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The Evolution of Veganism, Continued…

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I have written before about the “Evolution of Vegan-ism” and how evolution takes time.   The human body is an animal and this animal has been eating meat for a long time.  So it makes sense that converting to a vegan diet will take the human body a period time to adapt.  There is more to the story – as always…

The idea that humans were originally herbivores or vegans has never set quite right with me.   It was a puzzle with a missing piece.  My mind loves to solve puzzles, but this one was beyond my human brain to make sense of.   Of course, over the last 6 years, I’ve realized the human mind is so limited.  We are limited by what we know and experience.  Yes – humans have a tendency to block information that doesn’t align with what we already know.

Revelation is information revealed (divinely delivered).  It happens when you least expect it.  It happens in my sleep a lot (when my mind is less busy), but sometimes, messages come out of nowhere and smack me in the face.   This was one of those.  I thought I was meditating on one thing, but the Universe had different ideas.

What dictates the human animal’s natural eating tendency is our “roots” – where we originated.  Early Eskimos (Arctic people) would have starved to death without the whale; while other large mammals like elephants and giraffes thrive as herbivores in warm climates where Mother Nature’s bounty is plentiful all year round.  Polar bears in the Arctic are carnivores, where plant life is scarce. Other large bears are omnivores and eat plant and animal.  Creation adapts to its environment.

Over time, we have been vegans, vegetarians, but mostly omnivores – adaptable.  And, the body evolves as it adapts.  Thank goodness, or the human animal would have become extinct just as lower animals who have not adapted to changed environments.

As we have evolved, our food availability and variety has been hugely expanded.  Over-time, we have collectively needed less and less meat.    We have reached a point in our evolution where most humans can be healthfully sustained on a vegetarian diet and some on a strict vegan diet.  This is the “Evolution of Vegan-ism”.  It has been a natural, slow progression.

Still, there are some who require meat for optimum health.   If you need more protein than average healthy human (men 55 grams a day and women 45 grams) you may have cold-weather roots.

What does enough protein look like this day and age?  6 ounces of lean sirloin (what the USDA says is a serving) is about 45 grams of protein; all the protein the average woman needs in a day.  Keep in mind, that most foods contain protein and some plants are complete proteins like kale, lentils and quinoa, to name a few.  It is easy to see how our diets can easily be too protein heavy.

What happens when we give the body something it doesn’t need or too much of anything? The body must work very hard to process it out.  That food becomes a burden.  While the body is busy processing out what it doesn’t need, the energy required for maintenance and repair is not available.   The over consumption of protein from the most acidic source (meat) has created a big burden on the body, leaving the body inflamed, tired and vulnerable to disease.

Each “healthy” body has a baseline for food compatibility and your roots will  have a lot to do with what this looks like (by the way – all animals have a baseline compatibility).  Our baseline takes time to change – to evolve.  From the baseline foods, some will be “highly compatible”.  These foods are re-stocking the body’s tool box; they contain the nutrients that are missing for maintenance and repair.

What is “highly compatible” will change daily according to what is going on physically, mentally and even by what you ate yesterday (you stocked the tool box).  If you can know what the highly compatible foods are before you go grocery shopping you can always be restocking your tool box.  Powerful! This is prevention at its best! You have the ability to know and part of my purpose is helping you uncover this ability.

If you are striving to become completely vegan and your body is saying you need meat, you may want to consider taking it slow.  Go vegetarian first and very slowly convert to all plants.  This transition can take up to 5 to 6 years (this has been my experience – I’m Scottish.  I would be happy to share my journey upon request).   If you are rooted in a warm climate this transition can be quicker.  During this transition you have the option of making cruelty-free choices.  Look for small local farmers or raise your own chickens for fresh eggs. KNOW YOUR SOURCE.  Cruelty-free, organic dairy and eggs are getting easier and easier to find as the cruelty, inherent in the large factory farming conglomerates is exposed to the public.

This intuitive work has forced me to give up what I thought I knew about nutrition (about a lot of things!). I’ve had to leave my judgment at the curb.  By letting go – I receive new information.   One of the biggest revelations – What every “body” needs is different.   Think about this – If your body needs something only an animal can provide and you do not accept this gift of nourishment, what animal are you being cruel to?  All animals have purpose, just like all of Creation.  Sometimes that purpose is to provide nutrition.  Be grateful and thankful animals have helped us thrive all this time…

Coming up next….

“When Did Variety Become the Spice of Life”.    And, how the collective body has adapted to survive the “Age of Sugar”.

Wishing you much peace, joy, LOVE & abundant health!

Gail Blair/The Intuitive Chef

The Evolution of Veganism

Vegan-ism is an Evolution –

A process that is escalating as collective consciousness rises.

However, meat consumption is in our collective DNA.  We have been consuming meat for a long, long, time.  As a “Food Intuitive” and “recovered judgmental vegan”, I have come to realize that every “body” is different with its own set of nutritional requirements.  And, what each body needs at any given time changes depending upon our ever-changing physical, mental and even spiritual state.

Over the years and hundreds of “Food Compatibility Charts” later, it has also become very clear that many human bodies have not yet completely adapted to a 100% vegan diet.  A good many still require some foods only animals provide. And there may be those that will always require some animal products.

Collective consciousness has grown leaps and bounds over the last 10 years.  It is this growth that is fueling the vegan/vegetarian movement.  The vegetarian diet is now accepted by the main stream with the strict vegan diet following in its footsteps.

Still, when people test highly compatible for animal sourced food, their body is saying it still requires it; however, not in the “oversized” portions being consumed today.  The average body can assimilate easily about 20 grams of protein at a time (from all sources; plant or animal).  Much more than that is burdensome.  6 ounces of salmon is 35 grams of protein.  1 cup of yogurt can be 10 – 23 grams of protein.  The lower the fat content the higher the protein density.

Denying our body what it still requires can lead to deficiencies that at the very least can keep us from performing optimally at a physical and mental level.  And, worst case scenario lead to illness. At that point, what animal are we being cruel to?

Unlike many other animals, the human body is very adaptable to whatever food source is available; otherwise we would have become extinct long ago.  Adapting takes time.  Evolution is slow.

The exciting news; I’m finding that “most” everyone is compatible and can achieve optimum health with a vegetarian diet.  “Cruelty Free” options that do not involve death for the sake of consumption are out there (if we so choose to search it out).  If meat is required, it can be sourced humanely in a way that respects and honors the animal providing it; again a choice.

“Farm to Table” eating is making a comeback – BIG TIME!  More and more people are finding creative ways in the city to raise their own chickens and gardens.  Produce co-ops are “cropping up” (couldn’t resist:) in every town.  Eating locally means fresher options and supports our local economy and community.

The vegan movement has brought into the light the horrific cruelty by factory farming conglomerates; an industry that has existed “in the dark” for decades.  Now it is hard to ignore anymore how meat arrives on the plate.

With the evolution of veganism we are creating a world less and less tolerant of “cruelty to animals”.  As we become less tolerant of cruelty to lower animals we also become less tolerate of cruelty to the human animal.

If you are entertaining a plant-based diet, it’s because you are ready. Just be kind and patient with yourself.  It’s a process and a very personal one.  If you are wondering if your body has made the shift to a vegetarian or vegan diet you can know through “Food IS Talking” intuitive food compatibility testing (go to foodrevelation.com to learn more).

It’s important to love and respect everyone’s journey including your own. This is called unconditional love; the pure definition – “the absence of judgment”.  Powerful thing to love unconditionally; it creates loving conditions.   The Intuitive Chef