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