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My What The Health Review

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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?

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Here are two things to consider in your possible lifestyle change

  1. If your only interest in going vegan is this one documentary, are you truly committed to your health?
  2. 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?

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16 Comments

  • Reply Antonia

    What a wonderful post! I haven’t watched WTH yet, because I know it’s skewed towards one side but definitely am going to watch it today. I do think it’s important to keep the amount of meat we eat to minimal but I feel like I’m right there with you on the whole vegan front. Can’t wait to keep reading your blog!

    August 1, 2017 at 1:19 pm
    • Reply Blu

      Awesome! Thank you, Antonia! Yeah, the more I cook the less meat I eat! I try to keep it as clean as possible.

      August 1, 2017 at 8:12 pm
  • Reply Essence Renata

    I haven’t watched the doc yet, but reading this definitely has me curious to see it. I could never be a vegan, I love greek yogurt too much (and chicken) and I agree that making a lifestyle change has to be something you want to do for yourself , not because it’s trending at the moment. On the flipside of that, I’m glad that people are becoming more health conscious overall, whether or not that diet includes meat.

    August 1, 2017 at 2:47 pm
    • Reply Blu

      Lol, have you ever tried any vegan yogurts? Are you open to it? lol, I agree with you on the chicken. Plus bacon.

      August 1, 2017 at 8:14 pm
  • Reply Katie B | and then monday.

    SO. MUCH. YES! First of all, I feel like we just came became internet best friends. Is that a thing? because if it’s not, I’m making it one.
    I had such a hard time with all the hype around this documentary. I personally don’t think you can slam an entire organization because you call and ask leading questions and the minimum wage employee who is trained to forward calls and take messages can’t answer them appropriately and defend them while citing additional studies.
    – but anyways –
    I think my biggest concern was with how many of my friends were all of a sudden obsessed with the documentary and its claims without ever taking a while to listen to their own bodies and figure out what works for them. I like to pick a few things that I feel passionately about and see how my body responds. I’m now eating as few processed foods as possible and eliminating dairy from my diet. Even little things like tomato pasta sauce – why it does need all these crazy things I can’t pronounce? A few years ago I was a value driven shopper and threw the Prego in the without a second care… now I’m reading labels and actually educating myself. I know that these changes because they were done intentionally with research and practice will stick with me long after all my Instagrampedia friends denounce their veganism.

    August 1, 2017 at 3:03 pm
    • Reply Blu

      OMG! We are so much alike! I spend so much time reading labels and now I try to make my own salad dressings and less processed foods. But yes, I always go with what my body feels and do my own research. What’s good for the goose isn’t always good for the gander!

      August 4, 2017 at 10:39 am
  • Reply Niki

    I had no idea people used insta like wikipedia. That’s crazy. I do think that as a whole, before making a lifestyle change, people should more carefully consider if they are really committed or if it is (like you said) because they watched a documentary.

    August 1, 2017 at 3:43 pm
    • Reply Blu

      Yes! People automatically believe what they read on social media and make decisions based on that, without doing proper research.

      August 1, 2017 at 8:18 pm
  • Reply Dianne Salonga Rosqueta

    If you want to be health but not ready, at least from time to time not as a regular servings. At least it will also stop you from cravinf and want to eat more. For me now, less meat and more vegetables.

    Dianne Salonga Rosqueta
    http://www.curlydianne.com

    August 1, 2017 at 3:55 pm
    • Reply Blu

      I’ve definitely upped my veggies, but I also don’t eat as much meat. I listen to what my body wants. So I always look for organic meat.

      August 1, 2017 at 8:21 pm
  • Reply Nicki

    The problem is price as most organic produce is nearly twice the price compared to the alternatives.

    August 1, 2017 at 3:57 pm
    • Reply Blu

      Right, healthy shouldn’t be expensive. I juggle my budget to make sure food is a priority. But I love it when I can get something organic for about the same as something non-gmo

      August 1, 2017 at 8:23 pm
  • Reply Sharon

    I will need to watch this documentary! It can be so difficult figuring out what’s good for us and what we think is good for us but sneakily isn’t. I love to use local farm shops & purchase from our local butcher! I wish more people would shop local.

    August 1, 2017 at 6:39 pm
    • Reply Blu

      I totally agree on shopping local!

      August 9, 2017 at 2:30 pm
  • Reply Francesca

    I’ve been Vegan for many years now, for ethical reasons. I haven’t watched WTH yet, but as it’s making an impact in so people’s lives I’m all for it 🙂

    August 2, 2017 at 6:25 am
    • Reply Blu

      I’m all for people making healthier choices for themselves 🙂

      August 9, 2017 at 2:04 pm

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