Vegetarian Issues and Me
About Me and My Vegetarian Issues
You may wonder who I am and why I think I know enough to write about vegetarian issues. Probably the most significant factor in my opinion is that I'm quite healthy and haven't eaten meat for more than 25 years.
I'm a Registered Nurse with an experientially varied career in nursing and education. Although I went on to get a graduate degree, and later my teaching credential, much of my career has been in hospital nursing. Through the years I've seen the evidence of poor dietary choices often linked with minimal physical activity. Obesity is currently one hot media topic. There's a multi focal industry build around body size.
Working in the trenches of the health care field, we don't focus on body size. Overall health is what we work toward. We routinely deal with the unhealthy bodies of quite delightful people who've just got bad eating habits that have contributed to undesirable consequences. For some, even with a nutritionally sound diet, poor health may result from family tendencies toward specific disease patterns.
The foods you eat do make a difference.
To build a house, a contractor must have specific materials. Plenty of lumber, but not enough nails, won't result in a sturdy structure. Our bodies are the same. They require nutritional materials in balance to build a strong body which is our personal sturdy structure. (I suggest you Google "homeostasis" for an adventure in learning the basics of how our cells, organs and systems cooperate to keep us in balance.)
I've designed this site to offer information about health and diet. Our bodies are amazing. My perspective is vegetarian. My bias is vegetarian. My reasons are personal. If you're considering a reduced meat or meat-free diet, then I have efficient, effective ways for you to begin.
Your reasons for dietary change are also personal. Health related issues are often a major factor. You may have diabetes mellitus, high blood pressure, arthritis, elevated cholesterol, or heart disease. I'm writing pages on each of these and more. (Please don't think I'm a know it all. Health and vegetarian issues interest me. I like to read and to study more than many people do. I'm happy to pass on what I've learned to others. I've been studying and sharing information all my adult life. Please understand, I'm neither a dietitian nor a physician. I happily offer information and suggestions, but I choose not to give advice.)
Other reasons for vegetarian, vegan, or flexitarian diets include environmental, moral and ethical issues.. Those topics are also covered here in the Nook
Now for those want to know, here's the personal info about me and my vegetarian issues.
I started my path to becoming a vegetarian as a child. I used to tell the cows grazing in the pasture that I hoped they had a very nice day. I felt so sad because I knew someone was going to kill them very soon. I didn't want to eat cows. I saw them tenderly lick their babies. I watched the calves play. I can still remember the sick feeling in my stomach that they were born just to be killed and eaten.
My parents did not understand. So I continued to eat all forms of meat while living at home. Over time, I even forgot those early tender feelings. It was years before my vegetarian issues resurfaced.
In the early 1980s, on the day I realized that I could not kill a cow myself just to eat it, I became a non-meat eater. The cow was just as dead when someone else killed it and the way I saw it, the other person was doing my dirty work. That was it for me.
But I still cooked and ate chicken until the day I realized how I loved to watch the antics of our chickens about the property. They all had their different personalities ...and their distant relatives were up the hill cooking in my oven. I haven't eaten chicken since.
Fish were still okay to eat though, but only for a short time. Then it was the same thing all over again. I had no desire to kill a fish to eat it, nor did I want anyone else to kill a fish for me. That was it. I was a vegetarian with no clue what to eat.
We'd had a semester of nutrition in nursing school so I knew what I was supposed to eat - the typical omnivorous diet. Still, I knew there were other sources of protein. At least I had a general idea. My dietary shift was made more difficult because I'm not one who likes to cook nor was I fond of lettuce salads. Food preparation, in my opinion, from start to finish ought to take no more than 15 minutes. However, following a reduced meat or meat-free diet is markedly easier now with all the new products resulting from the current trend toward vegetarian, vegan, and flexitarian lifestyles.
It's been a long process. One of the purposes of this website is to offer information so you can make nutritionally sound, informed decisions without personally doing all the initial research. My goal is to show you an easier way and a healthier way. There are many choices and most likely one you can begin with today...but will you? I suggest you begin now. Make the decision then follow with just one action. Today. See how it feels.
One last thing, My disclaimer is that I don't know today what I will know tomorrow. My ideas and opinions may shift as I continue to read currently published studies. We don't know it all yet and I seriously plan to learn something new every day. BTW - I do reference sources regarding vegetarian issues when ever possible.
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