Creamy Avocado Soup - Cravings Cleanse

Soup For Fatty Dairy Lovers: Creamy dairy-free Avocado Soup Recipe

I was feeling a bit under the weather this weekend.

Last week I went to a memorial service for a dear friend. It was so beautiful to see all of our shared friends, but while at the party I ate a ton of soy and refined flour - foods I haven’t eaten much of in the last six months.

The next day, I woke up feeling puffy and tired. And that lasted for three days!

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On Sunday I remembered this amazing soup I once ate, filled with green vegetables, which was blended, cooling, and alkalinizing.

Yet the lemon and avocado blended together to taste rich and fatty, zingy and tasty, like a dairy-filled soup would. Dairy is an acidic food, and makes inflammation worse for most people.

 

The celery, cucumber, lemon, parsley, and Romaine were all anti-inflammatory and when blended together, the mild flavors soothed my body and energy.

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So I got the ingredients together and tried my hand at recreating this soup, to see if I could calm this puffy inflammation I was feeling.

I blended the ingredients together until the veggies were smooth and creamy, added a pinch of salt, and tasted. It was heavenly.

I ate the entire recipe in a few hours – about 6 cups worth.

Ingredients: 

1 lemon, rind removed

1.5 cups cucumber

1 stalk celery

6 leaves Romaine lettuce

1 avocado

1/4 cup fresh parsley

1.5-2 cups water

1/2 tsp sea salt

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The next day, I woke up feeling refreshed, calm, and my eyes were no longer puffy, and my skin was clear.

This is just the kind of easy recipe I love to share – food that heals and tastes good.

It’s the kind of recipe I’ll be sharing in my Cravings Cleanse, which kicks off next week with a free 3-video series all about cravings, how to change your food habits to grow your energy, and how you can turn willpower into wellpower.

I hope you like the recipe, and I hope you’ll watch the videos when they go live next week!

xo,

Alex

How To "Fix" Your Cravings?

How do you manage cravings?

I was recently asked where cravings come from, and how to “fix” them.

I thought it was interesting to be asked to fix something that I don’t think is broken.

See, I don’t think cravings are bad or that they make you wrong for having them.

Rather, cravings are messages from your body about your true needs. We can learn to listen to our cravings and give our bodies exactly what we really need to be happy and have the life of our dreams…bold statement, right?

How

First, let me just say that we all have cravings – cravings make us human! Without cravings, desire, wants, and needs, we wouldn’t eat enough to thrive as babies, we wouldn’t feel the passions that carry on our genetic DNA, and we wouldn’t feel the inspiration to create great works of art.
So, I believe that cravings are divine!
That being said, our modern food landscape has changed so drastically in the last 80 years, that we now have cheap and easy access to highly addictive foods that our bodies naturally crave.
Until recently, fat, salt and sugar weren’t easy to come by, but they are very important to the health of our brains and bodies, so the way our bodies evolved was to make us happy when we eat those foods!
Our brains actually light up when we eat sugar, fat and salt – a release of dopamine, a pleasure chemical, follows every bite of fatty, salty or sugary foods. So we keep eating them, especially when we feel stressed or otherwise unwell.
So cravings for food are not “wrong” and don’t make you bad, or “weak-willed.”
You are simply responding to a positive feedback loop.
I believe our cravings for foods are rooted in three areas: nutritional, physical, and emotional imbalances.
Basically, a craving is a request from your body to balance something.
In that way, and so many others, our bodies are so brilliant!
Our bodies are either craving missing nutrients like minerals, which can cause salt cravings, or our blood sugar (AKA “brain sugar”) is low, and our brain needs glucose to operate, so it craves sugar.
Physical imbalances can be a need for better sleep or more exercise. We feel tired, so we hear the craving for energy and hear “caffeine!” In reality we need to move and rest more.
Then there is the world of emotional imbalances, which almost always overlap with the nutritional and physical needs. Stress, anxiety, sadness, loneliness, and anger set off a stream of chemical reactions in the body, like a release of adrenaline or coritsol. Over time, this makes our bodies uncomfortable, and we crave something to calm us down and feel “good” again.
Our bodies, in their wisdom, know that sugar or fat or salt will make us feel physically better, release the happy hormones in our brain, so we eat something that isn’t necessarily best for us long-term.
In order to manage our cravings, and have them work for us as our best allies, we need to take in the whole picture of our cravings and lifestyle so we can give our bodies what they truly need: real nutrition, rest, movement, physical fun, and joy.
Organize your kitchen to eat healthier!

