Hey guys and gals,
It’s been some time since I posted anything up on the blog. I’ve been a tad swamped at work, added responsibility, added stress…
I slipped into vegan junk food, quite a bit and even slipped up with the shoving of a couple of Hershey’s kisses in my mouth before even thinking about it. It made me really consider how easy it is to become unconscious about what we put into our bodies. I am not proud about my choice to eat those candies, I would be lying if I said that they didn’t taste good, but caused an enormous amount of guilt to well up inside me. I felt like total crap for having mindlessly consumed the product of pain and suffering. I had images of little baby cows being stolen from their moms, of cows suffering on the rape-rack, being mercilessly milked to the point of exhaustion and death. I felt quite nauseated, then.
Then I thought a little deeper about it. On my reaction to my choice, and realized that even though I had made a bad choice in the “heat of the moment”, I needed to ease up on myself, and realize that this is my journey and my process, and there will be stumbling blocks along the way. It would be my choice to get back on the wagon and keep going. I realized that, even though I had made a bad choice in the moment, that I was aware of what the reality of these animals situation is and that I could make better choices going forward. When you know better, you can do better. There are millions of people who still don’t realize they are part of a process that feeds the machine of misuse and abuse of animals. They don’t yet know better, so they make the “choice” to consume what industry tells them is the norm.
We are all on our own path. I know I never believed that I would one day be on a path to a plant-based lifestyle. I have changed so many things in my personal life, and already made a small difference by doing so. My husband and I helped to introduce a few close friends and family to the plant based lifestyle and for others to consider the switch too! We are trying not to be the “preachy vegans” but we definitely also want to educate people. Most people are more interested in what’s in it for them, so we try to approach from the health perspective of it. I’ve got some colleagues who tease me about my Veganism, and I take it on the chin, laugh it off, but also feel really sad that they think my lifestyle choice is the extreme one. I work with people who are a little older than I am and come from a different generation, and so they are extremely set in their ways. It’s very hard for them to imagine a meal without animal products. I have to come to terms with the fact that I can’t educate everyone. As I said at the start of this paragraph, we are all on our own path, our own journey. I can no sooner walk your path for you than you can walk mine for me.
Switching topics really quickly, I’d like to touch on food prep. I know this can be a daunting task depending on how many people in your household you are trying to feed, and how many different life styles you are trying to accommodate. We have it easy in that we are both vegan, so Jezz is only cooking for us. We have realized that as Dr. John McDougall and his wife say, keeping it simple is the best thing to do (I’m totally paraphrasing there). We cook up big batches of rice, black beans, corn salsa, lentil burgers and soup. Jezz came up with what he terms a Jermotle Bowl – his homemade take on a Chipotle Bowl. He takes rice and the black beans (which have some other ingredients in them too), warms it in the microwave, then add some shredded spinach and a healthy dose of the corn salsa. It is one of our favorites!!! Food prep really ties in with making better decisions. If you make sure you have the kinds of foods with you that are a healthy and more ethical choice, then you are less likely to make a poor choice for lunch and snacks while out of the house at work or running errands. My husband LOVES banana’s, he eats about 4 to 5 of them a day. Me, not so much. But I realized that he has less slip ups than I do, and I figure I better start packing a lot more banana’s for lunch than I am right now.
I’d like to hear from you. On your journey to a plant based lifestyle, did you have any failings, falling off the wagon moments? Do you food prep, or do you cook each night? I’d love to hear what works for you and what doesn’t.
Much love & light to you all.