To Vegan or Not to Vegan, that is the Question.
One of Patti’s office staff asked her to watch “What the Health”. So we did, we seem to be tempted a bit lately.
Anyway the style and “facts” used definitely seemed slanted.
You can judge for yourself. Find it on Netflix. But watch for the Agenda(s).
You can read the De-bunk here.
Since we have both Vegan and modified Plant Based Diet younger couples in the family, we did give it some consideration. Probably the most extreme we would go is what Corrie and Thom have found using a good Plant base and some added cheese, eggs, and fish. If we never move that far at least a high moderation and good selection of other foods is always a good thing. For more of my thoughts see my comment.
The idea of getting off all the meds, like the Movie points to is certainly attractional. BTW..in recent decades, despite the dire warnings of the film. We have pretty much achieved the Biblical standard.
Psalm 90:10 (KJV) The days of our years are threescore years and ten; and if by reason of strength they be fourscore years, yet is their strength labour and sorrow; for it is soon cut off, and we fly away.
Surprisingly, though it’s almost common now to run into someone who’s mother or mother-in-law is near or over 100. Can’t say it’s true for men though. Here is an interesting chart.
You may find this humorous or serious. I know many are long time experts in this, but for mostly health reasons Patti and I are just looking into a few ways to move in this direction. Initial observations are:
0) God gave us lamb and the cows on a thousand hills and all the fish in the sea. And obviously originally:
Gen 1:29 And God said, Behold, I have given you every herb bearing seed, which is upon the face of all the earth, and every tree, in the which is the fruit of a tree yielding seed; to you it shall be for meat.
Gen 1:30 And to every beast of the earth, and to every fowl of the air, and to every thing that creepeth upon the earth, wherein there is life, I have given every green herb for meat: and it was so.
Gen 1:31 And God saw every thing that he had made, and, behold, it was very good. And the evening and the morning were the sixth day.
1) We really find it unappealing to move cold “Turkey” into 100% “Plant” based. Have to give up too many sacred “Cows”.
2) So we are consider a Plant Based Diet consisting of 100%, God given Atom’s, either in molecules occurring naturally, or man made, that are marketed exclusively in liquid or tablets by big pharmaceutical companies or mail order alternative herbalist distributors. This seems to be the best option to go exclusively natural. Just kidding.
3) All kidding aside if one is looking at foods that actually grow in the from of a plant, I think that includes Veggies, Fruits, Nuts, Rice, Grains, Fungi and Yeast and who know what else.
4) Is there any real difference between “Organically” grown and otherwise, particularly if the non-organic is sourced from a local grower, who just doesn’t meet the rigorous standards for certification?
5) Your off the shelf Safeway variety plant foods, canned, jarred plants 🌱, or other processed items like pasta….are there any internal concerns other than washing the insecticides, etc, off? Do the plants under natural growing conditions effectively purge the bad stuffs like inorganic fertilizer, bad water, processing and drying of wheat to flour to pasta, etc….
6) Are there acceptable alternatives to some of our favorite things….particularly dairy products like: a)Parmesan cheese for pasta and Pesto; b)Mozzarella for Pizza and Caprese; c)Feta. I’m sure you must have a host of options for these, but would need something that keeps much of the same taste, and in particular melts well in a Pizza oven.
7) I assume Wine and Beer are considered Plant based foods.
8) Another sacred cow is fish…I don’t see any Biblical support for avoiding fish 🐠 certainly not in the New Testament, nor meat sacrificed to idols. Prime Rib-eye Steak would be hard to give up, but Alaska Wild Salmon either smoked or fresh is really hard, and they just die anyway if we don’t eat them. And backpacking eating fish I catch myself is important. Canned tuna is a favorite, but I can live without it. And I rarely break the Levitical diet laws eating oysters and clams, but I do enjoy them….along with anchovies!
9) Probability not going to consider insects….They are still plant eaters.
Anyway, enough food for thought…appreciate your perspective on any of these..
Ideally I’m thinking of a 90%-10% mix, with maybe a bit of cheese, fish and some eggs, and a good Steak, Bratwurst or Pulled Pork thrown in for good measure. Thom and Corrie leave those out and their friends raise chickens. But some go whole “Hog”, so you may have different perspectives.