My messy kitchen = psychological troubles

I admit it: I had some kitchen shame.

 

I have an organization issue, and it was getting in the way!

See, I “kinda know” where everything is when I start to cook – after all, I do the shopping and put away the groceries.

 

Organize your kitchen to eat healthier!

Organize your kitchen to eat healthier!

But I’m usually in a bit of a rush (mantra for 2014: slow down & breathe!)

And tend to fling things into the cabinet or fridge.

 

And then I realized how this “no big deal” way of being was hurting me.

 

See, my kitchen started to feel cluttered and messy.

Even when the counters were clean, I knew there was a disorganized mess awaiting me every time I opened the fridge.

 

And having those unfinished, unmanaged, messes makes me uncomfortable.

I started to notice I was a little stressed in my kitchen – which makes cooking feel not-so-fun.

 

And when I feel uncomfortable in my skin, my whole being feels off.

And when I feel off, my body craves something to make me feel better, or distract me from the real issue at hand.

 

You may have felt this too: feeling uncomfortable or frustrated about something, and then your body starts to crave foods (usually fat, salt or sugar) to feel better?

 

There’s actually a psychological reason for this: the Zeigarnik Effect.

 

This effect explains how the brain is constantly annoying you when you have something unfinished in your life. It reminds you that something you were going to do isn’t done – and we experience dissonance.

 

It’s human nature to finish what we start, and when we don’t finish, our brains poke us all day long, depleting our willpower and making us uncomfortable.

 

Well, I’m dedicated to asking the real reason behind my cravings so that I feel authentic, connected and like I’m making progress towards my big motivating desires.

 

And my real craving was for organization and clarity!

But how to tackle the mess?

 

I decided to get some help!

I called my friend Jordana, an organizational expert (from Embarkability.com) with a great sense of humor, to come over and help me make sense of my kitchen.

 

Jordana came over and we went through my cabinets and refrigerator, and we made a “How to Cleanse & Organize Your Kitchen” video!

 

The video training will be a part of my upcoming Cravings Cleanse 8-week program, which begins in a few weeks (keep your eyes open!)…

 

But I wanted to share with you some of the best tips I got from cleaning out and organizing my kitchen last weekend:

 

(I’m so totally in love with my fridge now – I like to just open it an marvel!)

 

  1. Take it all off (or out)

 

When you reorganize your fridge (or spice cabinet – yikes!) take everything out first. This helps you see how much room you have, if you have any multiples of items (3 bags of hemp seeds, anyone?) and you can check the dates of everything. Throw out the expired, old food, and maybe take a wet towel to clean off the surfaces.

 

  1. Don’t should all over yourself: Do what works for you

 

One of the BEST things I learned from Jordana is to take the healthy veggies out of the crisper drawers and bring them to the top shelf where I would see them – and be more likely to use them!

My newly organized refrigerator! Keeps me healthier

My organized fridge! It’s so clear and easy to get the healthy stuff out – I love opening the door and am totally inspired to eat healthier!

 

I thought I “should” use the crisper drawers for veggies – but learned that I could do what worked best for me and my family. (Like leaving the fun, messy drawings my son makes on the front of the fridge, while cleaning out the inside of the fridge)

 

Don’t hide the food you want to eat more of –put greens in life-prolonging green bags within easy reach. I made so much room on the shelves by storing bottled drinks in the drawers.

 

  1. Don’t do it alone

 

Calling in an organized, helpful friend to help me out was the best thing I could have done. See, getting started feels like the biggest obstacle.

 

I didn’t know where to start! I thought I had to map it all out first! I had emotional attachments to old jars of mustard, but my friend didn’t!

 

See, when you have a friend who you trust to help guide you through the process, you don’t waste time worrying and thinking.

 

You just get it done.

 

Now, I LOVE my kitchen!

I was so inspired and felt free and clear last night, that I whipped up a huge spread for friends and we enjoyed a lovely meal outside.

 

Cooking became a joy when my kitchen was organized.

 

Are you inspired to organize your fridge?

What will you do first?

 

 

 

 

 

Super Size Me didn't focus on the health of the workers

McDonald’s Workers Protesting in NYC: #Fastfoodglobal

When Morgan and I made Super Size Me, we focused on the health effects of the food on the consumer.

One major area we didn’t focus on was the health of the workers.

Today in my adopted home town of New York City, and around the world, McDonald’s and other fast food workers are out in the streets protesting for higher wages.

