greenthumb wrote:My folk grew up in areas where there is no way they could live off plants and get proper proteins for the body to function correctly. I live in a similar environment.
I don't know where your family grew up, Greenthumb, but i can tell you that it's a myth that one can only get "proper" protein from animals. In fact, qualitatively, a plant-based diet is far superior to anything else. One of the main reasons is that the nutrients derived from plants come without cholesterol, fat, and heme-iron. In fact, a vast body of research including meta-analyses and longitudinal studies are confirming the significant health benefits of a whole foods plant-based (vegan) diet.
I truly commend you n your efforts for sustainability and health. You set a great example which many should emulate. However, I would sk you also to consider your ethical footprint. If you refrained from intentionally killing you would be maintaining the first precept. Sila is the foundation of our dealings with other beings and ourselves. Without sila, there can be no progress on the path. Samadhi and panna depend on the strong foundation of sila.I am eating what my local environment can grow without leaving a huge footprint, learning how to trade and barter, getting to know and establish relationship with my community, and preserving my culture while integrating what I've learned practicing Buddhism.
May we all find health and happiness.
Indeed, and may we all be liberated.