Am I a Bad Person if I Eat Animals?

“If you want to progress on a spiritual path, you must challenge your actions—including what you eat—as to whether they are authentic expressions of the love and spirit within you.”  John Robbins

I have a friend who loves to collect clichés. He believes that we repeat them so often because they have some truth to them. Take, for example, the old adage “You are what you eat.”  Even more than that, you are what remains in your body after the rest has been eliminated. Restricting your food choices can be beneficial to your health, and can also serve as an investigation into your true nature. The manner in which animals are raised and slaughtered carries both energetic and karmic consequences that the human race must all share. Compare it to standing by while someone you love is being harshly abused. You wouldn’t. You would find a way to help them from being hurt or killed. We share the karma because we are aware of the pain that is being inflicted and do nothing to prevent it from happening. The ethical treatment of animals is the responsibility of all peoples and is one of the precepts of right and moral conduct to do no harm.

Empirical evidence shows that energy cannot be destroyed. The energy we put into the preparation of our food, as well as, the energy that remains in the fiber of the meat you eat, can affect how you think and feel on any given day. With meditation, you bring a calm and tranquil mind to the kitchen, and the results of that mental energy is transferred to your food and back again to the body. Does this mean that you must be a vegetarian in order to become liberated? People have been considering this question since ancient times. The different schools of thought range from strict vegetarians, who wear a face mask so as not to accidentally swallow an insect and cause harm, to those who transform the karmic energy of slaughtered animals to a higher level and use it for good. The range of beliefs and perceptions are wide and diverse including whether to confine animals for their butter and milk or chickens for their eggs. Each individual must decide for him or herself.

I have experienced how a balanced vegetarian diet can help to calm and center the body in tune to how meditation brings peace to the mind. Consuming meat that still holds the animal’s pain and fear does not contribute to a calm and centered body; instead, it causes feelings of heaviness and lethargy. A diet made up of mostly meat, fish, eggs, overcooked and packaged foods can make a person dull, lazy, lacking in high ideals, purpose, and motivation. This can eventually result in developing chronic ailments and suffering from depression.

As we look for answers to the healthy survival of our planet and the human species a significant change in diet must be seriously undertaken. If you are determined to reduce your carbon footprint then include 1-2 vegetarian meals on a daily basis as a place to begin. If you are not sure what a days worth of meals might look like, then here is a typical day without animal protein, refined flour, and refined sugar products.

Upon rising: Juice of half a lemon in 1 cup warm water with 1 teaspoon raw honey.
Breakfast: Cooked whole grain cereal (oatmeal, cream of rice, spelt flakes), with maple syrup, blueberries and walnuts.
Snack: 6 almonds and 1 apple.
Lunch: Bean burrito with brown rice, mixed green salad with sprouts and flax seed oil vinaigrette.
Snack: Fruit smoothie made with a non-dairy milk, ½ banana, strawberries and maple syrup or stevia.
Dinner: Lentil miso soup, whole grain bread with nut butter, dark green salad with steamed broccoli.

This is a very basic menu that you can enhance with a variety of organic food additions. It supports a clean, healthy body and a clear, focused mind. Of course, it always makes sense to check with your physician before changing your diet, especially if you are taking medications. As your diet improves your blood pressure and cholesterol will naturally lower, so have your doctor monitor your meds until you don’t need them any longer. For recipes to get you started click HERE to go to my cooking/recipe blog.

1033 comments

Olivia M
Past Member 5 months ago

thank you

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Rosslyn O
Rosslyn Oabout a year ago

It is too cruel to eat another living creation of Gods.

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Sasha M.
Past Member 6 years ago

awesome! keep on sharing

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Pego Rice
Pego R7 years ago

Contrary to guesses and propaganda, "all" animals do not flee. They are not reasoning creatures, they are not aware that death is up next in a proper, humane, facility, they do not understand what happened to the guy ahead of them.

That is a big CAFO issue and people like Dr Grandin are at least attempting to assuage the distress in those facilities. People who really want to help animals are not well served to make up, believe or transmit lies and propaganda. Let us all please use our brains, some logic and real evidence in our discourse.

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Mandi A.
Mandi A7 years ago

Love your answer Bill.

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Trudy Killa
Trudy Killa7 years ago

I may have discussions on why I have chosen to become vegan with my friends and family but for me to tell them the path they must follow is not for me to choose. It is their path & their choice. No one can make one change it must be a personal decision. It has taken me these many years to come to this choice and after much thought that I could not so deeply care for animal welfare while watching them be abused for a meal.

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Eco M I A MoonWalk Again

i was too tired to read the big text above, but in my view dont pay to have an animal killed or abused or do it yourself or encourage anyone to do it.

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jennifer k.
Jennifer K7 years ago

No your not.

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Erica B.
Erica B7 years ago

The only "bad" person is the one who would judge someone else by what they eat. The only being that can or should judge anyone is God/The Higher Power, if you believe in such a being, as I do.

As for "cannibalism," that is a non-issue, as it is a worldwide tenet amongst pretty much all religions and societies that humans should not eat other humans...to even mention it is ridiculous.

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Beth M.
Beth M7 years ago

...a bad person?...I guess that depends on how and why one judges someone who does something u r not in agreement with...x.....bad?.....no.....hungry?..maybe....x

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