I am trying (and struggling) to eat healthier. My psyche is a bit scarred from seeing how animals are slaughtered for mass produced food, and I haven't been able to handle, cook, or (gasp) eat meat since. I was borderline vegetarian before anyway. This was just the shove over the edge.
I feel educated, and that I don't want to feed myself the over processed, over treated garbage. Be it meat, fruit, veggies, etc. I'm trying to get back to basics as much as possible. I've been cutting out processed sugars (the diet coke headaches are starting to fade), I've been studying and learning how much natural sugars a person (or child) should consume in a day, and I'm trying to help my entire family have better health.
My roadblock? Everyone around me. My boss's son works for a butcher where they kill and "process" meats of all kinds. She doesn't think or feel the same as I do, which I completely understand and respect. But she sometimes makes me feel as if I am an alien because I feel the way I do. I was complaining that my child is offered ONLY milk at the day therapy school she goes to, and she looked at me in awe and asked me what else I expect her to drink.
Water. She then argues how will she get the calcium she needs? In my research, I've learned that cow's milk you buy in the store actually leeches calcium out of your bones, and it is best to get it from natural sources such as veggies, soy products, beans, and nuts (collard greens, soy yogurts, Okra, Navy Beans, Broccoli, Almonds)
(The below link has a good list of non milk products that provide calcium)
I don't tell them they shouldn't drink milk, or eat McDonalds hamburgers. I don't shun them for it, or treat them poorly because they chose to do it. I do however want to teach my children there is a better way to eat. I want my kids to understand that milk doesn't do a body good just because all of the commercials on TV says it does. This doesn't make me a bad person, or someone who is worthless. I'm just different than them, and I'm tired of all of the negative comments I get for it. I don't eat meat.. so what. It's my body, I will reap the benefits or suffer the consequences. This is what I feel I need to do to ward off cancer (if that is even possible), to lose weight, to feel better for once in my miserable life.
Am I perfect? No. Am I the picture of health?
Am I trying to become healthier?
I hope that in a few months when I've shed weight, have energy, and am loving life, these Negative Nancies will back off, and leave me be. Until then, I will practice my vegetarianism in as much silence as possible to avoid being burned at the "steak".