Hi! Today's topic is one very dear to my heart! I got to visit Poplar Spring Farm Sanctuary located in Maryland. The farm is gorgeous and many rescued animals live there. This beautiful peacock shown above is just one of the amazing beings that reside there! Every year they have an event called "Thanksgiving with the turkeys". It is a huge vegan potluck, where anyone is welcome. Everyone brings a vegan dish and it is such a great time seeing and meeting all the animals. The turkeys, roosters, and hens, gather and are given a meal to enjoy. It's a good time! So next year, I'd love for you to join, ok?! :)
I believe everyone's diet is a personal decision and even if one eats meat, I totally respect it. I just want to share my experience with you, and maybe I can spark some interest in pursuing a vegan lifestyle by what motivated me to become vegan and why it is so important! I'll share some information at the end on why it makes so much sense to adopt this awesome lifestyle!!! :)
I first became vegetarian when I was 14 years old. Luckily, it was an easy transition because I never liked meat. I didn't like how it tasted and it seemed very odd to me to consume dead flesh. Years later, I became vegan. Alicia Silverstone's book "The Kind Diet" inspired me so much that after reading it, I became vegan over night and never looked back. With all the literature out there pointing towards the health benefits of a vegan, whole-food diet, more and more people are becoming vegan! Yay! However, being vegan is so much more than just the food. It truly changes you. You become more aware. You become more compassionate. It's a beautiful lifestyle. One realizes how precious any life is. I heard a quote a while ago and it just resonated with me: "could you look an animal in the eyes and tell them 'my appetite is more important than your suffering'? - Moby.
This cute rooster is named Mason! He has a spunky personality! Look at that hair!
Eventually, for me, it wasn't just about not liking meat, but realizing that there is no reason for animals to suffer when our bodies thrive on plant-based diets. Being at this farm lets you interact with beautiful animals. You get to see that they each have a different personality. Some are shy, some want affection, and some are spunky like Mason! Each and every one of these animals deserves to live. All lives matter.
I'm Bolivian, and boy do Bolivians eat a lot of meat! The way we are raised is what shapes our way of living and thinking. So it makes sense that everyone who grew up eating meat, is naturally inclined to eat meat. It becomes part of one's natural routine. However, anything is possible when one opens up and sees how eating meat is really not that natural. Our bodies were designed to digest plant-based foods and not meat. Our composition is identical to herbivores and not carnivores. I saw the following comparison on a post by @Raw_manda on instagram and it is so eye-opening.
Mouth opening vs. head size Carnivores: Large Herbivores: Small Humans: Small . Teeth - Incisors Carnivores: Short and pointed Herbivores: Broad, flattened and spade-shaped Humans: Broad, flattened and spade-shaped . Teeth - Canines Carnivores: Long, sharp, and curved Herbivores: Dull and short or long (for defense), or none Humans: Short and blunted . Teeth - Molars Carnivores: Sharp, jagged and blade-shaped Herbivores: Flattened with cusps vs. complex surface Humans: Flattened with nodular cusps . Chewing Carnivores: None; swallows food whole Herbivores: Extensive chewing necessary Humans: Extensive chewing necessary . Saliva Carnivores: No digestive enzymes Herbivores: Carbohydrate digesting enzymes Humans: Carbohydrate digesting enzymes . Facial muscles Carnivores: Reduced to allow wide mouth gape Herbivores: Well-developed Humans: Well-developed . Jaw motion Carnivores: Shearing; minimal side-to-side motion Herbivores: No shear; good side-to-side, front-to-back Humans: No shear; good side-to-side, front-to-back . Length of Small Intestine Carnivores: 3-6 times body length Herbivores: 10-12+ times body length Humans: 10-11 times body length . Stomach Acidity Carnivores: ≤ pH 1 Herbivores: pH 4-5 Humans: pH 4-5 . Colon Carnivores: Simple, short, and smooth Herbivores: Long, complex; may be sacculated Humans: Long, sacculated . Liver Carnivores: Can detoxify vitamin A Herbivores: Cannot detoxify vitamin A Humans: Cannot detoxify vitamin A . Nails Carnivores: Sharp claws Herbivores: Flattened nails or blunt hooves Humans: Flattened nails
What do you think about this comparison? If anyone is interested in this lifestyle, shoot me an email in the contact section of this website. I'd love to chat with you :)
Thank you so much for reading. Hope everyone has an amazing time with their loved ones on Thanksgiving!
much love and peace,