Registered: Oct 2012
10-16-12 01:53 PM
I can't believe nobody has mentioned the documentary Forks Over Knives, which makes the argument that animal protein is as likely to cause cancer as smoking, and is a primary contributor to heart and brain disease.
I'm not a scientist, so I don't want to argue over what's right or wrong. I can tell you that I did decide to try it about three months ago, and here's what I found.
1. It's hard to cook good tasting plant-based meals, but it can be done with persistance. I also have a really hard time looking at the venison backstrap and redfish fillets in my freezer. I eat out a lot, and that's very challenging as well.
2. I lost 10 pounds in under two weeks (~170 - ~160)... and then immediately hit a wall. I had no energy, and found that I have to eat large quantities of food all of the time in order to keep up my energy levels. Loads of beans... which my coworkers love.
3. Many of the nutrients that are difficult to find in "plants" can be found in either Brewer's Yeast or Nutritional Yeast. I have not yet found a way to make either taste very appealing.
4. I feel like I have more energy overall, and my body recovers faster. Not that I work out a lot, but when I do heavy yard work I'm only sore for a day, as opposed to half a week before. Also... something I didn't anticipate: My eyes are MUCH less sensitive to light. There must be some vitamin that my diet was lacking before.
Just a few of my experiences. If a deer walks out in my back yard this season, it's still going to find itself in my freezer... I'm just not going to sit in a deer stand every weekend. I'm SURE I can find something more productive to do.