Rosemary Nissen-Wade: Aussie poet and teacher of metaphysics – a personal view
My bestie nicknamed me SnakyPoet on her blog, and I liked it. (It began as
'the poet of the serpentine Northern Rivers' and became more and more abbreviated.)

Tuesday, October 22, 2013

Ha Ha, I'm Famous!

Sherry at Poets United just interviewed me for the 'Life of a Poet' series. Read it here. As well as asking searching questions about my poetic history, she drew me out on the subject of witchcraft and also about my love story with Andrew.

Dietary Change — an exciting (to me) decision

Decided to go vegan. I'm practically there anyway. Just have to drop eggs, fish and chicken, which in fact I eat only occasionally. Also I already eat fresh organic as much as possible.  A while ago I thought seafood would be a wrench — but with the oceans now so polluted, it's a great deal less appealing.

My body has stopped tolerating dairy, fatty foods, and sugars including honey and most fruits. I feel better than I had in years and am losing weight at a steady, gradual pace. I am drinking green tea and herbal teas; no more coffee, can't stand the taste these days.

When I was drinking coffee, I drank it black for at least four decades. For other purposes I have used oat milk for years, as Andrew could not have dairy. We were always semi-vegetarian anyway, eating mostly legumes and tofu for protein, and a lot of nuts. I have been on a Calcium supplement for ages, and will be adding Vitamin B, particularly B12.

So this really is only a small step.

But the health reasons are secondary in this decision. I was just reminded of how cruel the slaughter industries are, and that even eating eggs and dairy is responsible for the torture of living creatures. Have never felt all that comfortable with the killing anyway, in cases where it is not strictly necessary. I do not NEED animal protein for my survival.