HEY FAM! I’VE BEEN BLESSED TO BE ON THIS EARTH FOR 25 YEARS, BUT IT WASN’T UNTIL THE LAST COUPLE WHERE I STARTED TO CHASE MY CURIOSITY. I STARTED TO SEEK QUESTIONS IN MY HEALTH, EGO, PURPOSE, LIFESTYLE, SUSTAINABILITY, SPIRITUALITY AND SO MUCH MORE. MY CURIOSITY HAS PUSHED ME TO DISCOMFORT AND OVER THESE LAST COUPLE YEARS I’VE COME TO NEW AMAZING REVELATIONS AND UNDERSTANDINGS ABOUT THIS BEAUTIFUL GAME OF LIFE. THE SOUL SEARCHING HAS RAISED MY AWARENESS AND I BECAME MUCH MORE INTENTIONAL. AND IT IS MY INTENTION TO SHARE WITH YOU ALL MY NEW AND EVER EVOLVING PERSPECTIVES. SO STRAP UP, AND LET’S GO FOR A RIDE.
For my plant based familia, this will resonate. But for the majority reading this, you’re probably thinking “Not this shit again!!”
I feel you.
One day, before I went plant based, I was eating a hard boiled egg on my work break. It’s a mega source of protein and I was all proud of myself for being healthy, then my one vegan co-worker went OFF on me. Making me feel small, ashamed and less than. Top that with a bunch of other deeply rooted lack of self worth stories, yeah, it didn’t feel good.
Now, some of us may have experienced that or heard similar stories, leaving us with this distasteful resentment for “those people”. I’m here to tell you right now, you won’t get that from me.
Hell, I’ve been eating meat for 98% of my life and if I’m talking shit on you then I’ve got some deeper problems I’ve gotta deal with and I’d be a major hypocrite. That ain’t my style.
So, my intention is to simply get you asking the deeper questions. Getting really really honest and real and intentional with your decisions. I want to expand how you look and feel about being plant based (I like “plant based” because I feel a lot of bad energy around the word “Vegan”). And I want to share some incredible positives I’ve gained from making this lifestyle shift, which I was completely blind to when I started.
When talking to plant based friends we usually ask, “What got you to switch to the plant based lifestyle?” And you’ll usually hear one, two, or three answers:
All of these answers are EPIC, and all major influencers for my decision.
I remember back when I was eating meat, deep down I felt a little off. I had a general understanding of how we got meat on our plates, but I was truthfully scared of the truth.
I remember saying to myself, “I’ll wait until I watch the video”. You can imagine how many days and weeks and months I pushed this activity back because I didn’t want to see the truth. In fact, I was ignorant.
Now, “ignorance” might get a bad rap, but my definition is simply a lack of understanding, or an unwillingness to seek to understand.
I was shielding myself from the truth, which inherently left me feeling incredibly out of alignment. Then I watched THE video: Dominion.
And yes, it’s as treacherous and horrible as you can imagine. How many times do we avoid thinking about how our foods actually get on our plate? That sizzle, and texture and taste is just too damn beautiful, right??
But I was ignorant to the truth of the matter. I wasn’t a conscious consumer. And dude…I fucking love animals.
I got to the point on my journey where I was focusing on being in alignment with my values, and I realized…how can I say I love animals, yet contribute to the pain, suffering, and unjustness of so many beautiful creatures.
If you love animals, and truly love animals, watch Dominion. And if you still dig meat and can’t give it up after watching that, then I’m cool with that because now it is a conscious decision. But we owe it to ourselves to know the truth. There is a major release in our bodies when we live in alignment. Just like how I talked about being a conscious consumer with foods and labels, knowing how our food gets to our plate is part of that formula as well. If you’re an animal lover, check it out.
Second, we have the health aspect.
There is a serious war going on behind the scenes about whether we NEED meat or can live without it. I’ve heard both sides of the story and came to my own conclusion.
I stole a copy of my sister’s book “Skinny Bitch” by Kim Barnouin. Yes, they also have “Skinny Bastard” for my brothers, and the info on the meat and dairy industry was eye opening to say the least.
I also watched the documentary, “What The Health” on Netflix.
Logically speaking, big corporations are all about that good mulla, right? “Any means necessary!”
Many farmers support their family and lifestyle through this business. And what they’ve found is that the bigger the animal, the more meat that is produced. And more meat produced equals more dinero in the pocket. Same goes for milk and dairy.
