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I recently spoke with a 26-year-old man who told me, “I want to start a revolution!”.
This was after talking for several hours, exchanging stories about spiritual workshops and the meaning of gender.
Looking back I know I could’ve just said, “Well…if everyone just cut back on their red meat intake we could easily meet our planet’s carbon emission goals.”
Some people believe that this itself is a belief system…and to that, I have no words.
As I say to the young children to whom I teach art who ask about my kickscooter or my food choices, “I’m older than you…this is YOUR planet…its in your hands…”
To those who are becoming more awake towards functional medicine…this video might appeal to you. The basis of this information is nothing new…eat plant-based foods — this is just much more detail…presented by “media-credible” speakers…
I’m not that into watching sports, but I love stories about hearing how athletes are turning towards plant-based diets. Sure, I have friends and colleagues who are vegetarians, omnivores, or carnivores (and yes, I feed small-animal-meat to my 19-year-old feline sidekick), however I find myself quicker, faster, smarter, mucous-free-er, and yes, younger by sticking to a fruits and veggies. Kale helped save my life…so I’m a plant-based-eater for life…sorry to all the guys who tried to take this Helenbobelen to steak houses…and — ironically — sorry to the vegetarian/vegan guys that I had to explain that they were eating insects (uh, “carmine”) in their red pizza sauce and strawberry popsicles. (And no, this Helenbobelen hasn’t worn red lipstick — yes, carmine again — since the early 1993… sorry to the guys and wasband she kissed before then…) Clearly, there’s a fantastic reason for the internet to exist — simply to reveal how things are manufactured/processed for mass consumption. And hopefully, to offer ways for changes/healthier outcomes for both maker and consumer: there are fresh organic tomatoes to top pizzas and sls-free/paraben-free/cruelty-free cosmetics…the U.S. has a lot more choices and talented companies willing to vy for your hard-working dollars.
Even a girlfriend of mine who once said (about seven years ago), “You want to be vegan? That’s political…” now admits it might be beneficial for herself to follow a vegan lifestyle…
(Meanwhile, I remember my right-after-college best friend who was vegan in the 90s and I wasn’t — although I was drawn to eating whole foods my entire life. I don’t know if she’s still plant-based, but she looks the same today as she did back then…)
I became a plant-based-eater on my own in my early-40s for the sole reason that I wanted to feel more energetic after I ate, rather than retiring to the couch with “Snoopy stomach”…and that instead of scrubbing animal grease off of pots and pans, I’d spend that time creating art and volunteering up that art/monies to good causes. Or teaching art to kids. (Washing dishes takes me about 3 minutes.) And you know what they say about eating an apple a day…
I value my time.
I value my life.
I’d never impose this belief/lifestyle onto others (afterall, what would it take to get someone to eat this way against their will?), however, I do think others shouldn’t impose their red-meat-eating values onto me…afterall, without the effects of certain kinds of saturated fats, my brain has a chance to get all the help it needs…
My New Year’s resolution is to just keep on eating the way I’ve been eating…and staying pretty much zero-waste-ish…
P.S. My apologies to my meetup’s waiting list. The subscription is for 50 people and perhaps one day, I’ll change the subscription to include 100+. Maybe my 2018 resolution is to have more meetup meetings…we’ll see…thank you for being the coolest “creative minimalists” group ever!