Originally Posted by danaseilhan
The other reason I don't eat vegan is the environmental arguments do not convince me. You kill more animals plowing and planting an agricultural field than you do slaughtering one cow.
And how many agricultural fields do you think are needed to feed all those cows? Most of the deforestation in the Amazon rainforest is done to raise cows or crops to feed cows.
However, I'll grant you that reducing the inmense amount of foods we eat would have just as a high benefit in the environment than people going vegan. I mean, if you don't do much sports, you are supposed to eat no more than 50 grams of meat or animal protein a day. I guess the problem is we eat a lot of bad quality animal products. Maybe if we ate little and good the problem would be solved at its highest. In the previous generation of my family, people only ate meat on special days, generally Sundays and holidays, the rest of the times it was legumes, rice and veggies. I guess going back to that would improve people's healths and the environment greatly without need of going vegan. It makes more sense to eat chicken once a week, it being a chicken that ate grains and was raised in a farm instead of a cage, than eating one or two pounds of hormonated, antibiotic-filled meat daily.
Going back to the topic... Raw food being easier to digest and leaving more energy sounds extremely reasonable to me. I find it easier to stay awake after a meal if I've eaten vegetables.
The temperature data may also be correct. I told my husband about feeling more energetic when eating only salads, and he agreed, but added: "The problem is I feel very cold, even when unloading the truck carriers". The cold is a problem for him, he works at a supermarket which is kept at a very low temperature, and his body not being able to heat enough is a nuisance for him. Maybe it's all a question of trying for 30 days, maybe with time the body will adjust the temperature. Whatever the case, it's true that veggie food doesn't heat your body as a fried chicken with chips would. I wonder if it has to do with the amount of calories included in the foods... A pound of tomatoes and lettuce can't have the same calories as the same quantity of fried potatoes and chicken.
However... I am very interested in seeing how Steve fares. I have a problem with lack of proper sleep and energy, and besides got a few pounds this Christmas. So if you can lose seven pounds in a week, I'm seriously considering giving it a try. Only I wish I had a better hand with salt and vinegar. I can never make a tasty salad, no matter how hard I've tried: I make them healthy, varied and elaborate, but they never get good enough as for them to be as desirable as a good Spanish omelette. I guess good cooking skills are a must when going vegan or raw, right? Cucumbers alone aren't very appetizing.