I've recently received inquiries about whether or not we 'should' eat meat as humans and my answer isn't very cut and dry. I am usually vegan (sometimes vegetarian, depends on a few things) and my reasons are numerous, including spiritual, nutritional, science based and personal, but the question is more about whether or not humans need meat.
Do we require meat? No. I choose not to debate whether we are frugivore or omnivore, if our intestines are too long for meat or we are physiologically meant to be vegetarian or not. That aside, we do not require any meat to thrive and survive.
Since there is another way, I prefer to live that way. Aside from personal preference, a society with less dependence on animal foods also saves water wasted from watering crops for animals for slaughter, reduces gases that the unnaturally large number of animals release, eliminates or reduces the poor treatment of them, and then there's the subject of health and nutrition.
Some people find themselves in a health crisis where a vegetarian or vegan diet can save their life but nearly never have I seen a case where an animal food diet would offer the same life saving changes in one's body. Not even in treatment for cancer when blood building might be needed; I have raised clients' blood count in two weeks using a vegan method over the animal alternative of blood-rich beef liver and meat. That life-giving quality in living foods paints a big picture as to the value of plant-based, whole foods.
Now, there is no 'across the board' rule for everyone and there are sometimes cases where meat or animal food may be better than none, such as: instances of malnutrition, lack of other caloric intake, wild caught occasional consumption, seasonal lack of nutrients, severe cases of anemia, etc. However, for people with access to a variety of fresh vegetables, fruits, legumes, beans and grains, there is no 'need' for maintaining the extremely disproportionate dependence on animal-based food.
For those who do eat animal food, there are always better choices amongst the types, treatments and cooking methods. Wild caught, free range, anti-biotic free, hormone-free, non-gmo fed, non-grain fed, organic choices are best when selecting meat, eggs or dairy. Raw dairy is more digestible than homogenized and processed. Bison and Buffalo are better choices than beef and of all the animal foods available, the ones with the most nutritional benefits include cold water fish such as salmon and halibut, eggs and wild turkey.
For more information on how to eat vegetarian, attend my 'Vegetarian Nutrition for Beginners' class. Check calendar for dates and details.
After my first appointment with the physical trainer, my ego is injured, body is sore and mind inspired. I can do this ... again.
My trainer and I share similar spiritual thinking, so when I shared my injured ego and/or pride for finding myself at the beginning again, he suggested it was an opportunity to grow. Isn't that the truth?! Always an opportunity to overcome the ego and I welcome it!
I've been pinched, measured, evaluated and tested and ... I want more?! ... The feeling of being sore is fantastic and the experience to assure myself, 'this too shall pass' is even more exciting. I'm renewed and empowered to regain optimal vitality!
Sometimes the journey of climbing up from a low point, is riddled with small falls. I've been in one of those lately so I pulled an OSHO card and to my surprise ... well not really surprised ... I pulled Rebirth: In Zen you are coming from nowhere and you are going to nowhere. You are just now, here, neither coming nor going. Everything passes by you; your consciousness reflects it but it does not get identified. When a lion roars in front of a mirror, do you think the mirror roars? Or when the lion is gone and a child comes dancing, the mirror completely forgets about the lion and starts dancing with the child--do you think the mirror dances with the child? The mirror does nothing, it simply reflects. Your consciousness is only a mirror. Neither do you come, nor do you go. Things come and go. You become young, you become old; you are alive, you are dead. All these states are simply reflections in an eternal pool of consciousness.
Osho Osho Live Zen, Volume, 2 Chapter 16
This card depicts the evolution of consciousness as it is described by Friedrich Nietzsche in his book, Thus Spake Zarathustra. He speaks of the three levels of Camel, Lion and Child. The camel is sleepy, dull, self-satisfied. He lives in delusion, thinking he's a mountain peak, but really he is so concerned with others' opinions that he hardly has any energy of his own. Emerging from the camel is the lion. When we realize we've been missing life, we start saying no to the demands of others. We move out of the crowd, alone and proud, roaring our truth. But this is not the end. Finally the child emerges, neither acquiescent nor rebellious, but innocent and spontaneous and true to his own being. Whatever the space you're in right now--sleepy and depressed, or roaring and rebellious--be aware that it will evolve into something new if you allow it. It is a time of growth and change.
