I want to continue to review all that we have accomplished. We have continued to eliminate negative thinking, label read, recognize the importance of breathing, add positive affirmations into our daily lives, eliminate high fructose corn syrup (fructose as well) & dyes from our diet, sit in silence within nature for 30 minutes a day, set goals in our lives, eliminate preservatives from the diet, practice forgiveness, offer an attitude to gratitude, drink a glass of water each morning before we put anything into our bodies, offer more love to others in our life, eat more raw foods, let go of preconceived ideas, be impeccable with our word, drink half our body weight in ounces of water, made a personal mission statement, rest for 20 minutes a day, eliminate sugar & sugar substitutes, not take things personally, look for the positive in others, take a 30 minute walk every day, find our own personal truth, practice being better listeners, reduce our daily meat consumption overall, laugh more often, look for the positive in all situations and this week we are going to eat only pure & clean meats when eating meat.
When choosing to consume meat in the diet, it is crucial it is from a clean source and free of antibiotics, preservatives, hormones and anything artificial as well as the portion size. There are many different stages you can go with this. This year, I have tried to switch to using most of the family consumption of meat from a local farm where I know what my meat eats. Before I switched to this cleaner method, I purchased organic, free-range, hormone free, antibiotic free, preservative free, non GMO & vegetarian fed from grocery stores or farmer’s markets when possible. When living in Spain, I went to the city market and purchased it from local butchers that got it from local, free range farms with the above qualities still. Mostly, I want free range & grass fed.
They reason this is important is mostly health reasons. According to the China Study, it is obvious that disease in America is due to our western diet but also the amount of animal protein consumed. When plant based protein is consumed, disease doesn’t manifest. This is where not only the portion size comes in as well as the times we choose to consume meat at meals. With the typical American diet, we base our diet mostly on meat. The rest of the meal revolves around that. With the statistics from the China study, when even 20% of animal protein (meat & dairy) is consumed, it creates an internal environment for disease such as heart disease and cancer which happen to be the top two killers in this country. However, when 20% plant protein is consumed, this is not the case. Health is the end result versus disease and decreased life quality.
A few weeks ago, we started to decrease our overall meat consumption, so this will help in many ways with this week’s change. It will help on the amount of meat being purchased as well as the cost. Cleaner meat may cost a bit more at times depending upon your store and location. Meat directly from a farm like I get is more expensive but worth every bit of supporting the local farmers as well as not supporting the chains of corporations as well as risking a recall for food poisoning. Getting my meat from a local farmer makes me feel like I am contributing to the bigger picture while offering family better health as decreased risk of food borne sickness.
In the upcoming weeks, we will continue to clean up our diet. A few great documentaries to watch on Netflix this week if you haven’t already are “Forks Over Knives”, “What the Health?” and “Cowspiracy”. These are very insightful with information, statistics, real life stories and information not often shared. They are great reasons on why to support local farms as well as eat mostly plant based. However I will say, I don’t ever see myself giving up chicken wings or some meat dishes. But there is a vast difference for me personally in eating meat daily versus every once in awhile when I want to enjoy a real craving. I think that in no time, if you experience a mostly plant based diet with clean meat on occasion, you will see your health and life soar!
Best of luck as you continue this transformative journey! I know that each week we are all closer to a more whole, happier version of ourselves. Give yourself a hug or pat on the back for all your weeks of hard work!
Forks Over Knives
What the Health?