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What I Learnt from 6 Months of No Meat


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First of all, I’m not writing this in an attempt to convince you to become a vegetarian, vegan or anything else that you don’t want to be. This probably isn’t going to make you enjoy meat any less and enjoy a plant-based diet more. This is my own personal experience with becoming a Lacto-Ovo vegetarian. I still eat products with eggs in and I still eat cheese (yes, I love pizza). However, my mindset has been tweaked and shifted to appreciate a diet that involves more vegetables, grains, and legumes, that I have found more beneficial.

From a young child to a fully grown, adult man, I had been eating meat and fish in one form or another. Every now and again, I’ve given up red meat, just to see the effects on my body but I’d never taken the plunge to give it up entirely. I grew up in a family that was “spiritual” and always dipped in and out of vegetarianism and I was curious to see if I could ever give it up for a while.

As someone who started to get a little fluffy around the edges in 2011 – 2012, I decided to start a Ketogenic diet. I was eating meat once or twice a day, pairing this with a copious amount of cardio and I was rapidly dropping fat. It actually wasn’t the best health choice for me, my face didn’t look particularly healthy, I rarely smiled and I had wilder mood swings than Ben Stiller’s character in Dodgeball.

In 2017, I started to slowly phase meat out of my diet. I kind of just looked at the animal on my plate and thought, is that really benefiting my health? My taste for meat and fish slowly started to deteriorate and every time I would eat an animal, I would just be like, nope. Nope. Nope.

I ate fish and chips in January 2018 (I’m British, so). This was the last time that I consumed any animals. Even though my meal was delicious, something in me just decided that I really couldn’t condone eating an animal for two reasons:

  • It’s a shitty health choice.
  • Why do animals need to die, so that I can eat?

I’m an all-or-nothing kind of person, so when I have my mind committed to doing something, I’m going to give it my all. So, I just stopped eating it. If you’re considering quitting meat and/or fish, then you’ll hear actionable advice, like, start to cut things out in stages but if you want to do it, then the only thing stopping you from doing it is your own mind and possibly your tastebuds.

Top of the Food Chain

Eating, or not eating meat is a choice, or at least, it should be. Dr. Melanie Joy refers to the psychology of eating meat as “carnism”, a belief system that has conditioned society to consume certain animals. After researching for over a decade, she deduced that eating meat is ingrained in society and we’re unable to distinguish that eating it is not a human necessity. The ideology of carnism invisibly influences the majority of people and perpetuates the idea that animals and animal products are normal, natural and necessary.

Over 56 billion farmed animals are slaughtered every year just so people can eat them. It wasn’t exactly like I had developed a conscience overnight but I did consider to myself, was there any real need for me to sustain my life by consuming an animal that used to have its own life.

  • What made me better than the animals that I was eating?
  • Why did I deserve to live and they didn’t?
  • Why are certain animals given moral privileges over others?
  • Why is it the sole purpose of those animals to be grown, just so they could be killed and fed to me?

The choices that we make stem from our core beliefs. Society believes that household pets deserve more love, respect, and care than chickens, cows, pigs, and lambs. If you break that down and align it with your moral compass, it’s pretty fucked up. I don’t need a cow to survive, I would eat that cow purely out of taste and I wouldn’t throw my dead dog on the barbeque, making sure to brush marinade on him, while he cooks.

I have gained answers to these questions over time and they’ve given me a sense of clarity with my belief system and my diet.

Carb Coma

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One thing that I noticed when first making the transition to a vegetarian diet is that my portion size doubled. I was eating more. I wanted to feel fuller and that went hand-in-hand with eating a shit load more carbohydrates. I was eating pasta, rice, bread and everything else that I could and shovel into my mouth. But it’s cool because no animals were harmed, right? The transition also led me to eat a lot more veggies that I integrated with my carbs and yeah, it often led to a carb coma. Actually, it still leads to carb comas.

Back when I was on a keto diet, I was under the impression that carbs were the root of all evil and I should avoid eating them because they’ll make me fat. Like I previously mentioned, I was eating meat and I wasn’t looking very healthy.

Anyway, I must be boring the absolute shit out of you, so what did I learn after a good 6 months of not eating meat?

I learned that my body is not dependant on eating meat or fish. I wasn’t eating animals as a dietary requirement, I wasn’t eating animals to supplement my body for a lack of protein or nutrients. I was eating meat as an addiction, for the enjoyment of eating it.

Not eating any animals, has taught me to appreciate the vast lifeforms of this planet more. From the small insects in my garden to the cows that populate fields. An animal is a living, breathing user on this planet with its own journey. It’s unfair to take that life for our own pleasure.

This isn’t a sales pitch or a call to action telling you to be more considerate to animals or to stop eating meat, even though you think you need it. I’m not asking you buy my 30-day vegan plan or green powder supplement. I’m simply asking you to introspectively consider:

  • Why do you need meat?
  • What effect does it have on you and the world around you?

