Be*an Vegan

Hey felines and canines,

As you know, I have been vegan for almost 20 years now. There were several reasons for me making that choice in 1991. I am one of those people who would rather know what happens to my food before I ingest it. And because of this, I learned about some of the ways the public’s food is processed, and the treatment of the animals and blatant disregard for their pain and suffering, and of the chemicals and hormones they inject into them and subsequently YOU - John/Jane Q Public (not to mention the tranquilizers they have to inject into the milk cows to calm their nerves from lactating 24/7 because of said chemicals and hormones). I guess I rebelled against that a little… ok a lot! Of course, nowadays there are things like free-range chickens and rennet-less cheese, and I commend people who are conscientious enough to shop right and maybe even spend a little extra for extra quality at say, Whole Foods (not an endorsement, just an example). I also think that not everyone needs to be vegan to make a difference.

Lately I have been rethinking the whole issue of health and how I approach it. I have been fasting a lot, as well as cutting way back on the consumption of alcohol, coffee, and processed foods (yes, you can be vegan and still eat unhealthy food). I have been pondering things for a couple of years now, and have come to some of conclusions for myself and my future. If vegan is not necessarily the most healthy of ways to be, and there are ways to eat healthier without adding to the problem of patronizing the evil food empire, then the only reason I would have to remain vegan would be for vanity, in that I could call myself vegan. So, I would choose a label for myself over health. Hmm. Maybe not. With that in mind, I have decided to become pescatarian for a while, meaning that everything I have read and heard says that fish is really good for you, and I want to eat things that are really good for you. If I feel better after a few months, I will continue. If not, I’ll probably go back to being vegan. Just wanted to totally come out of the closet and explain myself here, so maybe I don’t have to answer a trillion questions later. (By the way, I am now officially an ovo-pescatarian). I’ll let you know how things turn out.

Now, all my personal experience being stated, let me editorialize for a moment if I may. My pulpit, if you please…

If you are one of those people who go to McDonald’s on a regular basis and don’t care from what part of the world your beef came, or how many American beef farmers it put out of a job, or how many acres of rain forest (which produces oxygen for the planet as well as untold natural resources and maybe even new cures for diseases) were burned to graze the cattle, or that we produce enough grain in the world every year to feed every man, woman, and child ON THE PLANET with a lot left over... but we feed the grain to the cattle, then I say maybe you aren’t quite doing your part.

If you like your bucket o’ dead chicken parts from KFC, then I say check out this video on PETA TV.

WARNING - if you don’t eat at KFC, and the free-range chicken you had for dinner was happy and content for his whole life, aahhh... then you might wanna skip this one, and enjoy the rest of your evening... It IS disturbing. Check it out... I’ll wait.

If you WERE brave enough to watch all of that, then I only have one question for you. If we truly are what we eat, how could you possibly put the energy and karma from an animal whose life was suffering and whose final moments were probably spent in agony just to save-a-few/make-a-few bucks, into your body and expect it to be assimilated as proper “nourishment”?

And when you wonder why you are so overweight, go rent the movie “Super-Size Me.” It’s about what happens to a guy who ate nothing but McDonald’s for just one month.

And when you wonder why your children are all A.D.D., or A.D.H.D., or A.D.D.T., or whatever D’s and T’s you wanna use, go read “The Crazy Makers” by Carol Simontacchi. You’ll realize it’s because of all the SUGAR they are pumping into their bodies.

And while you’re at it, read up on aspartame. It’s in just about every diet soda in America (Uh, yes, I’ll have the large buttered popcorn and the DIET soda...)

Finally, if you are the kind of person who is more of the “Oh, don’t tell me what’s in it, just let me enjoy it,” then don’t ask me the “why” question when we are eating together. In other words, seek not what you wish not to find. Besides, I just wanna eat my food before it gets cold...

If you do have any unbiased questions/comments, or for that matter, any intelligent challenges, regarding my health and diet, E-MAIL them to me. If I deem them worthy (after all, I AM GOD of my domain), I’ll post them along with my response. You may remain anonymous if you like.


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