with getting healthy. I am amazed at all the information I have shoved in my brain the past few days. From watching documentaries (such as Forks over Knives and Food, Inc.) and reading PETA articles, to looking up vegan pantries and yummy vegan recipes-I have done it all. I am realizing more and more how blind I was (and most of us are) to the food industry. How could we know unless we actually looked for it?
My main reason for going vegan was primarily health reasons. Now, it has become more complicated. Forks over Knives just proved my feelings about food. Food, Inc. pissed me off at government involvement in our food. PETA breaks my heart and angers me towards the lowlifes who treat animals in such a violent and disgusting manner. Current vegans make me motivated and help ease the stress of thinking this will be seriously complicated.
I had a thought last night. I consider myself HIGHLY pro-life. Well, where does that line end? At just humans? Can I really put that burger in my mouth knowing what was involved to get it there? And I am not just talking harm to the animal. Harsh working conditions for the employees, the ridiculous amount of gas it took to travel from place to place, not to mention the harm it's doing to my own body.
Well my answer is-no. I can't.
I have always thought about Daniel, in the Bible, and his challenge to the king about keeping his diet of wholesome foods and veggies. His results spoke volumes to me, and always has. I have just never applied any of this.
Don't get me wrong. I have no earthly idea how I am going to accomplish this. I have taught couponing for almost a year, and have taught that you purchase what you can at the lowest possibly price. Not too many coupons out there for vegan foods. (Maybe for the pre-packaged meals, but that isn't a route I want to go on) I will continue to teach couponing. The amount of people I have been able to help is amazing-it's just going to be hard to not be able to coupon at the level I was. My grocery bill was around 60 bucks for 200-250 dollars worth. I have heard wonderful things about Trader Joe's, so I may try them out. It's a hard dilemma, but this is a no going back situation.
I can't wait to share this journey with you guys!