Why We Are A Vegan Family?

Why We Are A Vegan Family?

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Why We Are A Vegan Family?

If slaughterhouses had glass walls, everyone would be a vegetarian.  ~Paul McCartney

Fist off I realize this is a very sensitive topic, I have no judgment on you if you choose to eat meat, many of my friends do.  But, I wouldn’t be a good Vegan if I didn’t share my understanding.

My family and I have been Vegan for almost 8 years and in that time my knowledge and understanding of Vegetarianism has expanded greatly.

I want to share the three top reasons we choose NOT TO EAT MEAT and let me know what you think about this…

Firstly when you take a big bite of meat, whether it looks bloody or not, the blood from the animal get between the gum’s which sends of a chemical reaction in your brain.  This Chemical reaction stimulates fear and survival in your body.  You see the blood of the animal contains all the pain, fear, agony, and suffering that it went through in it’s painful life and while it was being brutally murder, now that blood is in your body and you can bet your body takes it on as it’s own suffering.  This is the very reason that people suggest that you eat more meat if you’re fatigued, of course you’re going to get a energy bust right after you eat meat, but what you’re really feeling is the need to survive.

Secondly although some historians and anthropologists say that man is historically omnivorous, our anatomical equipment  teeth, jaws, and digestive system  favors a fleshless diet. The American Dietetic Association notes that “most of mankind for most of human history has lived on vegetarian or near-vegetarian diets.”

And much of the world still lives that way. Even on most industrialized countries, the love affair with meat is less than a hundred years old. It started with the refrigerator car and the twentieth-century consumer society. But even with the twentieth century, man’s body hasn’t adapted to eating meat. The prominent Swedish scientist Karl von Linne states, “Man’s structure, external and internal, compared with that of the other animals, shows that fruit and succulent vegetables constitute his natural food.” The chart below compares the anatomy of man with that of carnivorous and herbivorous animals.

When you look at the comparison between herbivores and humans, we compare much more closely to herbivores than meat eating animals. Humans are clearly not designed to digest and ingest meat.


Meat-eaters: have claws

Herbivores: no claws

Humans: no claws


Meat-eaters: have no skin pores and perspire through the tongue

Herbivores: perspire through skin pores

Humans: perspire through skin pores


Meat-eaters: have sharp front teeth for tearing, with no flat molar teeth for grinding

Herbivores: no sharp front teeth, but flat rear molars for grinding

Humans: no sharp front teeth, but flat rear molars for grinding


Meat-eaters: have intestinal tract that is only 3 times their body length so that rapidly decaying meat can pass through quickly

Herbivores: have intestinal tract 10-12 times their body length.

Humans: have intestinal tract 10-12 times their body length.


Meat-eaters: have strong hydrochloric acid in stomach to digest meat

Herbivores: have stomach acid that is 20 times weaker than that of a meat-eater

Humans: have stomach acid that is 20 times weaker than that of a meat-eater


Meat-eaters: salivary glands in mouth not needed to pre-digest grains and fruits.

Herbivores: well-developed salivary glands which are necessary to pre-digest grains and fruits

Humans: well-developed salivary glands, which are necessary to pre-digest, grains and fruits


Meat-eaters: have acid saliva with no enzyme ptyalin to pre-digest grains

Herbivores: have alkaline saliva with ptyalin to pre-digest grains

Humans: have alkaline saliva with ptyalin to pre-digest grains

Based on a chart by A.D. Andrews, Fit Food for Men, (Chicago: American Hygiene Society, 1970)

Clearly if humans were meant to eat meat we wouldn’t have so many crucial ingestive/digestive similarities with animals that are herbivores.

And Thirdly “Livestock’s Long Shadow,” livestock is a major player in climate change, accounting for 18 percent of all greenhouse gas emissions (measured in carbon dioxide equivalents). That’s more than the entire transportation system! Unfortunately, this incredibly important revelation has received only limited attention in the media.

Truly there is so much more I could write, so many more startling facts but now the choice is yours.  I love to answer questions about this topic, I love to share recipes and help new Vegetarians or Vegans get started.  I can remember wondering what I would eat, I had the image that all I could ever eat again was veggies, far from it, we eat the most flavor full food now, plus being a vegetarian isn’t what it used to be.

Please let me know if you need help.

You put a baby in a crib with an apple and a rabbit.  If it eats the rabbit and plays with the apple, I’ll buy you a new car.  ~Harvey Diamond.


Sir Shakti

About Siri Shakti Kaur Ardebili

Siri Shakti was born and raised in Pleasanton California. She now lives in Southern California, with her husband and three young children. She is an author, poet, artist, teacher and life coach.

It is her purpose in life to uplift and encourage women to their highest potential. Truly reclaiming their inner strength so that they may be bountiful, beautiful, and blissful.

Siri Shakti is a committed Yogi, devoting her life to Mastery and the Kundalini Yoga Life style. She is a Homeschooling and attachment parenting advocate.

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  1. Posted by eriq, at

    I eat a mostly vegetarian diet with fish on a weekly basis. I was a macrobiotic for 2 years. And I completely subscribe to living a wholesome and “green” lifestyle. Eating green has never failed me – always brings my body back into balance.

    Great post Guru Shakti! Ooohm.


  2. Posted by I had a kebab today., at

    This is a joke! Crap relations between herbivores meat eaters and humams! i stopped having meat for 7years and im now 16 and just had meat today for the first time. SO WORTH IT. Eat meat. Live life like theres no tommorow. Shheesh.

  3. Posted by I had a kebab today., at

    Eat a KEBAB. 🙂

  4. Posted by Norwegian, at

    When researchers find corpses of dead animals of the past, they check their teeth to check it the animal is meat eater or herbivores. IF their meateaters the teeths are usually SHARP, and they (often) got CLAWS. Herbivores DOSE NOT have sharp teeth. Humans DON'T got sharp teeths, A.K.A we where born to be vegetarians or herbivores. IF you start eating meat after such along time without it, you're body will probably become abit sick…. Great famous ppl that didn't eat meat: Mahatma Gandhi, Albert Einstein, Brad Pitt, Leonardo Di Caprio, Charles Darwin. (And Many more) – Written by Norwegian.

  5. Posted by Guru Shakti, at

    Thank you for your comment, what great information.  Just more of a reason NOT to eat Meat huh!

  6. Posted by Omicron+, at

    Thanks. This really opened my eyes to what I eat, and consider why I eat it.

  7. Posted by Guru Shakti, at

    You are so welcome.  I was a meat eater all my life, until 8 years ago.  We had a friend whom had big time health problems, he cut out the meat and dairy products and his health and vitality sky rocketed.  His skin looked so healthy and his tests came back increasingly better.  My husband came home one day and said, “Let's just go for it, let's go vegan.”  Now 8 years later we are healthier than ever and so our three children never get sick.

  8. Posted by Gonzalez Nestor, at

    There's something you need to know

  9. Posted by Gonzalez Nestor, at

    This is for the 16 yearl old. You said that you ate meat for the first yime in years, but let me ask you this. Did you ate the meat raw and bloody and fresh? Because that's what carnovours do. Or did you cook it to kill the germs and added salt and spices to give it taste? Because that's what herbivores do..think about it when was the last time you saw a lion panther or bear for that matter cook its food before they ate it. They don't you so why should we if you're meant to eat meat

  10. Posted by Guru Shakti, at

     Gonzalez, thank you for posting!  It's honestly not a matter of, who is right and who is wrong.  We are all different people and you have to do what feels right in your heart.  I just know this path makes sense for me and I hope to inspire others as well.  You made a good point and again thank you for posting!