חוגג את היום ויתרתי על אכילת בשר

היום הוא שלי 4 veggiversary השנה. זה היה 4 לפני שנים היום כי ויתרתי על בשר (כולל דגים) והפכתי לצמחוני. בתוך 7 חודשים ממועד זה, אני תהפוך לטבעוני.



יש אנשים שחושבים שתאריך זה "לא נחשב,"שזה לא חשוב כמו היום אחד הופך לטבעוני. אחרי ככלות הכל, vegetarians who consume dairy, eggs and honey are still complicit in animal suffering. Vegetarians may not eat the dead body parts of animals but they may still wear leather, wool or silk and use products tested on animals. Being a vegetarian means following a diet while being a vegan means living a lifestyle.



אולם, I believe that the day I became a vegetarian does indeed count. למעשה, it may actually be just as, if not more important, than the day I became a vegan. Let me explain why.



I ate meat for over forty years. אני אוהב בשר. My whole life I claimed to love animals while eating meat. I declared how I would love to become a vegetarian but could never give up chicken. But on the very same day that I watched the video “פגוש את הבשר שלך,” I did give up chicken. And beef, חזיר, lamb, fish and all other flesh foods. I didn’t give up meat because I didn’t like it or didn’t think I’d miss it. I gave it up with reluctance because I loved eating meat but I could no longer be a part of the torture I witnessed. I couldn’t unsee what I had seen, I couldn’t unknow what I had learned. Four years ago today, my entire world changed because my walls of denial were torn down and there was no going backwards.



So why didn’t I immediately become a vegan? ובכן, as unbelievable as it may sound to many people, I didn’t know what a vegan was then. I don’t think I had ever heard the word. I didn’t even know any vegetarians, טבעונים שלא לדבר על.



Like many people, I didn’t know there were problems with the dairy and egg industries. I didn’t know what dairy cows go through. I thought cows just always had milk to give, that if they didn’t get milked, they would be in pain. It never dawned on me that cows, like humans, only produced milk if they were pregnant. I remember asking as a child if eggs were baby chicks and being told they were unfertilized. Why would I have known about male chicks or battery cages?

I know I’m not alone on this. Maybe it’s being raised in the city, maybe it’s the misconceptions that get passed down from generation to generation, maybe it’s the lies fed to us by the food industries. תהיה הסיבות אשר תהיה, I didn’t think about cows or hens in my day-to-day world. It was only when I became a vegetarian and began reading books and watching videos that I learned the ugly truth. And once I did, I set about to changing the way I ate yet again.



The more I learned, the more I knew I had even more to learn. Once the floodgates of knowledge opened, the amount of information was astounding. Not just food, but clothing, toiletries, קוסמטיקה, cleaning products, jewelry and more. It seems never-ending. Even now, 4 years later when I consider myself a well-informed vegan advocate and activist, I still learn something new almost every day. Palm oil. Deforestation. Vitamins. Faux fur. There is always something new to add to the “We Don’t Use, לקנות, or Support This” list.



My point is that if I had never taken that first step to become a vegetarian, I may never have taken the next steps that led to my becoming a vegan. Do I wish I had become a vegan from Day One? Of course I do. I also wish I had become a vegan decades ago. But that’s not my story. That’s not my journey. Some journeys begin with a single step rather than a giant leap (although for me, giving up meat did feel like a giant leap and still does).



One step leads to another. No steps lead to nowhere. So while I will never be fine with the idea that being a vegetarian is “good enough,” I do believe it is a good start. And I do believe it is better than not starting at all.



אז כן, I celebrate this day. I look at where I’ve come in just 4 short years – all the knowledge I’ve acquired, the activist I’ve become, the friends I’ve made, the organizations I support, the sanctuaries I’ve visited, the foods I’ve learned to eat, cook and love, the 116 פאונדס. I’ve lost, the illnesses and medications I’ve gotten rid of, the blog I created and the cookbook I’m writing.



I look at how The “V” Word I had not heard of 4 years ago today is now on my lips dozens of times each day. The whole purpose and direction of my life changed and it all began with that first step 4 לפני שנים היום. I say that’s very much worth celebrating, wouldn’t you?



Happy 4-Year Veggiversary to Me!!

The “V” מלה: תגיד את זה. תאכל את זה. לחיות את זה.

(ביקר 168 פי, 1 ביקורים היום)

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11 תגובות ל חוגג את היום ויתרתי על אכילת בשר

  1. Aimee Dars יולי 24, 2012 ב 1:09 בערב #

    Congratulations to you!

  2. ריאה פרסונס יולי 23, 2012 ב 5:49 על #

    Thank you veganelder. And thank you for being an inspiration to me.

    Cinderella, I don’t know how you found me but glad you did. Welcome to the V World. I’m here for anything you need.

    דבי, thank you so much for your kind words. They mean so much 🙂

  3. דבי יולי 23, 2012 ב 4:00 על #

    Congratulations!! Thank you for sharing your story. It isn’t always easy to find these much needed positive and inspiring vegan stories like yours.

  4. אנונימי יולי 22, 2012 ב 9:40 בערב #

    I don’t quite remember how I found your blog but I’m glad I did. I’m reading all your postings and I love your recipes. Thank you for doing this as I’m new to the V world.
    Cinderella

  5. קשישים וגה יולי 22, 2012 ב 9:11 בערב #

    מזל טוב! And thank you on behalf of our planet and all who live thereon. 🙂

  6. ריאה פרסונס יולי 22, 2012 ב 5:25 על #

    Thanks Quincy, I’m glad to be on the same team too!

    Thank you Karina. I appreciate the kind words.

  7. Karina יולי 22, 2012 ב 4:55 על #

    Congratulations Rhea, that is indeed an accomplishment to celebrate! My story is very similar to yours, and I’m still learning so much every day. Living a vegan lifestyle is one of the things I am most proud of! Here’s also to sticking together and spreading the word on behalf of all animals. Thank you for sharing your story and for sharing your wonderful recipes.
    Karina

  8. קווינסי יולי 22, 2012 ב 4:44 על #

    Great Points Rhea and Congrats ! I am so happy you are on our team <3

  9. ריאה פרסונס יולי 22, 2012 ב 2:50 על #

    Thank you Iwona and Rosemary!!

  10. רוזמרין יולי 21, 2012 ב 11:28 בערב #

    Congratulations, and Happy V-Day Rhea! Your story is beautiful and touching. Thank you for your wonderful blog and stupendously creative recipes! xo Rosemary

  11. אנונימי יולי 21, 2012 ב 3:05 בערב #

    Happy V-Day Rhea.. You are glowing. I have been vegan since February and stories likes yours are inspirational to me and support my own growth. תודה לך על שיתוף. Iwona


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