Friday, 27 March 2015

Responding to things I've been told concerning how I eat

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So, in this blogpost, I will be responding to the common questions and statements I've got from people concerning what I eat now. All these comments have come from meat-eaters so, if you're a meat eater, you may have wondered this and I'm here to clear it up.

Everyone who has asked me any of these questions or similar questions or made any of these statements has known me for a little over a year, at least. This means that they knew me as an anaemic person, as someone who had chronic headaches, who suffered from severe fatigue and pretty much was always sick.

Okay! So, I'll start my response now:

Question: "Don't all the fruits and vegetables you eat give you the shitz?"
Response: I'm guessing that when you said that she was referring to a running stomach or something along that line and, well, no, my eating more raw fruits and vegetables hasn't resulted in that. I have bowel movements daily that are perfectly normal and the idea of getting the waste products out of my system instead of harbouring them in my body for days or weeks sounds good to me.

Statement: "Eating so much fruits and vegetables is unhealthy!"
Response: We've been told many times to eat our fruits or eat our veggies because they're healthy so.....yeah. I believe that raw fruits and vegetables don't only make us feel good and full of energy, they are also nature's medicine. I have always loved fruits and eaten them whenever my mum bought some (although I didn't eat half as much as I eat now). I have been sick for most of my life. I do not remember a year that I haven't been in a hospital, sick bay or health centre. Ever since I began to eat more raw fruits and vegetables, I haven't been to any of those health institutions (if I can call all of them that), I haven't needed to as I haven't been sick or experienced any of the ailments I used to. So, yeah, my eating so much fruits and vegetables is most definitely not unhealthy. Do you know how amazing it feels to have spent most of your life being sick and to finally go almost a whole year without being sick? It's wonderful!

Statement: "You need to eat meat!"
Response: The day a butcher's daughter told me this. Oh me, oh my. All I had to say to her was, "I do not need to eat meat." Okay! So, as most of you know, I don't eat meat because I don't like it's taste. When I went vegetarian, I hadn't done any research on it. The word 'vegetarian' was just a label I found for people like me who did not eat meat (I think I found it on Wikipedia or something when I googled not eating meat). Okay! So, due to not doing my research on vegetarianism, I ended up becoming anaemic as I became iron-deficient. I'm not helping myself here, am I? You see, I was iron deficient till last summer. I had been taking iron pills for years, but now, I don't need them. I'm not anaemic anymore. Do I eat meats? No. I overcame anaemia through raw fruits and vegetables (and thanks to God :) ). Did you know that spinach has more iron than beef and chicken (and possibly many other meats) and kale has more iron than chicken and over half the amount of iron in beef? Yup! So, I overcame anaemia by increasing my intake in those. Also, vitamins, especially vitamin C (I think that's the one) aids in the absorption of iron into the blood stream. I eat a lot of fruits rich in vitamin C so.....yeah, my body is absorbing that iron! :) So, yeah, I don't need to eat meat. I'm doing perfectly fine not eating meat.

Statement: Vegetarianism (and veganism) is (are) not supported by the Bible
Response: I can't remember how that statement was made word for word, but here is my response to it:

  • Genesis 1:29 - And God said, “See, I have given you ever herb that yields seed which is on the face of all the earth, and every tree whose fruit yields seed; to you it shall be for food.”
  • Genesis 2:9 - And out of the ground the Lord God made every tree grow that is pleasant to the sight and good for food. The tree of life was also in the midst of the garden, and the tree of knowledge of good and evil.
  • Genesis 2:16-17 - And the Lord God commanded the man, saying, “Of every tree of the garden you may freely eat; but of the tree of knowledge of good and evil you shall not eat, for in the day that you eat of it you shall surely die.”
It is not till after the flood that we ever read of God giving people permission to eat animals in the Bible: Genesis 9:1-4 "So God blessed Noah and his sons, and said to them, “Be fruitful and multiply, and fill the earth. And the fear of you and the dread of you shall be on every beast of the earth, on every bird of the air, on all that move on the earth, and on all the fish of the sea. They are given into your hand. Every moving thing that lives shall be food for you. I have given you all things, even as the green herbs. But you shall not eat flesh with its life, that is, its blood."

Okay! To me, vegetarianism and veganism are supported here. Adam and Noah had about a 1100 years age difference. The time between the creation of the earth and the flood was like 1656 years. So....I take that to be over a thousand years of pure veganism in Biblical times.

Some people could argue that Noah and his family were given permission to eat animals because of the time it takes for fruit bearing trees to produce fruit, but I don't know if that's God's reason for giving them permission to eat the animals and I'm not going to get into that as it is not the point of my response.

So, yeah, I've responded to the common questions and statements now. Here's my question:
  • Why is it that no one really cares if I go off rice or pasta, bread or milk (one of my cousins hates the taste of milk I should add), but there is such a big deal about me going off meat?
  • Why do people make such provocative statements over things that they are not used to?


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