I can’t honestly say that I’m writing this post to help you improve your diet or health; that would not be an authentic expression of my motive. As far as I know my heart, this post is more of an expression, than an advice — like most things I’m documenting in 2014. So if any statement I make here rings a bell, resonates with you, confirms a suspicion, or affirms a revelation, please take it as incidental. Don’t make absolute teachings and doctrines out of my personal perspectives; out of my individual awareness and perception based on my unique position in time and space, and borne out of my own personal journey.
If you choose to ignore my warning, and unquestioningly swallow my point of view, don’t say I never warned you. I’m not teaching you anything here this year; I’m just making my private thoughts, experiments, and journal public.
Alright. Now, let me continue with what I have in mind.
More and more, I’m beginning to see my health — what I currently describe as a joyful, happy, pain-free, body state — not as an end in itself, but as a facilitator of my bliss. I don’t perceive it as a means to long life, as I’ve never really been interested in hanging around for long on this beautiful planet.
Long life is a beautiful thing; but, frankly speaking, it’s not something I desire. I mean, it’s like a hundred million dollar home: something good, but not that desirable to me. I don’t even think it’s necessary for my life’s mission. However, I believe that long life is a desirable thing. God promised it. I know many desire it. I also think that a lot of people’s missions will be greatly profited by it. For me, however, it is neither desirable nor necessary. I’m ready to go now, tomorrow, or whenever Jesus Christ calls me back home.
I’m saying this so you don’t unconsciously pervert why I’m expressing this point of view. I’m writing about my dieting, health, and bliss in this post. But it’s not motivated by the pitiful clinging to life that I see in the world today. As a matter of fact, my thinking and practice regarding health and diets are informed by the following principles:
- My faith in Jesus Christ is the basis for my life and my health. My faith in Him, and allegiance to Him is absolutely unwavering. I believe that He is my life, and that in and through Him, I now possess eternal life. My mind is closed in this area and is not open to any contrary views or considerations. By His wounds I am healed, and my health in this present body is sustained by His life and Spirit coursing through me. My life is not in my blood anymore; it is in Him.
- Long life is good; but not necessary for what I’ve been sent to do. Death is real, but defeated in me. I might need to put off this earthly garment someday, but that would be merely to let me pass on to my ultimate, infinitely superior, and eternal realities. I entertain neither worries nor fears for what lies beyond; I’ve been there and know what awaits me.
- My health is a tripartite state of my earthly journey — that is, an earthly condition of my spirit, soul, and body — that can enhance or frustrate the execution of my earthly mission.
So, as you can see, it has nothing to do with my wanting to live longer and avoid diseases; not after all I’ve been allowed to see regarding this life and the next to come.
Instead, my experiments and sharing are more or less in line with the third point above: I’ve noticed a direct link between what I eat, and how I think and feel; a direct link from my diet to my bliss. My personal journey and experiments so far appear to suggest so.
Again, I must warn you not to take anything here as a recommendation from me — even if it comes across as such. There are no recommendations here. I’m neither a medical doctor, nor a dietician. I’m just another spiritual adventurer. This post is a journal of my experiments and experiences in the area of my diet. Try anything here at your own risk. I offer no guarantees here; none at all.
My fascination with a strictly plant diet has been with me for a while. I don’t know how it came about, but sometime ago, actually several years ago, I noticed a certain fancy within me for a strictly plant diet. I just found myself irresistibly pulled in that direction, and gradually drifting towards it. Maybe because my dad taught me a lot from Daniel and the three Hebrew boys, and I got fascinated with their stories from childhood. Maybe, something in me always wanted to feed on the same stuff as they did. Perhaps I suspected a link between their diet and their excellent lives. Maybe I may never know.
In any case, I finally began to dare to try out my fantasies in that direction. The first several times I attempted it, I was only able to last for about 2 weeks before frantically swinging back into meat consumption. As it so happened, after about two weeks of a strictly plant diet, all my joints would gradually become stiff and painful. Then, I would panic, thinking it was due to the absence of meat in my marrows. And then, of course, I would order everyone around me to load me up with pepper soup, liver, and any other varieties of meat they could lay their hands on.
