Eating Animals

I know, I know. I’ve been away for awhile.  Tons of things were happening all at once and this blog found itself being pushed further and further down on my to-do list.  During busy and stressful times, its hard to remind or motivate yourself to save time for activities you genuinely enjoy doing, even if it’s just for a few moments a day.  Now that this semester is winding down and actual free time is in my near future, I’m going to do a better job of using “me” time to get some work done here.

That being said, I’ve also been trying to refocus on another “me” time activity: reading!  For fun! Out of a book that is not required for one of my classes!  Imagine that.  Despite the ever growing list of books that I really want to dive into, I find that I’ve been strongly drawn towards some re-reads lately.  I’m currently working my way back through Eating Animals by Jonathan Safran Foer, the book that inspired me to become vegan.  I read it for the first time in my undergraduate capstone class, and I loved it.  Now, as I revisit the text after a few years, I love it even more.

Reading about eating animals has been the kick in the pants I’ve needed to recommit to a vegan lifestyle.  I’ve been slipping a bit a lot this year…and I want to get back to a place of health and vitality.  Reading this book has served as a reminder that just because pizza tastes good, doesn’t mean that that’s a good enough reason for me to eat it.  Keeping in mind where that cheese comes from, who pays the price for those eggs, and the pain hidden in that ice cream, I am 100% back on the vegan bandwagon, and I’m here to stay.  I’m happy to say that I feel better already, and there is nowhere to go but up!

If you’re interested at all about where our food comes from and the stories that surround the human experience of eating, give it a read.  I find that Foer presents the information from every angle you could think of, and he attempted to give voice to a range of people involved in or affected by the food industry.  He is NOT preachy, and he allows the reader to think for themselves.  You won’t be disappointed- promise!