Why We Choose a Plant Based Diet
The two most pivotal and life changing days in our lives,
1) THE DAY WE MET EACH OTHER
2) THE DAY WE DECIDED TO COMMIT TO A WHOLE PLANT BASED LIFESTYLE
This statement might seem like a bit of a stretch but it is 100 percent the truth. Without going to much into the science and the statistics, we want to go over some of the reasons why we decided to choose this lifestyle and why this decision changed our lives forever for the better.
THE STORY OF HOW IT ALL BEGAN
Three years ago when I (Jake) was completing my divemaster in Honduras I learnt a fact that changed my life forever. During a theory lesson about the declining state of coral reefs I learnt that the greatest cause of ocean dead zones was pollution from factory farms producing beef. All of a sudden my mind made a connection ‘if I am paying for and eating beef, I am paying for the destruction of my favourite place, the ocean’
Making this connection kicked off a whirlwind of learning and discovery. I started researching, reading articles, scouring through studies, watching documentaries. The information I was processing blew my mind. I couldn’t stop thinking ‘how did I not know this’. The impact our diet had on the environment, the cruelty our dollars were supporting, the implications our western diet had on our health. It all started to sink in!
Having all this knowledge meant I couldn’t keep my head in the sand anymore. I knew that saying I loved animals and eating them was a complete contradiction. I knew that caring for the environment but choosing to eat the products that caused the most destruction made no sense.
It became clear to me that no taste, no pleasure, no personal satisfaction would ever be worth the devastation and cruelty that comes attached to all animal products. Now I know for certain after 2.5 years of aligning my actions with my beliefs and only eating whole plant based food, not only do humans survive on a plant based diet, we THRIVE! The pleasure, taste and personal satisfaction I now receive through my food choices far outweighs anything I had previously experienced before. If there is one thing I know for certain, it is that I will never go back.
MARIE'S JOURNEY TO PLANT BASED LIVING
When we first met, Jake was already plant-based. It wasn’t really something we talked about a lot initially. It definitely wasn’t something Jake tried to force onto me. I was curious as to why this hairy Aussie guy wouldn’t eat meat.
The more we talked about it and the more I learnt through documentaries and books, the more I started to become aware of the negative side effects animal products have on our health and the environment. I started making connections in my own life, I realised that neglecting proper nutrition had caused so much pain and suffering for myself and my family. My father had a long battle with cancer. I never considered that maybe it wasn’t genetics, or just bad luck that caused my Father’s cancer. The link between diet and disease is something that most people don’t give enough thought and I decided I wasn’t going to be one of those people anymore. I decided to commit to learning more about plant based nutrition and i’ve never looked back.
WHY DO WE DO IT?
What you put in your body over your lifetime will have a far greater impact on your physical and mental health than anything else you do in this life. It is crazy to think that in all 1st world countries, most of the major causes of death are related to lifestyle diseases! We are eating ourselves to death while people in 3rd world countries are starving to death.
We don’t mean to shock you by saying this, we just want you to understand that learning and uncovering the truth about your food choices (in particular the negative effects animal products have on your health) could literally save your life, or the lives of those people you love the most.
The human body has no need for animal products and no need for processed food. There are many societies around the world that are living proof of this fact. Now disease and sickness has become something we just accept. Heart attacks, strokes, cancer, diabetes, depression and obesity are becoming so common that every single one of us has been effected either directly or indirectly by at least one of these diseases.
It’s easier to imagine that it’s just luck, or its bad genetics. Its harder to accept that some of your favourite foods have become some of your worst addictions and the only way to becoming a more energetic, youthful and healthier version of yourself is to give them up.
Once we had learned that a plant based diet was not only healthy, but the healthiest way to eat. We made a realisation that the choice to eat the food that caused the most destruction and suffering, was a choice of conditioning and pleasure rather than a choice of necessity. We didn’t need animal products to be healthy.
So then it became a choice for us, was pleasuring our taste buds more important than an animals life or more important than keeping our world healthy for future generations. The answer for us was No, it might be yes for some of you. Whatever you believe right now, it is important to think consciously about your choices. Does the end result of your choices truly reflect what you believe?
WHY DON’T WE ALL KNOW THIS?
This is where it gets scary and sad. Unfortunately the world we live in revolves around money. Three of the most powerful industries in the world rely on us making bad food choices. Animal agriculture and the products it produces make us sick, we spend our hard earned money on healthcare for surgeries and doctors appointments, then we are prescribed medication from the pharmaceutical industry to mask our sickness. Then we go back to eating the same unhealthy food and the vicious cycle continues.
The whole reason all of this is able to occur without us realising is due to the fact that we are all confused. One google search about what the healthiest diet is for humans will send your head spinning. One minute a red wine a day is good for you, the next day butter in your coffee is supposed to be good. The whole food and diet industry relies on us being confused!! If we all knew what to eat and we were all healthy a lot of companies would lose a lot of money!
WHATS THE GOOD NEWS?
The good news is, at this moment in time we have never had more freedom to access information. If you spend enough time sifting through the opinion based, biased and statistically incorrect information, you will find the truth. There are many inspiring people out there that have dedicated their lives to sharing the truth. We follow a bunch of these people daily for new information and tips/advice. We will link their pages/websites down at the bottom of the article.
If we told you that by making one decision you could have the biggest positive effect on climate change, you could save hundreds of animals lives, you could feel younger and more energetic, you could have brighter and clearer skin and you could give yourself the best chance at living a long and healthy life. Would you want to know what that decision would be?
Making the decision to learn about and commit to, a whole foods plant based diet will give you all these things and more!!
We don’t get worked up about much, we are pretty relaxed and easy going people. This conversation gets us worked up! We are not telling you all this for any reason other than we know that moving towards a plant based diet will bring you only benefits in terms of your health and well-being.
If you have any questions please ask! We will be talking more about the benefits, the studies, and how we live on a whole foods plant based diet in future blogs.
For more information/inspiration on this topic check out these resources
– Forks over Knives, Okja, What the Health, Cowspiracy, Food Choices.
– www.nutritionfacts.org (non for profit website, peer reviewed studies, no opinions)
– ‘How Not To Die’ written by Dr Michael Gregor,
‘The China Study’ written by Colin T Campbell
‘The Food Revolution’ written by John Robbins