If you have interest in the Curb the Binge podcast, I know something about you: above and beyond most people, you have an awareness that what we put into our mouths matters. With every choice we make, we are causing an impact: an impact on our bodies, our energy levels and our ability to create a meaningful output in this world.
One area we may or may not think about is how our choices affect the whole. We hear about climate change on the news – but are we connecting it to the everyday practices that we do? This is the crux of human evolution – our own ability to take these matters into our own hands.
Addiction is a disease of disempowerment. For some reason, because of childhood patterns, life events, etc., we are given the message that we don’t have the power to create massive change in this world. Thus, our purpose is extinguished to a tiny flame. And yet, it never goes out. It can always be re-ignited.
And, miraculously, when we connect to our sense of purpose, addiction no longer has a place. The pieces start to come together and the reason we became addicted – as a substitute for what we really want and desire – is no longer there anymore. Without a reason for addiction, addiction itself if extinguished.
This is the power of Purpose. In today’s episode, PhD student and Intermediate level Iyengar Yoga instructor and practitioner Jonathan Dickstein gives us a powerful injection of Purpose. We will explore:
- What assumptions must we accept in order to use animals and their products for food?
- What consequences are these assumptions having on our world at large? What is happening behind the curtain that we don’t see, aren’t privy to, and yet keep the engine of our consumption running?
- What are the mindset changes and shifts in awareness we must make in order to make veganism easy (and not about food/diet)?
- What are some challenges common on the vegan journey, and how Jonathan has overcome them.
- What is the difference between vegan, plants-only and plant-based?
- If we decide we are interested in veganism as a potential life path, where can we find support?
- What does the research say about veganism and health?
- Where can we find more effective educational resources on this subject?
At the end, I discuss my own experience with veganism and my perspective – as a Health Coach – on why so many (especially food addicts) try veganism and seemingly “fail,” throwing our bodies out of balance and eventually returning to an animal-product-inclusive diet. I also offer a solution to this issue that is targeted to food addicts, but can be extremely helpful for anyone who is trying to make this shift to veganism, a healthy one.
Here is an article by Jonathan Dickstein in the Boulder, Colorado publication, The Daily Camera. http://www.dailycamera.com/guest-opinions/ci_30066823/jonathan-dickstein-sorry-your-holiness-but-compassion-demands