I grew up without eating meat, so in many instances I’m not sure how to express my feelings about how my diet affects my outlook on life. I have often had the feeling that perhaps my outlook is the minority, so then I wondered how many people are vegetarian…
Some statistics from the U.S. show that 10% of adults consider themselves vegetarian, and another 5.2% are definitely interested in changing to a vegetarian diet. In Australia different surveys have shown the proportion of vegetarians to be somewhere between 5 and 9% of adults.
So does that mean that my views are different to the other 90% or so of all people? Well, I don’t think that we humans are that different. We all want good health, a clean environment, good food quality, maintain a good weight and live in a world where animals are treated compassionately.
The difference is that I believe that I can achieve full nourishment from whole grains, vegetables, fruit, legumes, beans, nuts and seeds. Also, I believe that this will have a positive impact by lessening my energy demand on the environment and reduce the demand for the intensive animal farming practices that are too common these days.
I believe it, and my parents have taught me this by their example. Eating food to connect with each other, the earth and your spirit. I’d like to share a video with you from a woman who is not a Macrobiotic teacher, but clearly understands what it means to be aware and conscious of the action of eating. Please enjoy this talk by Julieanna Hever.