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I feel the need to write about my most recent experience involving poor food choice as I continue my path towards total lfrv. Keep in mind that I ate totally on a S.A.D. for my entire life until approximately 1 1/2 months ago and as a full-on meat eater :(

I work in a sales environment and sometimes a satisfied customer will feel the need to give me something in return for my service, which is totally unnecessary however I sometimes will accommodate as long as it's not money. Yesterday, a customer who runs a local 'health food' restaurant brought me 2 food plates that had bbq chicken wings in mild and hot sauce, as well as a roll and some celery stalks with ranch dip. In my current transitioning phase, I am about 90% lfrv, but very very occasionally still consume small chicken portions as well as very small fish. It's my goal to be completely free by my 6 month period, but it's still extremely hard to give up. I started out admirably- take the food to my home where my girlfriend and two sons who still consume S.A.D. will take care of them. However during the commute, I ate not one, not two, but all 6 wings in the first plate. This was the first time consuming a large portion of meat at one sitting in the time since I began this journey.

Go back to morning....I woke up refreshed, ate my usual breakfast of 5 bananas, 1 xtra large apple, and 1-2 liters of water. Felt great....lots of energy at work. Mood terrific. Same feeling all day until the commute home. Flash forward- I eat the death food and by the time I finish my 25 minute commute, I start feeling my old symptoms of depression, lethargy, anxiety, despair, and irritation. I walk at least 5 times a week after coming home, so I was determined that I was still going to exercise. I changed clothes, strapped on my water and walked out of the door totally mad at my girlfriend and sons for no good reasons.

During my walks, I normally feel light, energized, in a peaceful mood, and connected to nature. I watch birds doing their routines, admire plants, feel life all around me, and generally enter my version of 'church' during these times. I thank the creator for blessing me with new knowledges and life and energy to do what I know is best for me and the planet. However during this particular walk, I felt like I was abandoned. I felt disconnected, isolated, dark, and totally alone in the world like an alien. I felt like nature could sense something wrong with me and shunned me. I was depressed and in emotional pain while I drudged along my usual path and it took great painful effort to complete. Usually I can do what took me an hour in approximately 40 minutes. I felt like a spiritual bubble was put around me to protect everything else from my presence.

When I got home, I drank 2 cups of orange juice and had a banana/date smoothie. Within 1 hour, I started to feel more normal and lighter. I started smiling and cracking my usual jokes and everything started to feel better. I started to feel alive again. I know this wasn't in my mind and that I was being punished for eating meat once more. With that experience, I now recognize that on the occasions that I eat even a small amount of meat, I receive a lesser degree of the same feeling. It was a good experience for me to realize what I have been doing to myself and is hopefully a major motivating factor in my quest to be completely free of all cooked food and meat.

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Comment by Christopher on November 23, 2010 at 2:05pm
Thank you SDCL for the kind words and reminder...I had forgotten about this blog, and your comment notified me and as I read it, I related more to what I had written and still experience. I am still on the journey, but I'll let everyone know as soon as I get there ;)
Comment by SuperduperCucumberLover!..=) on November 7, 2010 at 4:22am
This was such a touching story. It is a process of making this transformation real and understanding different fascets of it. People can say oh- i feel better after a cup of coffee or cacao- but is it real?

Knowing you feel your best doing date and banana smoothies is just something you have to realize totally- that it is not just an illusion, or a fleeting percetion, or an opinion. It is real!

These experiences just make you stronger in your conviction!
Comment by Christopher on July 12, 2010 at 11:39am
Linzi and Don both are very positive influences in my life. Don has saved my life completely on more than one occasion and in many ways. Each time I visit you guys, I get a new plan and revitalized perspective. It's a blessing for ya'll to be in my life :)
Comment by Yogaranka on July 12, 2010 at 10:31am
Such beautiful souls all around me!
Comment by magicreative on July 12, 2010 at 9:29am
Thanks Linzi -

I'm diggin' this forum because of the influence from people such as yourself who are inspiring me to take this to a higher level - Thanks
Comment by magicreative on July 12, 2010 at 2:35am
Hey man - been through the above like about 1000 times - due to social situations - and my core personality that does not like to make waves and tends to somewhat " mirror my surroundings ".

I'll share with you where I'm at with the issue -

One could A ) -
always stick to their determined guns on this diet and never waver and falter no matter who is around, what they offer you, how disappointed they may act, men that may equate your vegetarianism with homosexuality, women who'll be concerned with what their mother might think, travel acquaintances that'll want you to really experience the local culture and offer you meat dishes with a good heart, children who'll offer you various celebratory foods because it is their birthday . . . and on and on it goes. ( all of the above situations have happened to me over the years and then some )

Or B) -
One could just take life for what it is - beautiful - and do the best we can - make a pact with the spirit that we'll do the very best we can and pray that we'll not be " shunned " by the spirit despite our paltry slip-ups every now and then - and just be flexible in life with ourselves and with others.
Even Lord Buddha recommended a path such as this and called it " The Middle Road ".

So o.k. - I myself have taken the " B " route for like 17 years now -
and have made it work for me.
( I've enjoyed good health, good mood, on high carb, low fat, 40 - 75% raw, vegetarian, with a slip up now and then ). I no longer feel " shunned " by the spirit whenever I have a hiccup or stray a little for good reason.

However - I must say that I do even moreso lately admire the people who take the " A " route. That's why I just love Durian Rider's schtick so much - it is kind of beautiful in its steadfastness and its righteous stand.

Also - I must confess that if one takes the " B " route like I have - maybe truly phenomenal health becomes a little harder to achieve - you are kind of resigning yourself to feeling like a 7 or an 8 or a 9 - and are mostly not hitting the 10's and 11's that some of the people on this forum claim to.

Anyway dude - congratulations ! on becoming vege - and thank you for sharing.

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