Where do you stand?
I have my weekly grocery shopping down to a science. Add things to the grocery list held by a magnet on my refrigerator; write food items on the list according to the aisles in the store that I have memorized from visiting that grocery store for 8 years; making sure I say my weekly hellos and engage in small conversations with the produce staff, store manager, and cashier; and, lining up the reusable cloth grocery bags to stack and carry the groceries without overburdening the bag handles or crushing perishables. I have grocery shopping down to a science so much that even when having small conversations with staff, I know how long I will be in the store. What I did not count on was an extended conversation with the cashier on vegetarianism. He asked me about cooking brown rice, after ringing up the brown rice, collards, kale, spinach, eggplant, apples, chickpeas, dry beans, and other tasty fruits and vegetables in my cart. He wanted to know how long he should cook brown rice after seeing that my entire cart was filled with healthy food to maintain my health, mind, spirit, and body. He said he is eating more vegetables and grain. I asked him if he was a vegetarian, and he quickly straightened his back. He responded with wide eyes resembling a deer making a decision after seeing approaching headlights before crossing the road and a tone of voice representative of a child trying to cover up some reprimandable action, "No! Why would I want to do that? Are you a vegetarian?" I could have said "Yes I am," and be done with the conversation because I already was running over on my "down to science time for grocery shopping" by this extended small talk that went past the small conversational pleasantries. My old self, would have just said, "Yes, I am," pay for my groceries, and leave the store.
The new self is more aware of the health problems associated with eating meat, and the many health studies linking colon cancer to meat that I although I initially hesitated on speaking further on the subject of vegetarianism, my mind knew that I had a duty to speak up as a spokesperson and proponent of eating healthier to heal and maintain the body's health.
I never considered myself a spokesperson for anything, but in living the vegetarian lifestyle and seeing first-hand how my body's ailments had disappeared, I knew that I was not meant to keep this wisdom and information to save someone's life to myself.
As Susan B. Anthony said, careful people cannot be about change but those who speak up when they know a wrong exists, can bring about change. In the 1974 Essence Magazine Article about Vegetarianism that Breeze Harper of Sistah Vegan posted on her Twitter Page a year ago, if people like Dr. Alvenia Fulton, Dick Gregory,Lola Falana, Members of Earth, Wind, and Fire, Ossie Davis and Ruby Dee, Cicely Tyson, and Taj Mahal did not stand up and speak for vegetarianism, many African Americans today would never know the health benefits or would be slow to come to realize the health benefits of a vegetarian diet.
As vegetarians, we become spokespersons and proponents of vegetarianism. Our lives are living examples and speak the truth for the health benefits derived from living a vegetarian lifestyle. You do not need to make your point by hollering from the rooftop, or giving a speech at a podium. Just by a small conversation in a grocery store, you can change someone's life. I went further with the cashier on the medical studies by Physician Max Gerson who proved with over 150 cases at a Congress Testimony that juicing and an organic vegetarian diet had cured over 150 of his patients from cancer. I pointed out that my neighbor's sister who was cured of breast cancer...not by surgery or medical treatments...but, by organic vegetarian fresh foods and juicing.
I know what you are saying...was there not a line waiting in back of you at the cashier. To be honest, that was the first time I did not have a line form. The grocery store was basically empty at 6:30 PM after work on a Friday.
And, he was in need by the look on his eyes and the tone in his voice as we spoke on vegetarianism. Somehow, my "down to science" time in the grocery store, no longer meant anything. Sure, I was starving for dinner; but, somehow, nothing mattered anymore per dinner or getting home in time record from grocery shopping. My husband even waited patiently as I spoke to the cashier; and, even also offered what he learned by viewing movies with me about GMOs and vegetarianism. I left the cashier with much to think about. He thanked me as though he was accepting an award and told me that he "WILL" look more into vegetarianism. He said that I have opened his eyes and explained things about vegetarianism that were myths heard and believed about vegetarians, and living a vegetarian lifestyle.
You know, it felt good to speak up. Donna a year ago, would never speak up. Donna 10 years ago would be too shy to speak up for something I believed in. I want others to be healthy, and benefit from this vegetarian lifestyle. I want others to be healthy.
What people are getting from the physicians are not information telling them how changing their diet to vegetarianism will save them and may even get them off of their medications. Our physicians and pharmaceutical companies are legal drug lords and drug dealers who want to pump us up with medicine as bandaids rather than telling us what is causing the problem, how it can be prevented, and healed. Why not enforce proper vegetarian diets that can heal, extend our life, give us more energy, and get us off all or some of the medications. We must think for ourselves, and research. Never take what a physician says as a death sentence.
Just to share one story at work. A new medical assistant joined our ENT practice, and she has been a vegetarian for a year. She said she had stomach problems and the doctor wanted to put her on medication for life. She decided to take matters into her own hands, and researched vegetarianism. She decided that she did not want medication for life, and chose LIFE through vegetarianism. She is now cured without any incidents of the stomach problems that plagued her. Imagine if she decided to be on medications for life. Many medications tend to start other illnesses of the body when trying to treat something else.
Let's choose LIFE by choosing to be spokespeople, and proponents for vegetarianism.
We are not on this vegetarian journey for ourselves; but, our actions influence the actions of others. As the old African Proverb says, "Its takes a village to raise a child;" then, so goes it for vegetarianism: It takes a vegetarian to change and raise a village.
~ Donna "Sister Vegetarian"