I’ve loved eating meat my entire life. From my mother’s flank steak to BBQ-soaked trips to Memphis and Kansas City, I’ve always considered myself a carnivore. I’ve done crave case challenges at White Castle – hell, I even brought a friend there for Valentine’s Day one year (classy I know). The “Rib America” festival I went to a few years ago in St. Louis was one of the greatest days of my life – the best BBQ from around the country all on one street, not to mention George Thorogood playing on stage in the background. So it’s with a heavy heart that I say that I will rarely eat meat or any animal-based food ever again, if at all.
Most people reading this blog (at the onset, at least) know me and are probably thinking one or a combination of several things to themselves:
“No way he ACTUALLY gives up meat.”
“What in the hell is he thinking?”
“Who the hell cares?”
Let me go ahead and answer those questions for you to save you the trouble. I’m in it for the longhaul – this isn’t a phase or some crazy fad I’ve decided to try; it’s a complete lifestyle change and I’m fully committed to it. I’d been doing some casual reading about nutrition and learned a few things about organic foods (like Michael Pollan’s “In Defense of Food,”) but I didn’t really end up making any drastic dietary changes. All that changed a week ago, after I read Dr. T Colin Campbell’s incredible book “The China Study.” In order to preserve my long term health, I’m switching to a plant-based diet. Basically, I’m becoming a vegan, but I really don’t like to use that word, “vegan.” VEEEEGAAAAN. Ugh. It calls to mind dirty Birkenstock-wearing hippies living up in trees in Berkeley. I could care less about those weirdos and their disgusting hair. Wash your goddamn hair and get out of the damn trees. My switch to a plants-only diet is supported by a tremendous amount of evidence that suggests eating animal-based and processed foods is highly correlated to chronic diseases such as certain cancers (liver, prostate, etc.), diabetes, heart disease, osteoporosis, Alzheimer’s, and a mess of other unsavory ailments I’d rather not have to deal with.
My hope in starting this blog is that it will serve as a public diary of sorts to show others that while there may be some difficulties to getting rid of the animal-based foods in your diet, its not that tough. In fact, there are so many delicious plant-based foods to eat its somewhat overwhelming. I’ll explore different kinds of foods to eat and drink, both raw and cooked, and I hope that readers will contribute suggestions for recipes and food items I’m missing out on. America is the world’s best fed yet most undernourished country, and it’s all due to the fact that we don’t eat enough unprocessed fruits and vegetables, especially in their raw state. That’s why I’m becoming a plant eater, and I hope you’ll join me, or at least read this blog and start thinking about the food you’re putting in your body.