Are you a vegan? Have you ever contemplated becoming one? Have you ever tried vegan food? If yes, then you're trodding on the right path and I urge you to continue. One may ask, who is a vegan? A vegan is a person who consumes only food that Mother Earth provides for us, meaning any food items from plants, and they avoid all animal-based products and food items.
Many people around the world are becoming vegans for several reasons. Some reasons may include: wanting to lose weight, and/or for health or spiritual purposes and so on. I became vegan for spiritual purposes. However it has been a challenge because I live with my mother and she doesn't agree with my diet and my new way of life. The vegan Livity makes me feel more alive, happier and more energetic. My mother tries to accommodate me in some ways and I also get help from an idren of mine. Being a vegan also connects you to nature and the universe.
When I just became vegan, I had difficulties and I became sick because I wasn't eating properly. My doctor told me I had to eat meat in order to get better but I sat and did some deep meditation on it and to me that didn't make any sense. Consuming meat and animal-based products is like basically using your temple as a cemetery. Think about it, you are consuming dead animals. We dispose of dead beings in graveyards and family plots, not in our stomachs; why eat dead chickens, dead pigs, dead goats and etc.?
As human beings, we tend to forget that we are also animals because we are the higher species of animals. However, that doesn't mean we should not treat them equally and with love and care. Imagine if we as humans were lower than them and they raised us, hunted us, killed us and ate us? Just imagine how terrifying our lives would be. They may not possess the same intelligence and abilities as I n I but they too have families and feelings. Put yourself in their position and meditate on the fact that there would be a higher being who raises you just to kill and eat you and your family or hunts you for food. Please do some reflection on this.
People will find all sorts of excuses to eat meat. Some say they need protein and it can't be replaced with anything else but meat. Some say that "God" put the animals on the earth for us to consume. My mother would often times tell me she's not a rabbit so she refuses to feed on earthly foods only. Everyone has their own reason. If you consume meat because protein is your concern then please take a look at this picture. Observe it meticulously and make notes where necessary.
When I went to the doctor, they told me I had to do a blood test and the results showed that I was lacking in b12, my haemoglobin level was low, my blood count was low, and I was lacking in iron. This is dangerous because it could cause permanent damages to my nervous system and illnesses. I received support and assistance from my idren, Kimon-I, who gave me ideas and told me what to have to get well again. I refrain from taking pills because I choose to be as natural as possible and I'm very skeptical about what I place in my temple. Inevitably and unfortunately, I had to go on iron pills for a little while but I stopped as soon as I got better. My supply for b12 includes green juice and pak choi; basically lots of greens such as callaloo or "ilalloo" as I'd like to call it, spinach and etc. I feel healthy, energetic and alive. My temple truly feels irie!
Now that you have reasons for going vegan, here are some helpful tips:
- Try to eat as raw as possible. When one eats raw, you get the fullness of the nutrients and minerals from your food. Add natural spices and make your own sauces to spice up your food. Include pumpkin seeds, flax seeds and other nuts and seeds in your meals for more protein and flavour.
- Avoid processed foods such as dairy products, snacks, veggie chunks, tofu and etc. They contribute to your cholesterol and they have many preservatives which can cause cancer and other ailments.
- Be creative and make your own juices! Avoid sodas and other "fruit drinks and juices" with artificial sweeteners. When making your juices, remember that fruits are most times sweet so there's no need for sugar either. If the juice is not sweet enough as you desire it to be, then feel feel free to add more fruits. The more fruits the more fun!
- Eat lots of veggies. Drink lots of water and if possible, have coconut water at least once a week.
- Say No to GMO and MSG foods! These are cancer causing agents.
- If you have enough yard space, plant your own foods. Some foods can also be planted in pots such as peppers and tomatoes.
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- Empress Erykah