Another year, another food fad. Or is it? Vegetarian and veganism diets were the fastest growing diets in 2017. So is it just another trendy diet that will stick around for a couple of years until the next new diet fad comes around? Maybe, but I'm curious and convinced eating a predominately plant based diet is beneficial for not only my health but the health of Mother Earth herself.
In 2017 I made a conscious effort to purchase and consume less red meat to make a start on being a good earthling. This year, I'm going vegetarian. Well, no that's a lie. Truth is I love meat, poultry and dairy products and at this stage of my life I'm not ready to give that up fully just yet. As an alternative I'm setting myself an achievable goal of becoming a weekday vegetarian. This means I can enjoy the options of the foods I love on the weekends but stick to a plant based diet Monday to Friday. What's the point in that you ask? Overall, I'll be minimizing the amount of animal product I consume, minimizing my carbon footprint and (fingers crossed) feel better physically and mentally about the food I put into my body.
If you've been thinking about minimising your animal product consumption but maybe need a bit more convincing, here are a few documentaries I watched that helped me understand the benefits of switching to a plant-based diet
1. Cowspiracy (2014)
The Crux: Cowspiracy will make you want to give up animal products to minimise your carbon footprint and save the earth.
Official Website: cowspiracy.com
2. Forks Over Knives (2011)
The Crux: Forks Over Knives will make you want to give up animal products to improve your health and not die from cancer.
Official Website: forksoverknives.com
3. Live and Let Live (2013)
The Crux: Live and Let Live will make you want to give up animal products to save all the animals on this planet.
Official Website: letlivefilm.com
Check them out and let me know what you think.
Just another health and fitness professional putting in their 2 cents. 2 cents may be all you need one day.