When they say “you are what you eat”, they are not joking. I’ve been studying, well reading up more and more about how our food is produced and it’s fair to say that I’m having some moral issues when trying to enjoy a plate of food. Moral may have been a bit strong but it’s fair to say that I can no longer consume things like prawns, shellfish, mackerel, milk, eggs etc without having a picture of how these things end up on my plate.
The package has a picture of an open field with mountains in the background but the reality is that these animals are brutalised and bred to be eaten. Cruel indeed. It’s odd that I used the word ‘package‘ in my last sentence because surely what I eat should not be packaged or heavily processed. I think back to a time when I didn’t like purchasing fruit and veg from the supermarket or market because I didn’t know where the produce was sourced from but I’d easily go into McDonald’s and order a burger made from the meat of 80 different cows or drink milk from an artificially inseminated cow, whose calf can’t drink it’s mothers milk because the humans have stole it to sell on to a specie who aren’t really built to consume [heavily processed] nutritional mucus from another specie.
I’ve flirted with this prospect for a very long time, especially since seeing documentaries like Forks Over Knives and Vegucated. The latter inspired me to go meatless, I lasted a whole 17hrs before I was in Chiquito’s eating a bean burger whilst my partner tucked into a delicious steak. The biggest challenge…
How do I find and figure out the right recipes and food to cook?
I did purchase Mary Mattern’s Nom Yourself e-Book but I’m yet to try anything out, I have also captured screenshots and follow those pages on Instagram and Tumblr that give you all the nutritional, health and food facts that you wouldn’t otherwise encounter in normal places. There’s also an interesting book called ‘The Kemetic Diet: Food for body, mind and soul, a holistic guide based on ancient Egyptian medical teachings’ by Muata Ashby which I aspire to acquire at some point too.
What’s it like to be vegan?
I remember visiting Israel in 1997, where I stayed in a kibbutz of African Hebrew Israelites -a group of whom had expatriated from USA via Liberia to Dimona as they believed it was their spiritual homeland after their leader Ben Amin had a dream. When I arrived I remember them saying that they didn’t eat meat, shocked I asked if they ate fish -as we were sat in their on site restaurant, to which they glared at me as if I were a mad child. For the rest of my trip I ate french fries, watermelon, tried to eat things like bulgar wheat and seasoned tofu quite unsuccessfully before finding comfort in gherkins, cereal and veg although I detested the soy milk. My point is that I managed to survive just over ten weeks without any meat or dairy so I’m pretty sure I could last 30 days.
Why 30 days?
Well I was at a place where they screening of a Matt Cutts 2011 TED talk where he presented the idea of trying new something new for 30 days. Maybe at the end of the 30 days I may limit the amount of meat I consume or I may go straight plant based. It’s going to be a tough experience but I believe that there’s always truth in that theory ‘Nothing Ventured, Nothing Gained’ so lets get cracking!
I, Khalid Golding, do solemnly swear to go meat free from the next 30 days beginning on 16th June 2015.
What new thing will you try for 30 days?