I start training with my first personal trainer on Monday. I'm nervous and after questioning myself as to why, I've decided to blog my journey. There has to be others in my shoes.
At first glance, I appear to be the same size and stature as I've been for many years (especially for those who see me day to day). Granted, in my youth, I've seen nearly 200 pounds, but for the better part of 12 years, I've kept myself 50-60 pounds lighter. The scale hasn't changed but my level of 'fit'ness has! I've gotten so out of shape recently and the contrast of where I am to where I've been really hurts my pride ... or is it my ego?
I've heard people say "I can't go to the gym because I don't look good in gym clothes." Ironic isn't it? I found some really awesome gym clothes so I'm a-okay there, but I can certainly relate to feeling less than enthusiastic about beginning a journey that will obviously become easier once I 'get there.'
As a Holistic Health and Nutrition Coach, I come across people who feel similarly in that they want to 'get there' ... to wherever it is easier ... to wherever they will feel better ... to a lighter weight ... to being symptom-free ... etc. And what do I say to them?
A year from now, you will wish you had started today.
I often attribute the autoimmune disease that started my holistic health journey as a gift. I've determined I was gifted with a health crisis so that I can teach others how to heal themselves. Afterall, I've spent thousands of dollars on education, supplementation, cleanses and other healing journeys to learn how to heal myself. So here are a few new gifts I've been given recently that will teach me how to better help others after having learned, first-hand, the equal necessity and challenge of 'getting there' from somewhere near the beginning:
Becoming so insanely busy with business and life that I stopped:
*moving and getting fit
*meditating and finding center
*eating variety of nutrients
*making home-made raw, vegan masterpieces
*playing in nature
*relaxing at home
So I have arrived at a place where:
*My body feels less flexible, capable and fit.
*My smile takes longer to find in the morning.
*My 'happy' is a little less loud.
So ... I begin another cycle of practice and I'll share my journey with you on my blog. Would you start with me? Do your own journey and pursue your own goals but start today. Do anything you've been meaning to do ... exercise, eat better, read more, laugh louder, mow the lawn before it looks like a forest... whatever it is. A year from now, you will wish you had! (particularly the lawn forest)
This story by Scott Sonnon lingers with inspiration:
In my childhood, I tried to become strong. As a broken and battered obese child, strength seemed deified, and those who possessed it appeared magical in their abilities.
We all sought to build strength, but almost everyone else
lay much farther down the road than I, so their plight
remained unseen to me until decades later. I didn't realize for years that those who were born with genetic advantage, eventually stumbled under the erroneous fixation on "building strength." There are two forces in the world: driving forces, and restrictive forces... but we're so often only taught the former. We are told to step on the accelerator, despite the emergency brake being fully engaged. Tires smoking, engine seizing, brakes burning, lubrication evaporating, going nowhere fast, if you attempt to build strength without disengaging the emergency brake, you break down. Though
it happened to me immediately due to my congenital and nutritional deficiencies, it eventually happened to almost all of those "early bloomers" from my childhood as well.
I had no choice but to focus on removing my weakness, rather than building strength. But now, decades later, that realization helps so many others that the hardships of my youth feel invested wisely. There were two types of events (and people) I experienced in life: those that build you up and those that tear you down. In the end, I've come to be grateful for them both, and now realize
that in being forced to remove my weaknesses, I was left with an unlimited ability to build my strengths.
When you're feeling frustrated, overwhelmed, remember that strong is what happens when you run out of weak. Take off the brakes, and fly.
