Vegan, Vegetarian, Meat Eater…

One of many things that I can’t stomach is putting labels onto people, their actions and other happenstances. True, labeling has been put in place to set a direction of a topic, however many of us will have their idea mostly formulated hearing just the certain word. Especially these three terms in title are very hot merchandise. When one proclaims being vegan, most of us are going to have a reaction based on the past experiences and information gathered to that term, therefore we don’t look beneath the surface to discover many layers of the person standing in front of us, but we tend to judge the book by its cover. So I do not proclaim myself to be a vegan. I just eat everything, that does not contain milk, eggs, coloring’s coming from insects and anything that had been breathing and living creature. This to me is very creative, fun and sustainable way how we could take care of ourselves as well as of our environment. Let’s have a look at a bigger picture.

The biggest contributor of drastic climate changes in recent years is down to animal agriculture. Animal agriculture is responsible for 18 percent of greenhouse gas emissions, which is more than combined exhaust from all the transportation. Greenhouse gas emissions from transporting the livestock contributes by 13 percent. Fact is, that methane is 25-100 times more destructive than CO2 and has a global warming potential 86 times than that of CO2 on a 20 years time frame. Now, a single cow produces between 250 – 500 liters of methane per day. The same industry uses lots of water – half of a kilogram of beef needs 7 thousands liters of water, and yet we have third world countries where people are drinking unclean, contaminated water or hardly any at all.  Animal agriculture contributes to species extinction in many ways. In addition to the monumental habitat destruction caused by clearing forests and converting land to grow feed crops and for animal grazing, predators and “competition” species are frequently targeted and hunted because of a perceived threat to livestock profits. The widespread use of pesticides, herbicides and chemical fertilizers used in the production of feed crops often interferes with the reproductive systems of animals and poison waterways. The over exploitation of wild species through commercial fishing, bush meat trade as well as animal agriculture’s impact on climate change, all contribute to global depletion of species and resources.

These few facts are just a raindrop in ocean of mad practices, cruelty and 0 consideration about consequences. What legacy are we going to leave to future generations. Are we going to continue to support our own exploitation by huge concerns, politics and lobbying, to have convenience resulting in catastrophe, over searching for right information and freedom. Can we muster enough hunger in us to change. One person at a time, for a grater good. Only time will tell. So this is a fraction of what the term ‘vegan’ means to me. What about you? Do you care enough?

 

Peace & Love

Turning It Around

Spring 2017 was an amazing part of a last year. It had also been a time when I started to feel pains and heaviness in my legs, particularly in the right one. After thorough examination conducted by myself and my wife Julia, I came to conclusion that it’s nothing and she pronounced it to be varicose veins. ‘Varicose what?!’ I said. After listening to a story about Julia’s mom and her struggle with this condition, I started to do my research and came to the conclusion that it’s nothing more than just a couple of bulging veins making me look more manly. And the odd pain now and then? I can manage, right!? My naivete blended with denial were suddenly purified by intensified pain and profound hurt starting in my thigh, making it’s way down through calf, ending the journey in my heel. Splendid. The first night when this experience kept me from sleeping, I realized that something has to change. I need to do something.

Now, I always say that everything happens for a reason. Therefore there must have been an offset for my condition. Something that I was doing and I knew pretty well what it was. In my late teens and early twenties I was very much discovering the beautiful and the ugly of the world as well as myself. I was looking for who I am and what I want to do with my life. Unaware and lost. So as you do in such situations, I laced all my adventures with alcohol and experimentation with other various substances, hoping that I will discover “Holy Grail” which will miraculously point me in a right direction. So far from truth. I didn’t eat nutritious meals other than processed stuff such as pizzas, cheeseburgers, ready meals, chicken nuggets, crisps, indestructible french fries from the ‘freaky clown’s restaurants’ washed down with sodas, chocolate milkshakes and other crap. Add no real physical exercise except going to work and a pack of cigarettes every other day and you’re aiming for disaster.

Lesson learned. Our body is an amazing machine that can endure all sort of possible ordeals for a certain period of time. I am 32 and roughly ten years later a few years of such a vicious practices made its mark. I am grateful that I am pass that. I just need to deal with consequences. It’s been at least a couple of years since I have immersed myself into studying nutrition and elementary components in our bodies and it’s impact on the quality of our lives. I quit smoking and stopped to abuse myself with alcohol. And after dietary experiments and insights from many people and top athletes I’m ready to build a bridge and go Plant Power all the way. (On this topic in another post)

In few months I’m going to get operated on my legs. I’m so looking forward to this because I cannot wait for not being in constant discomfort and pain. Having said that I know that there are many people out there who are sitting quite not making themselves heard because they may feel the same as I did, or they may be embarrassed or being neglected by National Health Services. It is said that varicose veins are more cosmetic issue rather than anything else. Well, I beg to differ. In a worst case scenario, if left untreated, one is at risk of blood clots, blood thrombosis or ulcers. So I would love to bring awareness to this condition as well as promote well being based on fueling ourselves with needed nutrition physically and of course mentally. To do so, I’m going to be preparing(post op) for a Trial Run, taking place in Slovakia in may 2019. It is 144 km/ 89 miles during 24 hours. I’ll do my best to document as much as possible over various platforms such as Instagram, Snapchat, and of course, this blog.

