This year unlike any other in my life has been a year of awakening. Throughout the year I’ve been reviewing podcasts and videos from raw foodists, vegetarians, vegans and those who subscribe to a macrobiotic way of eating. While I don’t subscribe totally to any of the aforementioned ways of life, this year, I’ve decided to incorporate them ALL into my way of living.
I really like the way that raw foodists look physically. People like Kayrn Callebrese and Woody Harelson are living testaments that eating raw foods, foods that I call living foods, really make you look alive. Your skin is vibrant and your insides are well taken care of as well. You’re giving your body the raw materials it needs to work at it’s optimum. I can definitely agree with much of this, but I do like meat occasionally and NOT raw meat, as some raw foodists do. I will therefore try to incorporate as many raw foods in my diet from now own. This will be easy because I love fruits and vegetables.
I’ve never been a big meat eater, but I do like meat. I stopped eating and buying beef in bulk, many years ago. I must say hearing about one e-coli out-break after another, was a major factor in my decision. Again, however, I do like meat. I am thankful though that my mother didn’t consume lots of meat during her pregnancy with me. I believe that is a major reason, I can go a whole week with meals that consist of only vegetable, fruits, legumes and juices (natural of course). I’m very thankful that I don’t need meat to complete my meal. When I have meat I really try to have organic, which is not that easy to find. I just don’t want the hormones that are injected into the animals, for various reasons, passed along to me. When you listen to vegetarians talk about how long it takes your body and digestive track to break down meat, I’m very happy to continue with this way of life this year and beyond.
Vegans don’t believe in eating meat or food from animals, like milk, eggs, cheese, etc. I hate eggs, but love milk and cheese. I’ve heard the arguments against them, but I know there are cultures in Africa, the Middle East, etc., who live off of these two staples and have less disease and health problems than Americans by far! I do agree with vegans when they say that so many animals are pumped up with growth hormones and are so stressed that much of the food that comes from them might not be good for your body. I avoid this by buying milk from companies that guarantee they treat their animals properly and that don’t inject the animals with hormones. This can be hard to find, so while I like milk and cheese, I don’t have them often.
The macrobiotic way of eating is the one that has impressed me the most. I have seen so many real life stories on YouTube and mainstream media channels that tout the healing power of macrobiotic eating. This year I’ve incorporated many of the meals from macrobiotic recipes at least once a week. I would love to do it more. The meals include a whole grain and sea vegetable, preferably. However often times many people can’t find the Kambu or Nori, which are sea vegetables that you need. Fortunately I live by a couple of health food stores. However if you don’t, just make sure you have a leafy dark green. I suggest Kale, Collards or Mustard greens. They are easy to prepare and taste delicious. Honoring my Creator by honoring my body with healthy foods, is how I plan to improve my overall health this year.