Timeless-Humans and plants.
Should there be more animal products in the diet, or less?
“The problem with ‘moderation in all things’ is that nobody knows what it means.” -Dr. Pam Popper
Alright, let’s face it; scientific studies can be sources of confusion out there, especially regarding health and nutrition. Allow me to get straight to the point with some guidelines. I live in Utah, so here we go.
Here is a book from a local author that I recommend: Discovering the Word of Wisdom Through a Whole-Foods, Plant-Based Perspective by Jane Birch.
Jane Birch’s blog: http://discoveringthewordofwisdom.com/ The Mormon Word of Wisdom clearly advises people to eat meat sparingly. That is, not ‘moringly’ but sparingly. This was in the 1800’s.
The comparison between poor health choices that everyone knows about such as alcohol and cigarettes and too many animal products in the diet has been examined with recent increasing frequency. Dr. McDougall, author of The Starch Solution, https://www.drmcdougall.com/ has made this comparison and drawn parallels to dietary poor health choices that affect health outcomes on a similarly detrimental magnitude as smoking cigarettes.
While in terms of health being a strict vegan may not be for everyone. These studies do illustrate however, that too many animal products in the diet, particularly ones high in animal protein and saturated fats increase the risk for heart disease, diabetes and certain cancers, notes T Colin Campbell, The China Study. Knowing this it is wise for all people to eat meat sparingly, (in the upper limits of around 10% of total calories), eliminate dairy and change to a whole-foods plant-based diet rich in vegetables, legumes, rice, potatoes, and sweet potatoes, combined with plenty of fresh water and a lifestyle that aims for happiness with plenty of exercise.
Many articles simply conclude that what works for you, may not work for another. This is true only to a certain extent. Since we are all human beings with two arms, two legs, two eyes, small teeth, small intestines of about twenty feet in length that is winding (lions and true carnivores’ intestines are straight and only about five feet in length, designed to digest huge quantities of meat), we can say with decent confidence that what represents good nutrition will not be hugely varied from person to person. Neither could a person say: “Well, smoking gave me lung cancer, but hey, it just might work for you!”
“If a person goes to the doctor for a check-up and is cleared for being in good health, but then develops cancer a few years later, was that really a state of health?” -Dr. Joel Fuhrman, author of Eat 2 Live
As part of promoting health, and helping to correct the diseases of western affluence epidemic, one of the best things we can do is eliminating the clutter and the confusion, not only for ourselves but for the next individual/family/locale. Many people who are not in a position to understand, such as conditions of poverty, lack of education etc are hit the hardest by poor health. Many of them don’t know any different.
Thank you for reading.
For some it is animals. You gotta love dogs! Not only are dogs incentives to get out and exercise, but they are nearly as therapeutic as gardening! Mostly, they’re just part of life, I say. I guess you could say that this is ‘my kid.’ For this post today we’ll go with that term.
Animals teach us a lot. My dog is a treasure. Here is my advice: In life, try to be as good as your dog. I can’t speak for anyone else, but I can say that daily I fall short. 🙂 It is part of being human I suppose, but I’m not convinced that I will achieve that goal. Dogs are perfect. I am not.
For this post, I’ll let the photos do the talking, but the adventure continues…
First visit to the plant nursery
I am a communicator and wish to further elaborate about something. If you’ve read my memoir, The Wellness Diaries this concept will be familiar. I learned from a young age that kids of my own were not something that I want. (Don’t get squirmy on me;)I like others’ kids and I can appreciate the miracle of life; but at the time I realized this, being only twenty years old and in Canada for a few years, I have known for a long time that having children of my own was not for me.
Having and raising children is not for everyone; and for those who know that children is not something they want, the person often realizes this quite early. While this is often seen by others as merely a ‘phase,’ ‘something wrong with them’ selfish, or a rebellious streak, the person has their reasons; and these reasons should be given merit and seen as valid. Throughout my life, people have said: “Oh, but if you had your own child, you would love and adore it.” This would undoubtedly be true. However, I choose a different set of priorities in life, and from life, I want other paths. Why is that part of what I tell them automatically disregarded? It is automatically invalidated as if I actually don’t know what I want in my life.
There is nothing wrong with a person realizing that having and raising kids is not for them.
Where I live it is common for recently married couples to be asked the question: “So, when are you having kids?” Whether in jest, or asked seriously, it is based on mere assumption, the assumption that everyone automatically just wants to raise a family.