Super Size Me didn't focus on the health of the workers

Super Size Me didn’t focus on the health of the workers

On January 1st, 2014, the minimum wage in NYC rose $0.75 from $7.25 per hour to $8.00 per hour. In 2015, the minimum wage will raise another $0.75 to $8.75 per hour. Finally, in 2016, the minimum wage will increase to $9.00 per hour.

Many workers hold down two jobs, working well-over full time, in order to get close to the poverty line of $23,850 for a family of 4.

How are workers supposed to take care of their families on this much money, especially in one of the most expensive cities on earth? How are they to afford healthy food for their kids?

In Boston, one McDonald’s has locked its doors and closed down due to the numbers of people protesting outside. Thousands have walked off the job in Manhattan alone.

If you’re out there and pass by a group of picketing fast food workers today, give them a cheer or honk of support! Everyone deserves a living wage, especially here in the United States.

And skip the drive-thru. Eat some apple slices and peanut butter.

#FixFood: It’s Time to Fix the Toxic Food Culture We Live In

Here’s the deal –

If we can’t all access healthy, clean food, then all of this talk about fixing food isn’t going to help as many people as it could.

As part 3 of our #FixFood mission, we have to increase the awareness and access that people have.

 

For starters, people who need good nutrition the most (like the working poor) don’t currently have access to it.

We can quickly help people learn how to grow a little bit of their own food – which connects them to themselves, and helps them feel empowered.

When people have access to really high quality food, it helps them feel better, do more, earn more, lift their family out of poverty, get off of diabetes meds, and stop using the Emergency Room as their form of primary care.

 

We can make food labels better.

There’s a huge growing movement in the U.S. that the rest of the world is begging us to lead the charge on: to label genetically modified foods.

So many people want laws in this area, but they don’t know what to DO about it.

 

Now, let’s talk about our kids.

Our kids are getting sicker and sicker, younger and younger, with diseases like diabetes and cardiovascular disease. And it has a lot to do with how kids are fed in this country.

We live in a hyper advertising and food marketing culture. Kids are bombarded with messages about unhealthy food all day long.

It’s up to us – the adults and parents – to become aware of it and talk to our kids about it, so the messaging they get is balanced (or maybe even has more good messaging than junk food messaging).

Another aspect is the lunch programs in our schools. We can talk to our kids about healthy foods all we like, but if they’re fed junk at school, what happens to the kids whose parents aren’t talking to them about healthy foods? What about the families who rely on the lunch programs to keep their children fed?

We can help fix that. But we have get the education into the schools. And we have to empower the kids.

This is the part of the Super Size Me 10 Year Anniversary series that has me the most excited.

I’m bringing in people who are on the ground, fixing the food culture we live in, so they can talk about how YOU can help make a difference.

And, as a very special guest, we’re highlighting Dr. Oz’s Healthcorps – an amazing program that goes into schools and teaches kids about cooking and nutrition (something that’s sorely lacking schools nowadays).

We are designating Dr. Oz’s Healthcorps as our charity of choice for the entire telesummit. 75% of the profits will be donated to them in order to help this growing movement to help our KIDS fix food.

To learn more about the Super Size Me 10 Year Anniversary telesummit, click here.

And if you’re fired up about fixing the food culture we live in, help spread the word! Feel free to copy/paste this note into facebook and Twitter:

Help fix the food culture in your schools and community. Get in on the #FixFood mission: http://tinyurl.com/supersizefixfood

xo,

Alex

#FixFood: Turn that Unhealthy Relationship Around

We’re all intelligent, functioning human beings here.

We all know things we could be doing differently to eat better.

But we still have these sabotaging food habits and emotional eating issues where food is like our substitution for intimacy. Food helps us feel calm. It’s one of our favorite soothers.

It’s just that most of us have a relationship with our food that gives the phrase “unhealthy relationship” a totally new meaning.

But when you FIX your relationship with food, it becomes an easy, delicious way to nourish yourself, rather than being a life raft that you cling you to every day just to get through.

You feel lighter.

You like yourself better.

You feel stronger, more confident, more at ease.

You’re more peaceful in your life.

And happier. So much happier.

… Basically, all the good stuff!

Which is why fixing your relationship with food is one of the main topics in my #FixFood mission.

At the Super Size Me 10 Year Anniversary series (March 10 – 14), I’m going to interview 30+ of the hottest experts in health and nutrition.

And we’re going to get into your relationship with food!

