My approach revolves around meeting your individual needs.
This requires that you access your instincts, intellect, imagination, and intuition (typically to truly access these features we must create balance first). For if you don’t, you’re more likely to follow diet dogmas.
We all have genetic individuality. Our genetic needs are greatly influenced by our parents’ genes. Our genetic origins may range from desert dwelling individuals where there is often little big game to eat and high plant consumption, to Eskimos whose diet may consist of 90% flesh and fat. The scale is vast, and each of us can fall anywhere on it.
We may have one parent that does well on very little meat, and another whose roots are Scandinavian where long winters and a frozen ground meant that meat was essential for survival and therefore programmed into their genes. And any individual may emulate one parent more strongly in their dietary needs or express any variation within the range of their ancestry.
Stress of any physical, emotional or mental nature can significantly change an individual’s dietary needs. If our dietary pattern is too fixed, we can eat ourselves deeper into a potential illness/disease state. If we are in touch with our instincts and not stuck in a diet dogma, we’ll adapt naturally to dietary changes.
If we take most any vegetarian into a gym, start loading them and increasing the rate of protein destruction, they are very likely to crave meat because meat is a high protein/fat source that supports most people’s genetic needs easily.
We all have an obligation to ourselves, to each other, and to the planet.
If we aren’t wise enough to teach our younger generations about life, how it works, and what we must do to support Mother Nature so she can continue to support us in our own growth and development, then our problems are sure to escalate.
After 10 years of committed study in the profession of Health and Wellness, I’ve come to the conclusion that eating with the conscious intention of feeding your body what legitimate organic plant and/or flesh foods it needs is what it takes to be healthy.
Only healthy people can make healthy decisions as a general rule. Only healthy people are open minded enough to keep themselves healthy and not participate in dogmas that may sound good, but really just suppress our natural instincts and don’t actually create health.
FOR ME, it all boils down to this.
If I am to be part of the healing process, to be sensitive to what is needed by both humanity and by Mother Nature, and feel safe that I can trust our instincts, I must be healthy.
If I am to have enough life-force energy to actively create our dreams and share our wisdom with those that may benefit from it, I can’t afford to save a chicken or a cow if it means that our own health will suffer.
If I continue to be a vegetarian when our body tells me to do otherwise, how long will it be before I don’t have the energy to even ring the bell of animal abuse, recycling, water consciousness, or food awareness? While I’m saving a few chickens and cows, I risk diminished health and vitality, and therefore available energy to be the change.
I love all life in nature. I love all animals.
I also love myself enough to know that nature designed each and all to participate in a natural balancing act called “Life”.
Eat to Balance Your Body-Mind
So there it is.
We have no diet dogma.
Our foundational principle is to learn to feel what your body needs and to feed it wisely.
Eating as a vegan, vegetarian, meat eater, or pescatarian are all legitimate approaches to balancing the human body-mind. No one approach should be worshiped. No one approach should be seen as better or worse than the other unless it is evaluated against your overall level of well-being, or lack thereof.
If we are to leave the world a little better for our children than it was when we got here, it is high time that we all stop reading magazines, books on diet dogma, and listening to people selling snake oil, get-slim-quick pills on TV and start cultivating a loving, open-minded relationship with ourselves.
With that objective managed, we will naturally find that our relationships and our contributions to the world reflect our level of sound health in sound actions for the betterment of all.
I hope this helps you to navigate your way to a healthy diet for you. I welcome your questions, comments and experiences, so please share them in the comments section below.