Tony Horton – Off The Vegetarian Deep End

The Facebook update from Tony today was preambled by this:

“I eat fish and chicken but 90% of my diet is plant based.” That in itself is really not that shocking, although the percentage may be scrutinized to provide enough protein and fat however, the site he is promoting goes on to say this:

“The feature film Forks Over Knives examines the profound claim that most, if not all, of the degenerative diseases that afflict us can be controlled, or even reversed, by rejecting our present menu of animal-based and processed foods.”

If you watch the preview, it makes some valid points, and exposed the correct issues, however, it draws the wrong conclusion, that the solution to everything is “plant based foods”. While I agree that plant based foods are part of the secret, the bigger piece is animal based protein. We are going to see a lot more of this now, people rising up against what is popular but at the same time rising up against the common enemy which, I think by now, most people are aware is refined carbohydrate and sugar. However, with the increase in popularity of the Paleo lifestyle, we are going to see more vehement vegan idiots coming to the fore telling us that we are herbivores, we aren’t designed to eat meat, and that meat rots in your colon. I was going to put links to all the contrary evidence here but let’s be honest, if you really think that being a vegetarian (or worse, vegan) is the way to go about your life, go ahead. Please don’t tell anyone, don’t try to push your ideals on anyone, you are just going to tire yourself out. And don’t try to lift that chip on your shoulder, you don’t have the muscle mass for it.

So it will be an interesting movie, but I can already tell that it’s sole purpose is to promote vegetarianism as a lifestyle solution which I have to say, for my own sense of justice, is not the right thing to do. I just wonder how far it will go to prove a point against the Paleo lifestyle or indeed if it will avoid it all together just in case someone notices the man behind the vegetarian curtain.

“the first generation that lives less than it’s parents”? they already are living less… and that is the previous generation’s fault for teaching poor choices, allowing their kids to be lazy and fostering a permissive lifestyle. More choice doesn’t mean less responsibility, it means more vigilance and higher awareness.

The comments section of  the post is already filled with vegetarians Vs Paleoists. It’s a fun read, both sides are equally passionate and almost as persuasive as each other, except when the vegetarians say that the human body wasn’t designed to eat meat. It should be legal to hunt and eat vegetarians… they would taste like grass fed beef but look like you were eating a giant chicken wing…

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2 Responses to “Tony Horton – Off The Vegetarian Deep End”

  1. Brent

    “if you really think that being a vegetarian (or worse, vegan) is the way to go about your life, go ahead. Please don’t tell anyone, don’t try to push your ideals on anyone, you are just going to tire yourself out.”
    I always hear about how smug vegans are, from a bunch of meat eaters who talk down to vegans.. So vegetarians/vegans should keep their mouths shut and meat eaters should be able to hunt vegetarians.. Who is the smug asshole here??

  2. Simon

    Wow, someone had a little too much tofu this morning. I am not saying that meat eaters in general aren’t as pedantic and self-righteous as vegans, I’m just saying in my experience vegetarians and vegans are far more likely to try and cram their lifestyle down your throat as if they are Hari Krishnas as the airport trying to save your soul. Somehow vegans, mac users and cyclists all think their life choices are to be used like a baseball bat to beat the rest of the world into submission. Give it a rest, seriously.
    Besides, anyone who takes anything I write too seriously needs to increase their intake of fat…

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