|Originally posted by vegmom
Since you were vegan, i am assuming that you cared about animal welfare. How did you get over that?
It was really hard at first. The smell of it cooking was overwhelming. But I kept thinking of the cycle of life, and the idea of recycling energy through the food chain, and I knew that the animal products that I purchased were of the best quality that I could get short of raising it myself. I thought of native tribes, who have no problems eating anything and everything b/c that is all there is to eat, and a way of life. It is b/c of our luxurious ability to pick and choose what we eat that we can afford to be so particular! So to deny myself nourishment was to deny that I was a human, an animal that needed to eat like everything else on the planet. I still have a problem with organ meats, I get nauseated at first bite but it's gotten much better with time.
|I would never go to the grocery store and buy store bought meat since DH's family are organic farmers. But I bond with the animals whenever we are at the farm and it would be very hard to overcome that.
There is an old saying about never naming any animal that is intended for meat...I think there is something to that. I am so thankful to the animals that sustain me both with milk and meat, although that really sounds disturbing to write that. But somehow it makes it easier with that thought.
Another thing I discovered is that even strict veganism is not bloodless. There was a study done by a professor at OSU? (don't quote me on this, but anyone interested should be able to google it) about how farming and harvesting displaced and killed a lot of animals due to destroying habitat and the actual machinery involved in harvesting the crops.
|I do believe that eating meat does have its benefits. But as vegans we did eat a variety of healthy foods (nuts, seeds, soy and other grains) and we still got sick.
I actually got to a point in all my nutritional research where I just wanted to give up. I was sick of learning what nutrient was dependent on what for absorption but this other one would go out of whack if you didn't have this other thing, yada yada. I broke down in tears a few times. Finally DH and I just threw up our hands and said, "Well, my grandma is 94 years old and still going strong, what is she eating?" and then modified our diet to match hers as best as possible. She eats a traditional Korean diet and I felt a lot better matching her diet. However, I added raw fermented goat dairy and raw cow butter with the idea that I needed concentrated rebuilding right now to heal the damage. I'm hoping to eventually phase it out and do more of a paleo-type diet. But right now, DD's teeth are not getting any worse, we all feel better, and my and DH's teeth are showing signs of remineralization (getting whiter and stronger).
Ok, that was a novel! Hope some of that helped.