Food is one of the greatest pleasures in life. Seriously. If Oprah loves bread well, I LOVE FOOD. Besides a few foods on my ew, that's gross list, my diet has a lot of variety in it.
Included in that diet is meat and dairy. A lot of it.
On average my animal meat and dairy consumption is 4-5 servings per day. Any given day breakfast is turkey bacon, egg whites, and cheese on a muffin. Lunch, chicken stir-fry with veggies. Dinner, while it varies much, some sort of meat and dairy are involved. My snacks are yogurt, ice cream, cheese, jerky.
Meat. Dairy. Repeat. It is really a staple of the Western Diet. My question is, why do we eat it?
Over the years I have looked in vegetarian and vegan diets. Normally it was influenced because of animal cruelty. It wasn't enough to get me to make the switch. I put those awful images on the back burner and fried up some bacon.
Fast-forward to present day and now I am realizing it is more than just the animals. It's our environment. It's my own body. I question if our bodies are truly designed to be powered by animal-based protein? I see research that chicken has the same cholesterol amount as red meat. I question the role of advertising that tells us what to eat. I question the quality of our food, regardless if it says grass-fed or free-range. Do I want food that are plants or made in a plant?
No, I am not running around with a tinfoil hat on my head, but a lot of Americans are sick. As someone that is overweight, I am sick.
I could get into the nitty-gritty of my reasons above or leave it as this: I don't think it could hurt removing a lot of meat and dairy from my daily diet line up and follow a mostly plant-based diet. Right now my daily animal meat and dairy consumption over the last week has dropped from 4-5 servings per day to 2-3 servings per day. I hope to get my numbers to 0-1 servings per day. It is hard. Routines are hard to shake. But, the more I research my reasons, the more I convince myself.
Let me repeat myself, the more I research. Please don't take diet advice from a panda with a blog post. Do your own research. Find your own path. I'm still trying to figure out my own.