If I hadn’t already annoyed most of my friends by deciding to stop drinking, I’m almost positive that this blog will finish the job off. As the title suggests, I’ve decided to adopt a plant based diet. Yes, I’m going vegan. For a while at least.
Last week I stumbled upon a documentary on Netflix titled “What The Health”. According to their website, the documentary is a “groundbreaking follow-up film from the creators of the award-winning documentary Cowspiracy. The film exposes the collusion and corruption in government and big business that is costing us trillions of healthcare dollars, and keeping us sick.”
As I sat down to watch, I was very sceptical. I wasn’t naive to the fact that treating illnesses is more profitable than curing them (a key message from the film), but I was unaware of how much the current “western diet” was negatively affecting us humans.
The documentary has been criticised as a scaremongering tactic by many reviews, and whilst watching, I was certainly aware of the large bias. However, towards the end of the documentary, they showed people who had made huge improvements to their health in just two weeks. Could this really all be down to a plant based diet?
Now, I thought I would be the last person to even think about this. With no disrespect, I ran a 4:10 minute kilometre to finish the race in my last half marathon to overtake a “Vegan Runner” vest I had spotted in front of me. So as you can imagine, I made up a few excuses not to believe any of this whilst watching. I struggled to see how it would make any difference to me, someone who already eats a “healthy” diet, but I couldn’t just ignore the message from the documentary. I was too curious.
So, I made the decision to try. I spent the rest of the week researching food, recipes, and how to break the news to my friend Stuart. (I came up short on the latter, so, sorry about all of this Stuart.)
I’m planning on trialling this for two weeks and, if nothing else, this “experiment” will provide me with something interesting to write about. If the two weeks go well, who knows, I may continue; Hippocrates once said, “Let food be thy medicine and medicine be thy food.” And I’m pretty sure he knew a thing or two about health. Regardless, I shall keep the blog updated with my progress.
Expect a proper update about running next week too, I haven’t forgotten about that.
Benjamin Hackett, 17th September 2017