From Frugivore — It all started one night when I was looking for something to watch on Netflix. I had recently been on a documentary binge and a film called Forks Over Knives popped up in my recommendations. I have always been fairly conscious about the things I put in my body, and had previously watched Super Size Me and Food, Inc., and they opened my eyes. But … this movie was different. It succeeded in completely scaring the shit out of me.

The information and scientific evidence in Forks Over Knives is mind-blowing. The basis of the movie is that chronic, degenerative diseases can be prevented and even reversed by switching to a plant-based diet. The film also goes as far as suggesting you limit or eliminate dairy, processed foods, cooked foods, and many oils. I’m no scientist, so I cannot personally back up all of the claims and studies made in the film, but I am a firm believer that food goes hand in hand with health.

I stopped eating meat that next day. It got to the point where I was almost repulsed at the sight of meat. I cleaned out my kitchen of all perceived unhealthy products, and I embarked on a wild 8 weeks of veganism. It was not easy. My mom made oxtail in that first week — one of my previous favorite foods. I flatly said, “Mom, I don’t eat meat anymore!” She looked at me and barely batted an eye, and the next time I came over, she offered me chicken. But I made a choice to only eat fruit, vegetables, and whole grains. I made up my mind I was going to succeed at this!

During my time of meatlessness, I felt great! I had so much energy, I felt lighter, I had no morning breath. Everything was sunshine and rainbows. I also felt that it is no coincidence that many of my favorite artists are or at some point in their life have been vegetarian. Prince, Sade, Lenny Kravitz, Lisa Bonet — I used to think they were vampires due to the fact that they look exactly the same as they did 15 years ago. I’m convinced it’s vegetables.

But here I am several months later, eating meat, poultry, and seafood again. Slowly but surely, it all crept back into my diet. But I can’t exactly say I’m upset about it. I haven’t completely abandoned my quest for veganism, but if this is a journey you plan to take, here are a few things you should consider to determine if it is right for you.

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  • Jami

    Soooo, let me preface this by saying I am not against veganism or vegitarianism, and have been thinking about converting lately.

    After reading this post yesterday, I headed straight to netflix to see this documentary. It didnt scare the love of all meat outta me (like I was honestly kinda hoping for). Dont get me wrong, I know most documentaries are slanted to promote something. But maybe I watch too many of them for you to be able to say “CANCER!! DISEASE!!! ANIMAL MEAT!!!” and send me running. There was just alot lacking.

    For example they used the example of Norway (I think) when invaded by the Nazi’s. Basically, they said at that point the meat went to feed the invading soldiers and the population was left to a mostly vegitarian diet, which lead to a lower pecentage in death by cancer or heart disease…whatever. Maybe, the lower percentages of death attributed to these things were because there was a war going on. A war where lots of pple were slaughtered. #imjussayin

    Also they sayed only 2% or something cases of cancer were caused by genitics, and left it to be assumed that they were attributing all other cases to diet. There are ssooo many other causes of cancer other than diet.

    It just kind of left a lot to be desired from someone who wanted solid info on the benifits of changing their diet.

    Does anyone know of any other good documentaries on the subject?

    • LemonNLime

      You might want to watch this one called “Fat Head”. Here is a guy that ate basically nothing but meat and animal fat and not only lost weight but got in much better shape. It was the counter argument to “Supersize Me”. You can watch it here: http://www.hulu.com/watch/196879/fat-head?c=News-and-Information/Documentary-and-Biography

      Hulu has some other really docs too.

    • Stian_Andersen

      @Jami If you still want to maby be a vegan again you should have a look at Earthlings. Its a very strong and graphical documentary about where the meat you are eating comes from. It was the combination of this and forks over knives that really started it for me. Only been vegan for like 3 months now, so still quite new to this, but love it so far :)

  • Candy 1

    I was a vegan for over 18 months, and it was not for me. I always felt weak, hungry, and had stomach issues. All the nuts, supplements, carbs, vegetables, and fruit alone did not do me very well. I am convinced that my body can’t function well with plants only. It was a very good try, though. I stuck with it long enough to say I truly tried.

  • lynette

    I’ve been vegetarian on and off now for about 11 years….at first I did it to lose weight…but then as an athlete my coach advised me to only eat leaner meat for performance …after that I just started to slowly cut the meat out but substitute the meat with other forms of protein like more vegetables, beans, nuts, etc. Now, I don’t eat meat at all and am trying to eat more vegan-like. It’s actually not that hard for me because I’ve never liked cow milk…cheese on the other hand is really hard to do.

    I dunno…I guess I’ve never quite justified not eating a cat or dog over eating a cow and a pig…..how do we determine which animal is inferior and justifies us eating it?…We as Americans love eating meat but we don’t like to know where it came from…if you ask a bunch of 1st graders where their burgers came from…most won’t even know which is sad…

    But there’s hope…as more people seek the truth about their food supply…the more we become educated about it…