A Whole Foods, Plant-based Diet

I find myself becoming more and more impassioned and impelled to publicly advocate for a whole-foods, plant-based diet. As I continue to learn about the benefits of such a diet to health, spirit, and body composition, as well as to yoga practice, athleticism (in my case, ashtanga yoga, kettlebell, barbell, and bodyweight training), and daily sense of well-being, the more I want to share this knowledge with my fellow humans. I believe this kind of diet is a key to our evolution, and to saving life on the planet.

 

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I’ve been inspired today to write this post because I am re-watching Forks Over Knives and wanted to encourage everyone to watch it. As a regular rider of public transportation, it shouldn’t be shocking to me that the state of American health is in a dire state. It is apparent. It is troubling. The state of the planet Earth is also totally fucked.  Many people seem not to have fucking noticed, or maybe they just don’t care. That doesn’t mean we should give up.

Organic produce from local farmers’ markets. Duh. Ride your bike or walk there. Duh. This is of course speaking from the promised land of the Pacific Northwest, where such things as fresh organic heirloom varieties exist. But when it comes to decide whether to purchase only vegan products or to support your local grass-fed animal-product farmers, the choice may need to be informed by AHIMSA. That is, an ethical commitment to nonviolence. I don’t think it’s definitively specified towards what, meaning not necessarily simply towards “all sentient beings”, but also to the planet itself. In any case clearly the planet Earth is sentient…but I digress. Ahimsa is kind of rule number one to the practice of ashtanga, that is, 8-limbed, yoga. That may include oneself, but doesn’t necessarily put oneself first.

The choice is a personal one, potentially informed by an infinite number of variables. Health issues, any number of beliefs on the subject, come into play. In brief, I want to offer the suggestion to consider the message delivered in this documentary Cowspiracy. Namely the effect of the consumption of animal products on our planet.

Whereas Forks Over Knives focuses more on the impact of dietary choices on human health, Cowspiracy dwells more on the environmental destruction which is ensuing from animal agriculture. Both are powerful themes to incorporate into one’s decision-making process.

I don’t want to sound condescending but simply to encourage a good effort, in myself and in others.  To feel good, have energy, get stronger, look awesome – all of these things can happen. A change in attitude (better) and perspective (broader), is also likely to result.

I don’t necessarily recommend this diet to everybody. I’m certainly not going to go up to a bunch of Vikings at a feast and tell them not to eat the roast- that would be insane! But for many people, this could be the answer.

May all beings be happy! and Skål!