Awareness & Compassion

Hi! I wanted to take a moment and tell you what prompted me to change my habits into more compassionate and loving ways.

The main reason I changed my lifestyle is that I have always said that I love animals, yet I was still using them and eating them. 🤔

My actions did not match my words — and I had no idea what I was really contributing to — thanks to stellar marketing that they start bombarding us with when we are toddlers. Take this slogan: Happy Cows make Happy Milk. What I learned is that Dairy is Scary — now I know.

I try to make decisions that are “better” according to my personal understanding and awareness of the world. I prefer to avoid labels. I have a deep awareness of and compassion for others, so I live my life in a constant state of empathy. This entirely affects me, and I do not want to make anyone feel like I am judging them. I am not.

My only aim here is to share what I have learned.

I have the understanding that all beings are equal in their worth, and with that, all beings deserve to live their lives in safety and in peace. This includes the human animal, and the Earth. I do believe that I am blessed to have this life, and I do not judge those who choose differently.

Seeing the neglect, illness, and emotional and physical abuse that animals endure every second in slaughterhouses with my own eyes is something that emotionally broke me.

Physically, it was very easy for me to change my lifestyle. Since I changed how I live “for the world” and not specifically for health reasons, I was able to stop eating and using animals immediately upon deciding to.

I want to be healthy, yes of course I do. Heart disease and certain forms of cancer “run in my family” so I am aware of what I put in, on, and allow around my body. Since birth I have been allergic to lactose, whey, and anything else that is derived from animal secretions. Yes, I could purchase a pill for allergies; and in the past I lived on “LactAid”, and “Benadryl” and I was addicted to cheese — because the mother cow’s hormones are comforting to humans (that is meant for her babies), and it becomes an addiction. That made me feel even more sad.

Since realizing my truth, I have come to understand that I do not want or need to consume those things, and I no longer have to worry about pills. My bloodwork consistently comes back healthy, and my organs are high functioning.

I feel that if I truly was meant to eat animals and wanted to derive the most nutrients from them — I would kill them and eat them immediately, while they were still warm — I would consume them in a frenzied need for their blood, fur, tendons, all of their organs, some bone, any parasites that they may have, their intestines, feces and all. That is what a true carnivore does. Animal carcass and secretions are heavily processed and packaged up neatly for humans — they have to be heavily processed from their original state in order for our human minds, teeth, stomachs, and intestines to attempt to process them. They begin to decompose as soon as the animal is slaughtered, just like any other living being does.

I know it sounds gross — and yet I never looked at it that way until I did my own research. If you are still with me… thank you for sticking around.

Now, I am even more conscious of my carbon footprint on the Earth, and how I can make a difference each day by what/how I purchase (local, in season, small business, minority owned) and how I recycle, reuse, and compost. I’ve slowly switched from plastic to glass containers, and replaced my cosmetics, detergents, and other health and beauty products with all animal-free brands (there are so many now)!

Living animal-free and with love in my heart for all beings is a beautiful lifestyle — I choose this with no reservations or regrets. Also, I don’t claim to be perfect.

I don’t claim that anyone is imperfect if they are different than me. The whole basis of living this way is my knowing that we are ALL equal. That means I am not above anyone/below anyone. We are the same. I love all beings just the way they are. The same as I love the Earth and all of her inhabitants.

People can be animal-free and still have “all the things.” If I am looking to purchase a used car, I may not be able to find one with a faux leather or fabric seat. If I buy a new car, I will choose the one with the fabric or faux interior. I can still go on trips and have fun. Look at the quote below — as far as is possible and practical — that is important to remember. I do what I can.

Mr. Donald Watson founded The Vegan Society in 1944, and this is how he explained it,

“The word veganism denotes a philosophy and way of living which seeks to exclude — as far as is possible and practical — all forms of exploitation of, and cruelty to, animals for food, clothing or any other purpose; and by extension, promotes the development and use of animal-free alternatives for the benefit of humans, animals and the environment. In dietary terms it denotes the practice of dispensing with all products derived wholly or partly from animals.”

I have learned that my body can more easily process food that grows from the ground (and food is my fuel) — helping me to detoxify and supplying me with nutrients for energy and to repair my cells. Greens, fruits, vegetables, raw nuts and seeds and their milks and butters, complex carbs from gluten-free grains and root vegetables, beans, legumes, along with healthy fats like olives, coconut, nuts, and avocado are all great choices. I take in adequate protein (learn more) — keep in mind that all greens and vegetables have protein!

It is true that someone may go through a “detox” if they transition — that is their body shedding years of toxic additives, metals, and waste that has built up. It can be uncomfortable, but it is not a permanent feeling. When someone eats an apple, and they feel it gives them a “stomachache” — they are exhibiting the beginning of detox symptoms. Natural fruit sugar is not the same as white or brown processed sugars, and definitely not the same as high fructose corn syrup. I have an instant reaction to processed sugars and alcohol where I will start to bounce and get very hyper (ask anyone in my family!) and fruit does not affect me that way. To me, that is proof beyond any doubt.

Just remember that detoxing is temporary; it fades with time. Making positive and healthy changes are life-altering! 💚

No one is perfect and we don’t have to be!

I still have cravings, just like everyone else. Now I know that my cravings are all about the seasonings and how something is prepared. For instance, I make sushi now, and with the rice, wasabi, soy sauce, ginger, and nori — I taste all of the flavors I love of having sushi without the fish. I make meatballs/meatloaf and chili now, and they taste the same as when I used to make it with cow, pig, turkey, or chicken. I prepare eggs (here is a recipe) now, and they taste like eggs because of black salt, no need to steal a hen’s product of oviposition. My love of bacon is not about a craving for the stomach, pelvis area, back, or sides of a pig — it is about the smokey flavor and the salt.

Even though my family is animal-free, that does not mean everything we eat is super healthy. I love consuming Oreos, Gardein, or Beyond products because they are fun to eat and let’s face it, they are delicious. I know that those items can be unhealthy for me if I consume them three or four times a day, every day. After all, they are heavily processed.

At least I know I do not need to “give up” the things I crave, like Ben & Jerry’s Non-Dairy Ice Cream. We splurge and eat bacon whenever we want to. The best part (besides no animals being harmed) is that our bacon is a good source of protein, iron, manganese, phosphorus, magnesium and calcium. It is also low in carbohydrates!

Now you know!

If you have any questions please don’t hesitate to ask. I don’t claim to have all the answers, but I may have a contact that can help!

These are sites I use/people that I follow for recipes/tips: flexbites / veganessentials / hotforfood / minimalistbaker / plantbasedonabudget / cheaplazyvegan / theoriginalvegansociety / exceedinglyvegan / sovegan / vegspirationfeed / lovingitvegan / veganhippiesol

If you are curious to learn more:

Thank you for taking the time to read through all of this. I love you! 💕

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Stacey Rowe

Stacey Rowe

I write about my life, experiences, and knowledge gained; no topic is off limits.