Yes, they do. The food choices we make are very important, and in ways you may not have thought about.
The ways we choose to eat have big effects on our economy, the environment, our healthcare system and certainly on animals.
The effects that I’ve focused on the most are how my eating choices affect my own health.
I’ve told many friends over the years about how I went vegetarian for three years in the early ’90s. About how the health effects were startling. About how I lost 90 lbs. About how it made me more serene, more at peace.
Well, back in ’95, I went back to eating meat, junk food and lots and lots of pasta. Plenty of sugar, as well.
And, as you might imagine, the results were not good.
So the direct effects to our health and well-being are a big deal. I don’t want to make this post all about me, but let me just say that the issue of our food choices is very important for me again these days because back on Earth Day, I eliminated meat and sugar from my diet.
The results–just as back in 1992–have been startlingly good. For me, the strategy is just to go back to what worked. It worked very well for me a quarter-century ago, and it’s working again.
How our food choices effect all those other things I mentioned earlier in this post are extremely important, of course.
Here is a link to a brief and excellent article that covers ten of the most important reasons why eliminating meat from your diet would be a good way to go.
For quite a few years now, we have seen a huge change in attitudes about how our carnivorous ways affect farm animals. The animals we eat.
I’ve paid a lot of attention to this issue and for me, the ways in which our food choices affect those animals is also a very big deal. Here’s an article that focuses mostly on that aspect of this issue.
Whether you’re focused more on the direct effects on your own health, or those macro-issues that are playing out on a larger scale, it’s quite clear that the food choices we make matter! They matter a lot!
“Bulldog Ben” Basile
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