I personally have not been vegan all my life, I was bought up on the typical Australian diet of meat and 3 veg. until I left home and began to make my own choices and began to learn about me. During my childhood, it was usually chops, sausages and the obligatory Sunday roast leg of lamb, along with rissoles, and varying dishes made with mince steak. Even as I write these words – chops, mince, sausages, roast, there is a purposeful disconnection to where this food comes from. We rarely ate chicken, and that was only at Christmas when my father would go to a farm and bring home live chooks and chop their heads off and allow them to run around the yard, until he hung them on the clothes line to allow the blood to flow out of them.
My father loved to fish, so our diet was supplemented with fresh fish on a regular basis.
At no time during my childhood did I ever have a conscious thought about what I was eating – EVER !!
Back when I was going to school there was a new American student who was a vegetarian and ate Sanitarium nut meat, I was very curious, but remained unchanged in my awareness of eating animals as food.
I progressed thru many varying diets and eating programs, embracing food and food cultures on many levels.
I have eaten Thai, including some excellent Thai street food, some of the tastiest, flavour filled exotic Bali cuisine, embraced the fruity decadence of Kauai – Hawaii, European stodge, and some pretty dammed awful airport stuff. I have also eaten pretty much every variety of fish on the market due to my husband enjoying to drop a line in the ocean.
As I have grown older and I trust, wiser, or at the very least more experienced with making choices, I began to experience a more meat free program, I used to say, that I ate this way because I simply enjoyed the taste of fruits, vegetables and grains better, as I still hadn’t come to the position of clearly understanding the total futility of eating animals for food and the effect it is having on me and the planet I live on.
Not ever wanting to put myself in a box and give myself a label, be it Vegan, Vegetarian, Fruitarian, Raw foody or what ever……. I simply eat now as a Roslyn, there is only one of me, and only I know what my body needs and wants and how I feel when I consume certain foods both physically and emotionally.
I refuse to judge others for their food choices. It is every persons given right and responsibility to eat what ever they choose as long as they do own the results both physically and emotionally for doing so.
My diet today includes predominately fruits and vegetables, mostly raw in the way of fruits for breakfast with some chia seeds, more fruit throughout the day and a large bowl of salad at night, which may include some steamed pumpkin. When I am feeling cold I will cook up a big bowl of vegetables and totally enjoy the warmth of this meal.
I may still have a very occasional meal of fresh fish [maybe twice a year] & that is more to please my husband than anything else. I totally own my choice in this, does it sit comfortably on my – no, but it is a marital concession I make.
It has taken 57 years to come to this place of eating a Roslyn food plan, I am contented in my choices, and I will continue to grow in my understanding of fuelling my precious body.
What choices do you make ??
Here is some information that might assist you.
Along with all these statistics, it is impossible to ignore the health benefits of eating a plant based diet.
We don’t need to eat meat at all.
Eating meat and agriculture has created WAR VIOLENCE GREED GENOCIDE, it is not tool late.
Each one of us becoming vegan saves 2,000 animal lives a year.
Live with a compassionate healthy heart and life, become AWARE, become FREE from tyranny of DOGMA.
THIS YEAR HUMANS WILL MURDER, EXPLOIT, ENSLAVE, TORTURE and RAPE
our future generations will look back in such utter HORROR…IT is a Holocaust of unimaginable proportions.
“Go VEGAN for the love of the ANIMALS and the PLANET, Go RAW VEGAN for the LOVES of your LIFE” ~ SRV