I have so many knowledgeable and caring experts lined up: bestselling authors, neuroscientists, food psychologists, and more.

Here’s just a glimpse of what we have lined up for you. . .

Pedram Shojai will tell you how to fix your relationship with food, one bite at a time.

Neuroscientist and author Darya Rose will share new discoveries in neuroscience about how cravings are created – and she’ll give you 3 basic rules to eat for sane weight loss. (Sounds good to me!)

Trudy Scott will talk about how balancing your brain chemistry with real foods can heal emotional eating, and Robb Wolf will help you break free from dietary dogma so you can discover your perfect food style.

They are all ready to help you understand and unwire your emotional relationships with food – so I hope you’ll join us for this virtual event. (Grab your free ticket here.)

And don’t be shy! Follow me on Facebook, YouTube, and Pinterest to get all of the #FixFood updates – and jump into the conversation!

xo,

Alex

6-pack Abs? Who Cares – 7 Tips to Get Rid Of A Bloated Stomach

Do you ever have those days where you open the closet, and nothing feels good on you? Maybe you spend 45 minutes just searching through your clothes, just trying to find an outfit that will hide your bloated belly!

 

If you’re like 91% of women, dealing with bloat and other digestive issues is something that you struggle with daily. My friend Nadya Andreeva, certified wellness coach and author, struggled with feeling bloated for years — even looking 5 months pregnant at times. After years of research and testing, Nadya has created a manual for defeating bloating and healing your belly for good — her new book, Happy Belly: A woman’s guide to feeling vibrant, light, and balanced. http://www.spinachandyoga.com/happybelly/

 

What most women don’t know is that the real cause of bloating is too much fermentation in the digestive tract. Some common triggers include: stress, a food sensitivity, a lack of enzymes, uncoordinated peristalsis, or eating too much fiber (yeah – who thought that could be the problem?).

By just adding a few small shifts to your meal habits, you can keep your belly happy! Here are some tips from Nadya’s book to help you beat the bloat:

 

  1. Allow your previous meal to digest before eating the next meal. Wait at least three hours between meals.
  2. Chew well and don’t talk while chewing. If you’re eating with others, put down your fork between bites and let the flavor and the experience of food be your only focus. Don’t eat and speak at the same time. Better yet, meet friends for walks or for a tea and keep social eating to minimum until your gut is healthy and strong.
  3. Be careful with your fiber. Coarse or poorly chewed fiber will delay passage through the digestive system and slow the rate at which the food is digested and absorbed. So if you don’t chew a slice of bread or a piece of potato properly, you’re leaving a lot more work for your stomach and it will take longer.
  4. Eat fruit at least 30 minutes before meals. Don’t eat fruits after a meal. This habit is gas-forming and leads to bloating.
  5. Don’t drink anything cold while eating. Ideally, limit cold foods as well. Fruits should be room temperature (not straight from the fridge). If you can’t live without your ice cream, have some ginger tea afterward.
  6. Chew on fennel seeds or sip a hot fennel and ginger tea. Prepare fennel tea by crushing one teaspoon of fennel seeds and adding it to one cup of water in a pot. Bring the water to a boil, cover and steep for 10 to 15 minutes. Cool and strain. A traditional dose of fennel tea is about two to three cups daily. If you’re at a restaurant or don’t have fennel seeds, opt for a mint tea. It’s also soothing to the digestive tract. Another tip: carry tea bags in your purse so you’ll always have the kind you like handy.
  7. Go for a brisk walk. Aim for 30 minutes of walking. I also like to add a few jumping jacks or twists. This helps to increase blood circulation and to release gas.

 

Nadya is hosting a special 2-day online event!

When you order Happy Belly between today and March 21, you’ll get amazing bonuses and prizes, like Nadya’s favorite recipes, shopping lists, MP3 meditations, special online courses from guest experts, tools for self-care, and more!

 

These special gifts are available only for 2 days! Get Happy Belly today to receive all these bonuses and start having optimal digestive health, glowing skin, and freedom from food fear! Get your copy of Happy Belly here. http://www.spinachandyoga.com/happybelly/

Let me know here in the comments below which tip you can use to heal your tummy today! OR what tummy trouble you’re having that you wish you had more support in healing! 

Here’s to a happy belly! 

Alex

#FixFood: How to Fix Food at Home More Easily

You’re busy. I know you are.

So am I. And so is just about everyone else you’ll run into today.

It’s no wonder that one of the first (and most frequent) bumps in the road to transforming your health is trying to cook healthy food at home.

