I was a teenager in biology class when I first learned of parasites. Looking at meat through a microscope for the first time was the only reason I ever needed to become vegetarian. I remember that day clearly and that was it for me. I was too young to stay successfully veg, however, but I did avoid red meat until I was eventually able to learn enough to become a vegan.
All mammals have parasites, but it’s good to avoid picking up more of these hitchhiking beasts, while avoiding unnecessary and potentially dangerous parasites that live in other animals, such as Trichinosis.
Date of Death:
I also could never understand why meat never had a “date of death” on the package. For example, if we went fishing together and we cleaned and froze those fish, we would be certain to mark the date on those packages when we put them into your freezer. Yet when we buy meat or fish in the market, we have no idea how long the animal has been dead.
I read recently that the US is sending chicken overseas for processing and then back to the US to sell for food. If we return to our example and imagine taking that fish from our freezer, shipping it to China, then back to the US, then by the time it returned to your freezer in the US, would you eat it after that long journey?
Personally if I’m going to eat something that’s dead, I want to know how long it’s been dead and hanging around. Ew!
Avoiding 2 Diseases of Lifestyle, Cancer and Diabetes:
Financially and physically diseases of lifestyle can be devastating not only for the individual but for their loved ones as well. Diseases of lifestyle are diseases that can be avoided/prevented by changing our lifestyle. Let’s look at some of the latest research.
Read this fascinating study to learn how a possible tumor-forming sugar called Neu5Gc can cause spontaneous cancers:
Also let’s not forget that obesity can play a role in cancer risk and that red meat contains animal fat and cholesterol, which can contribute to obesity.
Diabetes and the complication from diabetes can cause a person to lose their eyesight, toes and limbs.
How to Get Started?
- You can try participating on Meat Free Monday.
- You can watch the movies Vegucated, Forks over Knives or Earthlings (graphic) for inspiration and education.
- You can join HappyCow.net, a global directory for veg* food, stores and restaurants.
- You can use my cookbooks and I have some great free recipes online.
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