This morning I got up at 6am (thank you body clock) and headed straight to the Organic markets.
Look, obviously not everyone is going to be into everything. People are all different and that's what makes the world interesting etc....so I absolutely do not expect everyone (or even many people really) to read this and understand, but for the few people out there who do, this one is for you! Hmm...that rhymed.
Nothing is nicer than the feeling of arriving at the markets, full of like-minded people, seeing how many of them are out and about and filling your shopping bag (hessian, of course) full of food that is good for the planet and for my body. My first stop is the Raw Food stand. Now, I love the idea of trying to eat raw food...still find it a bit too much effort to think about most of the time, but when it's right there in front of me, I love eating it and experimenting! I grabbed a slice of raw pizza and a raw chocolate brownie. Both of which are incredible. For those of you who are scratching your heads, raw food is finally hitting popularity. It's based on the obvious fact that when you cook food, you remove more than half the vitamins and nutrients. So, thus, a huge health market emerges: Raw Food. And these days, bloody hell, it ain't all raw carrot sticks and lettuce. They've found a way to make lots of amazing, raw treats. And, as I said, when it's right there to sample: it's delicious. And really good for your body. Also: for anyone who hasn't tried raw chocolate.....do. It will change your life.
Becoming really into health food is something that I've started to put in the same category as Religion. I personally, am not religious at all, so when people talk about their own spirituality or worse, their religion, I'm kind of interested up to a point...I wonder how they can invest so much time in something that I just don't understand, and then after a certain amount of time, I really wish they'd just shut up. I can see that thought process in people's eyes if I ever talk about being Vegan. Or about Organic produce. It's really interesting. Even more interesting, is how PERSONALLY people can take it and react when one says they are Vegan or Vegetarian. It's as if they automatically feel I am somehow judging their choices, which I promise, I am NOT. I ate meat and whatever the hell I wanted my entire life up until a year ago. Suddenly I just wanted to start making different choices.....and yes, I think it has changed me as a person, but I still want to keep all my friends and all the same people around me, so of course it doesn't mean I care what other people put into their mouths.
All of this comes together in creating the blissful feeling of entering the Markets. When I walk around and see so many signs for : Vegan Desserts, or Organic Bruschetta here! I just feel like I'm not alone. Probably the same feeling a Catholic feels when they step into church. They experience perhaps all to often these days, attacked for believing in God, attacked for supporting an institution like the Catholic Church etc and so forth, but then when they step into church, they are reminded that there are people out there who share their beliefs. They are not alone.
I feel at least once a day I have to defend my Veganism to someone or on some level, whether it be my carnivore brother who declares "we're animals!" (Don't even get me started on that one) or my co-workers "Oh, Hannah...smell that bacon? I know you want it!" (That dirty frying carcass...yeah, really tempting) so, when I step into the markets, I automatically feel like it's okay. I'm not alone. There are people out there like me who value what they put into their bodies and think seriously about food choices. It makes me happy.
So, why the title: "I'm a Wanker"? Because I can acknowledge that to people who just think food is food and why the hell do people get so hyped up about it....I must seem like a wanker. I remember back when I ate meat, my friend had a crush on a girl who was a Vegan. I remember specifically saying that Vegans were just trying to be cool, and what the hell is the reason to not eat eggs or milk? I mean, cows have to be milked! Chickens lay eggs! If you have such an objection, buy organic and shut up about it. So...yes...I've changed slightly since those days. But I remember feeling that way and feeling passionate about it. So I will never judge anyone who feels that way. It's nice having been on both sides. A luxury not many people get on such a hot topic.
Why care so much about food? Why spend extra money on Organic food? These are questions that I think pretty much anyone would know the answer....it just depends on whether or not you agree with the answers. I have entered a stage in my life where I've decided my body is priority one, and I am very passionate about needing action where our planet is concerned. Many people do not understand (and it's not their fault at all....the information is only there if you go looking for it) that the biggest impact we as individuals have on our planet and the environment; is the plate in front of you. People who go around switching off light switches and not putting on the air-conditioning, that's great and certainly is better than leaving stuff on all the time. But if you really care about the environment and your carbon footprint, the best thing you could possibly do, would be to stop eating meat. The land and resources required to satisfy the world's meat demand, is what is killing our planet. From the food the cows have to eat, all the way down to the shit that comes out of their backsides, that is what is killing our planet. The millions and millions of animals that get slaughtered daily to satisfy our world's hunger is something that I pray in many years time we will look back at and be baffled. It's unsustainable. We literally cannot continue living this way. If you don't want to cut out meat - even just cut down a bit, you will do your bit for the planet. It's not all about tree-hugging and animal rights, it's about sustaining our planet and having a good kick up the backside and realising the truth about the world we live in. It's completely ludicrous to think we can go on living this way.
I implore anyone to look into this further. If you are remotely curious about what I have said, hit the web (or my site!) and see for yourself. There are plenty of fantastic sites that have way more facts and figures than I do. The new film "Vegucated" is a great place to start. And regardless of how we feel about these things, I find it's just nice to be informed. Even if you don't want to cut down on meat, it's important to be in the know about these industries and what is really happening.
I put out there to everyone: do not ask questions if you don't want to know the answer. If you meet someone who is Vegetarian, only ask them why they don't eat meat if you're prepared to not attack their answer. This has happened to me too many times and I'm sick of it. My new response is: "Do you really want to know? I've been caught in this trap before". But, if you are curious about why someone would cut out animal products from their diet, and genuinely want to know the answer, than ask away! Good, open communication is something we cannot loose. And good curiosity about how different people live their very different lives is a good thing. Although I do not identify with any religion, I do still find it fascinating to hear about why people believe in God. That is, until they start trying to convert me....then they can piss off.
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