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Daniel Fast Day 3….Vegans May be on to Something

23 May

When I first began my journey through 7, my goal was to eliminate some of the abundance in my life in order to make more room for myself, other people and God. Today, on day 3 of my Daniel Fast, I have already noticed a change in the way I feel. I usually hit the snooze button 2 or 3 times, and then drag out of bed. This morning, I woke up and jumped out of bed straight into the shower before my alarm even went off. That was a nice change. Now that I have more energy, I want to use some of it to learn about the food that I eat, where it comes from and make conscious decisions about the food I put into my mouth. Where does it come from? What does God want me to be eating? Can the food choices I make affect the world and make it a better place.

Let me begin by saying that I live in the South. More specifically, I live in Texas. Growing up, one boy actually brought venison to show n’ tell. (That’s deer meat for those of y’all who don’t know.) One of my friends literally becomes a widow every hunting season because her husband lives to hunt animals. Miranda Lambert, another Texas Girl, is part of a band called Pistol Annies, and they have a song called The Hunter’s Wife which says, “I’m married to a shot-gun carrying, tobacco chewing, no good blue tick hound.” In other words, in Texas, we like our meat.

The Daniel Fast eliminates not only meat, but also animal products. No milk, no cheese, no eggs, nada. During my first grocery store trip, I had to pay special attention to labels. I noticed that on many food labels, especially of the organic or health food variety, that it would say specifically on the label. “Vegan,” and some foods were even ‘certified.’

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 Before I began the fast, the only thing I knew about Veganism was that people who practiced it were ‘extreme vegetarians.’ I had a notion that they were all crazy feminists, dying of malnutrition or the type of people who show up to political rallies holding “Save the Cows,” or something.

Today, I decided it was time to better educate myself about veganism, and I was surprised at what I learned.  I came across a documentary entitled, “Vegucated.” It follows a group of people as they learn about veganism and most importantly where the food that they eat comes from. The video shows some of the harsh treatment that animals are subjected to so that they can be mass-produced into food for us. Heart wrenching scenes were shown in the movie: A newborn calf being literally dragged away from its mother and then the mother cow being artificially inseminated so that she can have another calf, and another….so that we can have milk.  Newly hatched male chickens literally being tossed into the garbage because only the females lay eggs. Castrating and branding without any anesthesia.

I ‘knew’ in the back of my mind that sometimes animals are treated poorly so that we can have food. But, I reasoned, if I’m not the one doing it then how am I responsible? Besides, we all need to eat, right?

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While it is true that we do need to eat, I think that it is important that we do not eat mindlessly. We need to eat in way that respects the people, the environment and the animals that God created.  In the beginning, God commanded people to eat plant-based food:

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If God created that food for me to eat, then I should make an effort to make it a part of my diet. According to the film, only 4% of the American diet is currently unrefined plant-based food. If the amount of Dr.Pepper, fast food and junk that I put into my mouth everyday is any indication, then that number sounds about accurate.

But is living Vegan realistic? Is it possible amidst the hustle and bustle of modern America?

Apparently, there is a whole dimension of Vegan people living all around me, and  I had no idea. For instance, you can buy Vegan shoes…and some of them are even cute! Don’t believe me? Check out MooShoes. There are restaurants that offer only Vegan food or just partial Vegan menus. There are entire sections of the grocery store dedicated to it: the produce section anyone?

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So, after my Daniel Fast is over, will I continue veganism? Probably not. However, I will be more cognizant of what I eat, where the food I choose comes from and how I can work to make sure that my eating habits are making God’s planet a little bit better.

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