Big changes are afoot in my life. Recently a long term problem, a tingling in my hands while working at my PC, reappeared. I couldn’t help but notice that it got worse when sitting at my desk – and so for the last three weeks I have begun standing at my desk, Walter Murch like. Yes I know my monitors should be higher, and I will correct this in due course, but for now the tingling has subsided dramatically. This is not by any measure any kind of scientific proof about the benefits of standing at my computer rather than sitting, but it’s certainly anecdotal evidence.
I have also noticed that I move much more throughout the day. I don’t get that sedentary fatigue I used to get at the end of each day too. This can only be a good thing. On the downside, I sure am tired at the end of each day, and that sofa is damn comfortable when I hit it in the evening.
But standing at my PC is just one aspect of a bigger ‘health’ picture too.
I have recently gone vegetarian. My mission is to go vegan, perhaps even raw vegan.
The move to becoming vegetarian was very easy, in fact in all honesty I have hardly noticed it. Vegan, which I have been trying out, is an entirely different proposition that will need a whole rethink of the way in which think of, and see food.
So why the change?
Over the last year I have undertaken some research and have come to a number of simple deductions and reasons as to why I am choosing to go vegetarian, and ultimately vegan / raw vegan.
- Weight. It’s just undeniable that going vegan will allow me to drop weight.
- Ethics 1. I know that eating meat and fish is bad for the planetary environment, and if I know this, and still do nothing about it, what does that say about me?
- Ethics 2. Having seen the way animals have been turned into industrialised and mechanised commodities I simply can’t, in good conscience, continue to eat meat.
- I have a choice. Not everyone has the freedom to choose what they eat in the way that I do. I plan to exercise that choice.
- Health. I am now thoroughly convinced of the extreme health benefits of eating a vegan / raw vegan diet. Not just the benefits in the raw food itself, but by avoiding the stuff I am unaware of such as sugar, salt and a host of other added nasties in so much of what I currently eat.
I have shared the fact that I am making this change with a few friends and have been surprised at the polarised reactions.
Some applaud it and seem genuinely interested in what it will do for me. Others thought that I had been indoctrinated into some weird vegan cult and asked repeatedly ‘but why…?’ May answers seemed to fall on deaf ears. I have also been surprised at some people who have truly buried their heads in the ground about animal cruelty.
I have always thought, ‘If I eat meat, I should be able to kill a goat and cook it right?’ I might not have enjoyed that experience, but if it came to it, I know that I could do it.
That is a far cry from working in a factory that has industrialised animal processing. If I want to eat meat then I should really spend a day working on the production lines there. Having seen what actually happens, I know I could not do that. Not ever.
That was the point at which I changed my mind about embracing vegetarian foods. That, and the simple and powerful argument that I have a choice – I am literally surrounded by affordable, delicious and nutritious vegetarian food.
So wish me luck on this great adventure into food, health and energy! I will let you know how it goes.
Onwards and upwards!