Optimistic Vegan


Redefining Natural
April 7, 2011, 8:41 am
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Recently I was reading a blog about whether or not it is “natural” to eat a gluten-free diet (which is going great by the way. Dad bought me some quinoa macaroons that I’ve been searching for forever and they’re wonderful) and he said that what is “natural” may not be good for us, like arsenic. Yes, I would argue that arsenic is natural for us to eat and that’s really the question about gluten: is it natural to eat, even if it grows in nature.

I often think about what is natural for us, especially diet, because that must be what is healthiest, right? If we were modeling our lives after our early ancestors we’d still be living in the wild. Our tendency to produce as many offspring as we could would be necessary for their survival, eating meat is a great source of nutrients that we can’t find anywhere else and we’re working all day to survive so exercising is unnecessary. It’s almost fruitless to try to get back to the state our early ancestors were in: we have changed our habitat to fit our needs.

Unfortunately, now we reproduce too quickly for our habitat, we rely too heavily on livestock for food (which is taking up land, energy, water and it’s polluting our environment) and we’re fat from eating and sitting around all day (as opposed to having to hunt/gather it). We need to redefine “natural” to fit our new habitat. If we continue in the state we’re in, there’s not much of a future for us.

I’ve decided to stop adding unnecessary humans to our overpopulated planet and I don’t support the consumption of animals that uses precious resources. We need to change the common perception of what is natural and acceptable (i.e. nuclear family that is raised on meat and potatoes) if we want to inhabit the earth in the future.

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