What happens when you stop eating meat?
Friends, I will only list the positive effects of becoming a plant-based eater in this article. Not because I live in denial or I simply don’t want to point out the downsides.
However, if you are honest to yourself, then you must admit that there are more beneficial facts to mention than negative things. So let’s talk a bit more about what happens when you stop eating meat.
Since the past ten years, more and more people switched to a vegetarian or vegan diet. The reasons for these dietary changes are based on both ethical and environmental concerns.
Another huge cause for this movement is the abundant health benefits associated with a plant-based diet.
Below, I want to share with you what happens when you stop eating meat. Maybe this will grab your attention, and you will actually want to try it out for yourself. Now, without any further ado, lets jump right in.
You are greatly reducing your risk of developing type 2 diabetes
Studies have shown that a nutritional plan containing animal protein, especially red and processed meat, significantly increases the risk of type 2 diabetes.
They conducted some researches to compare diabetic rates among vegans and subjects from the Adventist Mortality Study and the Adventist Health Study.
Adventists are members of the Seventh-day Adventist Free Church. The mortality rate study compared male Adventists with male non-Adventists in terms of lifespan. The health study dealt with the aspects of lifestyle that protect against disease.
In the diabetes study, the rate of Adventist illness had doubled. In addition, the study found that eating meat once or several times a week in this population increased the risk of diabetes by 74 percent over 17 years.
The result is so astonishing because, according to previous studies, Adventists lived longer and were healthier than non-Adventists.
Science believes that animal fat, animal-based (heme) iron and nitrate preservatives are responsible for this increased risk. Further tests have shown that they cause damage to the cells in the pancreas. They also aggravate inflammation, cause weight gain and affect our insulin production.
The overall conclusion is that it would significantly reduce the risk of type 2 diabetes when switching to a meat-free diet.
Avoiding meat could also help to improve or even reverse the condition of diabetes, for those who already suffer from it. It is estimated that today about 38 percent of Americans are in pre-diabetic status or about to develop diabetes.
You get the right amount, and the right kind, of proteins
Proteins are usually the first argument that an omnivore attaches to defending his diet. But if you cover your daily calorie needs, you normally obtain all the proteins you need – including from a plant-based diet.
In the United States, omnivores consume more than 1.5 times more proteins than is recommended as the optimal amount of daily protein. While many believe that consuming an excessive amount of protein, especially meat, will make them stronger and leaner, in reality, the opposite is true.
The body stores excess amounts of protein as fat cells or converts it directly into waste products. This leads to weight gain, heart disease, diabetes, inflammation and cancer in people who regularly take too many proteins.
In comparison, plant-derived nutrition proteins have been implicated in the prevention of disease. Michelle Mc Macken, MD, explains it as follows:
“The proteins found in all-vegetable foods protect us from many chronic diseases. There’s no need to monitor protein intake or consume protein supplements if you stick to a plant-based diet. If you cover your daily calorie needs, you will get plenty of protein.
The people who live the longest on this planet and live in Blue Zones get their proteins from about 10% of the daily calorie intake compared to the average in the United States, which is 15-20% calories from proteins. ”
You reduce the inflammation in your body
Meat, cheese and other processed foods have been linked to increased inflammatory activity in the body. These, in turn, can lead to a variety of serious, chronic complaints that affect sufferers for a long time.
This includes the development of arteriosclerosis, heart attacks, strokes, diabetes and autoimmune diseases – among many other conditions.
However, studies have shown that converting a person to a plant-based diet can dramatically reduce his level of C-reactive protein (CRP). CRP is a sign of inflammation in the body.
Plant-based foods are high in fiber, antioxidants, and other phytonutrients. This makes a plant-based diet automatically anti-inflammatory.
You lower your blood cholesterol level
Studies have shown that switching to a plant-based diet can reduce blood cholesterol levels by up to 35 percent. In fact, it is believed that switching to plant-based foods can reduce blood cholesterol levels in many cases to the same extent as drug therapy.
An elevated blood-cholesterol seal leads to arteriosclerosis, which in turn increases the risk of heart disease and strokes. These are two of the leading causes of death in the United States.
Michelle McMacken, MD, explains:
“Whole vegetable diet reduces cholesterol in the blood. Because vegetable foods tend to contain very little saturated fat and they have zero cholesterol. In addition, a plant-based diet contains many dietary fibers that further reduce blood cholesterol levels. Soy also plays an important role in reducing cholesterol – if you choose to include it in your diet. “
Factors relating to the environment and one’s own lifestyle can turn genes on and off. This can help us live longer and lead a healthier life, according to a recent study.
