I remember being told by a friend to stop eating "flesh" if I wanted to be rid of many of my physical ailments... especially my back problem.
I thought, "Flesh? I do not eat flesh. I eat meat. And, what's meat got to do with back pain."
Flesh is for cannibals
For some reason, flesh to me sounded barbaric... cannibalistic. Not the word meat, though. It was like he was insinuating I ate human flesh. But there is really no difference between the two.
According to Dictionary.com, "flesh (n) is the soft substance of a human or other animal body, consisting of muscle and fat." On the other hand, "meat (n) is the flesh of animals used for food." Same difference.
Back pain is related to eating habits
After some research, the connection between back pain and meat eating finally dawned on me. There is more excessive unused energy from meat eating— using of animal products— than from a plant-based diet. Now, that coupled with lack of exercise, I realized, have been the primary reason the excessive unused energy is then deposited and stored as fats in places on our bodies we usually do not want. And fats, in turn, help shape the physiques of all males and females on this planet—including myself. That's where the stress on my back comes in.
Shifting weight causes pain
When there is too much of my belly hanging from my abdomen, it shifts my weights disproportionately to the front of my body causing the muscles in my back to adjust, and sometimes work harder than other torso balancing muscles for optimal support and balance of the body. In time, stress and pain kick in and become part of daily existence.
I'm here to tell you, it's no fun.
Now, armed with this, I turned to the bulk of research on plant-based food. "What is the difference between eating flesh and fruits and veggies?"
Fruits and veggies are original food for humans
For one thing, (and I keep saying this in my posts) fruits and veggies were originally meant to be food for all of us animals on earth— from the very beginning of time. As such, it has medicinal benefits built into them. Scientific studies talk about things like phytochemicals, vitamins and other beneficial substances found only in fruits and veggies.
Finally, animals—including humans—are meant to be consumers. Not the food.
Animals are for companions
Why were the chickens and cows created then?
They were created, if you believe in the biblical account, simply to be companions. And man, as he was commanded in the Good Book to "be fruitful and multiply" was appointed the caretaker of the entire planet, to take care of all the plants and animals.
Animals for companion. Plants for food.
But if you don't believe the Good Book, then that's a whole different story... it's a story that's so bleak and full of hopelessness.
Come back tomorrow though for more hope and funfilled journey.