4 reasons to eat vegan even if nothing really matters

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If your thoughts and beliefs create your reality, why bother being vegan? If reality is one big illusion and we're all the same energy, who cares? Abraham teaches that there is nothing wrong with eating animals because the animals are so cool with life that they don't care about being eaten. They're just happy to have the opportunity to live in physical reality, whatever the means. Animals can be content in any conditions, that's part of their charm. So why avoid eating them if they don't care?

Also, if you can believe that you can still be perfectly healthy while eating animal products, why bother cutting them out?

1. Our beliefs about food and health are deeply ingrained.

If you consciously direct your thoughts each day, why not start thinking "I can eat whatever I want and never suffer consequences"? It sounds simple, but most people have been fed so much information about what's good and bad about food that untangling a food belief system and creating an entirely new one from scratch is no small endeavor.

When Kelly and I started getting really into the law of attraction and the teachings of Abraham, we attempted to reorient our food beliefs by telling ourselves we could eat as much junk food as we wanted and still feel great. This backfired because neither of us had really changed our beliefs about junk food. After becoming vegan and then going raw for a couple months, we learned that we really enjoyed whole foods and fresh produce. We couldn't deny that preference.

Additionally, having consumed so much food propaganda like King Corn and Food Inc, I had some pretty serious thought patterns to contend with. Changing my beliefs about the health consequences of consuming animals wasn't a battle worth fighting.

2. Thought poisoning

Think about all the E. Coli food recalls. Think about 1000 cows being in your burger. Think about the antibiotics fed to cows and chickens to keep them alive in shitty conditions. Then eat meat and try to never think about any of that negative stuff ever again. It might be kind of difficult. By eating vegan, I never have to worry about my thoughts being poisoned by the media, creating freaky diseases and contamination worries about my food. My awareness of it creates it, so I'd rather not have the option of creating such awful experiences just because I ate a cheeseburger.

3. Whitespace

When you don't have to think about whether or not you're going to have that pizza, ice cream, steak, or cheeseburger, life gets a little simpler. There are fewer things to think about and worry about. Not eating animal products is a meditative act-a way to clean out mental clutter.

4. Feeling good

Sure, I still crave meat and cheese, but only when I'm hungry. It just feels good to eat vegan. There is a more delicious vegan option for almost everything (even BBQ!). You get to be part of a community and feel camaraderie with fellow vegans. It's a fun challenge finding recipe substitutions. The more raw I eat, the better my digestive system works. I am always healthy. And I never have to think about entangling my karma with that of some animal.

Plus, animals are really cute and nice to be around. I'd rather enjoy their company and eat some grass together.

Are you vegan? Why or why not? How do you reconcile being a vegan and a conscious creator?

13 thoughts on “4 reasons to eat vegan even if nothing really matters

  1. ” the animals are so cool with life that they don’t care about being eaten”

    So, then someone should eat Abraham since he is so cool with shit.

    This makes a disturbingly annoying comment on the treatment of animals. What are you going to say..it doesn’t matter if someone beats an animal because they live in magical happy land? WTF.

  2. Natalie, the premise of this article is that nothing matters. The magical happy land is an illusion like anything else.

  3. I think you’re missing the boat on the current food movement. You’ve chosen to eat Vegan because that’s what you enjoy. “Food Propaganda” such as King Corn or Food Inc. are trying to give consumers transparency into how and where most of “food” comes from and the impact of an industrialized food system. I happily eat meat and know where it comes from. I know that the burger I have purchased comes from some cows I have met in Walla Walla, WA. I know how and where they were slaughtered (I’ve walked through the slaughterhouse itself). I know the ranchers.

    In regards to Abraham’s teachings, “Abraham teaches that there is nothing wrong with eating animals because the animals are so cool with life that they don’t care about being eaten.” I don’t believe that to be an accurate statement. It’s cool if he thinks that, but animals do feel pain when killed (even plants and fish) and if they could understand that they were going to be eaten, they probably would try to get out of the situation, if possible. We are animals, so with his logic, we can kill and eat people too. I’m sure there are people out there who would love to be eaten (in a non sexual way).

    Being vegan doesn’t take the guess work out of knowing what to eat, in fact in most of the world, people don’t have the luxury of being vegan. Since I eat meat, dairy and everything else, I don’t ever feel put out to find what to eat, I eat cause I enjoy it and enjoy eating food that I have grown or have talked to the producer about.

