Vegan Reasons 2013 #vegan

In my last post I talked about how each year I have failed at becoming 100% vegan (in diet). In general, I don’t have a lot of leather, no fur, and am pretty good about that part of my life.

But you may ask why in the world does Michelle keep trying each year? The answer – because I have read to many books and seen to many movies that show that a plant based, vegetable and fruit based, and whole grain based diet is much better for you than any animal based diet. According to what I have read and seen it is drastic.

In my humble opinion, many of our health issues start right on our plates.

Some of the resources that I have read or viewed are listed below. Each resource provides the name, a link to the resource (free if possible), a link to Amazon (full disclosure: I am an Amazon affiliate), and my reason for change based on the resource.


Morgan Spurlock’s SuperSize Me

  • In this video Morgan Spurlock eats at McDonalds for 30 days and each time he is asked if he would like to SuperSize his meal, the rule was that he had to say yes.
  • Very shortly after he started eating all of the food, his health started to deteriorate. Symptoms included weight gain, higher bad cholesterol levels, and many other symptoms. It was a human experiment in how not to eat and all of the consequences of eating like he did for even less than 30 days.

Fat, Sick, and Nearly Dead

  • This is another movie but this time it went the opposite way as SuperSize Me. Joe Cross survived on fresh juice and vegetables across America.
  • He started out at 310 pounds and over the course of his journey his health improved dramatically.

The China Study, T. Colin Campbell

  • Dr. Campbell’s study indicated that the showed the group of people that ate more animal products had more diseases. The diseases ranged from the typical high cholesterol, heart disease, etc to things like diabetes and other diseases.
  • I liked this book because it pointed to the data and study results.
  • It also had some interesting information on how people on committees that influence the information that we receive on health are not particularly on our side.

Forks Over Knives

  • This movie followed the lives of people that were in an unhealthy state.
  • As they went on a plant based whole foods diet, their health improved.
  • I think the funniest part was where an older man talks about basically getting his mojo back.

Engine 2

  • I am reading this book right now and just remembering what I have seen and heard in the other resources. It is bringing me back to the commitment to be 100% vegan.
  • Rip Esselstyn points out some of the research on the connection between diet and health.

PCRM, Dr. Neal Barnard

  • This organization is committed to xyz
  • At the beginning of 2012 I did do the 30 day Vegan xyz
  • The have many recipes.

Dr. John McDougall’s Website

  • Dr. McDougall is interesting and many of us that are from the old way of thinking might think that Dr. McDougall is very interesting.
  • I personally like him and believe he is out to help people get healthy.

This is just a short list of the more famous people that have published in this space. The reason I like the doctors in this list is the research that they cite or have done. There are of course many websites out there that say their research is not peer reviewed or quackery. Interesting, if you take a look at Dr. McDougall’s video on diet book authors, it is coincidental that the ones that try to sell a high protein diet are all unhealthy looking or dead. That data point speaks for itself.

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