Wild Happy Place

Who hasn’t noticed how often people complain about the weather?  If it’s cold outside, everyone wants it to be warm; but when it warms up, everyone wants it to be cool again.

Maybe it’s just a way to make small talk, or to share what many feel to be a common interest.  I mean, the weather is always changing so it gives people something to always talk about, right?

For my part, I’m upbeat everyday – rain or shine, cloudy or clear, cold or hot.  And most Live Vegans I know are like this as well; compared to some Vegetarians, and all the meat-eaters I know, whose moods fluctuate with the weather (moreso the latter).  But for me, as a Live Vegan, I feel joyful every day!

Often, the word “Vegan” conjures up all sorts of images; like the emaciated, unkempt liberal hippy type, or the screaming radical PETA supporter who seems to hate the entire world.  Well, I don’t know any of these types, and I’ve been a Vegetarian for 40+ years.

So why do Live Vegans seem to be always upbeat and happy-go-lucky?  I think it has everything to do with the old phrase: “You are what you eat.”

I first heard this from my grandmother, who would say, “Tell me what it eats and I’ll tell you what it is.”  It wasn’t till much later that I discovered she hadn’t coined that phrase .. exactly.

In 1826, Anthelme Brillat-Savarin wrote (1), in his book on  “Dis-moi ce que tu manges, je te dirai ce que tu es.” (Tell me what you eat and I will tell you what you are.)

Then in 1864, Ludwig A. Feuerbach wrote (2), “Der Mensch ist, was er ißt.”  (The man is, as he eats.)

Its interesting that they were both writing in reference to spiritual matters; or applying philosophical thought to ordinary observation.  So both were explaining a relationship between body, mind and health; an idea I recognize as yogic, for Yoga is the union of body and mind.

The Americans finally caught onto the idea during the 1920s when Victor Lindlahr, a nutritionist and the developer of the Catabolic Diet, wrote (3), “Ninety per cent of the diseases known to man are caused by cheap foodstuffs.  You are what you eat.

Adelle Davis (4) – a true whole foods pioneer – popularized the phrase during the 1960’s, where it was immediately picked up by the Hippie subculture.  Ms. Davis was quite the upstart in her day, advocating a diet of whole foods, the prevention of disease through diet (especially cancer), outspoken against the use of food additives and processed foods, and our ability to maintain and/or restore full health through wholesome food and clean.

And there is substantial modern medical research to substantiate that this simple phrase – You are what you eat – is firmly grounded in fact.

For example, each of us has approximately 100 trillion cells in our body, and each requires a constant supply of nutrients to function properly.  The food we eat, the water we drink and the air we breathe all affect these cells; and by extension, they impact every aspect of our existence – from energy levels, to mood, to our ability to think, to our sleeping habits, to our food cravings, to our overall health.

As such, if you fuel the body with junk food – no to low nutritional value, empty calories, loads of sugar, salt and harmful chemicals – then not only does the body feel sluggish but the brain does as well.  If the brain is unable to send a clear signal to the body for it to heal / repair, then the body will grow fat, lethargic and diseased.

According to Dr. Ralph DiLeone, of the Yale University School of Medicine, “The brain is the foundation of all behavior, including eating.  With the growing rates of obesity in industrialized nations, brain research is important to understanding the underlying neurobiological responses to high-fat diet.

When a Live Vegan eats whole foods, drinks pure water, and breathes in an exalted / Ujjayi manner, they are enriching every cell in their body with abundance and purity, gratitude and vitality, health and longevity.  Live Vegans are all about doing the least amount of harm in every aspect of life – from the foods they eat to the clothes they wear – so this practice can only impact them on every level of being: body, mind and spirit.

Conversely, some Vegetarians are moody.  I contribute this to the amount of soy and processed foods they eat.  Vegetarians often eat packaged foods (pasta, bread, soy or nut milks), frozen prepared foods (soy burgers, cookies, power bars), and soy (tofu, tempeh, miso); so overall, foods that the life has been processed out of.

Then there are the meat-eaters, the ingesters of dead flesh, loaded with bacteria and viruses that have been treated with antibiotics and steroids, that has been so processed to have little to no nutritional value so must be fortified.

Finally, Live Vegans eat as close to the Source / of the earth, as possible.

It’s a medical fact that eating animal products promotes diseases like cancer, diabetes, heart disease, and obesity.  And in a ground breaking multi-national medical study, German, Swedish and Russian physicians have successfully treated several major diseases – like arthritis and rheumatism, heart disease and skin conditions – through therapeutic fasting followed by an introduction to whole food and pure water.  Notably, these findings report a 70% increase in mental functioning among schizophrenics; suggesting that a meat diet contributes to mental instability (5).

The bottom line here is that junk food creates a junk brain, a junky mood, and a junk outlook on life.  Whereas a Live Vegan diet promotes an expression of life and growth, of a thankful relationship with nature; or the recognition that the genetic seed of all life resides in our being, and that we are an expression of that explosive potential.

Processed, chemically laden food is un-food, our body was not designed to handle this.  Introduced to the wholly organic body, it creates disruption, distortion and chaos – in thought, word and deed.  Being a Live Vegan is about being well hydrated, highly mineralized and low glycemic.  And with that said, I am not saying there is one diet to fit all, but by tapping into the frequency of consciousness itself, we are better able to navigate the currents of nutrients that fuel our consciousness.

So next time you see a Live Vegan smiling .. you will know why!

Namaste, Mutual Respect and Peace Out!

Yoginiji

~ ~ ~

References:

1-Physiologie du Gout, ou Meditations de Gastronomie Transcendante.

2-Concerning Spiritualism and Materialism.

3-You Are What You Eat: How to Win and Keep Health with Diet.

4-Adelle Davis.

5-http://schizophreniabulletin.oxfordjournals.org/content/24/4/537.full.pdf

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