Thursday, January 3, 2013

He Can't Eat Meat, He's a Vegan

One of the most frustrating things I encounter (over and over and over) is unhealthy (fat, obese, high sugar, out of control cholesterol, high blood pressure, etc) people always giving me unsolicited health advice.  I've answered the same questions over and over again.  The answers typically don't stick because these same people have been brainwashed by the government and special interest groups on what to eat.  However, there is usually an occasional person that grasps a sliver of the concept of a plant-based diet.

Unfortunately, what they retain is only "he can't eat meat because he's vegan."  Or they want to bad-mouth only meat.  In their mind it's perfectly okay to eat dairy, pre-packed foods, sugar, and endless desserts as long as they're meat free. You know the person that grasps just enough buzz words to be dangerous in any area.  Allow me to give a very common example.  Plant-eater and omnivore want to go out for the evening. 

"Does pizza sound good?" 

"Uh, I guess."

Sit down at your favorite pizza joint and she orders.

"Can we have a large vegetable pizza and a house salad?"

One be wondering "what the heck is wrong with that?  Lot's of oil and contrary to the Mediterranean Diet groupies, it really isn't good for you.  Pizza slathered in cheese which is one of the worst things for us.  Salads in restaurants are usually iceberg lettuce (useless) cheese and a very bad salad dressing. 

It's nice that people try and they seem to be accommodating but in many cases they are not.  I'm not a plant-based evangelist attempting to convert people to the world of veganism.  Honestly, it's too much work and effort to care that much.  I've learned that people are going to do what they want, when they want and don't care about truth.  Short-term satisfaction has usurped long-term health and well being and it probably will never change. 

I'll be the first to admit that change is difficult even when armed with facts.  Our bodies like things that are bad for us and it takes discipline to change.  If you're not onboard but are attempting to be accommodating remember that meat is not the #1 enemy.  There are plenty of obese vegetarians.  The enemy is man-made food. 

If it can be planted & pollenated and then picked, plucked, or pulled it's most likely healthy. If it comes from a box, bag or bottle it probably is not good for you.

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