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Are Steaks Really Destroying Our Planet? Cowspiracy Says So!

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Kip Anderson, the filmmaker of “Cowspiracy: The Sustainability Secret,” thinks so.

It took me awhile to think so too.

Not because I didn’t know this information, I totally did! I have a Bachelors in Environmental Science, nothing he shares in this film is “new” information.

But because a steak tastes freaking AHHHH-MAZING!

I ain’t going to lie about it. I didn’t want to give up my plump and juicy medium-rare steak, that’s CRAY CRAY!

“OWWW…I feel good,” as James Brown’s “I Got You (I Feel Good)” so nicely puts it :)

What is Cowspiracy?

We been told by national and international environmental organizations to recycle religiously, consume less energy by turning off unused power, use less water by taking quick showers, and to ride a bike instead of driving.

While every small effort helps, why not GO BIG and go after the big needle movers?

Cowspiracy: The Sustainability Secret does just that. It’s an environmental documentary following filmmaker Kip Andersen as he uncovers the most destructive industry facing the planet today—the animal agriculture industry.

Kip realized, “Animal agriculture is the leading cause of deforestation, water consumption and pollution, is responsible for more greenhouse gases than the transportation industry, and is a primary driver of rainforest destruction, species extinction, habitat loss, topsoil erosion, ocean “dead zones,” and virtually every other environmental ill. Yet it goes on, almost entirely unchallenged.”

In Cowspiracy, Kip investigates why the big environmental organizations like GreenpeaceSierra Club, and etc. are too afraid to talk about it—switching to a plant-based diet.

Yup, that’s a hard pill to swallow. Honestly, for environmental groups it’s an easier message to tell folks to drive less and use less water, then it’s to tell an American meat lover’s society to switch to a plant-based diet.

As a Certified Transformational Nutrition Coach, I don’t even tell clients what they can or can’t eat because it doesn’t work. NO ONE likes to be told what they can or can’t eat.  We’re so protective of it.

Is Cowspirary Accurate?

I love exploring the connections between our environmental issues and our health and wellness.

This is why I LOVE the film, not only does switching to a plant-based diet helps the planet’s health and wellness, but also our own bodies.

It’s hard to argue with the data, but don’t take Cowspirary’s or my word for it.

Do your own research.

What is really causing all this environmental destruction?

And besides just getting to the facts, really connecting with why does it matter?

Once I realized how the environment supports us and truly is the lungs of our ecosystem, of my body, then without a doubt I need to be more conscious and connected with it.

How to Transition to a Plant-Based Diet?

As I shared earlier, I grew up on an American Standard Diet. I LOVED my steak and burgers—so so tasty!

But, I had a bigger why than just TASTE  to want to transition to a plant-based aka vegetarian diet. Whether your why is due to animal cruelty, environmental, or spiritual reasons—the best approach to a meatless lifestyle is to SLOWLY TRANSITION.

It was hard for me to make the switch. I tried a few times and failed miserably. I thought, I just wasn’t built for a meatless lifestyle—not true! I just couldn’t go cold turkey. Slowly transitioning your meat portions and your meat meals is the key. Read all about how to transition to a meatless lifestyle.

Now my questions to you:

1. Have you seen Cowspirary? If so, what were your a-has or insights?

2. Have you thought about wanting to transition to a plant-based diet (vegetarian, vegan, etc.)? If so, what is your why? I would love to hear from you, so leave a comment and let me know.

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Photo Credit: Juan Lois via Flicker

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