Sunday, October 26, 2008

I woke up one day and decided

that things are crazy! It all started last week. I announced to my parents that I no longer eat diary or meat or anything else that came from something that has a face. Of course they got all crabby with the usual, why do you have to be different from everyone else, yada yada yada. My dad threw and unexpected twist in though. He said, "Did you just wake up today and decide 'I'm going to be a vegan'?" I assured him I didn't do exactly that but he still is a bit skeptical. As for the being different thing, how could I possibly be the same! I can't believe it took him this long to realize I do not follow main stream society. I'm not saying I look for ways to be a freak, but I follow my instincts which may or may not follow everyone else. I went to the library yesterday and I pick out 3 books on homeschooling. As well as seven others on topics such as, Physics (yeah I'm in pg 1 and I haven't understood one word it's great!), Geometry (haven't tried those yet), Space-time (I'm waiting for the brain cramp from the Physics book to go away), and random junk on bacteria, diseases and other micro-organisms. I read this one book about how we are all going to die from resistant bacteria. Resistant bacteria are bacteria that don't go away when you try and kill them with antibiotics. There was a whole chapter about how meat is causing this (yet another reason not to eat animals). This is how it is happening the meat producer people ( I would call them farmers but they aren't) are giving animals small amounts of antibiotics (about 2 ozs. per ton of feed). They are trying to prevent disease and the reason they want to prevent diseases is when animals are sick they lose appetite, and therefor get thinner. Also on a daily basis animals fight off bacteria in their stomachs. By giving them antibiotics animals aren't "wasting" energy doing that. This makes them fatter faster. This impacts you because when you eat the animal you also eat these antibiotics. Because it is such a small dose, this can cause all the bacteria in your body (good or bad) to develop resistance to this antibiotic. If harmful bacteria come in your body they can develop this resistance too, by stealing it from the other bacteria. Congress has been "taking measures to try and stop this". This is yet another example of how greedy people are going to kill our species.

1 comment:

Strawberry Girl said...

I wanted to post and officially agree with your statement that eating meat is "gross." But I want to make it clear that I am not a vegetarian or vegan. I wanted to be vegan also, I "tried" it out and that is one of the reasons that I converted everything I ate to grainbased or soy based. This decision put me on the fast track to anapalectic shock and a quick lesson on not jumping into a new diet. Please read a lot, and not just vegan information. My good friend who had been living a vegan diet for about 6 months added free range eggs and raw milk (goats milk) and raw cream to her diet. There is a lot of info out there but there are some important things to include in your diet. 1- about 60-80% of your diet should be raw food. 2- You should include a source of unpasturized probiotics with every meal this could be kefir (you can sometimes find this at the store it tastes sort of like drinkable yogurt, but the best is homemade), saurkraut (very easy to make), kim chi (I've heard this isn't pleasnt), kombucha tea and there are others. 3- Animal fats from raw milk and free roaming (preferably farm raised) eggs are good for you and should be included in your diet if you want optimum health. Butter that comes from pastured (grass fed) cows is a dark yellow color and is full of vitamins and minerals, I do and you can cover your food with this (the trick is to avoid too many carbs) and you will not get fat. Your body will love you for it.

Please consider visiting the Weston A. Price Foundation online and reading through their stuff.

That said, it's great that your being different. I had to endure a lot of being viewed as a freak before my family left me alone to figure out what I could about health and life. Your lucky that you are starting this journey now, you will be in a lot better position than I to make choices based on careful thought and observation of yourself and others.

Good luck to you.

~Strawberry Girl

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