I really want to answer the question, what is all the hype about?! Cancer, growth hormones, pesticides, PETA’s exaggerated propaganda about how most animals are treated. I’ve seen enough facts about the dangers of meat and dairy… yadda, yadda, yadda. If someone can’t show me an immediate and obvious side effect to eating meat and all that is God given and natural, then sir, I’m going to keep right on eating everything I feel like, especially the steak. But what if?
Today I decided to become a vegan. This means consuming no animal products.
What if eating meat does not serve us best? What if a balance between veganism and sushi is the magic combination for humans? What if Jesus got it right with his menu of fish and bread? I know one thing right now; continuing on a path of meat & dairy consumption will tell me nothing new.
My decision contradicts mainstream veganism because I’m perfectly OK with people killing and eating animals. Most vegans are not down with exploiting animals for food.
I have different motives. I’m curious if eating meat and dairy products is based in truth. Meaning, does eating meat serve us best mentally, physically and spiritually? Some people will say yes, because for as long as we’ve known, we’ve seen healthy people eat animals. Duh. It’s overwhelming empirical evidence. But vegans can argue the same point- they were raised that way. So who’s right?
Much of my adult lunch hour has been spent creating and surviving the infamous food-coma. What a waste of time and energy. But what can I really do to change this?
To combat the food-coma, over the last six months I’ve changed my meal timing and portions. I eat six small meals per day, usually with servings the size of my palm. This drastically reduced my number of food induced nap-times. But I still always get a lingering feeling of “my body is still digesting that chicken” feeling, even after small meals. Some people aren’t even consciously aware how much their diet affects their life. What if I could get rid of food-comas entirely?
Equally important, can a person live a healthy life on fruits and vegetables and not be malnutritioned? I realize there are many reliable sources on both sides stating their case, but the scientist in me knows that there’s only one way to find out. She needs to discover the truth for herself. I’ve knocked vegetarianism for as long as I can remember, but I’ve never tried it. I used to knock the look of a Gibson SG too, and we know how that turned out.
One of my main concerns with going vegan is if I can maintain my current muscle mass and overall health. Will I wake up in 30 days from now, a pale and skinny postmodernist-vegetable-junkie?
For those of you that don’t know me, I’ve been blessed with a hyper-active metabolism. I currently have a 10% body-fat with a meat based diet. I mainly eat chicken and rice, but also beans, skim milk, legumes and minimal fruits and veggies and whatever else makes it’s way into the cupboard. I intake on average 3000+ calories per day. I’m always eating and snacking. Can I survive workouts without the condensed protein energy in chicken? If I’m not getting my usual 50+ grams of protein per day specifcally through chicken and lean meats, will I lose muscle mass? How will this new diet affect my sex life?
Is it a coincidence that Benjamin Franklin, Leonardo Da Vinci, Isaac Newton, Thomas Edison, Mahatma Gandhi, Socrates, Plato, Aristotle, and Voltaire were all vegetarians?
There are a lot of “what if’s” floating around. Over the next 30 days I plan to turn these what if’s into darn sure’s.... Thank you for visiting Matt Fonda Personal Development!