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It’s pretty obvious that if we want to eat meat then an animal has to die.

Want to tuck into a tasty steak then a cow needs to bite the dust.

Fancy devouring a bacon butty and a pig needs to go the same way.

For many this thought was enough for them to decide that eating meat was not the choice for them.

Up until a few weeks ago this wasn’t me. If I thought about, I would feel sad about what went into my diet, but it didn’t mean I wouldn’t eat meat. Then I watched a programme on Netflix called ‘The Game Changers’.

The programme tells the story of James Wilks — an elite Special Forces trainer and The Ultimate Fighter winner — as he traveled the world on a quest to uncover the optimal diet for human performance. Along the way through history anthropology, modern science and a host of case studies, including Arnold Schwarzenegger and Lewis Hamilton, he uncovered the phenomenal health benefits of a plant based diet.

Inspired by this I delved deeper, taking in lots of other material on the subject including another programme called ‘Forks Over Knives’ and the book ‘How Not to Die’ by Dr Michael Greger. After digesting all of this, I am astounded that there isn’t more known about the issues caused by the predominantly western diet filled with meat and dairy products.

Two weeks later and I am firmly committed to my new plant based diet.

I am still in that initial period of change where my old habits are difficult to pull away from. Choosing a meat dish when in a restaurant and snacking on a chocolate when I get home after a busy day at work are both routine choices than I am learning how to live without. I am, however of creating a new meal plan based on vegetables , nuts, tofu and a variety of beans.

I feel like I have learnt a powerful lesson. Meat is murder, not only for the animal but for the consumer too.