“Don’t Cry For Me, Danish Fontina!”

hyp·o·crite; noun; defined as:

1.  a person who pretends to have virtues, moral or religious beliefs, principles, etc., that he or she does not actually possess, esp. a person whose actions belie stated beliefs.

2. a person who feigns some desirable or publicly approved attitude, esp. one whose private life, opinions, or statements belie his or her public statements.

Whenever I have a client or student with a health issue, I always refer them to books advocating a vegan diet. I chide them regularly to eliminate toxin and hormone laden dairy products, which I compare to drinking hemlock. I lecture them on the hormones found in America’s dairy products, the free radicals in their Skinny Lattes mutating their cells.   But I have a secret: a creamy, fatty, delicious secret … I love dairy and consume it regularly with glee.  Cheese and chocolate, in fact, are one of my major food groups.  Until January 1, 2011.  The hypocrisy stops here!

My lovable student and friend, soon to be co-vegan Rebecca Weidemeyer called me the other day to announce that she had read the vegan book I had recommended and that she was going vegan for the month of January.  I wasn’t sure if she just assumed I was vegan, since I basically had flat told her to go vegan, and suddenly the guilt sliced me like a knife.  “Me too!” I found myself saying.  And when Ramdesh asked me to blog about The Vegan Experiment for Spirit Voyage, I saw it as a golden opportunity to keep myself on track.

Why Vegan?

The actress and activist Alicia Silverstone (who is opposite of Clueless) has penned a terrific book called “The Kind Diet” that provides intelligent information about why veganism really trumps regular vegetarianism.

Doreen Virtue ~ a well respected clairvoyant, says that dairy products make your aura visibly cloudy, and interfere with spirit communication.  In her food addiction studies, she also noticed that people suffering from depression are drawn to dairy in particular.  So depression feeds on dairy.  Yuck.  Remember, everything has energetic properties.  When seeking a boost of energy, go for a brightly colored fruit or vegetable that grows in the sun.  Consider then the journey of a wedge of Brie … fetid milk plunged from an indignant cow, … thick, sludgy, smelly, pungent with bacteria .. that’s what’s going into your digestive system.   A moment on the lips; days in the digestive tract clogging your detoxification system and triggering the immune system to inflame your tissues and create mucus.  Is it worth it?  Not with products like Luna & Larry’s Coconut Bliss on the market!

When we think about how little people actually care for themselves, it’s really very disturbing actually.  Let’s make 2011 a journey of optimal health, self love, and love for animals and Mother Earth.  Remember,  your mental, emotional, physical and spiritual states are all interconnected reflections of each other; so when your physical body is clogged, cloudy, sluggish, inflamed and at war with itself, so too become your emotions, relationships and relationship with Spirit.  What I anticipate to gain most from veganism is clarity and cleanness, not only in my body but in relationships and life, because your exterior is a reflection of the interior.

So because you’re eating the pain and anxiety of animal, supporting global warming, evil industrial farming, creating mucus and inflammation in the body, dousing yourself in strange animal growth hormones ….  for one month lets Just Say No! to dairy.

Please join us in this uplifting experiment toward clarity, cleaner organs and kindness toward animals and the planet.  We’re here to support and bond with you over it.  Hey, it’s not like we’re asking you to give up coffee people!  See you in the vegetable aisle!

Karen Michelle Jones: Healer, Teacher, Vegan Experimenter

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