- Aug 9, 2015
I understand Allyria. Throughout my life I tried to be vegetarian and I failed as you can clearly see it reading previous posts. But one day, when I was in my difficult period of life, something happened. It was not just food, it was everything. I wanted to be free from all addictions, I wanted purification and to be reborn again. I'm not sure how to explain better what happened. I was lead in a certain direction and food was one of the things. I knew that it was something that I needed to change but I was not completely connected to the animals at that point and I didn't know if I can live without animal derived nutrients. After a while, I encountered several important YouTube speeches, documentaries and nutritionist that gave me knowledge and where I made my true connection. Without being connected it's hard to stay on that path when everyone around is eating animal products, packaged so that you can't see the pain behind.This is inspiring me, Mary Ann!
I was mostly vegan for a year but felt like I was limiting myself. I guess I still have to process attachments & fears related to foods (scarcity mindset) as I'm back to lacto-octo vegetarianism. I have allergic reactions to nuts & beans, too, but this needs to be investigated thoroughly.
If you have any tips, let me know.
If you are concerned about health and nutrition please check out nutritionists that have years of experience such as: Michael Klaper, Michael Greger, Neal Bernard. Also there is one really great nutrition video that I can recommend to watch from Michael Klaper; Thriving on a plant based diet. Also there is well know documentary: What the health ->
When you feel like you are limiting yourself try to see this differently. You are doing so much by choosing differently because:
1. Animal agriculture is considered to have major negative impact on the environment (watch Cowspiracy or see the statistics how much energy, land, water you need for breed an animal).
2. Health : https://nutritionfacts.org/topics/animal-products/
3. Animals are sentient beings, by sentient it means they have central nervous system. They suffer, feel pain, fear, cry... For example cows are forcibly impregnated (raped), and calves are taken away immediately which is really painful for the cows that cry for the loss.....
4. We are not designed to eat meat but we are able to digest it and at one point it was necessary for our survival. A child would never feel hungry while watching birds, dog, cat, cow., chicken..A child wants to hug and cuddle.
The thing is that science can deliver us evidence on nutrition, on our body design and so on. It is clear that we can live on a completely plant diet. But questions considering ethics, beliefs - are animals below us, do animals have souls, god says in the book that we can eat animals, is eating animals moral/ethical, is keeping animals for our needs when it's not a necessity moral or not - this is something that every culture, society you are born into sees differently because it is a human concept that we at some point in history "agreed" to. I hope this makes sense...
Probably I've missed something...I hope I gave you some valuable information.
Please feel free to ask me anything, I would give my best to answer your question.
Sending love and support