People are much more prone to hear a message from a stranger rather than a friend or a relative. They often perceive advice given by their friends, family or significant other as a violation of their perceived freedom, and as an intrusion to their ‘personal space’. They suddenly become a lot more closed-minded than you thought them to be and build a wall around them that almost seems unbreakable – it becomes a battle of powers, which almost never ends in a resolution.
However, a message from an authority and a figure who has been perceived in a certain way for years is quite powerful and is unlikely to be entirely ignored!
This is why when Arnold Schwarzenegger, former Governor of California and widely regarded as one of the best bodybuilders of all time says:
“Get off meat.”
It should certainly mean something to everyone!
Arnold Schwarzenegger has teamed up with renowned filmmaker James Cameron to campaign for a vegan lifestyle.
You may not believe it looking at the former Terminator and Governor of California, but Arnold launched an ad campaign to educate the public on the negative effects consuming and producing meat has on our bodies and the environment. While this campaign was strongly focused on cutting back on carbon emissions, it is also a strong argument for plant based proteins.
“I’m slowly getting off meat, and I can tell you, I feel fantastic!”
This isn’t the first time Schwarzenegger has endorsed plant-based diets, though. Last year, after the UN Conference on Climate Change in Paris, Schwarzenegger spoke out publicly about the catastrophic environmental impact meat production and consumption cause and advised people to lower their consumption of meat. The former Governor claimed that if everyone in the world gave up meat at least once or twice a week, they could drastically slash carbon emissions.
Arnold is not just spreading messages without leading by example, though!
His doctors recommend he eliminates meat for health reasons
“The more I went to my physical (examinations) the more doctors started stressing: “Arnold you’ve got to get off meat”,
And Schwarzenegger again reiterated on the point he made last year: meat isn’t necessary in the world of bodybuilding; it’s possible to be a successful bodybuilder without consuming meat and that meat certainly isn’t necessary to be strong. Arnold stated:
“If they tell you to eat more meat to be strong, don’t buy it.” – Schwarzenegger
There are many reasons why doctors would have recommended Schwarzenegger should eliminate meat from his diet. Preventing disease in the first place is much better than having to try and treat disease after it’s already occurred.
Amongst many notable doctors, Dr. Kim Williams, the President of the American College of Cardiology and Chief of Cardiology at Rush University, advocates a plant-based diet for heart disease prevention.
Heart disease is the #1 killer in the United States, and elevated cholesterol appears to be a primary cause. It was proven decades ago that heart disease could be reversed with a plant-based diet. And yet hundreds of thousands of Americans continue to needlessly die.
Dr. Williams is crystal clear when he talks about diet and heart health.
He says that to prevent heart disease, “the most important things are plant-based nutrition, exercise, and weight loss. Most people will succumb to heart disease, diabetes, or hypertension on the standard American diet, which is why heart disease is the biggest killer in America. The best primary prevention strategy is improved lifestyle.”
Thankfully, awesome people like Schwarzenegger are now also encouraging people to start making better decisions for our health which coincidentally will also help the planet!
Dea is passionate about pursuing gentle, pure living in all its forms. She’s a veg and fruit foodie, who loves to explore the healing properties of plant-based foods and then fully indulge in their sun-filled taste. She believes that “In the end, only three things matter: how much you loved, how gently you lived, and how gracefully you let go of things not meant for you.”