This Post Is Going To Be a Little Bit Different From My Usual Posts.
As I Would Like To Take Some Time To Share Some of My Experiences With Changing Lifestyles.
Giving Up The Way We Eat, Changing It; Is Just Like a HardCore Coffee-Drinker Giving Up The Juice, And Opting For Tea.
It's REALLY Hard. At Least, I Found It To Be. I Suspect I'm Not The Only One.
It Was Really Hard Going From Flexitarian to Vegetarian, and It Was Equally Hard To Cut Out Dairy.
Just Like Someone Going Through Coffee-Withdrawal, Craving the Coveted Caffeine Above All Things, So Did I, Crave My Usual Food-Choices.
It's Not That I Wanted The Taste, Or Was Obsessed With Wanting To Eat Cheese or Meat,
My Body Did...
Because When You Suddenly Stop Eating Something, That Your Body Has Gotten Used To Deriving Nutrition From; It Can Go Into Kind Of a Shock.
Your Body Is Telling You; You've Stopped Eating What We're Used To Getting Our Nutrition From; ALARM, ALARM!
When In Reality You're Teaching Your Body That Now, We Derive Nutrition (Equally Nutritious) From Other Things; Your Body Is Mistaking This As Not Getting The Nutrition It Needs.
You're Basically Telling It To Adapt Into Deriving Nutrition From New Things. You're Teaching It Something New, a New Way Of Doing Things.
And Like a Mean, Old, Frump, Set In Their Ways, It's NOT Taking It Well at First.
I Would Also Like To Note That; Eating Meat... Is An Addiction.
Just As Pervasive as ANY OTHER ADDICTION.
In My Experience With Kicking Something, I'd Never Imagined I Was Actually Addicted To; Because Mainstream Culture Views It As a Part Of Daily Life; TRUST ME,
It's An ADDICTION.
I Remember When I Did Use To Eat Meat, Back In The Day. I Would CRAVE IT.
Yes, I Would Feel Full After a Meal, But Not Like I Feel It Now.
Looking Back, It's Bizarre. Now When I'm Full, I Feel Content, Satisfied.
Back Then, No Matter How Full; The Thought Of Meat Would Still Make Me Want To Devour More. And That's How I Know I Was Addicted To It.
Great Poets and Observers Of Life Have Often Spoken Of How Eating Meat From Other Species, Makes You More Likely To Be Violent and Barbaric Towards Your Fellow Man.
I Must Say, I Believe That. 100%
The Eating Of Dead Flesh Is Such a Gory and Barbaric and Unintelligent Thing To Be Doing, That Your Mind Switches Off The Cruelty Of It. Tunes That Part Out, So You Won't Have a Break-Down Over Getting a Watery Mouth at The Thought Of Dead, Severed, Bloody Body-Parts, And How You'd Enjoy EATING It.
Making Killing Something, And Savouring It's Decaying Flesh NORMAL.
REALLY Does a Number On Your Mind. o.O How Could It Not??
If You Spend Every Day Knee-High In The Dead Flesh Of Other Species;
How Could You NOT Be Desensitized To The Notion Of Harming/Killing Your Fellow Man, With All The Bloodshed and Dead Flesh That Would Involve?
And Anyone Who Doesn't See That, Just Don't Want To Face Reality.
It's a Self-Delusion All Meat-Eating Humans Put On For Themselves.
I Know, I Used To Be One Of Them.
The Same Is True With Animal Derived Products; It's Such a Horrific Set Of Facts, That You're Exploiting Someone, Keeping Them CHAINED UP, Abusing Them, Denying Them Happiness, Denying Them Love, Denying Babies Their Mommies. Raping Someone, Killing Someone, Consuming Their Baby's Precious Milk, and Then Eating Their Babies.
That You're Part Of Keeping Someone In Their Own Personal Horror Nightmare, Just So You Can Exploit Them, Test Things On Them, Steal From Them and Murder All Their Loved Ones.
Is So Hard To Reconcile Yourself With. That YOU'RE THE MONSTER.
You're The Thing That Children Fear In The Night. You're Their HITLER.
That You Put On a Play For Yourself; Try To Tune It Out. Pretend Like That's Not The Reality.
Pretend They Can't Feel, Can't Think. Because That Would Indeed Make You, a Monster.
And Continuing Doing It, Would Be Inexcusable.
What Stops Anyone From Facing Those Facts Is:
Not Doing Those Things Anymore Is So Hard, Because You Are An ADDICT.
And Addicts Will Do ANYTHING To Continue Living In The Delusion That They're Not Sick.
I Think That's Why It's SO Hard For Many To Accept What They're Doing Is So Gruesome;
The Horror Of It, They Just Wouldn't Be Able To Deal With It.
So They Cling On To Their Delusion, For As Long As They Can.
But Slowly, Reality Is Sneaking Up On Them.
I Think People Who Eat Meat, Who Wear Fur, Who Thinks Animal-Testing Is Okay:
Are Sick, Monsters, For What They Put Those Poor Defenseless Animals Through;
But Mostly; What I See Is; Mentally Ill People Clinging On To Their Delusion.
They're Addicted To Being Cannibals.
(No Matter What Species, If You Kill And Eat The Dead Flesh Of Another; I Don't Care What Anybody Says, That Makes You a Cannibal)
And The Reality Of It Is So Dark, That They Dare Not Face It.
They Think They're Not Brave Enough.That It'll Break Them.
Because Accepting What They've Done, And The Horror Of It, Would Be Too Much. So They Shove It To The Deepest, Darkest Corner Of Their Minds, And Try Not To Think About It.
Trying To Convince Themselves That They Didn't Choose To Be These Gruesome Monsters, They HAD TO DO IT. They Do That, So They Can Live With Themselves. And What They CHOOSE To Continue Being a Part Of.
I Would Know. I Used To Be One Of Them.
So To Everyone Out There, Yeah, It's Hard, To Kick This Terrible Addiction.
But You Can Do It. You Have To.
The Advice I'd Give Would Be To; Get Excited About All The New Things You CAN EAT.
And Don't Focus On The Things You CAN'T EAT.
Take Vegan Supplements, So Your Body Won't Go Into Shock And Think You're Not Getting The stuff You Need, Whilst You're Looking For New Things To Eat. New Things To Become Your Favourite Meals. It'll Make It SO Much Easier! TRUST ME.
Look At The Change As All The Yummy Things You're Adding To Your Eating Habits,
And Don't Focus On The Stuff You Used To Eat, That You're Cutting Out.
That's My Advice. My Experience.
I Drove Myself Crazy Trying and Failing,
Not Getting Vegan Supplements When I Needed Them,
Because If Your Body Suddenly Thinks It's Not Getting The Nutrition It Needs, And You're Having a Hard Time Finding New Foods To Get Those Minerals etc. You Need, Right Away.
You Will Get Depressed, Emotional, Feel Blue. I Did.
But After Going Though It; I Feel SO MUCH BETTER.
I'm HEALTHIER. I Don't Get Sick As Often. My Immune-system Is Better, I Feel More Refreshed, More Awake, More Aware Of My Surroundings, More Energized.
And My Body Feels SO Much Better! No Longer Do I Feel Like My Body Is Going Through a Heavy-Process To Digest My Foods. No Longer Do I Feel Exhausted As My Body Is Digesting My Food. Because I'm Giving It What It's Supposed To Thrive On. I'm Feeding It The Right Type of Gasoline. ;)
I Hope My Trial and Errors Help Someone Else Who's Going Through the Process, So It Won't Be So Hard For Them, As It Was For Me At First. :)