Yet, somewhere, deep within me, I simply ‘knew’ I had to do this.
So, towards the end of last year, without conscious intentions, I discovered that somehow, from a normal fast, I had actually gone several days on a strictly plant diet. And when the new year arrived and I hadn’t yet tasted meat, I thought, “Why not?”. And so started a journey that’s been going on now for about 27 days.
And , how’s it been so far?
Well, for starters, I’m loving it. In fact, I loved the experience so much that 7 days ago, I decided to venture into a strictly raw vegetarian diet. So, not only have I been on a strictly plant diet for the last 27 days, I’ve only eaten raw fruits, vegetables, and nuts in the past 7 days.
And as I’ve already said, I’m loving it; see details down below.
But, first, let me be quite clear on one thing: this is strictly a quest; an adventure. It’s just an experiment, and trust me, I’ll abandon the whole project the moment I see any red flags; it’s my body and it’s my life. I’m listening, feeling, and observing carefully.
Nevertheless, as I said, so far so good. In very specific terms, I’ve carefully observed and confirmed the following benefits within my own present experiments with a strictly plant — and recently all raw — food diet:
- Clarity of thinking: I can feel high quality thoughts and ideas flowing through my mind. It feels as though I’m linked to God’s own thoughts; I can almost feel them coursing through my mind; somewhat like a refreshing and crystal clear stream of inspirations constantly flowing through my mind; strong, cohesive, clear — that’s how it feels.
- Effortless focus: Before now, though I’m a very focused person, my thoughts would usually fragment and drift into a million pieces and directions once every minute, and I could always feel the mental strain as I tried to rein in my very hyper active mind. Now, that doesn’t happen anymore. I find my thoughts to be calm, steady, concentrated; with absolutely minimal mental effort.
- Frequently smiling: I’ve never been the smiling type. Seriously. Not because I’m sad or anything; just that I’m probably too serious minded for my good. But now, I find myself smiling again and again, for no reasons that I can think of. And, the weirdest thing about it is that it usually begins in my body; I would feel light, then joyful in my body — as though streams of happiness we’re flowing through my skin!
- Positive mentality: Simply put, it’s hard to get on my nerves these days; but, don’t push it yet. I’m still in the early days of this, so you never can tell what will happen if you push it.
- Tirelessness: I’ve observed a greater level of energy. The length of time I work at a stretch has literally tripled, and I don’t even feel tired. And meanwhile, my interest in my daily morning walks has risen sharply. I now do it daily; about 40 minutes each morning.
- Self-control: I feel a greater sense of control over my body and thoughts. This is particularly exhilarating; I feel like I could get my body to do anything with ease.
- Better sleep: I sleep a whole lot better these days, without the usual cramps and pains in my waist, sides and abdomen. And the sleeps are now more refreshing than before.
- Weight loss: I feel so happy and light, and the scales seem to agree — so far, they show that I’ve already shed 8kg! That’s about 2 kg per week.
So, now you can understand why I’m loving it. There are other benefits that I’m not sure I’m in a place to share yet; but be sure that as soon as I can, I’ll definitely post them here.
In the meantime, if you are a Christian, remember that according to the Scriptures, there’s nothing sinful about eating meat.
#1. God allowed it after the flood:
Everything that lives and moves will be food for you. Just as I gave you the green plants, I now give you everything.
~ Genesis 9:3
#2. Jesus Christ declared all food clean:
“Are you so dull?” he asked. “Don’t you see that nothing that enters a man from the outside can make him ‘unclean’? For it doesn’t go into his heart but into his stomach, and then out of his body.” (In saying this, Jesus declared all foods “clean”.)
~ Mark 7:18,19
#3. Jesus Himself ate broiled fish even after His resurrection!
When he had said this, he showed them his hands and feet. And while they still did not believe it because of joy and amazement, he asked them, “Do you have anything here to eat?” They gave him a piece of broiled fish, and he took it and ate it in their presence.”
~ Luke 24:40-43
So, according to the scriptures, as far as God and Jesus are concerned, meat eating is not a sin at all.
Enjoy yourself, and have a blissful week.