After watching several documentaries like “What the Health” and “Eating You Alive”, I had an epiphany. Ever since I was a small child, I’ve always had a profound love of animals – any living beings, really. I’ve always been the kind of person that catches the spider in a glass, then carefully takes it outside rather than just squishing it.
After witnessing the treatment these animals endure, it turned on a light bulb that really made me question why I had been eating the very beings that I so love. Like everyone else, I was culturally and socially conditioned not to make the connection between what was on my plate and what it used to be. I felt so guilty and ashamed. The first Yama of the Yoga Sutras is ahimsa, translated as: nonviolence. Being a yoga instructor, I know this. But, by eating meat, I was condoning the violent treatment of those poor animals. It may have taken 35 years for that awareness to slap me in the face and open my eyes, but I’m certainly glad that it did. For me, there’s no turning back! I intend on fully practising ahimsa without blinders on. I already feel like I’m making a difference by not voting for violence with my dollars.
After watching these documentaries, my husband and I agreed that we would never eat meat again. I had my parents watch them as well. My Dad had just had surgery for colon cancer, so they both also agreed to go vegan, not only for animal rights but for health as well. We are all about to celebrate our one-year Veganniversary, and I can honestly say that choosing to go vegan was one of the best decisions we’ve ever made. My Dad is in remission and his doctor is astonished at how healthy his colon looks now. My husband and I have never felt better, and we surely love the feeling of going to bed every night knowing that nothing had to suffer and die for us to live.
Be Kind… Go Vegan!