Last August I attended the Vibrant Living Expo in Fort Bragg, California, and met Will Tuttle, author of The World Peace Diet. He was one of many excellent presenters, and I came home with a suitcase full of books. Somehow I didn’t get around to reading his book until a few months ago. It’s a must read.
There are many reasons to adopt a vegan lifestyle. For me, it was a combination of health, environment, and compassion for animals. And although my initial reason for eating a RAW vegan diet was for the nutritional value, it has become more and more apparent to me that eating a high raw diet also results in more clarity and a greater ability to break away from conditioned beliefs and connect more closely with the natural order.
In The World Peace Diet, Will Tuttle provides a uniquely compelling perspective of the omnivorous diet, suggesting that world peace is not possible as long as we continue to enslave sentient beings and treat them as commodities. He provides the historical background for how we have been conditioned to believe that eating animals is normal and beneficial, and how we have been desensitized to the cruelty and suffering these magnificent creatures endure.
“Animals of the world exist for their own reasons. They were not made for humans
any more than blacks were made for whites or women for men.” – Alice Walker
Whether you are ready to eliminate animal products from your diet or not, I believe this book is one that everyone should read, if only to truly understand how food is our most intimate connection both with the natural order and with our cultural heritage. The World Peace Diet presents the outlines of a more empowering understanding of our world, based on comprehending the far-reaching implications of our food choices.
The opposite of love is not hate but indifference. When we lift the veil and see the suffering our food habits cause, when we connect with the reality of the defenseless beings who suffer so terribly because of our food choices, our indifference dissolves and compassion—its opposite—arises, urging us to act on behalf of those who are suffering.
Marilyn Chiarello, founder of A Taste of Light, is a certified raw vegan chef, educator and health coach. She offers a variety of services including health coaching, classes, dinner parties,consultations and presentations. For more information, visit aTasteofLight.com or contact her directly – Marilyn@aTasteofLight.com or 516-671-7037.
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