my health attitude
Since a couple of years, I’ve been kind of obsessed with health and leading the most natural, organic and clean lifestyle possible. Many facts triggered this decision to drastically change my diet.
When I was still in school, we had a study trip to a local butcher shop. I was so shocked, when I saw all this meat and the dead animals covered in blood hanging at the wall. And the people who chopped and ripped pieces of meat and bones apart. It. Was. So. Disgusting. That was the day when I stopped eating meat forever. Before that, I used to eat it regularly, not too often, as my mother and my sister were already vegetarians for years, but my mother always cooked meat for me if I asked for it. Well prepared on the plate with a delicious sauce, it wasn’t hard to ignore the fact, that I’m eating a dead animal. A rotting cadaver. I only realized when I stand next to it.
I felt sick and guilty for all the animals suffering all over the world. In Switzerland, we might have “good conditions” concerning the whole meat production, but that’s no reason to support this industry in any way. After becoming a vegetarian, I started to read about this topic a lot and getting more information.
The environmental impact of global meat production is huge. 40% of the world’s land surface is used for the purposes of keeping the humanity fed — albeit some of us, of course, more than others. And the vast majority of that land is used not to raise grains, fruits and vegetables that are directly fed to human beings, but to support the chickens, pigs and cattle that we eventually eat. Livestock production — which includes meat, milk and eggs — contributes 40% of global agricultural gross domestic product and uses one-third of the world’s fresh water. There may be no other single human activity that has a bigger impact on the planet than the raising of livestock.
Why aren’t we learning such things in school? Nobody told me for example, that the cows aren’t producing milk just for fun. They are only producing milk when they are pregnant as mother milk for their calves. Right, we as human beings are drinking the mother milk of another species. There is no creature in the world who drinks mother milk when they are grown up. So what’s the point of doing it?
Well, the milk industry is almost so powerful as the meat industry. They make us believe that we use this stuff for a balanced diet. Um no, we don’t actually. These industries are just making money and they aren’t caring about our health. Shortly after becoming a vegetarian, I could drink milk neither. The thought and even the taste became disgusting. And I don’t want to rob the nourishment of the little calves while they are separated from their Moms and cruel people are stealing what’s actually supposed for them.
I began ask myself further, so what’s about the eggs? With the eggs, it’s pretty much the same bad story. A normal hen in the wilderness would only lay 12 eggs per year at the most while the industry raised laying hen bring it to 300 in a year! Because of this crazy burden, they die after 15 month. At that, there is the mass killing of the male biddies, because they can’t be used for anything (they aren’t lying eggs and they can’t get fat enough to become chicken satay).
My diet is now as organic as possible. It's always the question which food you choose that is as organic as possible but still healthy and full of vitamins etc.
I still eat macarons or Pain au Chocolat (preferably fresh from a bakery shop I trust) from time to time (I can’t resist when I am in Paris), but I would never, even if I was starving, grab a snickers bar or Mars. I’d instead go for an organic, ideally raw, dark chocolate bar with some unsweetened peanut or almond butter. Or some dates (gosh I love them! Try them with almond butter, it’s to die for, better than any praline).
Processed food is the worst, it’s cheaper than organic products but you have no idea what’s in it actually. Companies use so many chemicals and artificial ingredients to make margins on the fabrication of those foods. Plus, the more you eat those industrially processed products full of sugars, the more you crave them as this industry is smart enough to put in chemical solutions which will get you severely addicted. So crazy.
There are studys which show that sugar is a common narcotic. It’s a modern drug, popularly commercialized to which we are all sadly addicted when we start eating it. That’s just how our brain reacts. Of course all big food chain companies understand this phenomenon and use it at their advantage.
I am no nutritionist, but I’ve done some researches and read a lot about it. It’s surprising, if you avoid all this processed food for some time (at least 2-4 weeks), you absolutely won’t crave any of these foods anymore. These products became even disgusting, as your gustatory nerves changed during the chemical rehab and you only start to taste now how much sugar, salt and artificial stuff is in it.
The sad story is: sugar is everywhere (drinks, bread, yogurts, salad dressings…) and sometimes, it’s quite hard to avoid it, because there is perhaps no other possibility or choice of food. That’s why I always bring my own snacks with me, when I’m on the go and even to jobs, because I never know if there will be a catering and if they will offer healthy food.
So, my bag is always full with nuts, fruits, raw dark chocolate bars, rice crackers, veggies, sometimes a Tupperware with a full avocado with some drizzled organic olive oil, lemon and pepper or a cup organic nature soy yogurt. I often bring a complete lunch with me, for example a box of Salad with Tofu/Quinoa or Lentils etc. Or a sandwich made of spelt bread with avocado and tomatoes. There will be a post about food possibilities on the go soon on this blog! Meanwhile, I’ll show you some of my favorite food in general in the next posts.
The finality of all this is: pay attention, be kind to yourself and make smart decisions concerning your eating habits. Don’t be a blind consumer, be a clever one and you will only see the benefits out of it. Feed yourself with foods as natural as possible and that were made with love.
There is this quote which says, you shouldn’t eat anything you grand(grand-grand)mother hadn’t known as food. Then you make sure, that all that good energy of the food will go in you. There is another proverb: You are what you eat. So eat food with real nutriments, vitamins and enzymes that will also help you fight everyday life with bags of strength.
I think also it’s important to avoid extremes. For me it’s about making sure that I’m drinking enough water and eating lots of fresh fruit and vegetables, along with lean proteins like tofu, lentils, quinoa and healthy fats such as olive oil, avocados, and nuts. Whole grains are very important too (particularly for your digestion), for example spelt or rye bread, brown rice, oats, buckwheat etc. I make an effort to avoid white flour and sugar when I can, but you have to indulge once in a while; it’s key to staying satisfied and happy.