When I turned 12, I decided that I would no longer eat meat of any kind.
Instead, I started to eat a lot of tofu.
I went on this way until I turned 24.
I was a graduate student at the University of British Columbia
When I started feeling tired and sick to my stomach quite frequently.
I went to many different doctors
And I had many different tests
But the tests could never find anything wrong with me.
I spent most of each day in bed
And only got out of bed to drag myself to class
I ate almost nothing but soup and crackers
But still felt nauseas, especially after I ate.
Finally, after 9 months of feeling sick, I had an appointment with a Nurse Practitioner. She suggested that the source of all of my problems might be…wheat.
After confirming a diagnosis of Celiac disease with a simple blood test, I started a diet of only chicken and vegetables.
After only a couple of months without eating any wheat, barley, rye, or oats…
I felt healthier than ever!
And that is why today, I love barbeques
But don’t care much for bakeries.
Why I Eat Meat<br />By Jess Spencer<br />April 2011<br />
All Images under Creative Commons license (in order of appearance):<br />Aquila, M. (2007). Meat. Retrieved from http://www.flickr.com/photos/ibcbulk/375790107<br />Reynolds, L. (2006). 12. Retrieved from http://www.flickr.com/photos/lwr/100367482<br />Kohn, J. (2008). Tofu. Retrieved from http://www.flickr.com/photos/daydreamer576/2250506243<br />_Underscore. (2006). 24 Hours. Retrieved from http://www.flickr.com/photos/_underscore/114015868<br />Reymer, S. (2009). ubc4. Retrieved from http://www.flickr.com/photos/sreymer/4058885123<br />Littlegreenfroggy. (2005). Tummy ache. Retrieved from http://www.flickr.com/photos/littlegreenfroggy/55607252/in/photostream/<br />
Images (cont’d):<br />ReSurge International. (2007). Doctors and nurses. Retrieved from http://www.flickr.com/photos/interplast/1545372225<br />Young, A. (2009). Blood test kit. Retrieved from http://www.flickr.com/photos/alegrya/3196625932<br />Wells, K. (2009). Kiki gets an ultrasound. Retrieved from http://www.flickr.com/photos/kristiewells/3203737781<br />Wintersoul1. (2010). Saltine angled SQ. Retrieved from http://www.flickr.com/photos/aquariawintersoul/4426490109<br />Littlegreenfroggy. Ibid.<br />
Images (cont’d):<br />Perkins, J. (2009). Nurse. Retrieved from http://www.flickr.com/photos/opalmirror/4066000084<br />Gupta, D.S. (2008). Wheat. Retrieved from http://www.flickr.com/photos/souvikdg/2419013492<br />Pinprick. (2005). Roast chicken and vegetables. Retrieved from http://www.flickr.com/photos/pinprick/70305014/in/photostream/<br />Knterox. (2011). Calendar 2011 Calendario KX. Retrieved from http://www.flickr.com/photos/knterox/5345097220<br />Waggoner, K. (2011). Untitled. Retrieved from personal collection 4/23/11<br />
Images (cont’d):<br />Another Pint Please. (2008). Steak…on the grill. Retrieved from http://www.flickr.com/photos/anotherpintplease/2186673560/in/photostream/<br />Matsuyama, J. (2005). Bread. Retrieved from http://www.flickr.com/photos/amayu/40340813<br />