Thursday 27 February 2014

Meat eating vs. vegetarianism

deer friend
There is, truly, a cycle of life. We are pretty much a part of it here in the country. I often come across bones, fur and body parts. Out here, in rural Ontario, it hits home frequently.

Whilst some eschew meat, I hearken to Native Peoples who honoured the spirits of the animals they took for fur, clothing, food and shelter.
We all share the earth.

Yes, there are some animal husbandry practices that do not respect the animals, but we do eat local when we can. Lanark County has some fabulous farmers who treat their animals well, and includes many organic farms.
Many locals hunt and kill local deer, filling freezers with fresh venison.

I rather believe that we need particular vitamins and minerals, and if you're going to go vegan, you must do your research to ensure these needs are met. This is a piece of research that I found interesting.

This recent study concluded that:
I'm standing between the highway & house 

"Moreover, our results showed that a vegetarian diet is associated with poorer health (higher incidences of cancer, allergies, and mental health disorders), a higher need for health care, and poorer quality of life. "
What I do know about good health is that it boils down to simple parameters that many of us must work hard to embrace in our busy lives.

Exercise; healthy eating; avoiding toxins like cigarettes and pollution on land, sea and in the air; balance your activities like socialization, maintaining friendships; keeping mentally and physically active, living, learning and reading. That said, sometimes things do go wrong.


Hilary said...

All very true, balanced and logical. I suspect I'll never be able to eat venison now that I'm getting to know our sweet visitors. It feels so wrong.

Red said...

We can't just jump on a fad diet. We have to know what we're doing and get a balanced diet