G: The ancient Roman poet Virgil once said “the greatest wealth is health”. This is one of the three key reasons for eating vegetarian food. We all know that eating unhealthy food is not good for us, in the same way as swallowing poison is not a great idea. In today’s world, health checkups and medical procedures can often be incredibly costly. Thus, avoiding the need for some of these procedures is important. If you think of the human body as a machine, like a car, you can see that putting dirty fuel into a car will force us to have to change the fuel filter and perform more maintenance. To avoid having to have unnecessary maintenance on our human bodies, being mindful of what we eat or drink is important.
If we dig deeper, this mindfulness should include asking a simple question, “Is this thing that I am about to eat, drink, smoke, or even inject, going to be harmful to me, as a poison is?” If the answer is yes, and we have another option that would be more wholesome, hopefully we can go for that alternative.
This is easy to understand for things that we all know now are harmful, like cigarettes, excess refined sugars etc, but the same applies to eating too much meat.
If I can speak about myself personally, I used to eat way too much meat. My body looked alright on the outside, but my cholesterol levels, and thus chances of heart attacks and having diseases associated with excess meat consumption, were much too high. This was my proportion size.
After reducing my meat intake to only twice a week (week day vegetarian), and then to not eating meat at all, I measured my cholesterol again. It was and has been ever since, very very healthy. I was shocked the first year, that it could improve so much by simply reducing/cutting out meat consumption. My next challenge is including more fibre in my diet as this is one thing that can easily be overlooked but is very important.
So what is the take home? Well, in the same way that we are conscious of cigarettes and sugar (and poison, for that matter), being unhealthy for us, we should also be conscious about how excessive consumption of meat can affect our bodies. It can thus affect our wallets (through medical bills) and our quality of life (through disease and effects on our mood).