Ergh. My sinuses are blocked up on one side of my face, which has now become very puffy just on the right side. I thought I was getting a cold but now I am thinking that I am just suffering from really bad allergies. Allergic rhinitis? I don’t know. Codral isn’t helping.
From this Thursday, I am going to try being vegan for the whole month of September. I will be using http://veganeasy.org/ as a helpful guide for meal plans.
I haven’t eaten red meat (ie mammals) since the start of 2008 (but I still have eaten chicken and fish regularly). I stopped eating red meat for two reasons. The first reason was that I realised that I hated the taste of red meat. I remember the last steak I ate very clearly. I couldn’t finish it. After a few bites, I realised I never wanted to taste that grey dead flesh again.
The second reason I stopped eating red meat is because I realised I could not kill a cow myself. Or any other mammalian creature. So how on earth could I justify paying someone else to do it for me? At the time though, I felt OK with paying for chicken and fish — I was placing one class of vertebrates over another because it was warm blooded. Because its brain has a slightly different structure. I don’t feel OK about this now, and haven’t for quite some time.
I’ve been informed of the environmental impacts of animal farming for a couple of years now. I know the amount of water that is consumed to bring me meat on a plate. I know about the energy costs involved in transporting the animals. I know that fishing, as it currently stands, is not sustainable.
I know that we are no longer REQUIRED to kill animals to survive. We have many other options available to us that involve no cruelty. I know that I can take vitamin supplements if I get low on vitamin B12.
I have held these values for some time, but I haven’t acted.
If anyone knows of any good websites that contain sweet vegan recipes, please let me know :)
Today I had to study in a room without a pen. There was only a computer to take notes on. I felt lost. Writing will always be preferable to me over typing - I only seem to really be able to absorb large chunks of information if I’m able to write it down on paper.
I need sleep. Tutorial presentation tomorrow on why astronauts develop orthostatic intolerance after returning from spaceflight. Tried to rest early but my head is wide awake, so sleep seems pretty impossible for the next hour or two. I can’t tell if it’s the coffee or stress that’s keeping me up. It’s probably both. Deep breaths. Deeeep breaths. Deep breaths are making me believe I am just really, really stressed.
Now to deep breathe myself to sleep?