The Tim Noakes high fact and protein diet has become very popular among South Africans. In conjunction with that has Heritage Day now become Braai Day. I somehow have missed this change over. Some say it is due to our roots that we love meat and like to cook it over an open fire. I find myself a bit lost with this connection. Maybe it is due to my “unconventional” life style?
I sort of grew up on a farm with my family eating lots of meat. Then I discovered that meat is not really good for my digestive system or my cholesterol levels. Later on in life when I studied science I discovered that our biological make-up is not really designed to digest huge amounts of meat. Our teeth and digestive tract indicate that we are supposed to eat plants and maybe the odd piece of animal protein. I was then wondering why are so many people still eating large amounts of meat, especially in South Africa. Maybe the braai thing has something to do about it. Could this just be a tribal thing or something much deeper?
As I implied, I used to eat meat, but not anymore. I had farming grandparents, thus eating meat was the norm – so was the slaughtering of sheep and all other kinds of livestock. I was even part of the whole “game hunting experience” while living in Namibia.
Later on, as an adult, I was inflicted by an incurable joint condition. This extremely painful disease was diagnosed as Ankylosing Spondylitis (AS). Now you might be wondering what this has to do with eating meat? Well actually a lot!
Due to AS, I was forced to reflect on my emotional life and lifestyle. The result was that I had to change in order to heal. I changed my job, my friends, my house, my belief-systems and many of my perceptions about life. Some was intentional, others due to my different outlook on life. However through this process I healed completely. The AS has just “dissolved”. It is now a few decades later and I am still in excellent health.
I have to mention that I never actually decided to stop eating meat. It just happened. I remember I started to feel uncomfortable after eating red meat. My body felt heavy and toxic. After consuming red meat for supper, I had the must horrible and gruesome nightmares. So I started to eat rather more fish and the odd piece of chicken (free-range). There was a huge difference in how I felt, not only in my health but also emotionally. I was feeling “lighter” and happier. I had loads more energy and was definitely less edgy.
This intrigued me, so I pondered on this phenomenon and I had some fundamental revelations as a result.
As a practising holistic therapist later on in life, I discovered the workings of the chakras and that protein connects with the Root Chakra. Meat is a great source of protein. The Root Chakra is important for our grounding. It is our connection with our tribe/roots - how we see ourselves in relation to our nationality, culture and family. A healthy Root Chakra is important in order to feel save and secure, to feel at home where we live and to feel secure in our ability to provide for life’s necessities. It also plays a role in social- and familial law and order.
Therefore it is important that we keep this chakra in balance, especially during the times when our safety and security are being challenged. When this chakra is out of balance we become fearful. Working now as a counsellor I have noticed that people who are living in fear are also consuming large amounts of red meat. Maybe it is just a coincidence or maybe eating meat does have some kind of effect on our levels of fear.
Let us stop for a minute and think of what happens to those sheep or cattle when they get slaughtered. To put it bluntly, they get murdered. The animal dies while in a total state of fear, leaving that imprint of energy in the meat - never mind the stress-hormones (e.g. adrenalin) it produces while in that state. We then eat this meat, ingesting a lower vibrating energy of fear and hormones produced by fear. This then becomes part of us. The more meat we eat, the more fearful we feel. Whilst our bodies tell us to eat protein for grounding, we eat “fearful-meat” instead. The more we fear, the more we feel ungrounded, the more we crave protein, the more meat we eat. How’s that for a vicious circle!
I have become a proper vegetarian over the years and my health has never being so good. Therefore, I postulate that meat is a contributing factor to our fearful mindsets and unhealthy bodies. It might have a huge beneficial impact on society if we could try to do differently even if it is only eating LESS meat.
Meat is meat and man will fear when eating meat.