Mon voyage végétalien

I have always been an animal lover but I have since learned how that particular self-concept fell short, in part, because of how and where I was raised. Born in the South Bronx, I never saw a lawn, a garden, or any animals other than dogs, chats, poisson (in tanks), pigeons, rats and roaches. Lots of roaches. The only farm animals I knew about were from television, books or my See-and-Say toy (“the cow says Mooooo”). No association was ever made between those animals and the food we ate. The first challenges to my thinking came when I was older. I would say to someone how much I loved animals or that hunting was wrong and the person would ask, “Do you eat meat?” Answering that I did, the person would slap my face with my hypocrisy as I struggled to come up with a reason why eating meat was somehow different. Après tout, I wasn’t killing the animals, droite?

Life continued with these disparities. À un certain point, I learned a bit about slaughterhouses and saw a clip here and there from which I turned my eyes away. I took up the saying that “if I had to live on a farm and see the animals that would become my dinner, I’d only eat vegetables.” I refused to eat lobster because “choosing one from the tank meant choosing which one lives and which one dies,” but all the while continued to eat meat.

In college, I worked several jobs including one at a medical school animal laboratory. My job was animal caretaker. I was the first female animal caretaker they had ever hired and I was proud of that. So naïve, I had no idea what horrors I was about to see but I worked there for several years, consoling myself that I was “taking care” of the animals. I fed them, gave them extra veggies for treats, broke rules here and there to let them have some time out from the cages and gave them attention and care that they normally wouldn’t get from the other workers. Cependant, I refused to kill a frog in biology class. In medical school, I dissected a human cadaver in anatomy class. While dissecting the gluteus maximus muscle, I stated, “This looks like roast beef.” My professor came over and said, “What do you think roast beef is?” I had never made the connection before but suddenly, eating was not just about taste. I could name the veins, bones, and ligaments in my food and I started to avoid certain items. My new motto was “I won’t eat anything that looks the same when it’s dead and cooked as it did when it was alive and running around.” I did not want to recognize, as Jeffrey Masson puts it, the “face on my plate.” So I ate nothing with a head, nothing with eyes, and nothing on the bone. But I was still eating animals.

I was also gaining weight, a lot of weight. Les années ont passé avec moi proclamer mon amour des animaux tandis que je continuais de les manger et prendre du poids. Avance rapide et je suis 268 pounds with a host of medical problems and a dozen prescription medications in my drawer. «Je souhaite que je pourrais être un végétarien mais je aime trop de poulet. I could never give up chicken.” My new mantra but my world was about to change.

Mon mari, Tom, (petit ami à l'époque) and I started Weight Watchers to lose weight. Plusieurs semaines dans le programme, Je hernie un disque dans mon dos et a fini immobile, sur le canapé et sans emploi pendant plus d'un an. En l'espace de quelques mois, Je ai perdu mon 14 année vieux chien, Toutou, au cancer ainsi que ce qui reste de ma famille. Déprimé et dans la douleur, Je me étends sur le canapé à regarder la télévision. Privés de mon habitude d'engraissement, nourritures de confort, Je ai commencé à regarder des émissions de produits alimentaires et la cuisson sur le Food Network, La chaîne Voyage et d'autres stations locales. Je suis devenu un grand fan de Rachael Ray, assimilant sa personnalité au potentiel de la mine, lorsqu'il ne est pas en proie à une perte personnelle. Pendant des heures par jour, Je voudrais regarder des émissions de cuisine et de tenter de "Poids Watcherize" les recettes afin de rester sur le programme. Je ai commencé à commander des livres de cuisine et les magazines de cuisine. Je regardais alimentaire, lire la nourriture et de penser la nourriture chaque heure de réveil.

Santé est devenue une préoccupation que je ai lu à propos de sirop de maïs riche en fructose, conservateurs artificiels et MSG et je nettoyé le réfrigérateur et le garde-manger de tout ce qui contenait ces articles. Nous avions plus rien dans la maison. Ce était incroyable de voir comment ces toxines avaient infiltré leur chemin dans presque tout. Je ai aussi commencé à lire sur les chiens et le cancer, comment, au cours 50% des chiens et des chats meurent du cancer et que ce ne était pas vrai il ya année. Ayant perdu Poochie au cancer et à être impliqué avec l'organisation merveilleuse La sensibilisation au cancer canin, Je ai lu sur ce qui se passe réellement dans les aliments pour animaux de compagnie et je étais horrifiée. Puis réalisé ce qui se passe en nous et était encore plus horrifiée. Réduire notre consommation de viande a été commence à ressembler à une bonne idée.

Puis je ai trouvé Christina Pirello de la cuisine émission de télévision "Christina Cooks."Elle a montré comment" Makeover "aliments préférés sans viande, sans laitière, sans farines ou les sucres raffinés, sans cholestérol ou de graisses saturées et je étais dans la crainte de son. Je ai acheté ses livres, Je la regardais religieusement, Je voulais lui être. She mentioned the “V” word but I was not there yet, Je ne étais pas assez conscients pour cela de se inscrire. I knew I had always wished to be a vegetarian because I loved animals but there was still a block. Je ai proposé à Tom que nous avons quelques jours sans viande chaque semaine, ce qu'il a accepté. I learned how to cook delicious vegetarian meals and realized that the “side dishes” were always my favorite anyway. Heureusement pour moi, Je ai adoré les légumes et salade ai toujours été une exigence avec le dîner. Avec quelques jours végétariens chaque semaine, mon alimentation était de retour sur la bonne voie; then I ate meat and felt sick. The final hammer was about to come down and my denial was about to be stripped away.

