I watched The Game Changers last week, the latest documentary highlighting diet in the context of meat vs plant based eating.
This one features athletes and well known personalities like Arnold Schwarzenegger, all who have reportedly adopted a predominately plant based diet and felt the benefits. Whether they’re vegan or just avoiding meat isn’t entirely clear, but I appreciated this softer approach rather than the usual hardcore vegan messaging, which definitely pushes us into potential ‘Fishgate’ territory, not cool – for anyone, and makes plant based eating seem inaccessible.
My diet is 90% plant based, on average. I don’t eat any meat, I occasionally eat organic eggs and dairy, even wild, line-caught fish (lol) at times. So here is my bias from the beginning.
What I find fascinating is the response to this kind of documentary. Nobody is indifferent. They either jump on the bandwagon, compelled into changing their eating habits, or passionately defending meat-eating, referencing the latest research substantiating their belief that eating meat is healthier than eating a plant based diet. Which, invariably is absolutely possible given the nature of research, statistics and the food industry. Worrying in itself.
Anyway, in the midst of all this back and fourth, the heart of the issue is lost, conveniently perhaps, preventing us from making real progress, collectively and individually, toward greater wellbeing for ourselves and the planet. I can identify two ‘hearts’ of the matter:
- Each of us are different constitutionally, meaning we all benefit from different ways of eating, not limited to meat vs no meat, but even what kind of plants, how they are cooked, when they’re eaten and with what.
- Fact, not opinion. Mass farming of animals for consumption is not good for the animal, not good for the environment and certainly not good for you. Any meat sources that come from these animals is unsustainable, from every angle, not least considering the suffering of the animal involved, and should be stopped. However, meat from organic, grass fed, free roaming, smaller farms where animals are happy and comfortable are an entirely different ball game in the opinion of those who enjoy eating meat, and I dare say, benefit from it nutritionally speaking.
But instead of arguing whether we should eat meat or not, perhaps we need to be confronting our own choices and their implications. Whether it’s a meat-eater choosing to eat animals from mass farming operations, or me drinking almond milk from nuts grown half way around the world using gallons of water.
Getting personal about it, we need to become aware, beyond our bias of what we think we should be eating, and get to Know what our body is really wanting. Not what our mind wants, or what we’ve been socialized (programmed) into eating, but what our body really needs to thrive, to feel balanced, supported and nourished.
Becoming more conscious of your food choices, the beliefs and intentions fueling them, is the real game changer!
Do you question what you eat? If not then you’re on autopilot and being ran by whatever program you were (un)lucky enough to be exposed to. This goes for all of us, me included. It has been a significant part of my healing journey with food, finding the freedom to eat in a way that really nourishes my body, not what the latest diet says I should be eating. This requires self awareness, self trust and connecting to your own body wisdom. If each of us did this, instead of arguing about what we ‘think’ is best for everyone else, we would be a lot healthier and happier, and so would the planet.
Give yourself the opportunity to make your own mind up by actually connecting with your body and joining the dots between what you eat and how you feel, on all levels – physical emotional, mental and spiritual. If we all reclaimed our personal sovereignty where food consumption was concerned, we would literally transform the world.
Food for thought.
With love, always, Laura xxx