So Does this Sound familiar. They’re affectionate and playful, curious and pays attention, intelligent and problem solvers, impatient, jealous, stubborn, and will pout in a heartbeat if they don’t get their way. Just one big ball of emotion. They flourish best in a structured and nurturing environment. If this sounds familiar it’s not your children or your spouse, this is describing some typical farm animals in the right environment. I never realized it until we got our first pair of goats. That these animals are really intelligent and have a high level consciousness. People are amazed when finding out how smart they really are.
So wait a second. You love animals too, but you still eat meat. I get it. I had the same disconnection all my life. Until one day, I just woke up to the fact that I was a hypocrite by loving animals and then eating meat. I also know that deep down inside, you know what I’m talking about too. It’s really a cultural and psychological disconnect that everyone is taught and conditioned to follow at a early age. That it’s a necessary evil that you have to eat meat and dairy to live. But that’s completely false. I bet you didn’t even know, that the oldest living groups of population in the United States and around world follow mostly a plant based diet.
So here is the scoop, everything for me began when I formed a bond with a sweet and demanding little goat named Spearmint. Because before we became Vegans, we hatched a couple of thousand turkey poults that found their way on to someone’s dinner table and we were taking our goat’s kids away to sell them. All this for profit until we woke up that we were selling our souls and just telling ourselves, it’s a necessary evil, didn’t work anymore. Even with raising the turkeys organically and ethically, I still couldn’t eat them. Plus it was having a emotional toll on me, so we decided to find forever homes for the adult turkeys that didn’t include someone’s dinner table, where they could retire and enjoy life. The next step we took was retiring our goats. So they could also enjoy life without the stress of being pregnant or having their kids taken away to be sold. The difference would be that, I was now aware of the amount of negative stress that it would cause any of our goats if they were rehomed or separated from their barn buddies. So I decided they would all be enjoying the rest of their lives with their buddies and us.
It wasn’t long after our animals retired that I just happened to drive past a semi trailer full of pigs knowing that they were probably going to a slaughter house. The thought of what those pigs were going through made me sick and I just decided to go Vegan right then. I was never again going to support those industries in any way. It was the first time that I truly felt at peace in life. The Vegan diet change wasn’t bad for me and over time I retrained my taste buds. I use an app to make sure I’m getting the right nutrition. I didn’t realize how bad my digestive issues were until I started eating a plant based diet and was feeling better. After going to the doctor for my annual check up, I’m now at a weight I should be, I no longer take medication for high blood pressure, I no longer take anti inflammatory medication for arthritis pain, my blood test are better than ever with cholesterol at 108, HDL 50, LDL 48, and everything else within a healthy range.
A Vegan lifestyle has so many benefits. From the endless health benefits, to the impact on the environment, and the most important thing for me is animal welfare. Most non vegans ask me if I miss eating meat or dairy products. My answer is, never. Because the only thing that I can think of is the pain and suffering that an animal has to endure to make that meat product is unimaginable. Plus I want to live past 100 and still be able to wipe my own butt. I’ve also added exercise and Yoga to my daily routine plus I try to stay away from all processed foods, sugar and oil.
If your still on the fence about Going Vegan or just interested in adding more plant base foods to your diet, here are some links below of good resources on plant based diets and the health benefits. Plus current vegan topics.
Guide to living longer at https://www.bluezones.com/
YouTube Vegan Channels:
Pick up limes at https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCq2E1mIwUKMWzCA4liA_XGQ
Avant-garde at https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCF-ACPYNN0oXD4ihS5mbbmw
Mic the vegan at https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCGJq0eQZoFSwgcqgxIE9MHw
Dr Bernard at https://www.pcrm.org/about-us/staff/neal-barnard-md-facc
Find Plant Based Doctors Near You https://www.plantbaseddoctors.org/
Dr Pamela Popper https://wellnessforumhealth.com/
Popular Doctors https://www.peta.org/features/vegan-doctors/
If you are interested in some good documentary movies to give you some motivation to change your diet and Go Vegan. I highly recommend watching one of these:
Forks over Knives https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=O7ijukNzlUg
The Film Vegan 2018 https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bTeqU6_Jryc&t=1111s
Dominion (2018) https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ny6aqdFy9SI
Coming in 2019 The Game Changers http://gamechangersmovie.com/?fbclid=IwAR3VWVbuZ-oVj23aNiKTqpPnZJ8HokTTnyCAHw1HMIIgDOL3zVv3gdlDIGg
Here’s to fuzzy vibes and have the best day ever.
Aaron & Donna