About this Sister Eden Video
In this Sister Eden Short, Lori Cuts the Cheese and is really happy about her decision. Read below for more details about the information in this Sister Eden Short.
Health Benefits of a Plant-Based Diet
A plant-based – or vegan – diet is incredibly healthy. In fact, Kaiser Permanente – and more and more doctors across the nation – are now endorsing a plant-based diet. On top of that, every 5 years, the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) and the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) jointly publish the Dietary Guidelines for Americans, a key document that guides U.S. nutrition policies. This year’s report found that:
“a diet higher in plant-based foods, such as vegetables, fruits, whole grains, legumes, nuts, and seeds, and lower in calories and animal-based foods is more health promoting and is associated with less environmental impact than is the current U.S. diet…
“Current evidence shows that the average U.S. diet has a larger environmental impact in terms of increased greenhouse gas emissions, land use, water use, and energy use…”
The Committee concluded that “linking health, dietary guidance, and the environment will promote human health and the sustainability of natural resources and ensure current and long-term food security.”
How to Eat a Plant-Based Diet
A vegan diet is easier than you think. You may think that a vegan diet requires a lot of special food, but it doesn’t have to. If you eat fruits, vegetables, grains, nuts and beans, you’re golden. Yes, there are faux meats and cheeses, but I’ll be honest, while I eat faux meat from time to time, I rarely eat faux cheese. I just prefer to go without. And I’m doing fine! Also, you can get plenty of protein and calcium from plants and get your B-12 with a supplement.
For more information, read the dirty hippie and the bohemian girl’s blog series entitled It’s Already Vegan which outlines vegan food you can easily find at mainstream grocery stores that you may not have even realized was vegan!
To learn more about the link between meat and medical ailments, resources to get you started on a vegan diet, links to recipes and more, read my recent blog post.
The Movie I Saw
After I watched the film Cowspiracy: The Sustainability Secret, I decided to go vegan. Why? Well, at the time I watched the movie, I had been a vegetarian for 11 years and thought I was being a good steward of the Earth by consuming local/organic dairy products from cows and chickens that were free-range and grass-fed. But the movie taught me this:
– Growing feed crops for livestock consumes 56% of water in the US
– One hamburger requires 660 gallons of water to produce – the equivalent of 2 months’ worth of showers
– 2,500 gallons of water are needed to produce 1 pound of beef
– 477 gallons of water are required to produce 1 pound of eggs; 900 gallons of water are needed for cheese
– 1,000 gallons of water are required to produce 1 gallon of milk
– 5% of water consumed in the US is by private homes
– 55% of water consumed in the US is for animal agriculture
– 1-2 acres of rainforest are cleared every second
– the leading causes of rainforest destruction are livestock and feedcrops
So instead of using up land to grow crops for lifestock, let’s just grow plants for humans because we are quickly running out of usable land to grow crops to feed our global population.
– Land required to feed 1 person for 1 year:
Vegan: 1/6th acre
Vegetarian: 3x as much as a vegan
Meat Eater: 18x as much as a vegan
– 1.5 acres can produce 375 pounds of meat.
– 1.5 acres can produce 37,000 pounds of plant-based food.
*You can find all of these statistics – and more – as well as their sources on the Cowspiracy web site.
For even more information, check out 9 Environmental Reasons to Go Vegan.
Have you gone vegan? Tell us your story! Have some apprehensions? We’d love to hear them! Share below!
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