Until then my friends,

Peace & Love

 

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No need for meat

Today marks four weeks since me and my wife have decided to reduce meat from our diet and eat only plant based food, diary and fish. I can’t believe that I actually say that, but the results are incredible! I used to be a huge ‘meat eater’ – chicken, beef, pork – the complete shebang. If there wasn’t meat on my plate than it wasn’t a proper meal. However, being able to work closely with nutrition and dietary specialists helping my clients to better their health and general well being made me rethink many aspects of my own life. That, and Julia – my wife – has a great impact.

First of all, most of my clients have had serious health complications such as thyroid disorder, issues with metabolism, weak immune system, diabetes etc. Through elementary hair analysis we are able to asses the nutrition levels of organism based on quantity and ratio of  elements in hair. This modern diagnostic tests the level of the most important elements in the human body – 24 bio-elements and 5 toxic elements. Based on the results, we are able to draw up an appropriate supplementation and diet program.

When I have done my own elementary analysis, and suited my diet to the nutritional needs of my organism, it helped me tremendously. However, it’s now when I fully control what I eat, that makes me more fulfilled and happy. The realization that the gut is a second brain was crucial. Our brain is actually constantly communicating with the gut by countless chemical reactions. Our decision not to eat meat is based on difficulty to obtain quality and high standard. The process and sustainability of farming, mainly thanks to the supermarkets, is very close to non existent. Add martyrdom which animals go through by being overfed with compound feed, little movement and being slaughtered in a mechanical fashion just to satisfy the demand which have been created and you have a perfect outcome for disaster.

Secondly, it was the knowledge gained by my wife, which didn’t make me hesitate to apply these changes. Her creativity with recipes is astounding me every day. I mean how can you pimp up vegetables into a something comparable to fine dining?! As I mentioned earlier, we still consume fish and dairy, but we certainly choose where it comes from and the way it had been produced. The same regards supplements and many other factors which surround us as a consumers and are a necessity for ones being. If it’s well or bad being, that’s all down to us.

I would have never said that one day I’ll be writing and talking about such topic, which can easily develop into cause, but I take it as my responsibility to share something that had put a spring into my step. And if it’s a ONE person, who is going to take something away from it, and finds it helpful in one way or another, then that’s what makes me buzz.

Cheers & Love

 

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CH4NG3

I have just recently returned from a conference in Nuland, Netherlands. The journey itself had been a tad treacherous as we traveled by car and due to snowing conditions there was a lot of surprises along the roads – accidents, burned cars, traffic jams, rough seas – basically almost everything one would expect from proper adventure. It took us roughly 10 hours one way, not counting 2 hours spent on ferry from Dover to Dunkirk. Plenty of time for thought collection and catching up with email, right.

Somewhere on the road in Belgium I got into discussion via Instagram with a friend about change. As Albert Einstein once said, ‘Insanity is doing the same thing over and over again and expecting different results.’ The truth is that many of us are living this insanity. It’s ego altogether with comfort, which holds us back from openness towards new experiences and gaining fresh knowledge, which would be applicable and beneficial in order to create desired change.  The fact is that it takes strong emotional encounter that breaks the pattern as all of our actions that we do are either to avoid pain or to gain pleasure.

Such a pattern breakers can be illness, loss of a close person, getting fired from a job, bankruptcy, anything that pushes us over the limit to say ‘I won’t live this way anymore!’ At the end of April 2011 my world have changed forever. Our daughter Olivia was born and I decided that I shall not bullshit myself anymore. I realized that I want to be a person who is going to be setting the right example. I want to do what I talk about, which became one of my purposes. We live in the world where most of the people tell others to do what they have never done themselves. Ludicrous hypocrisy, which I do not want to be part of.

Either way it comes down to recognition and complete honesty with ourselves. Be humble enough to admit that we are not perfect. Realize our strengths – triple down on them ; realize weaknesses without dwelling into them, because everybody else is  going to do that for us. By starting with us first, we can help others to live better and more fulfilling lives. Making the world a better place small step at the time.

Cheers & Love