The main focus is on quantity, not quality.
So, to get the animals nice and juicy and thick with meat, they pump Growth Hormones, antibiotics, corn and grains, and other not so friendly stuff in them that we would NEVER put into our bodies. Remember the phrase, “You are what you eat, ate”…well those chemicals that are in those animals are now in our meat. And when eaten, they are now in us. Gnarly, right?
Same goes for fish when they’re swimming in mercury and other toxic chemicals. It’s a first class ticket to disrupting our microbiome.
Another thing to think about is, after watching “Dominion”, you’ll see the screams and horror and stress in these animals.
Question…what happens to our bodies when we are overly stressed? Or when we go through a heavily traumatic experience?
Chemicals shoot through our bodies and affect our health. Also, energetically, we are consuming the remains of an overly stressed, horrified being and that energy is then transferred into us.
And then they artificially change the color of the meat in the display cases and adjust the lighting so it looks desirable. Yeah, I could go on, but just watch the documentary.
I also follow many incredible health experts, and not all of them are pro being 100% plant based. It’s a back and forth battle, and I think, if health is our overriding value over the others, we can still stay healthy with conscious real, whole foods and clean meats.
BUT, if health is the reason why you eat meat, then you MUST make sure you know where you are getting it from. Grass fed or free range.
I’m not promoting eating meat, but realistically, not everyone is going to make the change, or will do so slowly. So, if this is you, and health is a value of yours and shifting this lifestyle is daunting, then make sure you go for grass fed and free range and know where it’s coming from. Look up how they farm the animals.
I know it’s more expensive, but be a conscious consumer. It’s a powerful thing. And your body will thank you.
Next, we have sustainability. Truthfully, I had no idea the impact consuming meat products had on the climate and environment. I took environmental science in High School, and we did a test to see what our environmental footprint was and I don’t think it ever mentioned how much meat or dairy we consumed. It was all about turning the lights off when not using them, carpooling, saving water, and all those minute details.
After research, I’ve found that all of this is minuscule in comparison to simply reducing the meat and dairy we consume, due to the way these animals are farmed. My eyes popped wide open after watching “Cowspiracy” on Netflix. By cutting out animal products you save (per day) 1100 gallons of water, 45lbs of grain, 30 square feet of forest, 10lbs of CO2, and 1 animal’s life.
For me, I LOVE the outdoors. I love nature and I love this earth. But contributing to this industry left me completely unaligned. If you love mother earth, check out the doc on Netflix.
NOW we get into the juicy stuff. The stuff not a lot of people talk about. The benefits that I’ve realized after deep reflections.
For those who have read this far, you are so deeply loved.
If you have no desire in making this switch, that’s alright. I’m not here to shame or force my hand upon you. I don’t believe that is how we create change. I just want us to live an intentional life. Questioning every decision we make. I know this shift isn’t easy. It’s a radical change. All I ask is that you seek to understand both sides.
Be a conscious liver of your life.
Watch all the videos I recommended, then, if you still want to stick with meat every now and then, then right on! I’m cool with that because now it will be a conscious decision.
I want to wrap up with one last reflection.
As I transitioned to a plant based lifestyle, many asked me “Why” I decided to make this radical change. As I sat and reflected on this, I realized that when I was still eating meat, no one ever asked me why I ate meat.
I thought that was fascinating.
So, I reflected and asked myself “Why did I actually eat meat?. The answers were pretty interesting.
“I liked the taste. It gave ME protein. It filled ME up. It’s easier. I didn’t want to cause trouble. It’s just what we’ve always done”.
You can see the theme, right? The answers were pretty much all centered around ME.
Now, why did I go plant based?
“To save and support the animals. To help reduce my carbon footprint and sustain this beautiful earth. To improve my health. To make the DECISION. To live in alignment. To connect deeper with mother earth, and to be a part of this beautiful movement and community.”
Being plant based is not a diet, it is a lifestyle. Yes, it was a radical shift in identity, but it is the identity I am so proud to embody. I’ve met so many incredible humans who share the same vision. I strive every day to honor and live in alignment with my values. And being plant based does that for me.
There are so many incredible resources to make this shift as painless as possible. It’s a movement, and a damn loving one.
At the end of the day I want you to be in alignment with YOU. We all hear people “living their best lives”, but I don’t believe that is possible if we are not intentional and in alignment with our choices and how we think, act and feel. This is YOUR journey. I want you to step into your POWER. You have my support every step of the way.
I love you deeply.