If you’ve ever spent multiple days (or weeks) sick in bed, you know that boredom can set in pretty quick. I spent the first few days watching reality TV, until the episodes all started to repeat. Then I jumped on the Downton Abby bandwagon and watched the whole first season in 2 days. When TV started to get old, my sweet hubby picked up some books from the local library for me. Sometimes I think he knows me better than I know myself, because he picked out some books that I would have never given a second look, but they were a great read. One of the books turned out to be an eye opener.
The book is called “The Lucky Ones” and is written by Jenny Brown. Jenny is an animal rights activist and owns Woodstock Farm Animal Sanctuary in Watkins Glen, NY. The book follows Jenny’s life, from losing her leg to cancer, to becoming vegetarian and working to save animals from factory farming. Jenny gives an honest look into factory farming, using pictures and real life examples to describe how animals are bred, mistreated, and killed in masses to fuel America’s need to eat meet. Although I had briefly been introduced to this information in the past, Jenny brought the problem to life and gave me a new perspective.
A few days after finishing “The Lucky Ones”, I was browsing the documentary section on Netflix looking for a movie to watch. One of the titles, “Vegucated“, had an interesting premise, following 3 meat eaters as they went on a 6 week vegan challange. Haven eaten vegan for 3 months last year, I thought it would be interesting to see how others handeled the dietary change. What I was not expecting when I picked this movie, was to have my WORLD ROCKED!
Before I explain any more about the movie or how it brought out every emotion within me, let me explain a little about myself. I am not an animal lover, something my mom would gladly testify to. She adores animals and is always feeding a new stray that’s found their way to her backdoor. I however, have vowed to never get a pet of my own and have even gone so far as to move out of a roomate’s home when she brought home a stray dog. I have never been one to have any sympothy or compassion towards an animal.
THAT ALL CHANGED when I watched Vegucated. The movie not only followed 3 individuals attempting to change their eating habits, but it also showed REAL LIFE footage of the animal cruelty that Jenny talked about in her book. I watched video after video of animals in factory farms being tortured. IT BROKE MY HEART. This animal hating girl was suddenly weeping for cows, pigs, and chickens. (Believe it Mom, it’s true.) My heart broke as I saw animals stripped of all dignity at birth and forced to sucumb to horrific treatment, all so that we can have meat on our plates. At that moment I knew one thing, I’M NO LONGER EATING MEAT.
For some of you this might seem extreme, but for me it is the ONLY choice. I am now a Vegetarian and working towards eating Vegan. Many of you do not share this lifestyle, and that is ok. I am not going to look down at, or argue with someone that eats differently. I am however going to use this blog to educate others about what I learned and provide meat-free meal alternatives.
I hope you stick around and join me in educating yourself on animal cruetly, factory farms, and the variety of dietary alternatives that are available. Don’t worry, that’s not all I’ll be writing about. I’ll still be posting recipes and workouts, but I feel like I’ve learned some infortant information and I am responsible to share it with others.