Living A Green Life- Kylie Foust
The saying “you are what you eat” should be taken quite literally when it comes to your decisions about food and how those decision affect your lifestyle. Understanding the major role that food can play in our life is crucial in obtaining the healthful life that we all aim to achieve. Switching to an all plant based diet will have a tremendous positive effect on not only your body’s personal health, but the health of our ecosystem as well as a major boost in our economy as a whole.
When switching to an all plant based diet, the consequences will be nothing but uplifting, especially to our mother nature. Mat McDermott,in his article explains how many millions of acres of natural land have been destroyed to be available for livestock to live upon. McDermott states that,“animal agriculture is responsible for up to 91 percent of rain forest destruction worldwide.” Evidence like this shows that the removal of an entire ecosystem has a devastating effect on the environment that is also irreversible. Dana Hunnes in her article, touches base on how a vegetarian diet can help our ecosystem as a whole. If not disposed of properly, the packaging and much of the waste that is produced from meat consumption can end up harming our surroundings, ending up in oceans and polluting our mother nature.
Furthermore, Dana states, “Shifting away from animal-based foods [could not only] add up to 49% to the global food supply without expanding croplands; but would also significantly reduce carbon emissions and waste byproducts that end up in our oceans and as seafood byproducts”. Why is this important? As a result of improper disposal and over consumption, we are putting our future generations at risk of growing up in an unsafe, and unclean environment where they are not going to be able to reach their full potential due to how we are treating our earth today. These facts show us the undeniable, genuinely positive outcomes that living a meat free diet can have on our environment.
Additionally, converting to a all greens diet is a great means of keeping track of your body’s health in a way that celebrates plant foods, and cuts out unhealthy items like added sugars and refined grains. Many of the decisions that you make about eating can play a bigger role in your psychological well being than one would imagine. Joan Sabate in her article shows evidence of the link between mental health and the food in which you ingest, and how cruital small decisions like these play on your every day to day life. Plant-based diets have been linked to a number of health benefits, including reducing your risk of heart disease, certain cancers, obesity, diabetes and cognitive decline. Jillian Kubaba in her article, dives into the facts of a meat free diet and just what that means to your overall health. Kubaba states that after a “study done with more than 200,000 people found that those who adhered to a healthy plant-based eating pattern had a 34% lower risk of developing diabetes than those who followed unhealthy, non-plant-based diets… as well as a 22% lower risk of developing colorectal cancer than non-vegetarians”. Eating meat isn’t worth losing a loved one if the outcome is more commonly than not heart disease or even heart failure. With the right motivation and preparation, eating a meat free diet can be attainable for everyone, and factors like heart sickness and brain disease will be something you won’t have to fear about. The facts speak for themselves, and the results of a meat free diet are evident in even long term effects as well as short.
Although many researchers have taken the claim that red meat is the sole provider for nutritional vitamins, specifically iron, Dr. Rosemary Stanton informs us on why plants are again, the most beneficial food for us humans. In her article, Dr.Stanton health expert shares that, “Studies taken place in Australia and other western countries show that those who eat a variety of plant foods have no more iron deficiency than those who eat meat.” This proves to us that plants themselves hold enough valuable nutrition that a diet based solely around them is beneficial and shown to be a healthy diet. When choosing vegetables over meat you are allowing your body to also break down and digest the nutritional values of the products at at a much faster rate. In his article , Adam Dave Livestrong activist informs us that “Proteins in meat and fish can take as long as two days to fully digest, while fruits and vegetables may move through your system in less than a day due to the higher fiber content.” Not only are you obtaining just about the same vitamins, but your body is absorbing them faster allowing you to act off that energy that your body has provided quicker. Evidence like this show us that vegetables are highly nutritional enriched super foods.
Additionally, when switching to an all greens diet, with a little bit of determination you could be doing your wallet a huge favor. Instead of paying for overpriced, products that were shipped from an unknown source, you could easily buy seeds and plant a garden that holds all your nutritional needs and them some. Not only would the garden be convenient because it’s in your backyard but it would be 100% organically grown. Methods like canning goods and drying out herbs can allow you to sustain the maximum potential that comes along with having a garden to call your own. Although not all families are in living conditions to have their own backyard, you can come together with your community and start a commonwealth garden, that will produce fresh vegetables. Not only will you be getting great produce, but you will have an opportunity to connect with your community.
Overall the switch from a plant based diet will be doing yourself a favor in more ways than one. The positive environmental effects cannot be denied, and the health benefits are indisputable. Ultimately, if you put in some effort you can produce your own 100% organic food that can save you a fortune. Life changing revelations like these make alternating to a vegetarian diet too easy.
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