Peace in the Body

Where I Was, Where I Am.

When I began my health journey, after spending a year and a half digesting so much knowledge from so many sources my major goal from the start was to *feel good*. After trying a handful of diets, methods, philosophies, this lifestyle has given me my life back. I feel more alive at 30 than I have since being a kid. Fiber, hydration, detoxification, and nutrients from living foods have changed my life and have given my body what it needed to heal from SO many symptoms and ailments! 5 years since starting my health journey I stay around 125-130 lbs at 5’6″ currently as a nursing momma. Although the numbers mean little to me compared to how I feel! I cannot imagine being a mom and feeling like I used to feel at 230 lbs riddled with so many terrible and uncomfortable symptoms. Many of my “conditions” were called “incurable”, “chronic”, and “autoimmune”. I always believed the thought that that body attacks itself to be an odd one. The body does not want to attack itself, it is always working towards cleansing and growing new cells. Our bodies are always working FOR us. And we must believe that. I do not take my health and well being or my ENERGY for granted! I am thankful every day for my well-being, energy, and for where I am going!

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I am GRATEFUL:

…my ovaries do not ache from pain of cysts
…my hands are not cracked and bleeding from eczema
…I do not have little water blisters on my hands from eczema
…I do not have eczema randomly spreading to my face in times of higher stress
…I do not suffer from planter fasciitus anymore

…My hair and nails grow strong and healthy.
…I rarely have an acne break out.
…My stomach skin shrinks more everyday.
…I have little to no body odor, ever.
…My lymphatic, digestive, urinary, and reproductive systems work efficiently to cleanse      my body of unwanted toxins and waste.
…My nervous system works with my brain to remain calm, relax muscles, and
contract muscles, it also works wonderfully to deliver so many messages of pleasure
and pain.
… My circulatory system works tirelessly delivering nutrients and oxygen all over my
body.
… My bones and muscles are constantly improving themselves.
… I did not have a panic attack today.
… I do not suffer from acid reflux any longer.
… I do not suffer from chronic hives anymore! (Urticaria = chronic itchiness = dependency on Zyrtec = histamine dependency = hell)
… I feel young.

I like to focus on the good, on what is working, but I wanted to point out a few things above that you may relate to, that is why I mentioned symptoms/ailments I was suffering from.

I am getting what I need from my diet rich in trace minerals, vitamins, amino acids and lipids. I am filled from my nature connection, my positive thoughts, meditation practice, and yoga practice with love, energy, compassion and kindness.

Basically tons of fruit and tons of leafy greens and some seeds, nuts, seaweeds, “superfoods”,  and sprouts.

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Happy Monday friends!

I Eat Plants.

I often get asked this question by strangers, friends, family and acquaintances. The question goes something like: “Why vegan?”, “How come you don’t eat meat?”, “Why give up cheese?”  or “What’s wrong with bacon?”. So here it is folks, my first attempt at publicly and thoroughly answering this question “Why I Live a Plant-Based Lifestyle”

I could simplify it into three points:

  • Compassion for animals
  • Compassion for my health
  • Compassion for the Earth
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Casey

I started to feel the lopsidedness of my life when I was adoring my pets on a daily basis while at the same time I was serving animal for dinner. What is the difference between a pig and a dog? A pig is said to have the understanding of a 3-year old human. They know what is happening when they are taken for slaughter. The fear and adrenaline is pumped into the very meat that sits on the end of that fork. We are essentially eating their fear, their confusion and adrenaline. I came upon the idea of my stomach being a graveyard and I couldn’t stand it any longer. It didn’t feel right. I started studying the conditions in which these “livestock” animals live and die. They are horrendous, appalling, disease-ridden, and depressing places filled with disdain and darkness. If you’d like a great book recommendation it’s Eating Animals by Jonathan Safran Foer’s. Then I did some research on whether or not we as humans need meat to survive and thrive. The simple answer: no. This isn’t the post where I argue whether humans are frugivores, herbivores or omnivores. Maybe later, but not now. Also, this is not the “protein” post. If you are eager to find that out before I prepare my spiel about it, check google for “plant-based protein” (psst! The answer is all plants!) This is where I insert this link. That video always brings a smile and a tear, so much joy.

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Mika

My personal journey started with giving up dairy for health reasons. It proved so beneficial I decided to stick with it and after a few minor “slip-ups” I haven’t had dairy or cheese since. This was in fall of 2011. In the spring of 2013, I found myself feeling compelled to quit eating meat. About the same time I had some neighbors who were going to “go vegan” for the lent season. I also had met my second vegan friend and was thinking “Hey, this is possible, I could do this!”. I convinced my partner to try it with me (if only for a month), this was SO helpful and I am blessed that he was willing to try it and support me. At the end of that month I felt great and more confident than ever about taking the plunge into veganism. I had already ditched milk and cheese (which is what many struggle with the most) and had just gone a month without eggs and meat. My digestion was improving, my energy level was up and I had peace in my heart. I did not anticipate the last part. I decided to not look back and to continue living a plant-based lifestyle. Since then I have come upon more compassion than ever before in my life. I kid you not, I believe that aligning my plate with my beliefs about animal-rights, specie-ism, and health has given me peace and compassion that I couldn’t imagine.

My health improved all around. Thankfully there is much information and research being done that supports plant-based living. Eating plants and turning away from animal products can lower risk of heart disease, stroke, cancer, diabetes and obesity. If you care what the American Dietetic Association says: “… appropriately planned vegetarian diets, including total vegetarian or vegan diets, are healthful, nutritionally adequate, and many provide health benefits in the prevention and treatment of certain diseases. Well-planned vegetarian diets are appropriate for individuals during all stages of the life cycle, including pregnancy, lactation, infancy, childhood, and adolescence, as well as for athletes.” According to the Center for Disease Control (CDC): In 2010, more than one third of children and adolescents were overweight or obese. This is an obvious problem that should no longer be neglected and it’s up to all of us to make a change starting with ourselves and our own plate.

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Maya

I fancy myself a lover of all things Earth. It’s beautiful, we depend on it and it gives us life. In turn I’d like to do my best to protect her and give back. She can take care of herself for the most part, but I would not like to be apart of her destruction. A United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization report released in 2006 revealed that animal agriculture causes more greenhouse gas emissions than all the world’s transportation combined. Also, it takes 8 times as much fossil fuel to produce animal protein as it does to produce plant protein. Another excellent fact that I’d like to point out, it takes less water to produce one year’s worth of food for a completely plant-based diet, than to produce one month’s worth of food for a diet with animal products. What I buy at the market has a higher impact on the planet than what or how I drive.

Food is such a vital part of our lives. We eat multiple times every day (if we’re blessed enough). Food gives us energy, strength, enjoyment and life. What we put in our grocery carts and kitchens has more of an impact than we first think. Our daily choices truly have the power to change the world. By making the decision to live life without consuming animal flesh or secretions, one could make a positive and compassionate impact on their world, their health and the lives of others. In the words of In Defense of Animals- “Veganism is about celebrating life by taking care of your health and the health of the planet, and by protecting the lives of animals that share our world.”

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Benny

If you have any questions for me about my plant-based transition or journey, or if you are wondering about this lifestyle and have a question about veganism/vegetarianism leave a comment below. I want to know what you think!

Also, keep checking back as I am planning to add a page that includes my recommendations for books, cookbooks, films/documentaries.

Thanks for stopping by, have a wonderful day!