I just started reading The Kind Diet. Alicia has introduced me to thought processes, ideas, and facts that I never would have discovered if not for this book. This makes me excited about transitioning to a healthier and greener life, but oh eww some of the facts make me squirm and feel sick to my stomach. (this is a good thing) I had chicken fajitas planned for dinner, and I don't know that I will be able to eat the chicken! Need friends, ideas and encouragement :)
One of the reasons I gave up meat was my cat. One night I was scratching her belly as she lay on her back and it reminded me of the twenty something chickens I took the meat off to make curry that day at my restaurant job. It never bothered me before, except that it was kind of yucky with the bones and veins and stuff, but not like it was once a living creature bothered me. The next day on the way to work I saw a PETA bumper sticker that got my attention and sent away for their vegetarian starter kit. The more I learned about the suffering animals go through to make it on a plate, the less I felt right about being responsible for the ones on my plate. As a poor college student I ate the rest of the chicken soup and kraft cheese I had already but did not buy anything else. It did not taste good or feel right and I carry that feeling with me to this day. The rotting carcus(sp?) of a poor tortured overmedicated caged miserable...bird or any other animal just does not taste good to me anymore. Plus there are soooo many vegan alternatives I have discovered I still have all my favorite meals but without the suffering. Let me know if you want suggestions/recipes, I have figured out alot since my beginning and wish I had someone or a book like Alicia's to help me find my way back then. Tip for tonight- sub Gardein chicken scallopini for fajitas, heat in olive oil on medium to low heat I cover for the first few minutes, with your favorite seasoning, I cut in half or quarters to make extra crispy and season with Tony Chacheries while finishing.
Thanks so much for that meal alternative! One of the things early in the book that got me was, "would you eat your dog?" I was patting my dog as I read that. I had never thought of eating meat in that light.
Glad you are considering a meatless lifestyle - it's infinitely healthier for you --uh, and for the animal. Factory Farming must cease and desist - and it will, at the very least, eventually, be forced to be more humane if more people speak up - the old generation is dying out - the new generation who are wiser, more open to diversity and ethics and new ideas will take over. I love a meatless lifestyle---and a vegan products lifestyle--- I sleep sounder and my heart is fuller.. knowing that I have done my small part, but we have to keep spreading the word, not through insults, or judgment for those who continue to eat a meat-based diet - knowledge is power - it really is. Dang-it.. I LOVE Vegans and Vegetarians!! Woo Hoo!!!
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