Although I have been vegetarian most of my adult life, in this past year I have committed to a 100% whole food, plant based diet without any animal products. For me that meant dropping the dairy and eggs.
Some may think such a diet is extreme and people always ask me where I get my protein.
Well, first of all let me address what is extreme. The extreme cruelty and torture of innocent beings just so we can have a slab of dead flesh on our table is extreme. If you have ever watched a video about what happens at those slaughter houses, you would think it was extreme too.
What is extreme is that over 56 billion farm animals are slaughtered every year by humans for our selfish consumption. Some people will tell me that this is the purpose of these animals. I can’t wrap my head around this kind of thinking. How could it possibly be the purpose of an animal to suffer extreme conditions and torture at the hands of mankind?
Some “spiritual thinkers” say that these animals have a karmic contract to be our food. Really? This kind of statement feels like an unconscious justification for something one is afraid to look too closely at, for fear they just might have to make a change.
Farm animals, like goats, cows, pigs and chickens are conscious beings. They have eyes, ears and feelings. Whoever said these animals don’t feel or are too stupid to know what is going on, has never spent time with such an animal. If you love dogs or cats or horses, you love animals and need to consider if your personal daily activities are both environmentally friendly and animal friendly. Continue reading Why I Eat a Vegan Plant Based Diet
Self love is really about taking care of yourself on all levels, body, mind and spirit. If you put all your attention in one area and not consider the other important area’s of your life you will experience a lack of balance.
People often come to me out of a state of emotional pain and chaos. The emotional part of their life is needing a lot of attention. This often happens when we ignore our emotions for too long. We develop sophisticated methods of suppressing our emotions so we don’t feel pain or discomfort and when our usual methods of suppression don’t work anymore we begin to experience the pain and discomfort we have long been running from.
When we ignore our body, we also experience physical issues such as gaining too much weight, lack of energy and illness. Our bodies need care on a daily basis and yet so many people put more effort in maintaining their vehicles than their own bodies. When we suffer the ill effects of neglecting our body, we don’t feel good on all levels.
The mental aspect is the part of us that thinks, analyzes, evaluates, solves problems and makes decisions. It is also the part of us that gets stuck in negative thought or stinking thinking. We need to practice being “mindful” of our thoughts. Negative thinking can lead to negative feeling and deep emotional pain. When you think the thought “I am not good enough,” you will not “feel” good. So practice minding the mind, watch your thoughts and beliefs. There is truth to the saying “what you think about comes about.” We can choose where to put our mind, but it may involve practice and conditioning. Continue reading Finding Balance in Body, Mind and Spirit
Most of us already know that if we are healthy and reasonably slender, we feel better. This is a “no brainer.” But we don’t often realize how important what we put in our body is when it comes to our mental health and emotional well being.
I always approach life holistically, which means that I look at the whole person, not just an aspect of that person. Everything works together. If we are out of balance physically, we are out of balance emotionally and vise versa. When considering optimal well-being we need to consider our mental, emotional, physical and spiritual health. We need to look at our life and see what is out of balance.
Most of my clients report that when they are emotionally upset they don’t eat well. They lack the energy to take care of themselves. This is the time when taking care of yourself becomes the most important thing you can do.
Your physical body needs the nutrients to help you to deal with the emotional stress. If you eat nothing but ice cream and junk food when you have a broken heart, you will feel worse in the long run, and when you start gaining all that extra weight, you will feel even worse. Continue reading Why Diet is Important for Emotional Well Being
I have always been conscious of my health, studying and experimenting since I was in my twenties. There is no doubt that the topic of diet is very confusing. What is the most optimal diet for health, weight loss and stability and longevity?
Well popular “lifestyle” diet information ranges from low carb, high fat, moderate protein to high carb, low fat, vegetable protein to anything and everything in between. We have the raw food diet, the paleo diet, the starch diet and so many others to choose from. We have meat based, vegetarian and vegan diets. What diet is right? What is the best diet?
I don’t feel there is ever a one size fits all for diets, however I have been a vegetarian since my twenties and for both ethical and health reasons I have remained vegetarian. I recently watched the film “Cowspiracy” on Netflix, which lit a fire under me to move towards veganism. The problem was that I was a low carb, high fat vegetarian at the time and my diet consisted of a lot of cheese, eggs and butter. It would be difficult to be vegan on a low carb diet unless you ate mostly vegetables, nuts and seeds. That did not feel optimal to me at all, so I knew a diet change was necessary.
When I initially went low carb I weighed 137 pounds on my five foot eight inch frame and was feeling a bit dumpy. I had maintained a weight of around 130 pounds my whole adult life, after recovering from an eating disorder in my late teens. Now my weight was creeping up and I knew I needed to take action before it got out of control. I did some research and decided to give the “low carb, high fat” diet a try. Continue reading Why I went from a Low Carb High Fat Diet to a High Carb Low Fat Diet