WHY I BECAME PLANT-BASED

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It’s been over six months since starting on this new path and I would like to share with you exactly what started it all, the ups and downs of the journey and what I have learnt along the way.It all began with a documentary called Minimalism: A Documentary About the Important Things, which I spoke briefly about in a previous post about the Eco Cabins we stayed in while visiting the Kogelberg Nature Reserve. I came across the documentary completely by accident one day while on YouTube, and after watching it I could not wait for Michael (my boyfriend) to get home so I could share it with him. A few hours later he and I were watching it together, me now for the second time. What this documentary did for me was completely open my mind and started me on a journey towards mindfulness.

When I think about how my journey all fell into place I get goosebumps, I mean a documentary like Minimalism: A Documentary About the Important Things has nothing to do with food or eating? Although it led me to want to learn more and not live a life simply following the socially expected norms. This is what got me knowledge hungry and led me to watch other informative films rather than mindless series or movies.

The next documentary I came across was What the Health, which then led me to similar documentaries such as Forks over Knives and Food Choices. What can I say? I was hooked. What these documentaries focus on is the innacurate information we are told about meat and dairy with regards to our health. For years I believed that a healthy diet consisted of animal products, only to find out that it was all a lie. Plant-based eating is shown to be the most healthy way to eat to both prevent and reverse disease, a diet we can not only survive on but thrive on!

I know there is a stigma behind documentaries, as they are shot with a goal in mind, a one-sided debate some would say. This is exactly why after watching these I was inspired to find out the truth for myself and do my own in-depth research into food and the effects food has on our bodies.

As a result, what I found was completely mind-blowing and it reaffirmed all I had realised while watching the films. We as a society are so easily manipulated by the industries which rule over us with their money and power. This applies to materialism, food, medicine and so many other industries, it really was a frightening realisation. What was difficult for me after making such a discovery and feeling insanely enlightened was the fact that now I had become some sort of conspiracy theorist living in a world of people who thought I was utterly bonkers. I struggled to relate to those around me as I found myself bubbling over wanting to share my newly found knowledge. I must have sounded like a crazy person!

What I would like you all to understand after reading this post is that after my research, six months thereof, I decided to take my life and health into my own hands and not simply believe what billion dollar industries tell me through the media and other money-propelled mediums. I was now on a mission to create my own truths, after all, no one cares more about my personal health than I do.

What I discovered along the way

  1. Consumerism is a real thing. We have been brought up from young children with the nature of wanting more and more material possessions. This has been instilled in us every birthday and Christmas celebration. Not to mention the media which fully supports this idea of “I will be happy when I have that…”.  I can honestly say that now having found meaning in something so much more real than materialism, the constantly unfulfilled hunger for STUFF is gone, and I have the time and energy to focus on who I am as a person, what I would like to contribute to the life of others, and my new found passion, what I put into my body through what I eat.
  2. The meat and dairy industries are amongst the richest industries in the world. That brings me to the question, with so much money in selling meat and dairy products to the public, would these industries ever communicate the dangers in the consumption of these products? The answer is, unfortunately, no – as has been proven 1000 times over. If we stop eating animal products, these billion dollar industries will stand to lose A LOT of money.
  3. Animal products are killing us and causing disease.
  4. Plant-based eating is the only way forward, for our personal health and well-being, the health and well-being of animals and most importantly at this point, the survival of our planet.
  5. The consumption of meat is the biggest cause of global warming by far. Us eating meat is killing our planet and the industries do not want us to know about this.
  6. It may seem like changing your diet is a small aspect of your life, but what I want everyone reading this to know is it changed my entire life. I will never be able to go back to living life the way I was because I see life so differently now. This journey has not only stopped me from eating animal products, it has made me more compassionate towards myself, others, animals and our planet and has given me meaning the way nothing ever has before. These discoveries even inspired my new career path as now I aim to teach others what I have learnt and to help those who need it step by step along their own journey towards being a plant-based eater.

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We are all completely different, but at the same time so similar. We would all like to feel happy with who we are and live a life full of happiness which in turn will allow us to feel fulfilled. What I can suggest is watching the following documentaries and doing your own research in order to take control of your life the way I have chosen to. Below are the documentary films which opened my eyes and put me on this positive journey.

Watch these documentary films in the following order:

  1. Minimalism – A Documentary About the Important Things (It’s all in the title)
  2. Food Choices (Exposing the correlation between animal foods and disease)
  3. What the Health (Exposing industry lies at the expense of our health)
  4. Forks Over Knives (A good look into the China Study)

Most of these you can find on YouTube, and all of them can definitely be found on Netflix!

Give it a go, what do you have to lose? I would love to hear from any of you who have been on a similar journey or watched any of the above films!

All my love, Amber X

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