So, although I am a Milk Smuggler’s Daughter and a member of Weston Price, I am also a yogini and a teacher of yoga, and one of the biggest internal battles I find myself in is the teaching of ahimsa, or non-harming.
I have tried, for just over the past month, to be a vegetarian, yet again, but incorporate pasture raised eggs, lots of raw butter, raw cheese, and whole raw milk. I figured incorporating the fat would keep me healthy. Still, I have found myself low in iron and and me teeth and joints have become sensitive and often painful. It had to stop.
I came home heated up an emergency bone broth from the freezer (thanks, mom!) and drank it down followed by another and then another. By body was crazed. It needed it. The minerals, the fat, the everything.
I know that the Weston Price diet model is the right path for my body, and for every body. It is how nature intended for us to eat. Yet somehow I continue to hope and experiment with the idea that maybe my spiritual path and mind set will somehow miraculously change my body into being a vegetarian. I don’t know that this will ever happen.
It is a constant, humbling reminder that no matter how intelligent, logical, and not of nature, we humans truly are a part of an ecosystem, evolving to eat within that system, and to think that we can fool nature is only just fooling ourselves. We must respect our bodies and nature above all else if we want to live healthfully.
One of the wisest lectures I ever received from any of my college professors was in a private conversation with Ted Hollingworth of Emerson College. I sat in his office as we discussed taking care of the body by eliminating tobacco, drugs, and alcohol from the day-to-day. He looked me straight in the eyes and asked me, “How do you expect to help other people if you can’t first help yourself?” The same can be said of eliminating the processed Western diet from our lives. We must practice ahimsa to ourselves first, and then we can begin to help others.
So now I must embrace the idea of ahimsa towards myself, so I am drinking bone broth and adding meat back to my diet. I have felt my practice change in both positive and negative ways (feeling heavier and less flexible), but I will continue to take care of myself and seek to find the balance between my diet and practice. Yoga is about balance and so I will continue to play and practice and find it both on and off the mat.