Within the past three years I have been fortunate enough to have lost 50 lbs and so far have been lucky enough to KEEP it off ( the hard part). In my quest for a healthier lifestyle I have stumbled upon many small assurances that lead me in the right direction. Which brings me to vegetarianism, in my spare time I do a lot of volunteer work and this past September I stumbled upon a chance to work in a community garden in the Northside of my city. While working in the hot sun I discovered an enormous part of myself that I have never really tapped into, and that is my love for the planet. I had the chance to taste freshly picked veggies and herbs that I would have never imagined in a million years picking up and eating straight from a garden, as a city raised kid we just didn’t do this type of thing. You’d more likely see us with a bag of Snyders chips and sandwich bagged penny candy, before seeing us eat a veggie. This experience not only satisfied my taste buds, but gave me a new appreciation for my world. The veggies were not only good but they had a taste of “fresh” untaintedness that I absolutely fell in love with.
Shortly after this experience, my class was informed that we were to write two major papers for our final grade, one of the papers focus was to inform and one was to argue. Immediately I though to myself “What better topic to pick for a synthesis paper than …..vegetarianism”. Following my topic choice I began doing extensive research through journals, books, and website’s to really get down to the logistic behind this here vegetarianism. My findings were astounding to me (to say the least) to the point where I began living the vegetarian life and becoming interested in making the change for the long run. I made up my mind that I will still eat meat from time to time, making me a flexitarian*, but with the way food and environment is I will not be interested frequently participating in the loose food regulations anymore. I am happy to say that it has been 2 months since I made the switch,and I am happier and feel healthier than ever.
* flexitarian: one who eats meat, but not frequent enough to consider it a part of their diet, it is said that 2 flexitarians in the world, has the same effect to our globe as having one full fledge vegetarian 🙂
When I bring this back to my faith, It strikes me that I personally have been enlightened so that I may take it further, in joining the army to help educate more of my community about the importance of a wholesome plant-based diet.
Harvesting the good 🙂