Know what I mean? Sometimes it’s just too easy to grab a pre-packaged meal. It feels much more convenient to eat out for lunch. . . and dinner. . . and lunch again.

But if you’ve been hanging out with me for any amount of time, then you know that I’m a total supporter of fixing your own food at home – from scratch. It’s honestly the best way to make sure that you consistently feed yourself nourishing foods that help your body to thrive.

So – how can we fix foods at home more easily?

We get help from the experts.

I’m bringing together over 30 of the biggest stars and leaders in health and nutrition – and I’m getting them to spill all their best tips, strategies, and secrets.

It all goes down at the Super Size Me 10 Year Anniversary series (March 10-14).

We’ll have some of the hottest, most inspiring chefs and food educators coming on as experts. And I mean experts at meal planning, detoxing with food, fixing incredible plant-based meals for families, and more.

They will teach you in a SIMPLE way how to #FixFood at home so that you. . .

Save money

Save time

Spend MORE time with your family

Feel like food at home is easy – not a burden

Your cooking process can become a well-oiled machine.

And you’re not only saving money and time in the short term, but in the long term, your health improves so much faster when you fix food at home. (And you’ll spend less money on your own healthcare in the next few years and throughout your life.)

Here’s a quick teaser of some of the experts and topics:

  • Joe Cross (from the movie Fat, Sick, and Nearly Dead and founder of Reboot Your Life) will share with us what time of day to fix food, and how to create a life that makes healthy eating easy.
  • John Robbins (international bestselling author) will give you tips on how to buy organic food cheaply, and fermentationist Summer Bock will tell you how to make probiotics at home.
  • Phil Lempert (The Supermarket Guru®) talks about what you really need to know about food packaging (and problems with gluten-free labeling you may not know about).
  • Anna Lappe teaches you how to shop so your kids enjoy healthy food – and not badger you for junk food (hallelujah!).
  • And the “mother” of meal planning, Leanne Ely, will be sharing some her best tips with you!

If you want in on these interviews, grab your free ticket for the Super Size Me 10 Year Anniversary series here.

And help us spread the word! Feel free to copy/paste this note into Facebook and Twitter:

Fixing food at home? Make it easy on yourself! http://tinyurl.com/supersizefixfood #FixFood

xo,

Alex

This is Near and Dear to My Heart

I’m a mother.

I know that I don’t just set an example for my son.

I set the first example.

I set the example that will influence his life in ways neither of us can predict.

What I say and do now will color what he says and does, even when he’s too old to remember the conversations we have, or can’t quite recall the details of how I react to life’s ups and downs.

As his mother, I choose what I teach him about his relationship with food, with his own body. I can have a chat with him about the commercials that make sugary cereals look like the ultimate life experience. I can show him the fun in choosing delicious foods, the joy in preparing them from scratch, and the pleasure in taking the time to savor what he creates.

But I also know that there’s a world out there that isn’t on the same page. That doesn’t have the same values. That hasn’t learned what I’d like for him to learn.

I don’t say that in an “us against the world” tone. I say that with the understanding that the things I teach my son are the very things that the rest of the world is hungry for, as well.

10 years ago, with the Oscar-nominated documentary Super Size Me, I saw just how much people wanted to know more about food and health. Once they were aware, they wanted more.

But the knowledge alone isn’t enough.

I realized that, although Super Size Me shone a light on a very important issue, we still hadn’t given people the tools to be able to make real changes.

I’ve dedicated the last decade to helping people make changes in their own lives. Now I want to make that mission even bigger.

I’m on a mission to #FixFood.

In celebration of Super Size Me‘s 10-year anniversary, I’m bringing together 30+ of the hottest leaders in health and nutrition (including some of the old voices that helped to shape our documentary in the first place).


Join us for the Super Size Me 10-Year #FixFood Series (your ticket is free)

On this telesummit, we’ll be covering 3 main aspects of the #FixFood movement:

 

  • Fixing more of our own food at home (and how to make it fast, simple & fun).

 

  • Fixing your relationship with food and emotional eating (so you can experience true wellness).

 

  • Fixing the food culture we all live in (because this movement needs to go into our schools and communities).

 

I’d like to make one thing clear–

This is NOT your typical telesummit.

This event is about real change – and how you can make it happen in your own life and the world around you.

I’m bringing on experts who are on the ground, already working in our communities and in the school systems (like Michelle Bouchard of Dr. Oz’s HealthCorps). With other experts like JJ Virgin, John Robbins, Kris Carr, Joel Harper, Dr. Mark Hyman, Leanne Ely, Cynthia Pasquella, and so many more, we’ll cover a huge range of topics.

