliminating animal products from your diet.

Objection #6:  I only eat grass-fed, free-range meat, so it’s cool.

Another common objection to going vegan is that you eat grass-fed, free-range, organic meat + dairy, so it’s all good.

But, let’s get real. Fast. (Keep your open-mind!)

Is there a difference between slaughtering a cow that was caged or a cow that had free range?

There is definitely not a difference.

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Killing is killing, regardless of the animal’s treatment beforehand.

And, killing innocent animals for no reason (because we do not need meat to survive) is not cool – never was and it never will be.

And, regardless of whether your meat is organic, grass-fed, or free-range, at the end of the day, its throat was slit for your enjoyment.

Combine this unreasonable harm of another being with the negative health effects meat has on humans, it is unfathomable why so many people continue consuming animal products.

Objection #7:  Plant-based meals are boring + I don’t like fruits and vegetables

“I could never go vegan cause I don’t like fruits and vegetables.”

My first question for anybody who throws this at me is this:  “How old are you?” (Ok, I don’t actually say this cause #socialanxiety, but it’s running through my mind.)

Cause, honestly, only 5-year-olds complain about eating fruits and vegetables.

I know because mine is currently complaining about the broccoli in his mac-n-cheese.

Which is a great segue to my next point:  We’re a plant-based family and we’re eating mac-n-cheese for dinner.

Not boring!

Eating vegan is only boring if you make it boring.

There are thousands of delicious vegan recipes at your fingertips if you dare to explore and try something new (albeit a little scary exciting at first.)

For instance, check out these recipes:

All of these recipes are kick-ass and I know you’d enjoy them if you tried them. (And, come on.  It’s 2019.  There’s a vegan replacement for everything you could ever think of.)

(Side note:  Won’t it be cool when we no longer have to specify between plant-based and animal-based eating? Cruelty-free, ftw!)

And, if you use your imagination a little, any meal that you ‘crave’ that includes animal products, can likely be veganized.

(Vegan shepherds pie or chili for instance!)

Objection #8:  Hey, you only live once, right?

If anybody enjoys a good Drake reference, it’s me.

But the irony in the statement is never lost on me (although it’s often lost on meat eaters.)

The fact of the matter is that you do only live once.

So, don’t you want to live as long and as healthily as possible?

I’m sure you do.

And, what’s the best way to ensure you’ll live a long and healthy life?  

A plant-based lifestyle free from products that are linked to three of the top causes of death: cancer, heart disease, and diabetes.  (Check out Forks Over Knives on Netflix for more on this.)

 If you want to give yourself the best shot of living a long and healthy life, you should go vegan.

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Objection #9:  I am only one person, so why bother?

This objection to veganism – that you are only one person – is always sad for me.

It’s sad because so many people think that they cannot make a difference in the world – which is far from true.

You are only one person. As am I.

But, I am one plant-based person.  My boyfriend is another plant-based person.  And, our two kids are plant-based babies.

And together, we all make a difference.

In one day, a vegan saves:

  • 1100 gallons of water
  • 40 lbs of grain
  • 30 sq ft of forest
  • 20 lbs of C02
  • 1 animal

And, that right there, is a big difference that only one person is making.

So, you should bother.

Because, frankly, your health and our planet depend on it.

Vegan resources to help you thrive as you transition:

After learning many of the things outlined in this post, I decided to go vegan overnight.

And, with the right resources and information, I can truly say that it was easy.

To help you thrive as you transition to a vegan lifestyle, I’ve rounded up some of my favorite resources.

First, every single person, whether you are going vegan or not, should watch these videos & documentaries:

The mind-blowing information in these videos and documentaries are truly life-changing.

These are some awesome books covering much of the same information, but we all learn differently so I like to include them:

Next, to help you create delicious plant-based meals (since this is totally foreign to most of us), these are my favorite vegan cookbooks:

And, to introduce you to plant-based food and cooking without any of the fuss, I highly recommend Purple Carrot.

Purple Carrot is a 100% plant-based meal subscription box that will deliver delicious recipes and ingredients straight to your door.

This is a fantastic way to explore a plant-based diet and discover that eating vegan is not only attainable but delicious and easy.

Now, I am not ignorant to the fact that a lot of this information is new and confusing to many people.

Most of us have likely been raised to believe that eating animals is ok and encouraged.

So, changing a train of thought that is 20, 30, or 50 years old is hard.

But, hard doesn’t have to be scary!

What are your biggest concerns about going vegan?  Start the discussion below!

Till next time!

xx Michelle

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Sources:

www.whatthehealthfilm.com

www.forksoverknives.com

www.cowspiracy.com/about

www.peta.org/features/are-humans-supposed-to-eat-meat/

nutritionstudies.org/provocations-casein-carcinogen-really/

www.cancer.org/cancer/cancer-causes/general-info/known-and-probable-human-carcinogens.html

www.ers.usda.gov/data-products/ag-and-food-statistics-charting-the-essentials/farming-and-farm-income/

www.fda.gov/downloads/Food/GuidanceRegulation/GuidanceDocumentsRegulatoryInformation/UCM521692.pdf

 

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