It’s been a while… 3 months to be exact.
I’ve been off figuring out my life. Deciding what I want to work on next. Taking some time to myself.
It’s important to do that every now and then. Re-evaluate.
I’ve recently re-discovered the peace I feel when I’m chopping vegetables in my kitchen or standing over a hot pan, preparing a meal for myself. First, there’s the sheer satisfaction in cooking with raw, whole, fresh plant-based foods and knowing exactly what is going into your body. Second, the rhythm of cutting, stirring, and mixing your ingredients is beyond soothing. What’s even more satisfying is when the ingredients used come from your very own backyard.
Cooking has been my meditation while making a few major transitions in my life lately. When I’m feeling anxious, nervous, or like I can’t make up my mind, I head to the kitchen, take my ingredients out, and get to it. I’ve usually made up my mind by the time the food is ready.
With the help of my kitchen and my cooking supplies, I’ve recently decided to take the two-year Registered Holistic Nutrition program at The Canadian School of Natural Nutrition. This decision has been a long (and I mean LONG!) time coming. School has certainly been put on the back burner the past 3 years, but something was telling me that what I was doing was a waste of my time, and my money. The thought of being able to educate others on proper nutrition and the prevention of diseases is so exciting and aligns perfectly for my need to educate on the simplicity and importance of cooking real, whole foods. There are lots of ideas brewing for what I want to accomplish when I am finished the program, but those ideas have to remain a secret – for now!
On another note, over the past seven months I have been dabbling with eating more and more plant based meals every day. I stopped eating meat, chicken, and dairy completely, but still enjoyed my eggs and fish every second day or so. While making the decision on my next step with school, I decided to start educating myself on the treatment of animals used for food and clothing, but I also started educating myself on how animal processing is hurting our environment, and how it’s hurting our bodies – leading to heart disease, cancer, diabetes, and more. We are eating more and more chemically-laden, processed, junk-filled animal products, and less and less fresh fruits, vegetables, legumes, nuts, and seeds. I mean… come on! How good does this look?!
So yeah, you may have guessed it by now. No more animal products for me. At all. Sure, I’ve still got a leather couch, and I still own (and wear!) Blundstones, and no, I’m not going to go out and replace everything I own that has animal products in it (soap, household cleaners, plastic bags, car tires, clothing, shoes, makeup, the list goes on and on and on and on). But yeah, going forward, I’ve decided to put my money where my mouth is and only support companies that support animals.
There are some great documentaries on Netflix that I highly recommend watching. Vegucated, Cowspiracy, Food Matters and Forks Over Knives are four of my favourites. I tried watching the trailer of Earthlings on YouTube, and I found myself 1.5 minutes in, curled up into a ball in the corner of my couch sobbing. So yeah, that was pretty much the exact moment when I decided I was never going to harm another animal in life my ever again. Whew. Just thinking about it makes my blood boil!
This is a speech I watched seven months ago when I first made the decision to start cutting animal products out of my diet. It’s incredible, only an hour long, and extremely educational. I dare you to watch it, and tell me that your mind hasn’t been opened even in the slightest.
The best part of it all? I feel so awesome. My body feels so good and so healthy. But what’s even better? My mind is reaping the benefits as well.
Educate yourself, then make a decision.