  4. not my vibration, not my problem!

    natalie, you can choose to be annoyed or you can let the stream of well being flow through you and choose to be joyful.

    its always your choice to feel good, not the responsibility of others to act in a way that is pleasing to you.

  5. I think it’s your responsibility to understand that we are more than the sum of our parts. Just because you two think that looking the other way through good vibes means that problems go away, they don’t. It’s one thing to think positively, it’s another to lead a life full of delusions. Animals, land, the air we breath, it’s all being effected by the way our industrialized society lives. Though you might not eat meat or animal products, please understand that countless others do and don’t take a moment to care what they are ingesting or how it got there. You can still be a proponent for animal rights and clean food, water and a “square” meal, regardless of your own diet.

  6. I’ve been vegetarian for six years, vegan for a few months. I am really enjoying it and the way that it has changed my way of thinking. I’m vegan primarily for ethical reasons, secondly for health reasons. I don’t want to live knowing that I am causing other beings pain – that’s just negativity that I don’t need.

    I’ve been eating lots of raw food since going vegan, so I’m also feeling much healthier as a result.

    I agree with all your points – especially number three :)

  7. Hi Gen!
    Congrats on going vegan! What kinds of raw foods are you eating? I want to introduce more raw meals but don’t want them to be more time consuming than cooked meals. Right now I’m a big fan of mock tuna, kale salad, spinach smoothies, raw chocolate macaroons and magick pellets. Ha actually all the recipes are in this post: http://jessicamullen.com/2010/06/25/5-every-day-raw-vegan-recipes/ I haven’t changed much since I wrote it!
    Thanks for the comment :]

  8. Thanks for the reply :)

    I live in Australia, so it’s pretty hot here at the moment. Fresh juices/smoothies are great during the day – although I think I need to introduce more greens vegetables into them. I was reading that a good balance is 40% green vegetables and 60% fruit, so I will have to try that out.

    I found the pellet recipe on your blog a while back. I finally got around to making some – they’re pretty good :) I haven’t tried a heap of raw recipes – I eat lots of salad, haha. The weather is too warm/humid to eat cooked food.

    The mock tuna looks good. I’ll have to try it sometime!

  9. Ah good point about the weather, I always forget why I crave cooked food so much in the winter, it’s COLD. Soups and breads have been doing the trick for me lately. Can’t wait for it to warm up and get back into salad!

  10. I was vegetarian since age 15 and I went vegan in 2008. I did it for health reasons initially, but I became more interested in the ethical side of vegetarianism eventually. Then I realised that eating dairy products is just not natural, and makes even less sense than eating meat. Even when I was little and ate dairy, I never understood why humans drank cow’s milk. It’s for baby cows!

    Going vegan has been the best thing for me. Since I went vegan I pretty much forced myself to learn how to cook, and I’m so happy I did. I have a huge collection of cookbooks now and I make restaurant quality food nearly every night! I never miss cheese or meat because I make food that is easily more delicious than that stuff every day.

    I also adore raw food and I’m so happy you linked to those recipes, I’ll have to try them out! I don’t have a dehydrator or vitamix yet so I haven’t been able to make as much raw food as I’d like but I always feel so much better when I eat raw.

    If you (or anyone) are looking for a good read on why consuming animal products is terrible, read Eating Animals by Jonathan Safran Foer. I was already a vegan when I read it but it seriously opened my eyes to how harmful factory farming is to the earth and humanity.

  11. Adrienne, first – I just checked out your site and am so into your shirts & jewelry! I LOVE THOSE PINK CHOKERS OMG. Like, so much.

    I have had the same experience about learning to cook – Kelly and I make amazing meals almost every night and it just comes naturally now. It’s so easy being vegan once you learn the substitutions!

    I am trying to up my raw intake right now, and I’m so excited it’s warming up (in Austin anyway!) so salad will sound more appetizing than hot soup, breads and pastas :]

    Thanks for the book rec!

  12. I was vegetarian until I was 12 and then ate fish as well until I was 17, I then ate bulk of every kind of meat and food, went through a drug phaze then sporadically tried raw food among other things, the past few months I have gravitated to a paleo/primal diet, finding that eliminating grains has removed most depression. Eating meat feels good to me at current, when I cook it myself, for my family and knowing that the animals goodness will be used to make my body stronger and healthier. Food is awesome.

  13. Hell yeah Elana. I am definitely not anti-meat, just pro vegetable :D
    I’m pretty sure when we were raw we were gluten free too, and it felt incredible. Now I’m cool with having one greens-based meal a day and as much other raw as possible. But I’m always open to change.

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