Vegetarian Journey: I am NOT a Carnivore
By Darlene Rosenberg
Hi, my name is Darlene and I am a herbivore. I didn’t know that a year ago. In this, our land of the free, I have been taught and conditioned to acquire a taste for the flesh of other living, breathing,
Where is the freedom in that?
Like millions of others, I fell into the mindset of the
masses. Like them, I believed that consuming a lot of animal flesh and
limiting fruit and vegetables would benefit me. Maybe this short-term insanity was what it took to save my life and the lives of
innocent cows, pigs, and chickens.
My personal experience with the popular Atkins diet put my body into shock and despair. Wanting to lose my 40 pound,
post pregnancy weight gain, I was desperate for a solution. Eating meat my whole life, I decided to go on the Atkins diet. Little
did I know of the bodily damage that lie ahead.
In my first three weeks of dieting I lost ten pounds and
thought, “Hey, this is for me!” As time went on, I started feeling sad
and depressed for no reason, with terrible mood swings. I had
daily headaches and was so tired that all I wanted to do was sleep.
To counteract my headaches and depressed sleepy state, I used
caffeine in the form of tablets and coffee to get me through the day. This overuse of caffeine caused me to have stomach problems.
Feeling so ill, I went to the doctor, who performed blood
We discovered a total cholesterol of 385, triglycerides a
whopping 719, and slightly elevated liver function test. Being in the medical field, I knew this wasn’t good. Frightened, I went off
the Atkins diet but continued to eat meat and drink coffee.
Then a few months later I had to be taken by ambulance to the ER. The culprit – gastroenteritis; my whole digestive system was
This experience opened my eyes to the dangers lurking behind my ignorance. I have since stopped eating meat and have
included fiber in my diet. I am learning as much as I can about
vegetarianism and have started exercising. I no longer need to use caffeine to keep me awake. I have more sustained energy throughout the day, and I feel calm and happy. I am also
raising my 16 months old daughter as a vegetarian.
I am so grateful that I have had this awakening and that I can give this precious gift to her.