After more than 30 years of eating meat every day, I never thought I would stop. Switching to a vegetarian diet (much less vegan) was a joke to me. However, it only took a couple of hours for me to make a powerful mental shift and completely turn my way of thinking upside down—and just like that, I went vegan.
I watched a speech from a vegan activist on YouTube, then another documentary about the health benefits of a plant-based diet, then a follow up to that film with extended interviews, and after these four-or-so hours of videos, while on an overseas flight to Australia I made an almost immediate switch to a full vegan diet.
Think about that…that’s powerful stuff! A hardcore meat-eater with no thought in the world of being vegetarian, switching to a full vegan diet after just a few hours of education. That truly speaks volumes.
I won’t go into detail about all the reasons (and there are tons) that it is beneficial to you and our world to stick to a plant-based diet, but I will share a few of the educational videos I watched that helped me see the light.
The reason more people don’t eat a vegan diet is because they don’t have a reason to. When you have a reason though, the idea of change doesn’t seem very far-fetched anymore. If more people were educated, more people would make the same type of change I made—I’m sure of that.
Below are the first five films I watched (in order) that completely changed my way of life… Feel free to watch, listen, learn, and make your own educated decision!
“Best Speech You Will Ever Hear” is the first video I watched that really struck a cord with me. It’s a one-hour lecture given by Gary Yourofsky to a college classroom about veganism and speciesism. He makes some very thought-provoking points about why humans don’t need to and shouldn’t eat animals, and also showed just enough emotionally charged behind the scenes footage of the commercial animal industry to make it hit home for me This speech is what got my gears turning and made me want to learn more. (Thanks to Jeremy Larner for sharing the link on his Facebook!)
After watching this speech, I downloaded the next film and it’s extended interviews counterpart to watch while I was on the long flight to Australia.
Forks Over Knives is what made me have a big enough mental shift to switch to a whole foods, plant-based vegan diet after being a meat eater my entire life. The cases studied and profiled in this movie are overwhelming with evidence that these types of eating habits are healthier than eating animal products and processed foods. I was blown away at all the evidence showing a direct correlation between eating animal-based foods and diseases like as cancer, heart attack, vascular disease, and diabetes.
I had a big enough mental shift during this film that I decided to switch to a vegan diet on an airplane where I knew I’d be making the transition while traveling internationally for the next six weeks.
Food, Inc. is more about the food and farming industry than veganism, per say. It goes into detail about how harmful the industry is to our environment and economy, and also touches on the cruelty aspects of the eating animal products while explaining the health benefits of a natural plant-based diet.
Learning more about where your food comes from, what’s in it, and how it got from its origin to your mouth is an important part of making that mental shift to veganism.
Vegucated is a vegan journalist’s social experiment to take three meat-eaters from different walks of life and put them on a vegan diet for six weeks while educating them about the subject. The film follows along the three carnivores as they make the transition to a plant-based diet, and the results are exactly what I expected…they are all convinced within the first few weeks that there is absolute no need for humans in this day and age to consume animals.
It was interesting to see their transformation, both mentally and physically with their health and appearance. If I had watched this documentary first, I would have wondered more specifically what kind of information they were hearing that made them such firm-believers in veganism…but, because I had already learned enough on my own before watching this film, I knew exactly what the three were going through and could relate to the fact that they so quickly and freely changed their deep-rooted lifelong values and beliefs.