Going Organic, Vegan & Raw!

Late last fall around October, I decided that I wanted (needed) to change my diet. I’ve never been a dieter myself, simply because I never believed that any of the diets that people touted were any good, or good for you. Also, I am not fat by any means, but I do have a few pounds to lose (don’t we all?).

What I did know, was that I had to eat healthier. Part of what prompted me to feel this way was that I kept seeing and hearing about people around me getting sick, very sick. Some would recover completely, others only partially, and some haven’t recovered at all.

I knew then that I didn’t want to be in that place – ever. So in order to prevent that, I needed to change my diet for the better. But at the same time, I didn’t know what form it would take.

I pondered the idea of becoming a vegetarian, and I wondered if that was the right choice for me. I had heard about modern day farming, and how some of the animals were being mistreated. I knew that I had to do some research in that area, before my decision was final.

Then in late November, I had a dream – the weirdest dream I ever had! I was sitting at my kitchen table alone (well almost) and there was a “living thing” on the table in front of me. The skin of this “thing” was pink, like a pig and with the same texture. It had no arms or legs or any appendages of any kind. It looked like a pink sausage, the size of a long meatloaf. The only thing it did have, that made me realize it was alive, was 2 big brown eyes, that looked at me with wonder. And the thing seemed to be able to move, by wriggling across the table. In my dream, this thing appeared to be perfectly normal (I still have no idea what it was). Next thing I knew (the dream changed here from one scene to another), I was at the same table, surrounded by other people and dinner was being served. I saw this big piece of round meat, sliced and put on my plate. The meat was still red in the middle since it had been cooked from medium to medium-rare. I knew in that instance in my dream, that this piece of meat, was that “thing” that was on my table. Needless to say, I woke up after that!

Not much after that, I had another couple of episodes that convinced me I should stop eating meat. I was at a family dinner, and yes, there was meat being served. I took a small piece only (I couldn’t help thinking about that dream). As it turns out, as I was eating this meat with some trepidation, some of my family members began a discussion around meat which was disturbing to me. The experience of hearing them talk and seeing the meat on my plate and recalling the dream all at the same time, was just about enough to convince me to quit eating meat. I needed that last push. And I got it when I heard someone interview Jonathan Safran Foer, the author of the book Eating Animals. He talked about his research into modern day farming and how animals were being cruelly treated. Well, that was enough for me to quit. Albeit, I’m still planning on doing research of my own.

Well, around the same time, I had heard about Raw Food diets and that eating organic, vegan and raw food was the way to go. I have a friend who did just that. I would hear her talk about how much weight she lost, how much energy she now has, how great she feels, and so on. Well, she inpsired me to research and try this diet out.

In later posts, I will be writing to you about my journey into a raw, vegan and organic diet. I’ll let you know what I found and how it’s working out for me (or not).

To the Greatness Within You!

Trish

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