Those that know me know that I’m committed to being able to do the things I want to do for the rest of my life. And having a strong & healthy body supports that endeavor.
Also, you know that I’m committed to helping as many other people as possible to do the same. That’s why I do the work I do. . .the speaking, the coaching & consulting, the writing. (Yes, I know I’ve been a little lax with writing lately.)
And you know that I frequently speak about a whole food diet, low in animal protein and high in plant fiber giving you the best chance to get there.
But how much are you aware of my passion for saving the planet and do you know that the 2 are intimately connected?
How, you ask.
Simple. When we eat animal products we are supporting the system that is burning our planet. It hurts our health and hurts the planet’s health as well. This is a system that burns the rainforests so we can grow cows (and pigs, and chickens) to fuel our insatiable desire to eat meat and dairy products.
The system that is raping our forests and multiplying the greenhouse effect.
The little kid in this 5-minute video explains it better than I ever could:
This summer, I’m embarking on a 2 month long European bicycle trip (Just one of many trips I hope to take) to spread the message about how improving your diet and health can also help the planet.
My “Save Your Health, Save the Planet Awareness Tour” will be highlighting this and asking people to take my 4-point pledge:
- Stop eating commercial meat & dairy products. If it’s not sourced locally and sustainably, don’t eat it. If you stop buying it, they will have to stop trying to sell it. Look at the effect we’ve had on the availability of healthier products over the past few years. Consumers DO matter.
- Cut back on meat consumption: You don’t have to be 100% vegan to have an effect. It’s estimated that a vegan saves 1100 gallons of water, 45 lbs. of grain, 30 sq. ft. of forested land, 20 lbs. of CO2 equivalent and at least 1 animal’s life DAILY. Maybe you could cut back to eating meat only 1 or 2 days a week, saving 5 times this weekly!
- Cut back or preferably cut out dairy consumption. There are good plant-based aged cheeses now on the market. So there is little reason to use the estimated 1100 gallons of water it takes daily to keep a cow alive. This is especially so in California, with our current drought. Oat milk, organic soy milk, and a variety of nut milks are available for your every need. They use a fraction of the resources.
- Urge political action. Let your Congressperson & Senator know that we need to STOP funding big ag. They need to understand that energy policy alone will not prevent the most disastrous results of climate change.