Naysayers have no evidence other than their feelings that "everybody's different", "that's not for me" and "I eat what I feel is best for me." When is the last time you weighed yourself naysayer. What is your BMI naysayer. What is your blood pressure naysayer. What does your bloodwork say about you naysayer. What pharmaceuticals are you taking for the rest of your life naysayer.
Recently a pescatarian I know (sometimes spelled "pescetarian" with an e) told me this very thing. She says eats what she feels is best for her what she is really trying to say is she loves to eat fish and won't give it up even if it shortens her life. Probably a smoker too. What's the difference. Both are habits that kill yourself slowly.
I explained to this pescatarian muscle is muscle, fat is fat, cholesterol is cholesterol and how the world's oceans have become toxic. I explained to her that throughout history tribes living by water with a high fish diet were riddled with heat disease. And I explained to her the myth of Eskimos leading long, healthy lives when they were in fact lousy with parasites and also succumbed to heart disease. Fish is calories though and humans are great at gathering calories. We are also great at doing what we want. We are funny that way. Selfishness is a synonym for the phrase "what's best for me".
Unfortunately for my pescatarian friend, feelings don't come into this. Feelings and evidence don't mix well. Neither do belief and knowledge. What one wants isn't necessarily what one needs. That's why parents (good parents anyway) don't let their modern entitled kids eat, watch, or do, whatever the heck they want.
Is everybody the same physiologically? No, of course not. But I'm talking about the vast majority of the human race. Not the minority with digestive issues, food allergies, or any other food related issues either born with or developed via poor lifestyle choices.
Regardless of how you perceive these "differences" among us (which are really not differences at all.. they are disorders or genetic abnormalities) the human metabolism, digestive system and nutrient requirements did not evolve to deal with high fat intake, sugar, salt, meat, dairy or eggs while leading a sedentary lifestyle. That is the recipe for vascular disease, high blood pressure, diabetes and cancer. Movement is life. Unprocessed actual foods are life. If we were had evolved to eat the SAD why do you suppose there is a healthcare crisis?
As adults we are nothing more than spoiled, old, children.
The premier hoopla is over and done with although it is still showing at a few theaters.
Much like deadheads or vegans, there are many fanboys and fangirls out there that would have no personal identity if not for following a plant based diet. Those people bought pre-sale tickets to the premiers closest to them. I don't believe many of these sold out. Too bad but I understand why. On the other hand, the people on the opposite side of this fence, the paleo crazies and the keto crazies would also have no personal identity if not for following their own version of an extremest diet. But an extremest weight-loss driven diet destined to end badly.
For me, this is just how I eat most of the time. It wouldn't be worth my time to even mention this stuff if it weren't for the current health care crisis, population, water and human driven climate change.
Well, The Game Changers is available to view at home for the low, low price of $4.99 to rent and I think $14.99 to own. After the sales die off, I suspect it will pop up on Netflix but if you have a dietary disease such as type 2 diabetes, high blood pressure etc., I would urge you not to wait. Pony up the half a sawbuck and save your own life.
I haven't seen this documentary yet. It doesn't really hold much interest for me.
Why? Because I already know more about what a nutritionally sound plant based diet does for the human body than will be illustrated in this short documentary. That goes for athletics as well. I've known about all of it for years. This includes the vegetarian diet of the Roman legions and gladiators. The barley eaters. Roman soldiers would drink a drink made of water and chia seeds before battle or a long march to give them strength. I wonder if that's in the movie, but I'm ranting. In all fairness this is a rant.
I decided to read a few reviews this morning expecting to see only praise, but, of course, I was wrong.
What is it about this diet that angers people? I mean actually makes people fighting mad? Because, at the end of the day, who cares? There are an awful lot of people out there threatened by this stuff.
This review from The Playlist is the first review that caught my attention. There is one sentence in there that perfectly sums up the problem of why we are so polarized and why there is such anger. No, it does more than that. It illustrates the entirety of the meat eater's viewpoint in just a few words. "Can I continue to eat meat, please? I would really like to."
No scientific study or anecdotal necessary. Both sides don't understand this is the real reason behind all the hub bub. In the face of such overwhelming evidence to the contrary, it is the essence of the SAD diet argument. It's the "I don't wanna" argument which isn't really an argument at all but I get it. It's the "I want it now" syndrome. Who care if 30 years from now I'm fat, sick, immobile and dependent on the pharmacy to keep me alive? This cheeseburger I'm eating right now sure tastes good
BTW, that Schwarzenegger guy, one of the producers of The Game Changers, one of the "experts" in the documentary, is not fully compliant with his diet. The Terminator is a hypocrite, not a role model. More ammunition for the SAD people. Put up of shut up Arnold.
I watched the documentary last evening while chowing down on red lentil pasta, home made pasta sauce made with D.O.P. San Marzano tomatoes (these have no added salt), mushrooms, pressed tofu, artichoke hearts and a big salad of chopped kale, broccoli, cabbage, brussels sprouts, chicory, dried cranberries and roasted pumpkin seeds. Dressing was "sweet heat" flavored balsamic.
I watched the vid with a couple of naysayers who cared more about finding fault with the production than what the actual point was. I've already mentioned Schwarzenegger wasn't 100% vegan but it was brought up. Also mentioned was how gorillas need to eat all day to keep their calorie count up and there is no correlation between the Miami Dolphins having their "best season in a long time" and a number of players eating plant based. There is also no correlation between the runner eating plant based and him beating the record for finishing the Appellation trail.
They missed the entire point because they didn't want to see it.
And so it goes....
People... there is no down side to this diet unless you make one up. Take the 7 day Challenge as described in the video. It's just seven days. 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7 .... done. You will feel 100% better at the end of this challenge, so much better in fact that you will decide to stick with it for another week, and another, and another. Your tastes WILL change, you WILL lose weight, your grocery bill WILL drop and you WILL be doing your part to help feed the world's growing population and reduce greenhouse gas emissions.