Celebrar o Dia Eu dei de comer carne

Hoje é meu 4 ano veggiversary. Foi 4 anos atrás, hoje, que eu desisti de carne (incluindo peixes) e tornou-se um vegetariano. Dentro 7 meses a partir desta data, Gostaria de se tornar um vegan.

Algumas pessoas pensam que esta data "não conta,"Que não é tão importante quanto o de um dia se tornar um vegan. Afinal, 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.

Porém, I believe that the day I became a vegetarian does indeed count. Na verdade, 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. Eu amei a carne. 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 “Meet Your Meat,” I did give up chicken. And beef, carne de porco, 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? Bem, 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, muito menos vegans.

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. Quaisquer que sejam as razões, 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, cosméticos, 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, Comprar, 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.

Então, sim, 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, o 116 lbs. Perdi, 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 anos hoje. I say that’s very much worth celebrating, wouldn’t you?

Happy 4-Year Veggiversary to Me!!

O “V” Palavra: Diga-. Comê-lo. Vivê-la.

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11 Responses to Celebrar o Dia Eu dei de comer carne

  1. Aimee Dars Julho 24, 2012 em 1:09 pm #

    Congratulations to you!

  2. Rhea Parsons Julho 23, 2012 em 5:49 em #

    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.

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

  3. Debbie Julho 23, 2012 em 4:00 em #

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

  4. Anônimo Julho 22, 2012 em 9:40 pm #

    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.

  5. idosos vega Julho 22, 2012 em 9:11 pm #

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

  6. Rhea Parsons Julho 22, 2012 em 5:25 em #

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

    Thank you Karina. I appreciate the kind words.

  7. Karina Julho 22, 2012 em 4:55 em #

    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.

  8. quincy Julho 22, 2012 em 4:44 em #

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

  9. Rhea Parsons Julho 22, 2012 em 2:50 em #

    Thank you Iwona and Rosemary!!

  10. Rosemary Julho 21, 2012 em 11:28 pm #

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

  11. Anônimo Julho 21, 2012 em 3:05 pm #

    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. Thank you for sharing. Iwona

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