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We thank Thee for Thy Abundance

We thank Thee for Thy Abundance
Genesis 1:29

Tuesday, February 28, 2012

Why I am Vegan

After I got married within 9 months I had put on 25 lbs. & my health started going downhill. I already had struggled with bulimia since the age of 16, & had terrible acne. I developed painful ovarian cysts & started having recurring Urinary Tract Infections. I became "Susie Homemaker" cooking & baking all kinds of delicacies for my husband..When I got pregnant with my first child they were so frequent that I often missed teaching piano because of it....

My girlfriend had recently come home from her mission having lost 50 lbs and feeling fantastic. She told me about how everyone in her mission was doing "Fit For Life". One day as I was suffering, I recalled this book & felt like I needed to read it. I read it in 3 nights and the next morning I emptied out the kitchen of all processed & animal foods. Within 1 week I lost 10 lbs, my UTI WENT AWAY and I haven't had a SINGLE ONE since!! I put on 7 lbs my entire pregnancy. Baby was growing..I was losing fat :) Anyway, we were strictly vegan for 3 years or so, but with time we began to "cheat" more & more until we really couldn't call ourselves vegan anymore..

Then on July 20, 2008 during therapy for whole world came crashing in on me. Most of you know the story..after many doctors, tests, neurologist, naturopaths, accupuncturist, chiropractors, witch doctors & snake oil salesmen j/k! No one could heal me...So I was left to submit my will to the Greatest Physician..the Lord.

He led me to a sweet woman who upon saying this sentence, " I had Hodgkins Lymphoma & I healed myself with food." The Spirit witnessed to me that this was what I needed to do.

She was/is a Raw Vegan (as of today 15 years Cancer free!) At that moment I began my studies of health & nutrition. I went raw overnight! Within 2 weeks I noticed dramatic changes in my symptoms & overall health & energy. I was 100% raw vegan for 10 months until family drama which brought me to my knees and I have been dealing with many issues related to "using food" as a drug to suppress pain, comfort, escape, & abuse myself. (I haven't struggled with bulimia since! I never EVER want to hurt my body like that again!) But, never the less I have continued to progress and learn from my behaviors. I pick myself up... Dust myself off... & continue forward.

First Raw Food book
I read: 

I have remained strictly vegan and continue aiming for eating an all raw diet.

My experience, studies and the countless associations & testimonies of others about their healing from so called "uncurable" diseases by just changing the diet has convinced me completely that eating foods EXACTLY the way NATURE created them is best for us & maintains & restores perfect health.

Almost all of my symptoms are gone except for 2: Occasional very scary chest pain and Lychen Schlerosus which is considered uncureable. It has been VERY scary and VERY humbling to wonder if "today is the day I will die.." EVERY SINGLE DAY since that day...

But...I have experienced tremendous improvement. The majority of my symptoms are GONE! And I have no doubt that with continued healthful living & eating I will be totally healed. I do.

I always compare the Gospel to everything and to me eating an unadulterated, pure, whose source is God, created & intended for Man, perfect in every way for our bodies diet is what's right.

Avoiding processed, additive filled, nutrient low, dead, cooked, fried, baked, microwaved, boiled, chemical, artificial, pesticide, hormone, antibiotic laden etc. etc. "foods" is like letting "No unclean thing enter" our Temple.

I believe that the diseases we suffer from today are DIRECTLY linked to our diets, lack of fresh air, water, sunshine, sleep, exercise, healthy relationships, healthy thoughts & beliefs.

I do not buy into the popular modern myths that we consider to be "truth" today. I do not believe that all of the "normal" & common ailments that civilized nations suffer from are normal. I do not believe that we are "victims" of disease. I believe in the "host theory" not the "germ theory".

I believe that health is our birthright and that we have it based on the degree to which we keep and follow the laws of health. Exceptions would include what we are innocently exposed to. The diets, drugs, chemicals we were fed in-vetro & as children. But I KNOW that the body with it's God given abilities can heal itself when the basic principles & laws of health are applied.

So there it is! I AM NOT PERFECT all the time. But, just like with the Gospel, I am working on it! :)

Ok, so, here are MY reasons for not eating animal products:

1. It is not NATURAL TO ME to look at any animal and want to kill it. Let alone drain its blood, peel off it's skin, rip it open, empty its organs. And least of it. But when I look at a peach tree, or strawberry patch, bananas or watermelon I DO!!!!!!