The finding from recent tests: A plant-based diet, for example, can help reduce gene expression of cancer genes in men with a slight risk of prostate cancer.
In addition, we know that a plant-based diet extends our telomeres. These are the caps on the ends of the DNA chromosomes that are involved in keeping our DNA stable.
This suggests that our cells and tissues are aging more slowly, making us less susceptible to age-related diseases.
A plant-based diet refurbishes your gut
The microbiome (an organism in a particular body part), made up of trillions of microorganisms, produces vital nutrients, cares for the health of our gut tissue, protects us from cancer and activates and deactivates our genes.
Plant foods, and especially those high in fiber, aid to form a healthy microbiome while promoting the growth of beneficial bacteria.
Again, Michelle McMacken has an explanation for this:
“Pioneering studies revealed that when omnivores eat choline or carnitine (found in meat, poultry, seafood, eggs, and dairy products), gut bacteria produce a substance. Our liver, on the other hand, turns this into a toxic waste product called TMAO (Trimethylamine N-oxide). TMAO causes cholesterol deposits in our blood vessels to worsen and increases the risk of heart attacks and strokes.
Interestingly, people who feed on plants form little or no TMAO after eating a meal with meat, because they have a very different gut microbiome.
It only takes a few days for the patterns of our intestinal bacteria to change – the benefits of a plant-based diet have a rapid impact!.
Clearer and radiant skin, plus, more energy
Cleaning and detoxifying your gut harbors even more advantages. People who no longer consume meat often say their skin gets better.
Acne, blemishes, blackheads and uneven skin tone disappear. If you completely replace meat with fruits and vegetables, you will also set the toxins in your skin free.
Plus, you will have way more energy if you stop eating meat. The advantage of this lifestyle is that you then consume more fiber through whole grains and, thus, have more energy for the day.
Over time, you’ll be able to feel the elevated energy level. This occurs because you are suddenly eating more spinach, kale, beans, and other foods rich in nitrates.
Ecological and ethical concerns – You will help save the environment
Agricultural animal husbandry is the largest single contributor to greenhouse gas production. It is responsible for 51 percent of greenhouse gas emissions worldwide. In addition to this, livestock farming is also the main reason for forest clearing, the extinction of species and the consumption of land and water.
In fact, they use 40 percent of the world’s land to feed the planet’s population. They utilize the vast majority of this land area, as much as 30 percent of the total ice-free zones in the world, to feed livestock.
What is happening now in the rainforest, for example, is not a coincidence at all. They burned it down on purpose, and why? In order to raise even more cattle and other livestock. I hope you are getting the picture…
What’s more is that in order to be able to plant all these crops, they regularly require a large amount of water.
In fact, they apply one-third of freshwater worldwide to maintain the rearing and processing of livestock. This includes products such as meat, milk and eggs.
In animal breeding, they don not only claim our limited land resources. The oceans also suffer from the effects of agricultural animal husbandry.
Overfishing is rapidly decimating our livestock within the oceans, causing lasting damage to the ecosystems vital to our own survival. They estimated that the oceans could be empty by 2048.
You no longer support cruelty to animals
No matter which illusions many of us would like to believe in regards to keeping livestock. For example, idyllic visions wherein cows, pigs, and chickens all roam happily in the green pastures.
The reality, however, of the industry is, unfortunately, a completely different picture. The majority of animals born in livestock are raised on factory farms. This is the world’s fastest method of how to “produce” animals.
Animals that are raised in such an environment grow up in misery and overcrowded cages. They are treated poorly and inhumanely.
The result: The animals that grow up in such conditions suffer from extremely poor health – both physically and mentally. This situation favors stress, as well as aggression and the spread of disease.
Of course, it might be too hard to quit eating meat altogether, and no one wants to force you, anyway. However, a little reduction in your meat consumption can already make a huge difference for both your health and our environment. And, who knows, maybe with time the switch occurs naturally.
Feel free to check out my article about the flexitarian diet. It’s offering a gentle way to consciously minimize your meat consumption while mindfully eating wholesome foods.
It’s actually more of a lifestyle than a diet. It is ideal for those of you who would like to cut down on meat but don’t know how and where to begin.
Personal note to my co-creators
So what are your thoughts about going meatless? Would you be up to a 7-day plant-based challenge? I have tried this with a few friends of mine, years ago, and we had a lot of fun. We also discovered a few positive changes during that time.
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