Après avoir fait un peu de surf internet, Je ai demandé des kits de démarrage de végétariens PETA, Vegan Outreach et Compassion Over meurtre. Ensuite, je ai regardé la vidéo, "Rencontrez votre viande."Je ai pleuré pendant toute chose et juré que je ne serais jamais une partie de cette souffrance à nouveau. Quand mon mari est rentré, Je lui ai fait le regarder et il pleuré aussi. Nous avons commencé le voyage ensemble et sommes devenus végétariens. Je ne savais pas, il était tellement plus pour nous de faire. Je ai lu plusieurs livres qui ont changé ma vision: «Régime pour une nouvelle Amérique» par John Robbins, "La façon dont nous mangeons: Pourquoi nos choix alimentaires Matter "de Peter Singer et Jim Mason et" Breaking the Seduction alimentaire »par le Dr. Neal Barnard. Je ai appris qu'il ne était pas assez pour renoncer à la viande; l'industrie laitière et l'oeuf a causé encore plus souffrir. Nous nous sommes arrêtés acheter des produits laitiers pour les remplacer par des alternatives non-laitiers. Ce était difficile pour moi parce que je avais l'habitude d'acheter faible en gras et les éléments non-gras pour mon régime alimentaire. Alternatives non-laitiers ne ont pas utilisé ces étiquettes et semblait avoir plus de calories mais je ai vite appris les avantages des alternatives non-laitiers. Les œufs étaient la chose la plus difficile pour moi d'abandonner. I was used to my “healthy” egg white spinach omelet for breakfast and I did not like tofu yet but the sting of hypocrisy was too harsh to ignore and the eggs were gone.

Ouf! We did it! We were vegans!! Or were we? Quoi, it’s not just about diet? It’s our shoes, nos vêtements, our make-up, our shampoo? There was still so much more to learn and at times, it felt overwhelming but instead of seeing it as sacrifices or giving things up, I see each item I learn about as an opportunity to help animals.

Peu à peu, we replaced our shoes, belts, vêtements, and toiletries. We became master label-readers. We continue to read numerous books (my favorites being “The Missing Peace” by Tina Volpe and Judy Carman and the aforementioned “The Face on Your Plate” by Jeffrey Masson as well as his “The Pig that Sang to the Moon: The Emotional Lives of Farm Animals.”). Tom and I joined several groups so we could meet other vegans and vegetarians and have attended rallies, protests, talks, and marched in the Veggie Pride Parade in New York City. Last week, we visited the Woodstock Farm Sanctuary animaux which was a wonderful and humbling experience. Tom is currently organizing a library display at his job for Vegetarian Awareness Month in October. There is always so much to do, always more to learn.

Jusqu'ici, J'ai perdu 87 lbs. and I hope to lose more. This all started with my deep-seated love of animals and a food addiction that got in its way. Then a quest for better health helped strip me of my denial. It has now become all about the animals, ethics, advocacy, pride, and mostly, compassion. And I got better health in the bargain. Being a Vegan has given me a new focus and purpose in life. It is a journey I once never knew existed, let alone be able to travel. Now I cannot see myself going in any other direction.

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7 Les réponses à Mon voyage végétalien

  1. vivagypsy Août 22, 2011 à 4:00 pm #

    What an Amazing Story!!! Thanks for sharing your journey!!! Very inspiring!!!

    Étreintes Viv

  2. Anonymous Octobre 1, 2009 à 11:42 pm #

    You walk your path with Amazing Grace!! Your site and story are a wonderful inspiration to us all. You are a magnificent role model and guide for fellow seekers .You are a perfect educator.You guide with compassion, knowing and love. My Gratitude for all that you selflessly share with us all. Lynn

  3. Earth Mother Septembre 30, 2009 à 1:37 sur #

    Incroyable, inspirational story! Thank you for sharing your journey, Rhea. I’ve really enjoyed exploring your blog.

    Many Blessings.

  4. Subversive Scrapbooker Août 25, 2009 à 5:25 sur #

    I really enjoyed reading about your vegan and WW journey….very inspiring! 🙂

    Katy

  5. IslandReb Août 25, 2009 à 3:23 sur #

    Beautiful and candid writing about an amazing psychological journey. Wow. Keep it up!

  6. Maddy Avena Août 23, 2009 à 2:17 pm #

    What a beautiful, powerful story! Blessings and camaraderie on your journey!

  7. sueherm Août 23, 2009 à 4:12 sur #

    I loved reading your story. It’s a good reminder that the road to veganism can be long and winding, and we need to have compassion for people no matter where they are on that road.

    Merci,
    Son


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