Going Vegtarian For A WeekAs you may or may not know, I was vegetarian for about 12 years and vegan for two of those. It served me well. Have a look at my post I did at New Years about the turning points in my fat loss journey in which I spoke about Vegetarianism. I am not against it at all. In fact I believe that even though I'm not currently vegetarian, it would be a much better planet if we all were. There was a long period of time in my journey where I would only eat raw foods. If sitting on a table, it would eventually rot away, then I would consider putting it in my body. I am finding that I'm doing much better right now while eating a bit of animal protein so just like I experimented with vegetarianism for 12 years, I'm now experimenting with "not" being vegetarian.
Next week though, I am going veggie for a week.
I'm volunteering at a personal development course by T.Harv Eker called "Mind of Steel, Heart of Gold" which is for grads of his Enlightened Warrior and Wizard Camp courses. Participants and volunteers are all eating vegetarian for the week.
I'm looking forward to it. A good rest for the digestive tract. I'm also planning on supporting myself a bit more by eating some Dandelion Root, more probiotics and other whole food herbs.
I was speaking by email with a friend of mine in Las Vegas by the name of David Cornbleth. David has been living on a raw food diet for the past two years at least and in his own words, is "super-thriving" on it. He sent me the following reply in a dialog we were having and I thought it was worded so brilliantly that I'd share it for everyone Vegetarian or non.
As far as vegetarianism goes--it's the future of the planet. We've become a compassionless people -- murdering over 2 million chickens per day unnecesarily. Torturing and slaughtering cows for their milk and meat is compassionless and unnecessary. It's also creating alot of disease in people all over the planet.
I am literally "super-thriving" on raw vegan plant food and so are many, many others. There is truly no need whatsoever to consume animals or animal products.
Many have spent lifetimes wondering what caused humanity's "fall from grace." What has caused humanity's disconnection from living in a natural paradise? Why is civilization out of balance with Nature? These thoughts are often triggered by a study of the classical, legendary, or religious stories of a former perfect age.
Every culture seems to have a story about how human life began on Earth. Most describe a place where people lived in harmony with the plants and animals. While living this way, the stories indicate that, people experienced happiness and peace.
These stories often indicate that everything was in harmony until something happened. Some stories tell of a great flood, others tell of humans gaining an understanding of good and evil, still others tell of a shift in Earth's alignment, a few even tell of some godly or spiritual powers that drastically changed the state of life on Earth.
Those of us who follow a balanced, thoughtful raw-food diet, believe that we have found the major piece of the answer to humanity's obvious disconnection with Nature. A multifaceted collection of scientists, spiritual leaders, researchers, and grassroots raw-food enthusiasts, have come to understand through experience, that the great change in human life occurred after humans discovered fire, and then began cooking food.
The obvious separation created by putting fire between our food and our mouth, the tremendous amount of time and energy people spend to cook food, the use of massive resources to create today's cooked-food culture (with its billions of kitchens and restaurants), the construction of factories and shops all churning out cooked and processed foods, the packaging and wrappers involved in the whole cooked-food process, and the lack of life energy in cooked food are all major contributing factors in humanity's fall from paradise. Subconsciously, we know this, as our picture of paradise usually involves sun, beaches, mangoes, and coconuts; not gloomy cities, restaurants, and cooked animals for dinner.
All animals living in the wild eat their food raw and, almost always, fresh. Raw is Nature's First Law. Only humans and domesticated animals eat cooked and processed foods.
The cooking and processing of foods has become so common that most of us do not even question it. The assumption that cooked and processed foods are as good as raw foods is just an assumption. Most people do not know for sure, because they have never tried a balanced raw-food approach. Einstein once
said: "The essential is to get rid of deeply rooted prejudices, which we often repeat without examining them."
Here is a visual experiment to consider: Feed a tribe of gorillas a diet of coffee, donuts, and other processed human foods for a few years. Let us watch what happens. Or consider, a herd of deer who, instead of eating their grass raw, decide to collect it and boil it in a giant cauldron. Picture what would happen in that situation!
What is it that constitutes the basis of human nourishment? Is it refined sugar flowing out of the roaring jaws of factories? Is it the flesh of animals being churned out by combinations of torturous factory farms and horrific slaughterhouses? Is it the milk of factory-farmed cows naturally intended for baby calves? Is it cooked and processed foods containing dyes, flavors, and preservatives?
The basis of human nourishment is obvious: it is raw plant foods. And Nature presents this to us in abundance. Raw plant foods are simple, easy to find, fun to eat, enjoyable, contain thousands of health-giving nutrients, and conform to the biological design of the human digestive system. The sun is the source of all life and raw plant foods represent the purest form of transformed sun energy.
When one eats an orange, the wrapper (peel) becomes compost. When one follows a raw-plant-food lifestyle, the amount of trash produced by that individual decreases to almost nothing. Test for yourself and see.
An individual who eats the typical foods found in so-called "civilized society" who then changes to a raw-plant-food diet can discover energy they have never known. Eating a balanced mix of raw plant foods restores the body on a molecular level, building strong cells, radically naturalizing the body, raising alkalinity, and grounding the person in the natural world. Of course, the body resists shocking changes and everyone should ease into the raw-food approach at an appropriate pace. Also, everyone should educate themselves on this amazing subject (by exploring websites, reading raw-food books, chatting on-line with other raw-foodists, and attending lectures), so that the common mistakes are avoided.
As the months and years pass, a person switching to a raw-plant-food approach may notice a greater awareness of the spiritual world, become more intuitive, and feel natural powers they have never experienced (or did not know they had). One will find oneself having more fun in a garden than a movie theatre. A profound new connection will arise with plants and animals.
Every person is a work of art in progress. Either one can become progressively more beautiful, or one can follow the fate civilization has set out (miseducation, wage slavery, decay, illness, and an untimely death). Each action one takes determines which of these two destinies will be achieved.
What we eat helps to guide our path. Eating determines what level of health our body will experience. Every bite of food put into the body should add to our strength, spirituality, and beauty. Each meal becomes part of who we are at the deepest level.
"You are what you eat" is a cosmic law. Everybody knows that saying -- everybody! It is a concept that has been known in every culture and civilization throughout history. It is written into the fabric of the universe. It is a simple law of Nature that should be remembered each day, and at each meal. Those who wish to heal themselves and the planet, should eat the most healing foods.
"Healing foods" means quality, organic, homegrown, or wild foods and/or superfoods in their raw natural state. Following this principle is not only the simplest way to choose what to eat, but is simply the best way to bring about good health and spiritual transformation. Because of this, I am dedicated to helping as many people as possible succeed and prosper with the raw-food lifestyle.
I encourage anyone who wishes to experience the bounties of Nature to delve into eating what Nature provides to us. That is: raw plant foods. I encourage people to learn about superfoods, garden foods, and wild plants (herbs), to learn a new way of living, to experience the incredible energy Nature will give to you by accepting the foods she provides, and to live life in a melody with the plants and animals. By doing so, you may experience and reclaim your own little bit of paradise!
The miracle we have of this body. The truly ominous gift should be cared for and nourished in the best possible fashion. Please take it upon yourself to at least learn more about how it works and how it uses food. Invest in your body, get the best possible nutrition you can. Learn, grow and be well.
Vegetarian Resource Group