‘Do I want children?’ It is a fair question that everyone should ask and that everyone is (or should be) entitled to the choice. This seems logical; after all, it is one of life’s big decisions. Having children and raising a family is expensive. It is taxing, stressful, and can be very uncertain at times.
What is noteworthy here is that people who know they want to raise a family usually report it being one of their greatest joys, and one of the most rewarding parts of their lives. On the other side of this then, those who know they want children, should be free to pursue this of course. But any form of coercion for individuals to have children is encouraging something that the individual may not be prepared for, for a myriad of possible reasons: mental illness, poverty, health problems, addiction etc.
Still, I have personally heard it all from people through the years about my feelings on this issue. Isn’t it good though that I knew this young and that I didn’t just blindly obey because it’s ‘just what you do?’ My 15 year roller coaster through and recovery from a biological brain disorder, (mental illness) as partially described in my memoir, The Wellness Diaries would have been impossible. I cannot even imagine.
An equally important consideration is what it is like for the child. An emotionally unstable home environment is detrimental to developing children and youth. Youth are more likely to turn to illicit drugs, unprotected sex and alcohol at a young age when the home environment is one of emotional turmoil, or there is inconsistent or ineffective parenting due to one or both parents who have a mental illness (Substance Abuse and Prevention. 6th ed. Our Sexuality. 2015 Crooks and Baur).
So which is selfish, the parent who has a child with the expectation of that child filling a void, or because it is ‘just what you do?’ Or, the individual who chooses to forego parenthood in this life because they know they are unable (for any and all reasons that only the individual can answer) to provide the quality of life that that child deserves? Maybe they are each selfish in their own way, but very differently.
It is a worthwhile (and refreshing) consideration that children simply may not be everyone’s calling in life. There is nothing wrong with this, and any form of forcing individuals or societies to have kids creates major problems and has global impacts; individual to societal.
Collective humanity is now diverse enough that not everyone is expected to (or should) live the same exact way. Diversity is healthy, it is a very good thing! Diversity is something that we people really do have going for us. Humans, living slightly differently, helping to reduce competition amongst ourselves and in doing so, learning and practicing modes of cooperation is obviously a very good thing. We people number nearly 8 billion. I do not believe that it is automatically the calling of everyone on the planet at this point to continue to ‘multiply and replenish the earth.’
I have many nieces and nephews and I feel that I have helped to raise my share of kids in the world. 🙂 Growing up has been an adventure.
Despite the twenty+ years of comments and the rocky climb, I am glad that I was honest with myself and stayed to my truth about this and that I didn’t just do what everyone else was doing because it was ‘just what you do.’ I made mistakes in other ways following everyone else that made up for them.
Those are my thoughts for the day.
Thank you for reading.
First of all, the food in Europe is excellent! Let’s keep it that way…
For my readers in Europe, resist bills that would allow genetically modified foods to taint real food. To start adopting America’s ways is to start adopting America’s problems.
Take it from me: You don’t want them.
We cannot do just one thing; there is always a ripple effect.
Keep it pure, natural, safe, organic, heirloom, and of high quality as mother nature intended.
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A weed is the earth trying to heal itself.
Dandelions in a yard are an imbalanced ecosystem issue, such as our trying to grow an oasis in the desert and using too much water on yards and lawns.
My nephew is a veterinarian! But we still call him Ben.
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There is so much out there!
Just the other day a bumper sticker caught my attention. It read: “Noexist… Imagine a world without religion.”
Well… since you whipped out the time machine…
There are many “Coexist” stickers, but this is the first “Noexist” I have seen; so about this, I have something to say: “Yo Dre. I got somethin’ to say…” Okay, not that hot pepper-like. Bet I caught your attention though. 😉
First the short answer: Humanity is not ready for that. Forward only; not reverse. If only we could rewind history and “undo” the mistakes that were to happen in the future, what we can only ever call the present.
