About six weeks ago I stopped eating meat (I stopped eating fish over a year ago). There are several reasons why Gülsah and I decided not to eat it anymore. I want to summarize a few of them:
I am feeling great! I am feeling fit, I am sleeping well because I know, at least there are no animals slaughtered for my short-while pleasure of eating and my diet is way better than before! I changed it to a lot of fruits and vegetables. We eat salad with a lot of fresh stuff to almost every meal, at least twice a day.We are trying out a lot of new recipes and it tastes better and better. Am I missing meat? Honestly, I am not.
Around three weeks ago I was feeling exhausted, fatigue and powerless without any apparent reason. I thought most probably my B12 and iron had to be far too low, as I wasn´t really replacing them on a constant basis. Both of them contribute to the oxygen supply in different tissues. I got some supplements and not even 48 hours later I felt fit again. There´s a lot of iron in a lot of stuff (brokkoli,nuts ..) but it is in a different chemical form than the iron in meat and is therefore harder to absorb. You can help your body by drinking a glass of orange juice (vitamin C) to your meal. We also need Vitamin B12, which is in meat but can be replaced by supplements, fortified foods and juices. Carboyhydrates are not difficult to cover and proteins are always consumed more than enough with your normal diet (of course, everyone that lifts knows better here and will take his/her supplements ;-). There are a couple of other nutrients that are really important to us and our well-being, but I´ll write an own post about that.
All in all it really feels good…and right. There´s a lot of people and industries out there trying to tell you how important meat is and how much “life power” a piece of meat contains. The truth is that this is all bullshit. Only marketing strategies to keep the industry running and producing. Only a fast and effective factory will generate a lot of money. And as we all know money drives a lot of people very crazy and makes people forget about all environmental or ethical issues.
Take six minutes of your precious time and watch this video: without saying a single word this film tells a shocking and sad story.. Think about it ..
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Tom Vierus is an award-winning photographer, filmmaker, and marine biologist based in Suva, Fiji Islands. This blog is dedicated to his assignments and to sharing some behind-the-scenes footage.