NEWSFLASH: I am a huge animal lover!
Earlier this year I made the conscious decision to stop eating meat. I had been toying with the idea for a while, and then one evening I watched the documentary, Food Inc.. The section on meat production was truly horrifying. It was apparent that the conditions for the animals were inhumane and that there was a lot of needless pain and suffering.
The suffering really hit me on a soul level! I knew that eating an animal was something I could no longer do in good conscience.
My decision instantly resonated with my spiritual, philosophical and environmental beliefs: Not only do I get to help protect Mother Earth from the pollution and toxic chemicals that are used in meat production, but from a spiritual perspective I don’t have a hand in harming another living being and I don't have that energy in my system.
Through research, I learned that a vegetarian diet has many health benefits! It reduces the risk for heart disease, high blood pressure, diabetes, obesity and certain types of cancer. YEAH!!!
Several months later, I watched another documentary - Vegucated. The film follows three meat lovers who adopt a vegan diet for six weeks. They learn the shadow side of animal agriculture, deep-sea fishing and the dairy industry and how this food makes it to the table.
I decided right on the spot to embrace a vegan lifestyle! I wanted to do whatever I could to make the world a more loving and caring place. A plant-based diet seemed to be the most humane way to do this.
This change has definitely been a little more of an adjustment. Vegans, in addition to being vegetarian, do not eat seafood, eggs, dairy or honey.
You're probably wondering what Vegans eat. LOTS! And it's tasty too!
There are a lot of companies that are catering to this new market. Also, there are vegan websites that can help you find substitutes for dairy and meat products, so you can still make your favorite dishes, vegan style!!
One such resource is Post Punk Kitchen
Seriously, this website will rock your world! It's the best place for Vegan cooking and baking. Pure yumminess!
If going all the way vegan is not on the cards for you right now, you can still do things to veganize your life. Pick a couple of nights a week to create delish vegetarian dishes and replace a few non-vegan food items with the vegan counterpart, like switching dairy milk for almond, rice or soy milk.
It's only been a few months since I threw myself into this new vegan adventure and my energy feels lighter and my connection to Mother Earth is stronger!