Ultimately, life is consistently hurling lessons at us. We’re always moving up in levels and this is how I, personally kicked it up a notch. I feel healthier and stronger in mind, body, and soul. I have more drive to consider what I’m consuming and how I’m consuming it.

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The Link Between Food and Spirituality


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The link between nutrition and spirituality is a thing. Nourishing your body with high vibrational foods and plenty of water will have a positive effect on your soul. The more pollutants you disrupt your chi circuits with, the more blockages you will build up. You want the chi to run smoothly and openly and that will be beneficial to every aspect of your being.– noopface

Food, like everything else in the world or in the entire cosmos, is all living energy. The food you eat has a vibration and that vibration enters your body when you eat it. I eat relatively healthily, I have a green smoothie every day, with kale, spinach, celery and almond milk (sometimes I add avocado and banana.) Greens are considered as high vibrational foods, these foods aid in raising your vibration. We’re all beings on this planet trying to attain a higher consciousness and an elevated level of being.

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Green Smoothie & Lemon Water

Meats are considered as low vibrational foods, an animal endures an enormous amount of suffering when its life is being taken. Then you ingest the animal and along with the animal you ingest all of the pain and agony along with it.

I like to cook, a lot. I often cook for other people and I like to recite a mantra, deep within my consciousness, so that the food that I’m cooking is filled with positive energy. I have a particular word that I recite “Satnam” and this means “true vibration” in Sanskrit. Whether you believe in God or you simply call God something else, like the Universe. Satnam is a word referring to that, a calling to the Universe.

In a busy modern-day setting, we’re thinking about a million things at once while we’re cooking. We’re thinking about our work deadlines, the things we have to do, looking after our children or the girl’s ass that we saw at the gym. When you make food for yourself or others. Try thinking just positive things, positive thoughts. The light that radiates out of you should transmute straight into the food that you’re going to eat. Try to turn your cooking process into a meditation and you’ll notice a huge difference in your mood and your life.

 

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What Kind of Meditation Are You Into?


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I was very lucky growing up in a family that was open to their spirituality, my parents and my siblings always had a firm grasp on karma and the law’s of the universe (does anyone have a firm grasp of the law’s of the universe though.)

So as a child, I had a slight understanding of the holistic and mystical. It wasn’t until I was about 15 that I decided to read a couple of books on meditation and broaden my horizons. I read a book called “A Handbook for Light Workers” by David Cousins and I also read another book that was my sister’s called “Barefoot Doctor’s Handbook for the Urban Warrior: Wayward Taoist Survival Technique” Barefoot Doctor’s book kinda shaped my perspective on the universe and how everything is connected. Everything is tied together in a big web of energy. The book showed me different types of exercises and meditations to do that would aid in raising my vibration and would help me to attain a higher level of being. I mean, I was like 15, so I was kinda like what the actual fuck but at the same time I’d been conditioned to stuff like this by my family.

As I got older I started to experiment more with different types of mediations and not just the Taoist meditations that I had read about in books. Taoist meditations were great and I would feel fantastic afterward. I’d feel refreshed, rejuvenated and I’d feel that sense of clarity, that we’re all seeking. All the answers are within and blah blah blah and as time progressed I wanted to experiment more.

Awakening the Third Eye

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At the moment I’m practicing a third-eye meditation (or, I’m trying to.) This involves sitting down in your quiet space and beginning to relax. Enter a state of mind that’s tranquil, peaceful and start to filter out all of the everyday shit that floods your mind (of course this is a difficult task, so please be patient with yourself and every other noisy fucker around you.) From here, focus all of your energy towards your pineal gland (your third eye.) You want to be accurate with the flow and direction of your energy, it shouldn’t just be “somewhere around there” but it should be with pin-point precision, like a laser. Direct all of that lovely chi that you hold so dear to you inside your body towards it and keep it there. Focus your mind and your soul on the sound current of the universe. This is the resonance of the universe that ties everything together. You need to be able to sync your being to the vibration of the cosmos.

Once you start to practice this third-eye meditation, your head will feel heavy at first… I mean, you’re focusing the majority of your internal power towards your pineal gland, so. This was completely normal for me. After practicing it for a while I discovered that the heavy feeling would subside and I could harness my power more without thinking to myself “damn, is someone sitting on my face right now.” If you begin to see things, visions, people then I would consider that to be completely normal (you know because visions aren’t weird at all.)

The Key to Enlightenment

There is no shortcut, no quick route to enlightenment. Mindfulness comes with consistency, you need to keep working at it. Some people like to meditate the conventional way and others like to do moving meditations like yoga, if you can do both then you’re on some next level shit.

Keep at the meditation and keep pushing yourself with yoga. Make sure your energy circuits are as fired up as possible and when you meditate it will help you to clear any energy blockages that you might have in your circuits.

Keep going, growing and glowing and you’ll be doing Yoga Flames and levitating in no time.

disclaimer: yoga flames and levitating aren’t a prerequisite for enlightenment.