2. In MY natural observation and common sense of things I see that all mammals drink the milk of their mothers until ALL of their teeth come in and then they're done! No other grown mammals drink milk. Not to other mammal drinks the milk from another mammals. :/

3. All animal products do NOT contain FIBER which is ESSENTIAL for our looong colons. Thus clogging us up & resulting in slow removal of rotting flesh creating foul breath & gases (eww!) & leading to disease.

4. All animal products contain CHOLESTEROL which is NOT a nutritional REQUIREMENT. Our livers make ALL the cholesterol we need..any extra from an animal the body lines our arteries with & may cause Heart Disease.

5. All animal products are high in FAT. Fruits & Vegetables have the perfect ratios of Carbohydrates, Proteins, & Fats.....because they were CREATED THAT WAY to be PERFECT for Man.

6.Milk products contain CASEIN which is very difficult for our pancreas and livers and kidneys & is the protein which has been PROVEN to cause cancer & diabetes. (Read the China Study.) And is linked to causing among many other things: Arthritis, Osteoporosis, Acne, Infections, Allergies, Asthma, Cysts, and on and on and on..

7. Because of our "modern" influence on third world countries & our growing demand for flesh & animal products we are destroying & polluting our planet & oceans to feed these animals. Not to mention that with the food we grow for animals we could feed every single mouth on this planet! I could go on an on about this....

And lastly,

8. I was further convinced after searching the Scriptures on what GOD thinks about it. I realized God's original diet for man was fruits & vegetables (Genesis 1:29) I learned that yes, if in times of lack for food, famine etc. we could use animals. But that He wants us to use them sparingly, SPARE them if we can. And BEST of is PLEASING to Him that they should NOT BE USED! (D&C 89) My children are proof that I don't need to eat animals nor any of their by products to be healthy.

They should be free too! I feel great compassion for animals & their sufferings. My heart hurts thinking about that..I hope someday we will look back on this injustice and think, "How could we have done that??"

We have been lied to by those who gain to profit from us. (I could go on and on about this too..) There ARE "Conspiring men in the last days" led by the one who wants to destroy us in ANY way he can. We may not be doing drugs, alcohol, coffee, tea etc. but a lousy DIET addicts us too! It affects EVERYTHING! Our mood, the way we feel, depresses us, makes us sick and can bring us down so that we CANNOT SERVE GOD!

That is my wish. Eating healthy is plain & SIMPLE. It's as easy as biting into an apple or 2 or 5 or 7!

It is my wish to help others to see how simple it can be. It is my wish to help others see for themselves & help themselves prevent the extremely high cost of illnesses & diseases which cause SO MUCH SUFFERING. People are doing it every day! Healing from the "scary" diseases. Healed. Not just in remission.

I am doing it too!

I know that what I say is not popular. I know that doctors will say you are crazy. I know that it is difficult to break traditions. I know that it is difficult in our society to be "different."'s getting easier every day as more and more people are changing to create a healthier future for themselves and for our children & planet. I believe we can do it together!

I am sorry for friends I have lost because of my sharing. I am sorry for friends who have blocked me. I am sorry for friends who think I am judging THEM. I am sorry if I have offended. But at the same time I make no apology for stating truths. I make no apology for defending the defenseless. I believe that what we are doing to animals is wrong. I respect you, my friends of different beliefs, lifestyles & opinions. I learn from you. I suppose my true friends feel the same way about me. :)

I WANT to be 100% healthy in EVERY WAY as I want to be 100% righteous and 100% loving! But I know that no one is perfect or ever will be in this life...

Today is a good day! I've picked myself up again & am trying again to eat my best. I feel like crap when I don't. No matter how many times I try to pretend like it's okay..No matter how many times I tell myself it doesn't matter. No matter how many times I let the negative thoughts talk me out of doing what's right. No matter how many times I let myself forget about how DESPERATELY I want to heal completely.

If I die, it will not be because of the 'diet' but because of my past. My many poor choices. My broken heart..My pains...and mostly because it would be God's will..

Anyway, I felt very strongly today to share this very long story with you..idk..I hope maybe you can understand me a little better. I want to be of any help to you. Please know that I am here for you.

With love ~