“Hfffft, had the silly thing in reverse.” -Daffy Duck
The long answer: the point is noted, as one with his own frustrations over the mistakes throughout history committed in the name of religion, the thread of thought is indeed seen and understood, and since the time machine has now been officially fired up and we are on the edge of our seats ready and waiting, our first destination must be the stone age. The stone age was largely peaceful…
With the exception of probable excess meat consumed by early humans, which were even then more suited to eating plants and starches, (you know the twenty foot curvy small intestine thing, versus the five foot and straight small intestine of a true carnivore such as a tiger;) oh, and never forget the flat pencil-eraser sized-teeth versus the thumb-sized fangs… The stone age was close to ideal and it was largely peaceful. It is fair to say that it is the closest historical model known to ideal, living in alignment. I bet you will agree; if not, feel free to email. Maybe the further back we shall travel, the more ideal things became…. “Watch closely from the left front window and I’ll take the other window. Tell me everything you see from your view”…
Okay, with that mouthful, rewind a bit but only to the stone age. There we were, about 6000 years ago, the closest thing to ideal that we can imagine. Between people, things are largely peaceful. That is of course until the discovery of how to forge and liquidate the ore, channel it, filter it, hone it to a hard metal object. Fantastic right?! Because this made very efficient garden tools. But it also made very effective weapons. The copper and bronze ages, progressed to iron, then to steel. Each of these came with additional options, accessories if you will even in B.C time span.
We also call it progress. With more options though, came more potential problems. With metal, wars were then more common. They were more convenient; they became an accessible option.
This is not to argue in contrary to all progress. Which individual doesn’t, (which individual hasn’t) wanted an easier and better way throughout history? “Necessity is the mother of invention.” But hindsight is better than foresight. I am confident that you will agree with me that this statement can and will stand the test of time. Name a marker into progress, a famous creator, an inventor from the age of metal to the digital internet. The individual could never have known the potential for misuse by their fellows of their object or idea, their attempt to improve the world. Even that historical world, which we can only imagine had something, a rule which we must abide by even today.
It is that the future is never here. As soon as it arrives it converts to the present. All that any individual ever has is the present.
While religion has without a doubt seen its fair share of use, abuse and misuse throughout the centuries, religion represents at least a temporary sanctuary with guidelines in place for one’s protection, well-being and overall happiness. True that these guidelines may not apply the same all the way across the board to everyone; but these guidelines do help to maintain order and balance as people continue their lives. I believe that you will begin to realize this now too as I did. Religion offers a sense of community, and at least a beginning point in togetherness for when people start to ponder life’s questions. Religion offers a beginning place for the individual journey. We can learn to respect where another is on their own journey. While religion should not be a crutch, a permanent pill, nursery/hospital, or an excuse, it can provide a sense of familiarity for specifics according to region, a place to meet, and possibly to furthering one’s journey as one is ready and as people collectively and individually grow and mature in light and knowledge.
On the flip side of that bumper sticker, imagine the day when religion was wide open, and instead of another reason to fight and disagree, what if it were open tasting and sharing in delicious joy of the truthful bits that exist in all faiths, the realization that each of us not only enjoyed tasting the delicious fruits, but we each need a few of them for our own journey? What if religion were not closed, but wide open?
Now another consideration: What if that sticker were suddenly true? That is, overnight, everything is a free for all. This means no rules, no guidelines, no reward or punishment. This is the first question: If this were to happen, could we instantly return to the stone age, with just raw nature and humans? Or, does the world as-is still exist, but merely without any religious structures, communities, writings, matrons, martyrs, or remembrance? This means that asphalt, cars, skyscrapers, digital gadgetry-fancy-like still exist. It is only anything religious that ceases to exist… It is an interesting thought indeed. One could let their imagination run fun with the possibilities.
I submit that the nursery/hospital of the world religions is a place of refuge while humanity grows in light and understanding. They have a purpose, and while they may not be perfect, they began with pure intentions. Religion at least temporarily offers sound guidelines, pillars, structure as humanity grows and matures. Having said this, as mentioned in my second book: Life Is Conscious, Live with Purpose. Abandon Fear. Coexist. As we grow and learn to trust one another, the universe, life, and tune in to our intuitions, the safety of religion becomes less necessary with time. But we are not yet prepared for a time, where the world religions could simply be erased, but the rest of the world remained as is. We are not ready for this. Humanity would self-destruct. It is indeed a worthy goal to align oneself with life; that is, closer to harmonious, ideal living, and to help others do the same, to have the maturity to need less spoon feeding from the nursery/nest, so to speak. Hopefully we choose this sooner than later; I believe that we will.
So, from that time machine platform, I bet my seat is better than yours! 😉 it’s a good thing that that we haven’t mastered time travel just yet.
Thank you for reading.