To be or not to be a vegetarian? That is no longer the question!

Vegetarianism, the first conscious step.

There are many truths, many perspectives, many realities, but for the here and now I would like to present a case for vegetarianism and offer my own sentiments and observations. Vegetarianism to me was, is and always has been a first conscious step. If we are what we eat, and continue to consume flesh, we are then animals or by products of animals. When you read the facts about how animals suffer during their lifetime, how their lives are cut short, and how they are killed, you will feel shock, horror, pain, sadness, and know that you too have to make a move.

I have been a vegetarian for about 20 years, and have moved on to veganism 3 years ago (no animal by products including dairy products). How do I feel? I feel great! There is something very satisfying when you know that you have taken a stand for what you feel, know and believe. There are many different things to eat, and ways to eat. Life and eating becomes alive again. When you say no more pain, you decide this for both yourself and animals. You decide to create a more powerful and harmonious future for all. As we move into the 21st century it is time to be more than we have been, and to be all that we are.

We are not predominantly savages, it may be a part of us, but it does not have to manifest three times a day during breakfast, lunch and dinner.

Research the subject yourself, every where there are healthy and unhealthy vegetarians and vegans, as there are healthy and unhealthy meat eaters. Vegetable proteins exist in abundance, it has been proven over and over that the human body does not need animal flesh or by products to live.

For those living or wishing to live a wholistic lifestyle, vegetarianism is the first conscious choice. Long ago man was in tune with beasts to the degree that he occasionally ate meat to survive. It gave him strength in the cold winters. All parts of the dead carcass were used for survival. Man believed that the spirit and life force of the animal entered his own body and he took on that strength. Man and beast were then interconnected. The beast laid down its life; there was understanding between both. It has been a long time since then, nowadays cattle are mass-produced, the slaughter process is a far cry from the old ways. Speaking to those who work in slaughterhouses is a real eye opener. It turns out that many animals die in great fear, smelling the fear of others dying before them. They often have tumors cut out of their bodies, the poisons run through their blood stream affecting all the meat which is at least eighty percent dirty water, the rest being fiber. When you eat meat you do not eat life, you eat fear and death.

Vegetarianism is growing. People in these days are more health conscious than ever before (we hope!). Government guidelines now cutting down on fats and in some cases red meats. Everyone knows someone who is a vegetarian. Many overweight people have been happy to discover weight loss after giving up meat. Others notice that they no longer have digestive problems. We are also more informed that to eat meat is not a vital part of life, or a nutritional requirement. In fact we can live well (Ill say even better) without it and without loosing your hair as I have heard a few times. Even in the state of Texas, the home of beef and steak, more restaurants are offering delicious meat free alternatives. If your favorite restaurant does not offer vegetarian choices (and we don’t mean just raw vegetables), it’s time to ask. Public demand will always in the end sway the balance of what is required and what is available.

I meet many people who would like to become vegetarians but imagine that it involves a lot of cooking and careful planning. Not so! There are so many other foods available, it does not have to be hard work, and there are many great tastes too!

We recommend you to visit PETA [People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals] web site, and also suggest to read Why People Must Be Vegetarian by Sume Ching Hai.

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