Reasons to give up eating meat & animal food (for new plant-based folks)

April 12, 2017

I’m not saying you should not eat animals.
But if you do choose to go the whole-foods plant-based route, you need to give yourself enough reasons to do so. Part of sticking to a new eating style is convincing your conscious and subconscious mind that there is a benefit.

I’m not going into the ethics of not eating meat, that’s more of a vegan cause. I want to focus instead on the personal selfish benefits: like nutrition, satisfaction, affordability, ease of use, etc.

Reasons to give up meat, fish, eggs, dairy:
1. Carbs all day!
You can finally start eating all the good carbs you want! Fruit, potatoes, rice, etc are super satisfying and fun to eat. You can even eat *gasp* bread. Can load up on lentils and beans once again. These are all things you would’ve been avoiding on a high-fat, low carb paleo type diet.

2. No more meat sweats.
The kind you get after hitting up an all you can eat Brazilian steak house.

3. Save tons of money.
Starches like rice, potatoes, lentils, and beans are ridiculously affordable while grass-fed meat and wild-caught fish are a lot more expensive and harder to find.

4. More nutrients.
Plants are of course where it’s at when it comes to super nutrition. If you’re going the paleo route, you’re missing out on nutrients from fruits and starches like potatoes.

5. Less toxins
When you go up the food chain, you have to start worrying about stuff like mercury and other toxic load. You have to worry about conventionally-raised animals full of antibiotics, hormones, and stress chemicals from being treated poorly.

Not everyone can afford grass-fed, wild-caught, pasture-raised animal products. Many are dairy intolerant and it can also be disease promoting. Some folks, like me, do not do well on a high fat (ie: animals) diet, no matter what the experts say.

6. Easy prep
Fruit require no cooking. They’re the fastest of fast foods.

Rice is super easy to make in a rice cooker without you being around. Just set it and forget it.

Potatoes are relatively easy to bake as a whole or cut up as fries

Veggies you can cook, eat raw, blend into a smoothie, or juice. Many options.

Meanwhile, meat and fish require prep and cook time. And if you don’t make it properly with the correct spices, it can taste terrible.

7. Socially easier to be plant-based than paleo
I’ve tried both.

It’s much easier to eat a plant based diet because carbs are abundant everywhere. If I’m hungry and on the road, I can pick up a bunch of fruit from the grocery store. I can order a baked potato, hashbrowns, fries, or rice along with veggies at most restaurants. That means I can hit up Indian, Mexican, Chinese, Thai, Japanese, Middle Eastern, and breakfast places with no worry.

When you’re paleo, you essentially need the highest quality meat, fish, & eggs possible while avoiding carbs. Super hard and annoying to do.

8. Carbs > Animals
I’ve been a low-carber nearly all my life, and trust me, carbs are way more fun to eat. I’m not a big eat-meat-alone type person, as in just a slab of meat with veggies. I can do it, but it’s not fun. For me, meat, eggs, fish need carbs to make it taste good. ie: rice, potatoes, bread, sugary sauces.

If I eat carbs and animals (fat), this pretty much leads to fat gain. People essentially have to choose between a high fat diet or a high carb diet, and I really enjoy the latter.

9. Feels Better to eat plants
More energy, improving health, feel light and good all the time. Never hungry or cravings. Your results may vary depending on your body type.

10. You can still eat some animals too
Just less of it.

Unless you’re ethically against eating animal products, go ahead and add some if you need it for physical or pleasurable reasons.

The goal is to eat as much plants as possible for their nutrition. So if you’re eating 90% plants and 10% animals, that is ok. Even 60-40% is ok if that works for you. But, I’m an all or nothing type person, so I eat 95-100% plants these days. (That could change in the future if it’s affecting my health.)

I’ll sometimes eat fish if it’s cooked in the house. The other day, I went to an asian restaurant and their only gluten free noodle soup was a meat one. So I ordered it without the meat, added veggies, but did not freak out when they only had beef broth as the base. I just try to do my best and forget about the small stuff.

Louise Hay, the O.G. spiritual teacher, eats something like a paleo diet, including fish and bone broth. I was surprised to find that she is not a 100% vegan.

Tom Brady eats 80% plants and 20% animals for his health and extending his football career.

Doreen Virtue, spiritual teacher, is 100% vegan.

Esther Hicks, I think, eats whatever she feels like. Not a vegan even though she’s a spiritual teacher.

Medical Medium Anthony Williams writes books based on the benefits of plant food, so I assume he eats mostly or all plants.

Even the Dalai Lama, top buddhist monk and spiritual teacher, eats meat if it’s served!

Finally, there was a story I read about Gandhi’s daughter in law who was sick and a vegetarian. Gandhi was of course a strict vegetarian. A doctor finally convinced him that she can and should eat eggs because there’s no cruelty involved. Eggs are unfertilized, so they’re not alive. The lady recovered afterwards.

Resources:
Louise Hay’s Diet

I have been on many diets over my lifetime. I have experienced macrobiotic, vegetarian, vegan, and Ayurvedic diets, and was even a fruitarian for a short while. But eating only fruit put too much sugar into my body, and I became very wired.

Today I have learned that the best diet for me is one of protein and vegetables with small amounts of grains. I personally do not eat wheat, dairy, sugar, corn or soy.

The Dalai Lama is a meat eater

“In the 1960s, he tried it for a bit but had to give it up after he got sick with hepatitis,” explains Takhla.

His compromise is to eat vegetarian in Dharamsala and meat dishes when he’s on the road and it’s offered by his hosts.

10 Life Lessons I Learned From The Angels – Doreen Virtue

4. Purify your diet.
“All food has vibration, and you want to vibrate as high and fine as you feel attuned to. Eat a diet of fresh fruits and vegetables, nuts, and whole grains, which have the highest vibrational frequencies. Avoid meats, dairy, alcohol, sugar, chocolate, and caffeine, which have the lowest vibrations. And remember that the essence of all foods you eat affects you long after the food is digested and gone.”

At the time that the angels told me Lesson #4, my diet was already quite healthful. I had given up meats, fowl, and alcohol. Still, there was room for improvement so I followed my guardian angel’s dietary advice and adopted a Vegan approach to eating. The improvement in my energy and outlook was drastic and immediate! Instead of feeling deprived, choosing healthful foods felt easy and natural.

What Is a Whole-Food, Plant-Based Diet?