Vegan or Vegetarian?
While I was thinking about my answer, I had a bit of a chuckle because it sounded very much like the answer I would give if ever asked what religion I followed.
You see, I don’t really identify with either one and I don’t want to say that I’m exclusively one or another because, well, you know I don’t know if I can resist dairy and cheese. One thing I do know, it’s that I want to reduce (not ready to ‘eliminate’) meat and animal products in my diet.
My inspiration to even consider either comes from ‘Ralph Smart’ (one of my favourite YouTubers) and what he calls the 7 Day Vegan Challenge. Ralph is a very inspirational speaker and a beautiful soul as well. In fact, I can actually credit him as being ‘the last motivational kick up the bum that broke the blogger’s block’. 😛
Ralph Smart (Infinite Waters) speaks often about his choice to eat a vegan diet and his reasons for doing so. A vegan diet was not really anything of a priority for me, all my life I had been naturally thin and had never needed to watch what I ate. Diet was never an issue for me until recently when I entered my forties. First of all, my eyesight started to deteriorate, then arthritis started to knock loudly on my joints reminding me that I’m not a spring chicken anymore and although healthy, I became concerned about stuff like Diabetes and Heart Disease.
For me, there was a definite moment in life when I finally realised, ‘f*ck I’m old. I’m closer to 50 than I am 40… WTF? Now, I’m not sure if this happens to everyone or whether I’m the only one that feels that way. For instance, I love to walk, especially out in nature, breathing in that good arse prana’ (one for the Deep Divers) and almost everyday for the past 6-7 years, you would find me out walking or hiking with my dogs. One day, I developed a twinging pain in my knee and thought ‘Gee, wonder what I did to my knee’. After a moment or two, I corrected myself;
‘der, you haven’t done anything to you’re knee, it’s just old-age, dummy’
And now, I have found a really important reason to start looking after my health and that reason is love. Meeting myself again around 2013 had a profound effect on my desire for a long healthy life. The longer I’m alive, the more time I will have to appreciate this lifetime. There is much I have to learn, countless memories to create and a soul story that’s aching to exist.
So, when it comes to Vegan or Vegetarian? Well, I’m still not going to commit to either one but I WILL commit to eating more raw, plant-based foods, more fresh fruits and vegetables and less meats and animal products.
Ralph from Infinite Waters has more information about the 7 Day Vegan Challenge and I will be using this as the starting point in my vegan journey. Perhaps you’d like to join me? If so. please leave a comment and keep me updated with your progress.
I have included links to the ‘Infinite Waters’ website and Ralph’s YouTube channel. I positively encourage you to watch some of his videos or subscribe to his channel. The linked videos are the actual videos mentioned, the one with the spiritual kick and one that prompted an A-HA moment about veganism.
Just for your own amusement, see if you can identify the moment in this video, when I felt like Ralph was ‘literally’ (and I literally mean literally) talking through the screen, to me personally.
Anyway, thanks again for reading and as always…