Hello Dear World. Every piece we learn on the journey to a food revolution can be one more step on the journey. Going vegan seems to be taking me decades and recently I came much further on the journey. All the work I did writing this raw food blog has paid off and once again I encourage everyone to write a blog on anything you’re interested in learning more about or sharing.
This has become a summer for decluttering myself from habits I was so curious about being free from. How would it feel to no longer have to have coffee? It feels really free. Gluten free? Amazing. And free from eating dead animals? Very natural. It’s an unusual opportunity to have a choice about going vegan. In human history we always went for what we could find to eat of course. And while we found it’s easier to sneak up on a plant, if there were no plants available…like I think about Eric the Red who founded Greenland – he must have lived off fish?
On going vegan, if you’re interested, you can pick an interest and let that be your motivation: Health, Environment, Philosophy, Curiosity, etc.
Curiosity sparked my going vegetarian in the 80’s. Health was why I quit dairy over 16 years ago. And when I saw “A Life Among Whales” I was astonished at what the people in charge of killing the animals may be watching all day. Do we really want to support this industry? or do we want people to have healthier jobs? Now I learn it takes 2,000 gallons of water for every gallon of milk (Pearce, When the Rivers Run Dry: Water–The Defining Crisis of the Twenty-first Century, 2007). And I learn there are Farm Sanctuaries (where farm animals are rescued and cared for). Joel Furhman (“Eat to Live”) writes if there was any one food he could take away from the American diet to save the most lives, it would be cheese. I understand from T. Colin Campbell (“The China Study”) casein (milk/cheese protein) is a carcinogen. If you’re looking for a site, you might check out http://nutritionfacts.org/.
Clothes and going vegan…that’s like a final frontier. There are companies putting to use some great materials (pleather replacing leather, primaloft replacing down, etc). It seems to me, someone is going to make a mint in this field. As people start figuring out things like we’ve been destroying rainforests to grow fast food hamburgers (and while they sold billions, they threw away exponentially more right in the trash, due to: The policy to keep the bins full and quickly ready to sell to customers and the law against selling them after a few minutes of having been cooked). Just now we learn thru NPR that China and Europe don’t add a muscle growth chemical the U.S. regularly uses in pigs:
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People are getting ready to move on. It will take lots of starts but the change is coming. A close friend (in her 60’s) went on Atkins and for the first time had to take cholesterol pills. When she later became vegan (in her 70’s), guess what? no need for the pills anymore. People are finding out on their own. No matter how many billions get pumped into selling misinformation, we’re finding our way and it is a big thanks to the doctors helping us by writing books that point to the evidence they are seeing and inspire us to try a little something different this time. Just experiment, your body is your laboratory.
On BookTV I saw a lawyer who was also a doctor speaking about sugar. (Sugar, the other white powder as Dr. Julie Holland calls it in Moody Bitches.) Anyway his point was we can pass laws locally, the way we have with alcohol. There are little stores near schools all across the country where kids walk in on their way to and from school to buy sugar. You could card for the sugar consumption during certain hours, the way we do alcohol.
Sugar addiction is so difficult to overcome and extremely expensive for our healthcare system. He pointed out diabetes is so expensive because unlike smokers people living with diabetes live with care for it a much longer time (many getting diabetes starting very young now), the smokers passed at about the time of retirement when they would have collected federal benefits. Isn’t it sad to think of it like that? I hope it’s just the point that we see and that we are extremely compassionate with ourselves and any others we know suffering from anything.
It is compassion that will help us. Shaming and blaming do not inspire the kind of courage, strength and hope it takes to make authentic change for ourselves and others. My best wishes to everyone. And one more thing – huge thanks to Ed Brown for his dear cookbook that I find comforting and inspiring – The Complete Tassajara Cookbook.