If you’ve seen the popular documentary What The Health that has taken Netflix by storm, making people question what EXACTLY they are eating, then you know exactly what I am talking about.
After you watched it, you probably did one of two things:
- You contemplated going vegan (maybe even made the switch) or
- you went about your life, putting the silly thing in the back of your mind.
I was the former because I DID contemplate it. I thought to myself, what am I doing to my body? To animals? After all, I do consider myself an animal lover. Also, I love doing healthy things for my body.
I put a lot of time into researching if this was something I needed to do. I felt disgusting; and I felt betrayed by the food industry. It made me seriously question my choices of eating meat and animal products.
At this point, I was ready to make the change. I figured I would start out small, eliminate dairy and certain meats. But as What The Health grew a larger audience, more and more people started voicing their opinions.
People who I follow on Instagram and Youtube. Even the handful of vegan influencers I follow were coming forward with their thoughts on the biased documentary.
Yes, I said biased. Because that is exactly what it is.
After listening to VEGANS talk about how What The Health made the vegan industry look bad, I started to think back to it. It WAS very one-sided.
First, they only had vegan professionals interviewed. Next, when they went to cancer associations and hospitals trying to “get answers” from them, they didn’t ask the right people, they asked the RECEPTIONISTS as if they are a knowledgeable source to get quotes from. Please tell me where the logic is in that?
The entire documentary was a satire when you think about it.
Eating an egg a day is AS BAD as smoking cigarettes? That’s a joke, right?
Nutritionists have fought back, saying the information in What The Health was misrepresented.
Many other things have come out at wrong from it, but you can find more details about that here.
So yeah, I watched What The Health and I didn’t turn vegan.
BUT I can’t say I came out of the telling documentary entirely unscathed. It did make me more aware.
As I said previously, I am an animal lover, and this really opened my eyes about the food industry – how corrupt it is, how they treat helpless animals for the sake of the market… it’s awful to me.
Ever since that article, I have almost completely eliminated dairy. It has always messed with my stomach, and I figured why not? I don’t ever drink milk, in fact, I prefer almond milk over dairy milk any day! And removing cheese was not as hard as it seemed. I do occasionally go for ice cream, but I am really trying more vegan options so I can finally cut it out for good. I am proud of myself!
I’ve also made it a personal goal to eat at least 1 meal a day that is 100% vegan. It has been successful so far. I’ve tried new meals that are delicious and I have even gotten Jared on board for it.
I would love to follow in the steps of Nikki Blacketter and do five days completely vegan and only allow for two days not vegan, so that is my next goal.
Some people might say, well what is the point in that?
Well, it makes me feel good. And I want to lower my carbon footprint. Just think, if everyone replaced several meals a week with no animal products, how many animals could we save?
And who knows? Making this transition could absolutely change my ways for good. I could become 100% vegan. But I will know that I did it for myself (and the animals) and not because some weird documentary scared me into doing so.
Seriously, don’t underestimate the power that one person can have.
I highly recommend that if you want to go vegan, do more research on it. Consult your physician and nutritionist. Make sure it’s the right decision for you.
So, what do you think of veganism? Have you thought about making the switch?
Live reporting from Jordan – Over and out, friends!