The heated vegan vs meat eater debate has been going on for quite some time now.
If you’ve been following my blog, you’ll remember that I give little notice, if at all, to the science attempting to explain our lives. I believe that we let science decide on matters concerning us and we’ve stopped trusting our own bodies to take care of themselves, and that’s wrong.
I grew up in a rural place where we are not exposed to any information about scientific researches and things like that, so to start following those things now in my adulthood just feels so unnatural to me.
So, I don’t have the science behind this vegan vs meat eater debate, but I know many people do. Having said that, I believe people have managed to build a mountain out of this mole of an issue.
You know that a good diet is essential to enjoying a simple healthy lifestyle. Read my post on a simple healthy lifestyle requires a good diet.
So when I began this journey of enjoying a simple healthy lifestyle, I vowed to refrain from all the mind-numbingly confusing world of science and trust my own body. The vegan vs meat eater debate was one of the things I was determined to avoid.
I’m still enjoying a simple healthy lifestyle four years after that decision and haven’t looked back. By the way, I’m a meat eater.
Anyway, as I was saying, the vegan vs meat eater debate is totally unnecessary folks. And here’s why:
- What you eat is your personal choice
Exclusively. What you eat is entirely up to you. Now, we all know some foods are better than others. But at the end of the day, what you put in your mouth is entirely up to you. So why are you wasting a lot of time encroaching into others’ personal space with this vegan vs meat eater debate?
It’s OK to advice others about their food choices, of course. But this vegan vs meat eater debate has gone overboard and is just trying to force ideas on people.
Really, stop it! What someone eats is a personal choice. And if you are to enjoy a simple healthy lifestyle, you should be able to make your own choices and let others make their own choices.
- People’s bodies are different
While we should be celebrating this fact we are fighting because of it. This is why science has little bearing in my life decisions – because somehow it manages to lump everyone into one category and there’s something wrong with you if you don’t fit in this category. That’s outright wrong.
Just because eating meat feels good for your body doesn’t mean it’s going to be the same for the next person. Likewise, just because being vegan feels good to you doesn’t mean it’s going to feel good for the next person.
And you know what? That’s absolutely OK. Don’t go around converting people into your own diet beliefs, or copying others’ diet beliefs. Instead, learn to listen to your body and respond to it accordingly. Read this post on how to listen to your body.
- People’s views are different
People believe different things, and that’s OK. For example, you already know by now that I hold the bible very close to my heart. It’s the manual for my life.
Now the bible tells us that everything has been put under our power. In fact, in the creation story in Genesis, the bible says God put everything under man’s power, including animals.
That dominion meant man was to do whatever he saw fit with creation. That included eating animals.
The bible also clearly tells us not to argue about matters of what to eat and what not to eat.
It says as long as those people who eat vegetables do it for the honor and glory of God, then that’s OK. Likewise as long as those people who eat meat do it for the honor and glory of God, it’s OK too. (Romans 14 v 1-3)
I could go on and on about what the bible has to say that will let you see that this vegan vs meat eater debate is just unnecessary and a waste of time.
So, instead of fighting over who eats what, why don’t we just embrace each other’s choices? Let’s encourage each other in love.
Don’t put that much emphasis on food as though we live only to eat. There are far more important things than that.
If we’d learn to recognize that, we’d get our priorities straight and never have to struggle with eating disorders because then we take food only as a means of energy and not something to obsess over. Read my post on how to stop obsessing over calories. I also have another post on how to stop binge eating.
That’s the number one reason why spending time on the internet watching people’s diet habits and copying them is detrimental to you. Read my post on 10 reasons to stop watching what I eat in a day videos.
The final word
I’m going to keep this post very short. I just felt like I needed to talk about this because I see a lot of people being deceived into this vegan vs meat eater debate.
People are taking time and energy away from more deserving things. Not to mention, as long as you let people dictate to you what you should and shouldn’t eat, you can never enjoy a simple healthy lifestyle.
Follow your own instincts, and don’t be afraid to stand up for your own choices. Read my post on do you have the guts to live life on your own terms?
Thank you for reading this post. I know for a fact that you’ve been exposed to this vegan vs meat eater debate at some point in your life. What are your thoughts about it? Please share with us by commenting.
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