You’ll walk away with the tools you need in order to need to lose those extra pounds, or discover the joy in cooking and savoring a healthy meal, or know precisely how to educate your own children about nutrition – despite the messages that surround them.

With the #FixFood movement, we can set an example for ourselves, our families, and our communities.

I truly hope you’ll join us.

>> Check out the details + save your free spot here.

xo,

Alex

P.S. The Super Size Me 10-Year Fix Food Series goes live (online), March 10 – 14, but you can get your free ticket now. Take a look at the experts, and learn more about the #FixFood movement here.

 

How To Eat Meat Again After Being Vegan: Reader Question

Since “coming out” as no longer vegan last year, I’ve received many emails from other long-time vegans and vegetarians, mostly women, seeking guidance on how to healthfully introduce meat back to their diet.

 How to add meat back to your diet after being vegan

Some have been vegan for a few years. Others were vegetarian or vegan for decades, like me. Most of these people express shame and hope in their emails:

They’re ashamed that they’re “turning their backs” on their ideals or the animals.

 

They’re hopeful that the craved-for animal products, usually after decades of eating a 100% plant-based diet, will heal their health concerns.

 

Recently another woman, who told me she was vegan for many years, wrote:

 

” I’d like to share with you.  My boyfriend & I have been raw vegan and  then vegan for years. It’s been along time since I’ve had meat.

I’ve realized it’s very hard to get what I need naturally from a vegan diet. I still need meat to be healthy, but how do I start eating it again? All I want is too be healthy. 

I’m glad you came out. Because there are plenty a vegans that need help. 
I’m scared and need the advice. 
Thanks, T”

 

I wrote back:

 

“Hi T,

 

I’m glad you’re finding what you need.

 

And I know how hard this decision must have been for you. But you’re listening to your body, and that’s a great thing. You’re not a bad person for needing meat. You’re just one of the humans who does. As much as compassion for animals played a part in your decision to stop eating meat all those years ago, try to have compassion for yourself. We are human-animals, and some of us need to eat other animals to regain or maintain our health. 

 

Here are my top recommendations to help you introduce meat back into your diet.

 

First, start slow:

 

Try bone broths, like an organic chicken stock, or eggs first, as these tend to be the easiest to digest.

If it has been a long time since eating animal protein, you’ll want to try one thing at a time to test your digestion. Start in small amounts, and without anything starchy. Your digestion will work better if you use the principles of “food combining” where you avoid pairing protein rich foods with starches, breads, even whole grains. 

If you have a craving for a specific food, like meat or fish, try that first. 

 

Next, be sure to get the highest quality - grass fed, wild caught, organic. 

 

Conventionally raised animals are fed antibiotics, GMO corn or soy, and growth hormones. The last thing you want is harmful residue showing up in your food!

When buying eggs, that means organic, vegetarian fed, with outside access. Chickens like to eat bugs, and the farmer’s market may have the best quality in your area.  

Like Michael Pollen said, “You are what you eat ate.”

 

Keep tuning into your body as you re-introduce animal products.

 

How is your energy?

How is your elimination?

How is your skin?

What’s happening with your cravings? 

How is your menstrual cycle?

 

Tracking all of these things will tell you how your food is nourishing your body.

 

If you’re concerned that you’re not getting enough of certain minerals or nutrients, get a blood test. 

Check your iron levels and B12, especially. If you’ve been vegan for years you may be deficient in something. Even if you’ve been eating the Standard American Diet (read: unhealthy and highly processed) you may be deficient and need supplements.)

 

Finally, bring some gratitude to your meal.

When I first started eating animal protein again, I was still emotional and unsure. 

But I knew that if I brought that stress to the meal, the food would never feel good.

 

So I thought about the circle of life, felt true, deep gratitude to the animals and farmers that raised them, and kept tuning in to the voice inside me that said “you need this.” 

 

When I sat down to eat, I prepared a beautiful table, lit a candle of gratitude, and set the intention to enjoy my meal.

 

The energy that you bring to your meal matters. 

Know that you’re eating what’s right for you, and that you are a part of this organic, ever-changing world.

 

Some day you will be gone, and your body will nourish the earth.”

 

Have you had the same experience of adding meat back to your diet?  What did you learn? Is there anything I missed in this description above? What would help you more? 

Share your comments and suggestions below!