We notice that meditation does not progress in a linear fashion, with one sitting better than the next. Instead we find ourselves sitting in the heart, sensing the waves of our body and mind, receiving and observing. Like anything else, this requires patience and practice.
So this summer I decided to change my lifestyle and diet by becoming pescatarian (only eating fish/seafood) since I lived at the Outer Banks for the summer. Seriously loved it.
Now I didn’t go pescatarian because I think the slaughtering of animals is indecent. Yes the way we go about it is a harsh and disgusting process I feel could use some drastic improvements. But the meat before it even gets to the slaughterhouses literally disgusts me.
In my sociology class we watched the documentary called Food Inc. I’ve heard some people say they think its biased, yet it was what truly opened my eyes to what goes on behind the scenes of what we are putting in our bodies every day. In today’s society with the constantly increasing number of health related disorders, such as obesity or diabetes, you would think people would care more about what foods they’re consuming every day. After seeing Food Inc, I couldn’t help but get this disgusting feeling every time I ate meat after that.Not a feeling of guilt for eating it but an actual feeling of disgust knowing that what was going into my body wasn’t good for it.
Then I watched another documentary called Food Matters. This one was what taught me so much about super foods and organics. Truly amazing stuff. The meats that Americans consume most such as poultry and beef are being raised as “products” for the food industry rather than animals. With all the added hormones, pesticides, care and treatment of the livestock, processing etc., our bodies are digesting foreign toxins that they weren’t built for. I have never felt so strongly about something in my life. Honestly once I finally stopped giving into the craving of grilled chicken (hardest step) I found myself trying and liking so many new and different kinds of foods. Living at the beach I never really liked sea food as a little girl but this past summer fresh mahi mahi became/is my new favorite. Not to mention working at an awesome local seafood restaurant definitely helped make the transition a little easier. Fresh fish straight out of the ocean feeding and growing as nature intended them to.
So now 3 months later after being back in school after a whole semester, I am slowly transitioning to a full vegetarian diet. Since I’m 2 hours from the closest beach, fresh seafood is harder to get my hands on. Honestly my body feels so much better though.I take a flaxseed oil and a vitamin C every day and drink a cup of green tea for breakfast at least 5-6 days a week. But as far as iron and protein, I have just found vegetable substitutes for the nutrients I need. I eat baby spinach (organic of course) like a rabbit. Also, since I cut out dairy products except for cheese and yogurt, I have lost weight without even trying. One supplement I do need more of is calcium though.Just from ridding my body of all these artificial and processed foods, it’s already made a big difference. I’m also a big non-caffeine person. Doesn’t really work for me so I don’t see a point in drinking it. Green tea does have small traces of it but it’s benefits outweigh the low dosage. Basically just from making what I consider small but steady changes in my day to day diet I have found myself wanting to continue on this healthier path. Don’t get me wrong I’m no saint. I get drunk and slip up sometimes and will eat a chicken tender or boneless wings or get cookout. But the next morning I wake up feeling like shit even when I’m not hungover. And alcohol is THE one foreign substance I can’t get rid of. I definitely drink wine more than anything but the amount I drink is what gets me. Other than that, my stomach is definitely happy and adjusting to the healthier foods it’s been getting and now almost rejects the stuff I used to eat pretty regularly 6-7 months ago.
So the point I was getting at was that today I had a small serving of turkey with dinner. And up until now I have felt fine. But now laying in bed I feel nauscious and upset to my stomach. As awesome as my Thanksgiving dinner was, now I am kind of regretting it and wishing I had done an all vegetarian meal like I wanted to. No more cheating for 2013. And hopefully 2014 will be a healthy and happy year! ॐ