I was raised on meat and carbs, and some canned corn here and there-sometimes stuff from the garden, but fruit & vegetables weren’t a big part of our diet. I marvel at how much plant stuff my kids consume-it’s an entirely different existence.
Sure, traditionally Buddhists don’t eat meat, because we believe in non-harming. This is great. But I not so secretly think that maybe eating meat is okay. Certainly, that’s all some cultures have. But I also know most of the meat raised in the US is not done so responsibly, and the diet of these animals is not ideal for obtaining the highest quality, most nutritious meat. I also know that when a living being encounters stress, those stress hormones are released into their muscles. Continuous stress over time effects us. Killing an animal-while it’s undergoing stress-releases the cortisol and then keeps it right there in the meat...which we then consume. Thanks, but I think I can do stress hormones all by myself. I don’t need more. And there’s more I can go into about consuming the body of an animal who’s spirit was never happy...but that gets hippy dippy, even for me. The stress hormones concern me. A diet of corn and other “junk food for livestock” also concerns me. So I stay away. ✨
To be very clear, I am against restricting diets. So if I want a hamburger, I eat the damn burger. If I want a steak, I’ll have it. That, to me, is my body telling me I need the iron. But I get responsibly raised meat. I try to, anyway. But I eat any of this very, very rarely.
At my parents house there was a lot of meat consumption-and more than I care to admit on my part. And I feel kind of awful-like I’ve taken a few steps back mental health-wise. The anxiety is full force and I haven’t had that for ages. Really makes me wonder....
So that’s it: that’s why I stay away. I don’t do dairy because it makes me break out and I’m incredibly vain 😂. I avoid gluten because it makes me tired. Eating plants seems to be the only way for me to be as mentally stable and as energetic as I want to be. Anyone with depression knows-energy is awesome.
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