As though we needed more justifications that prove meat is bad for us, here are a few more.
Meat is not only cancer-causing, heart-damaging, environment-thrashing, animal-abusing, and socially unjust, it’s also highly addictive. It has far more chemicals than eating a plant-based diet.
When starting the transition to become vegetarian or vegan, one can start feeling as though they are suffering from withdrawal, as though they were stopping highly addictive drugs. It is very easy to mistake this for a lack of nutrients, or a negative reaction on the behalf of your system. However, for those who know that eating veg is safe and actually better than a regular, omnivorous diet, the question still lingers: what is it exactly that makes us feel as though we are fighting against a narcotics or alcohol addiction?
The truth is, meat is packed with toxins. Although they are not considered a drug per se, they still give us the same stimulating effect, thus creating a dependence on the substance. Do you remember the movie Supersize Me, where Morgan Spulock, the man who chose to eat strictly at McDonald’s for a month to prove how bad it is, claimed that he became sorely depressed after a few weeks whenever he went without his McDee’s for too long? Well, this feeling of addiction is not only attributable to the fast food chain. It’s in everyone’s meat and animal by-products. Remember: he was vegetarian (or was he vegan?) when he decided to make the movie, so he had been ‘clean’ of these toxins for quite some time, and attributed his feeling of addiction to that one particular restaurant and not animal products in general.
Now, before you start saying that non-organic plants surely contain a large number of toxins as well, review this video of Dr. Greger, vegan researcher and speaker, detailing why meat and dairy toxins far outweigh those of any form of plants, including rice. The logic is simple: when you consider that the animals are fed toxins, given toxic antibiotics, and live in toxic spaces, they are exposed to a far larger quantity than any plant. Furthermore, since plants are easier to digest, our bodies eliminate any harmful substances from our system more quickly and store a much smaller quantity of toxins in our fat cells than for those who eat meat and animal by-products.
Furthermore, when making the change to a vegan or even vegetarian diet, what we are feeling are withdrawal symptoms. It gives us the feeling of going through a permanent hangover for at least a few days.
This helps me understand why my transition to vegetarianism, then veganism, was surely far easier than for many other people. I started by making the switch to organic food first. I eliminated the large doses of toxins before slowly abandoning all animal products.
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