I had a harsh slap in the face by my own conscious on Thursday night. I watched 2 documentaries. The first one was Hungry for Change and the other was Vegucated. The first brought home how much I need to come off the sugar wagon and processed food. I love me some baked goods and chocolate. The other reminded me of how horribly animals are treated here in the USA and other countries that are being raised for food. That pigs were sometimes put in scalding water alive, male baby chickens thrown into grinders alive, hatching chickens never seeing daylight. Their beaks ground down so that they don't peck their cage mate. Castration done with out any numbing agent. Branding. Just no respect or feeling for these animals. I remember watching Food Inc. over a year ago and it showed how horrible cattle is treated before slaughter in feedlots and how they are poisoning our waters with their antibiotic super bacteria and other chemicals.
I don't find this to be right. I do not wish to support such practices so I have decided to stop eating meat that hasn't been treated humanly. I realized that I had been a hypocrite, stating that I believed in animal rights and then eat the eggs and meat from grocery stores. I am lucky that I have a Organic butcher down the street but it is much more expensive than the other meat so I will not be eating as much meat as before. Therefor, I will mostly eat vegetarian. I will finish the meat we have in our home. I will eat it because I find it horrible that the animal had gone through all of that pain, me pay the money for its meat and then if we don't eat every bit of it then the animal had gone through that horrible ordeal to be wasted. That is not right either. I will thank the animal for feeding my family and quietly say that I was sorry for its treatment.
I wish I could say that I would raise my own chickens for meat but I know I would just end up with way too many chickens as pets. If my boys were hungry I could kill them but only after finishing all other resources. I know myself too well to do that to my husband that doesn't want chickens in our backyard to begin with.
Since I know that it is hard for me to get enough raw veggies in my diet I decided to buy a juicer. I've been getting a lot of fruit in my smoothies and I LOVE a good veggie stew but raw veggies are not really my thing unless they are a salad. I decided to get one like the guy in Fat, Sick & Nearly Dead used in his documentary, the Breville Compact Juice Fountain. It got really good reviews and I want to give it a try. It will arrive today from Amazon and I already went to the store to get fruits and veggies to put in my juice. Anybody have some good recipes for juicing and vegetarian stuff as well?