In a study published in The Journal of Clinical Oncology in 2004,
“standard” chemotherapy for over 150,000 cancer patients, over a 14 year period, produced a
5 year survival rate of 2.1%. That means 98 out of 100 people were dead before 5
years after their date of diagnosis. Not a good success rate in my opinion. In fact, a recent study showed that people with cancer diagnosis who go home and do nothing have a better quality of life and live longer than those choosing conventional chemo.
"In cancer treatment, tumors often respond well initially, followed by rapid regrowth and the resistance to further chemotherapy. Rates of tumor cell reproduction have been shown to accelerate between treatments," says Hutchinson Cancer Research Center in Seattle in an interview with AFP.
My Facebook friend reminds me this is NOT NEW INFO! Researchers have known spreading results after chemo - the patients immunity decreases and the cancer comes back stronger.
I can coach you through any treatment you choose but consider this for yourself - overdose on nutrients - create an inhospitable environment for cancer to flourish with FOODS that heal, not kill.
Even if you have a genetic predisposition for cancer - even hormone based cancer - cancer will NOT GROW if you do not provide the ENVIRONMENTAL TRIGGER which creates DIGESTIVE WEAKNESS and autoimmunity. EAT TO LIVE!
Chemotherapy can backfire and boost cancer growth: study
Cancer-busting chemotherapy can cause damage to healthy cells which triggers them to secrete a protein that sustains tumour growth and resistance to further treatment, a study said
Researchers in the United States made the "completely unexpected" finding while seeking to explain why cancer cells are so resilient inside the human body when they are easy to kill in the lab.
They tested the effects of a type of chemotherapy on tissue collected from men with prostate cancer, and found "evidence of DNA damage" in healthy cells after treatment, the scientists wrote in Nature Medicine.
This blog is on the many avenues that interest Coach Stephanie. Subjects are a vast array of hobbies, career, desires, coaching and lifestyle.
"I am here for support, guidance, education and as an example of what works for ME. What works for me may work for you or at least provide you with a starting point from which to explore. I am discovering what works for me at every moment. I don’t have it all figured out, but I do feel I have a teaching and healing nature with which I am here to share. In this blog, I offer you a view into my practice of being that which makes my experience - MINE."
Certified Holistic Health and Nutrition Practitioner, Stephanie Austin, was guided into holistic living in 2002 when she was diagnosed with Dermatomyositis, an uncommon autoimmune disease affecting the skin and muscle.
Opting for education rather than medication, Austin enrolled in a Holistic Health Practitioner program in 2004 after realizing she'd been gifted with disease so that she may learn to heal herself and later teach others to do the same.
Since her education, Austin has released over 60 pounds and conquered years of junk food addiction through holistic healing and nutrition techniques that she now passes onto others through her business, Wellness by Mother Nature.
Austin has been the Director of Education and Board Member for the nonprofit organization, The Wellness Kitchen. She is the recipient of the 2015 Outstanding Graduate Award from www.ACHS.edu.
Austin is an author, coach and speaker who empowers people on the healing value of nutrition and the innate self-healing abilities of a body in balance.
She has helped hundreds of people achieve balance through methods such as meditation, herbs, movement, supplements, aromatherapy, homeopathy, nutrition, mind-body connection, energy healing and by closely listening to the needs of her clients.
It is awareness that brings change, not your effort. Why does it happen through awareness? - because the awareness changes you. And when you are different, the world is different. It is not a question of creating a different world, it is only a question of creating a different you. You are your world; so if you change, the world changes.
My Other Blogs
I've used several websites over the years to journal my juice cleanses. Since there are many years worth of journals, I am slowly moving them all to this one. Meanwhile, you can view my First Juice Fast blog here and a few others here and here.
If you're looking for program specific blogs (ie. Juice Cleanse or Gluten Free) visit the Classes and Programs here for their respective blogs, which are password assessable to clients only.
The Traveling Homesteader has an entirely separate blog here.
Otherwise, I write everything else here at www.StephanieAustin.com.