As my knowledge grows about how our bodies are affected by what we eat, and about the detrimental effects of the industrial model of agriculture on our health and environment, I feel emboldened to risk sharing my opinion with the hope that other people are as intrigued as I am, and maybe as enraged as I am, about the atrocious lies that we've been told about what is healthy. I am referring to the industries of grains, soy, sugars and oils - that which goes into every packaged product in the grocery store (even in the natural & organic section).
I know I haven't read enough or gathered enough data - there is a multitude out there beyond the scope of my brain or this blog - but the logic behind what I have read is profound, and it's changing my life. I'm just now finishing an astounding book called "The Vegetarian Myth" by Lierre Keith, which chronicles the author's twenty-odd year journey of becoming a vegan and gradually, through self-revelations, reversing that decision to eat meat again. ANYONE who is a vegan/vegetarian or thinking of becoming one should read this book.
I have never been a strict vegetarian. I grew up in the Midwest eating meat and potatoes, and since college I have taken the admonition to eat my veggies seriously. I love an all-vegetable meal, but in truth, I never feel as satisfied or as nourished as I do with a drumstick. Why is that? My body responds to eating meat with a feeling of pleasure which I don't feel when I haven't had meat for more than a couple of days. I used to attribute it to my singular experience in life, to an unalterable disposition that I must have to need meat. I told myself that because of my upbringing my body was used to eating meat. If I didn't eat meat I felt weak, tired, and always hungry, so it must just be my body type. I still found myself, however, listening to the voices of the mega-food-corporations about what I should be eating, namely whole grains, low-fat, low-cholesterol, etcetera. I was confused because what my body was telling me contradicted what the food industry was telling me. After reading The Vegetarian Myth, I no longer see myself as an exception to the rule of eating a vegetarian diet.