Something kind of shocking is happening to me, something that I honestly did not plan on, and something that feels like it came in purely through my Intuitive Body. I have felt it rumbling for months but was a little bit afraid to take it seriously.
You probably already know that I am a very healthy eater-
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I suppose I am a “reformed” healthy eater, having been addicted to sugar most of my life. I don’t eat any form of sugar or flour products (that includes whole wheat or whole grain), I avoid gluten and pretty much all processed foods, things that comes in boxes and bags. I try to not be evangelical about this, although I know how much my clients and others suffer from continuing to eat certain things that make them feel lousy, and hate the way they look.
But I have ALWAYS loved meat. I am a total carnivore, always have been. And I’ve always truly believed that meat “agreed with me” (that’s sort of a weird expression when you see it in writing…). I also very much believed that meat and animal protein grounded me- because I am very sensitive/empathic/intuitive and can not always be securely grounded in my body, the heaviness of animal protein felt like it was a balancing thing.
So a few months ago when I was at the bookstore, and found myself buying a couple of books on vegan ways of eating, it freaked me out a little. I was so drawn to them, I read them cover to cover in a weekend, and I felt like I was tipping towards something I wasn’t at all sure I wanted. I got scared and put the books out of sight- I really could not imagine changing my eating in such a fundamental and drastic way. I never loved the staples of vegetarian or vegan diets like legumes or whatever, and I was also afraid that maybe all of the starchy vegetables and such would negatively impact my weight. So I continued my meat-eating ways…
I eat mostly protein, vegetables and salads, and fruit. Sweet potato and brown rice are my only starches- the gluten in other grains is something I completely avoid because I feel much better, have less allergies, and more stable moods- plus no cravings. Many of us are very sensitive to gluten and don’t know it, but that’s another story.
Because I eat only whole foods, cutting out my major source of protein would be a really big deal.
But then again, this powerful intuitive message started up again about 2 weeks ago. Thoughts about needing to cut meat out and switch to other plant sources of protein got insistent. I wondered what this was about, but I’ve also learned that when messages come in so persistently, and come in without fear or anxiety, that they should be taken as divine guidance. I live by this belief- being able to trust my intuitive knowing and the messages of guidance have always served me powerfully and well.
So I asked my vegetarian friend what she was having for lunch that day. She told me, and I had the same thing. I did it again for dinner, and although I ate meat once this week to see what it felt like in comparison, I have been eating things that really surprise me because I never liked them before, and because I really DO like them now! Writing this is making me want to break into Dr. Seuss’ “Green Eggs And Ham” verse- ANd yes I ‘ll eat them on a bus, in a car, on a plane, etc etc.
I really am in a kind of shock. I look at these new little items on my plate, on my salads, besides my vegetables and am amused and surprised at every meal. Like, who put these there? One of the most satisfying parts, which had nothing to do with any of this originally, is the fun of calculating how cheap a serving of beans is and thinking about how much money I am saving. Well on myself anyways- my teen sons, Luke and Nicky are not too interested in this, although Andy says he is.
Andy being interested in this way of eating is VERY good news for me- yes, because it’s healthy for him too, but mostly because Andy has become the cook at home, I have lost interest in cooking for the moment. Andy is already dreaming up new recipes and combinations and all.
My eating is pretty simple, have dropped many of my “foodie” ways although quality, freshness and visual appeal still make me very happy and appreciative.
Anyways- I don’t know exactly where this will go. I feel really good about it because I adore animals and could not totally reconcile this with being such a big bad meat eater. I also feel really good about this new pattern because all of the health gurus that I respect have read “The China Study” and recommend that we mostly eat plant foods to feel our best and align with our biological makeup.
So for now, it’s really good. And good feels good…
I am not going to label myself- not as vegan or vegetarian, or whatever. That is so beside the point for me. I am taking this one meal at a time, and simply noticing what it feels like in my body, in my heart, in overall way of being.
I just had a really delicious breakfast of hot gluten-free cereal (I call it mush), blueberries, some toasted raw almonds and toasted coconut, and a dash of nutment and cinammon. Believe me I am not into deprivation, that is never the way to go.
As with everything, never take action from fear, only inspiration! It makes everything you do feel better on every level.
And I want that for you, and me.
Love and blessings from Beantown (get it? We live near Boston..sorry just amusing myself)
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