MEAT? ITS VEGAN MONTH!©
By Jo Moon
What exactly is meat?
It’s the insides or flesh of a once living animal. It is the remains of an animal who has been inhumanely kept for the sole intention of killing it, cutting it up and selling it as a food product. It is a once living animal who has been imprisoned on a farm or similar enclosure all its life against its free will for the sake of giving food to human beings. As humans we share this planet with many animal and plant beings who we are meant to be in harmony with. Yet currently we certainly are not.
There are many who are in outcry against animal testing on food, cosmetics and pharmaceuticals. There are many who say they love animals and are against hunting or bull fights or other torturous activities. There are those who love their pets and would not think of harming, let alone eating their pet dog, cat or hamster.
So why has it become so acceptable and ‘the norm’ to eat another living being? Why is it accepted that many animals are raised in order to feed us their produce and their own dead bodies? Why do we accept this yet say we are animal lovers? How can we love animals if we allow this mass slaughtering to continue?
The realities of the meat trade are kept very well hidden. Why are children not told exactly where their food comes from? Why are they not shown pictures of slaughter houses and cows having their throats ripped open for the sake of their burger? Why are they not shown pictures of hens cooped up in cramped conditions in cages like prison camp victims? Children are not really taught about any of these things. Education is selective. Kids will be fed their roast pork and lamb for school dinner and Sunday roast but in general they have no idea what that meat really is. For a start we have disguised the words so it is ‘pork’ rather than ‘pig’. It is so neatly packaged up in cellophane wrapping on supermarket shelves that it looks nothing like a dead animal.
If children knew what they were really eating, and the history of the animal on their plate would they still want to eat it?
I recently heard of a boy who was deeply shocked when he heard of the reality of meat. He had no idea that it even came from a dead animal. I interviewed a boy recently who said he was greatly concerned for animal welfare; yet when I asked him about eating meat he could not see the connection there. He is brought up to eat meat and thinks nothing more of it. But if adults cannot see what is wrong with eating a dead slaughtered animal then how can we expect children to understand the concept?
This month is national VEGAN MONTH. That means it is a golden opportunity to look well into the subject of food and animal eating.
Being vegan does not have to be boring. It does not need to be time consuming or limited
It just requires a willingness to commit to a healthier and more ethical way of living. You may need to be patient and perhaps be willing to adapt to a different way of eating and thinking. However you will get your just rewards for being vegan.
- You may start to feel lighter in your body and movements
- You can discover tasty new recipes and ways of cooking
- Your heart may feel lighter from being kind and considerate to the animal kingdom
- You will have created better karma for yourself!
- Your body will go through a detoxification process and your arteries will be less clogged up with fat
- You will become more sensitive and aware of the world and people around you
- Your psychic centres may open up more if you are ready for this
- You won’t be at risk from contamination through eating meat and animal products
- You may find that animals are more drawn towards you
- You may feel lighter in spirit and have spiritual breakthroughs or inspiration to become more spiritual
- If you wanted to you could even give up using a fridge and save on electricity – but you do need to be careful of things going off more quickly in summer!
However, even vegans can eat unhealthily!
It is important to be aware of eating a well balanced diet as a vegan and include supplements into your daily food intake. We live in a polluted world and our bodies are constantly fighting against toxic chemicals which invade our systems.
Therefore you need to take something like an anti-oxidant food source to fight off free radicals which can harm the body so eat as much as possible of any of the following:
dark green vegetables
Also a daily dose of a superfood such as:
(its very easy, just add a spoonful of powder to a glass of water or mix with soya yoghurt)
Eat lots of fresh organic fruits and vegetables!
It is best to consult the wealth of information around to make sure you are getting a well balanced diet. Try the vegan society: http://www.vegansociety.com/lifestyle/nutrition/
You can also make tasty and nutritious foods such as:
Eat lots of seeds, nuts and pulses (depending of course on whether you have any allergies)
For quickness and convenience there are still foods you can eat and enjoy:
Baked beans (try the sugar free kind)
Baked potatoes and other baked veg (very easy to do, just bung them in the oven!)
Rice noodles and Tamari/Soya sauce with some stir fry veg or just on their own (takes 4 minutes)
Spaghetti (you can get wheat free spaghetti made from a variety of grains now such as corn or rice) and it takes only about 6-12 minutes to cook. Just add some hemp or olive oil and eat with a simple salad or steamed veg.
Vegan Convenience Food
Yes, vegans do this too!
Vegan cheese in lots of different flavours – you can add flavour to food using these.
Vegan sausages – all kinds. Some you can eat raw, others take 4 minutes to cook. All sorts of tofu burgers and ready made food in packets
To maximize your nutritional intake:
- Cut out sugar entirely (if you find this difficult use alternatives such as agave syrup or molasses. Molasses has a high iron content)
- Cut out alcohol entirely or do it gradually if you find this difficult (try drinking kombucha instead which has a small percentage of alcohol in it anyway)
- Cut out any smoking or other drug habits
- Cut out drinking tea and coffee containing caffeine. Drink herbal tea instead
- Eat 100% organic if possible, (and even better local as well!)
There are delicious herbal teas on the market now in all kinds of different flavours including chocolate and ayurvedic teas. You can buy teas that warm you up, rejuvenate, relax, help you sleep, clear out toxins, re-generate cells, detoxify and many other such helpful functions. Why drink a cup of tea which gives you some instant gratification yet which will deplete your system in other ways and not give you anything nutritious? Try a herbal tea today and see what you think!
Try being vegan for a day to start with and experiment!
How about a vegan pizza for a very tasty and wholesome, filling meal!
How to Make Vegan Pizza:
- Make pastry by mixing a flour of your choice (eg rice, rye, corn, wheat, spelt) with a small amount of oil and some water. Press it into a greased baking dish.
- Pour a tin of tomatoes or some passata over the pastry.
- Add chopped up garlic, herbs and cut onion/spring onion over the tomato base.
- Pour a little water over the onion
- Cut up some veg of your choice e.g. peppers, courgettes, celery etc and place over the base
- If you like you can sprinkle some sunflowers or other seeds over the veg
- Grate some vegan cheese over the top and put in oven to bake for about 15 minutes.