Odd. I like odd.
Next for dinner, I intend to make Lemony Lentil Soup with a Pistachio Pesto drizzle, which I learned in Berkeley at a workshop at Bauman College. I hope they enjoy it.
Meanwhile, I'm doing great on my juice cleanse. I went running through the forest and down to the beach this weekend and LOVED it. I love running while empty and fueled by easily digested nutrients.
Today's first recipe reading included nut cheese from Choosing Raw and Nathalie Lawhead (click names to read more). Nathalie writes an incredible article on fermenting cheese and the importance of lacto-fermentation.
Onto a much bigger subject...
Recently, I've actually craved red meat, which I would rather not eat again; just being candid here.
Even though I didn't start my vegetarianism for ethical reasons, the desire to not kill to eat has grown to be the stronger reason for my dietary choices. Thing is, I've not been thriving as I once have. I thrive while juicing for sure ... but I can't live on juice alone.
Where I go wrong is in 1) not enough variety, 2) little to no supplementation, and 3) not eating enough food. Some of the nutrients I tend to lack from such nutritional neglect include: omegas 3, 6 and 9, CLA, D3, K2, B12, protein and iron. While I'm one of those firm believers we need far less protein than is marketed, I still eat fewer calories in protein that what I need to thrive.
I've been recommitting myself to better nutrition during this juice cleanse, and I've been researching, as well as meditating, on "What is the best way for ME to eat?" I tend to do what I learn, even if it is challenging or feels 'extreme.' If I read that the benefits are said to be the best, I will try it just because 'I should.' The real problem with being such an information seeker is I stopped eating 'intuitively' and instead, I eat what is described as the 'best way.' But as the brilliant Fred Bisci says, we are all different and so are our dietary needs!
In my efforts to regain control over what I choose to eat, based on what's best for me personally, I, of course ... drumroll please ... turned to research!
Gaahh my Science, info-brain!
This time; however, I am looking for empowerment and not answers. I have the answers if I take the time to ask myself.
I'm in alignment with raw food educator Shazzie, when she wrote: "I had to keep reminding myself that a vegan diet isn't natural and therefore must be supplemented for optimal health." She has opted to feed her once raw vegan child egg yolks, butter and dairy, in addition to daily supplementation, to assure her vitality.
She's so right! Even horses, elephants and other large, non-animal dependent eaters receive nutrients through fecal-laden soil (b12) and insects as they forage. Even the bonobo, the animal with DNA most like ours, eats between 1-5% animal-based nutrition.
But I don't want to! We aren't meant to consume another mammal's milk; it too is unnatural, but I certainly don't want to eat insects or spend $200/mo to supplement either. The alternative, for me, might be occasional consumption of eggs, perhaps raw dairy, and I might even try sardines - a low mercury, omega rich food. Not sure yet, but I just might!
Shazzie goes on to say something else I relished over, "I had to question my own belief system. The initials for Belief System are BS, have you ever noticed that?"
When it comes to my own health, I often forget to treat myself like I do my clients. What would I tell a client if they came to me unhappy with their dietary lifestyle? I'd say, "DO SOMETHING ELSE because the goal is to maintain or regain balance in order to restore health. And healthy also means HAPPY."
There is a gross, over-reliance on animal-sourced food in the Western diet. Countless health and environmental concerns result from this imbalance. Furthermore, the treatment of animals for the benefit of our money-making food industry is appalling, and I never wish to contribute to the consumption and production of commercially raised animal-sourced food.
With that said, I would like to find my level of optimal health while eating as consciously and fairly as possible; in accordance with our anthropological proven dietary needs (ie. predominately plant-sourced); and in close connection with the providers of my select few, animal-sourced food choices.
I plan to listen to my body and do my best to honor it. I will continue to share my experiences with you as I realize many people inquire about my personal dietary choices to fight Dermatomyositis and my over 50 pound weight loss. For now, I'm still fasting and loving it.