Animal Liberation is Human Liberation

Welcome to Peace to All Beings. Until we liberate animals from human exploitation and violence, we cannot expect to have true freedom and peace for ourselves. We human beings can awaken to our higher consciousness and embrace a new paradigm of living in harmony, rather than in fear and domination. We can become "Homo Ahimsa," my term for a new nonviolent and kind human, but we must make that choice together. There is hope for our species--hope that we will not continue this war against animals and the earth. Together let us co-create a new culture and heal the wounds humanity has caused to the earth, to each other, and to the animals who share this world with us.

Thursday, July 15, 2010

Lose weight and save the world? What?

Yes it's true.  Losing weight can actually help save the world, bring lasting peace, and heal the earth.  How is that possible?  What is the connection?  The best and most effective weight loss plan in the world is a plant based diet.  When we stop eating animal products, the weight starts coming off without effort.  Not only that, but when we realize that this new diet brings us:
  1. dramatically improved health
  2. more energy
  3. more inner peace
  4. and the joy of knowing we are not causing harm to the animals and to the earth-----
When we realize and experience all that, there is no going back.  This is not a diet that we get tired of and forget about.  It becomes a lifestyle so joyful and natural that it becomes simply--just the way we eat from now on.  No question.

Why does the weight come off without effort?  That is a big subject, and there are many books that go into great detail explaining why.  Skinny Bitch by Rory Freedman and Kim Barnouin is one I highly recommend.  (See my favorite books list for more info.)  For starters, acidic food causes your body to make more fat cells.  Meat, dairy, and eggs are all acidic.  Nearly all plant foods are alkaline.  In addition, foods made from animals are loaded with addictive chemicals and hormones which cause us to eat more than we should and create more fat cells (again).  Considering that cow's milk is designed to help baby calves grow into big cows much more quickly than human beings grow, milk and all the cheeses and sauces and ice creams made from it are fat, fat, fat.  If I kept going, this blog would become a book. 

The facts are out there, but I believe that, deep down, we all already know intuitively that human beings are plant eaters, and dining on plants is what keeps us at our perfect weight, healthy, and energized.  The simplest way to prove it to yourself is to try a healthy vegan diet, eat all you want, and see what happens.  I do need to add one warning, though.  As veganism has gained tremendous popularity, it is much easier now to find vegan desserts and junk food.  In the past, especially in the Midwest where vegan restaurants and choices have been few and far between, skipping dessert was no problem.  There weren't any unless we made our own.  Now we have to be a bit more discerning.  Keeping that in mind, challenge yourself, and go forth to try this wonderful way of life.  Ultimately, you will look at your weight loss, not as a goal accomplished, but as a reward for having gotten in synch with the nonviolent, harmonious energy that is always present around us waiting for us to feel its rhythm.

So how does losing weight save the world?  When enough of us choose a plant based diet, we will drastically reduce the amount of water and land used to grow our food; reduce the amount of pesticides, fertilizers, and animal waste polluting our water, air, and soil; dedicate more land for wildlife; end world hunger; end the international politics of meat production; and eliminate the dark cloud of violence that hangs over the world due to the abuse and killing of approximately 100 billion animals per year.   

The number of vegans grows every single day for these very reasons.  That's good news for each of them and for the earth and all the animals.  Tune in regularly for more facts, more hope, and more ways to lose weight and save the world.
Peace to you and to all beings, Judy