So I finally did the trendy thing and watched the documentary all the vegans are raving about, What The Health.
To all the vegans, I come in peace.
Seeing as I’m the most interesting person you know, I figured you were feigning for my thoughts. Because we’re Internet friends, I just want to us to be transparent with each other. I know you’ve been wondering, and maybe you weren’t quite sure how to ask. I don’t show this aspect of my life much, but… here it is. I’m not vegan.
*whispers* Even After watching WTH.
BUT WHY? If you know better, you’ll do better.
Eh. Not necessarily true.
After watching WTH many folks want to go vegan. Cool! I support anything that’ll drive down the cost of organic meat. Also, major props on giving up all animal products including wool, silk, and leather! Because that’s a part of being vegan too.
Even though I don’t agree with everything in the documentary I’m glad there’s a lot of hype around it because I’m interested in skewing the conversation towards GMOs vs non-GMOs. For years people have been campaigning for non-GMOs to be labeled, for information to be widely available about their effects and the crazy, crazy pesticides used on your corn on the cob, beloved. For as long as that’s been going on, many people were like meh, but now more people care about what they fuel their bodies with.
GMOs have afforded us the “luxury” of thinking these prices are normal. Of course, eating organic can be pricier at times, but you spend your money on the things that matter to you. Is one less bottle of Henny a month going to kill you? How many Jordans are sitting in the back of your closet?
Here are two things to consider in your possible lifestyle change
- If your only interest in going vegan is this one documentary, are you truly committed to your health?
- Do you base a lot of your health decisions on Instagrampedia? (when people use Instagram like Wikipedia)
What I’m really asking is what other research BEYOND the documentary have you done to improve your diet? Are you giving up processed foods too? Have you thought about shopping local to support people in your community?
Also, from what I could tell, all the presenters are vegan. I’m going on a whim here, but I highly doubt a vegan person will tell you to go eat meat. In my humble opinion, I don’t think everything said in the documentary is true.
There are so many diets out there. There are people who thrive on being vegan. There are also people who were vegan and incorporated meat back into their lifestyle because they didn’t feel well, like #trillyoga instructor, @cbquality. Many people who convert back don’t like to tell anyone because vegans can be a little, uh… passionate about their lifestyle. I do think that the way that animal products are produced and their quality is alarming, and how these practices are normal!
Look, I’m not here to tell you which diet is better than the other. My only wish is that this post gets you thinking so you make informed decisions on how you choose to fuel your body, which brands/people you choose to support with your money and feeling really good about your choice. My personal preference is to eat organic. If you think about it, if you go vegan but still eat GMOs you’re still doing your body a disservice.
Vegan or not I hope you still love me. We can work past this if you need a little space from me. I sorta understand. I’m curious, how has watching What The Health changed how you feel about the food you eat? If you haven’t seen it what’s holding you back?