To Be Vegan or Not?
I’m not sure how many of you know I eat a largely vegan diet. There has been a lot of press around the vegan or plant- based ‘lifestyle’ lately. For some, the choice to avoid meat is driven by concern for the planet or compassion for animals. Though the above are important to me, I eat this way because I feel better. I eat this way because of how my energy feels when I do.
As the story goes… I have not always made these food choices. I was raised on a 240- acre beef and dairy farm in Kentucky. There were lots of fresh things to eat. Fruits, vegetables, dairy and meat were all part of every meal. We worked hard. We played hard. We ate a lot of food when it was time to eat. We were hungry!
Growing up, I never really liked meat because it felt heavy or rather I felt heavy when I ate it. It seemed hard for me to digest. Some may think… oh, this was Cindy not liking the killing of animals, but for me growing up on a farm it was not about that. My father’s mother was a Cherokee Indian. I believe that we honored our animals from birth to death. All animals were treated with kindness. It was about the cycle of life and the giving respect to the life that the animal gave to us. We were always thankful for the gifts of the animals.
I get this question a lot…”what diet should I eat?” My answer is “what gives you the greatest health and sense of well being”? For some the answer will be a Vegan approach. Others will need to have meat in their diet to feel and perform at their best. What about you? Are you habitually eating what you’ve always eaten? Are you still eating what your parents fed you as a child? Try shaking it up.
I am very much into the energy of what I eat and how I feel when I eat it. This is my motivation for eating the way I do – and not a desire to live a vegan ‘lifestyle’. I am not into judging people’s dietary selection. Find out what works best for you.
Big Hugs and Much Love,