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How to Transition to a Plant Based Lifestyle

If we aren’t being taught how to grow our own food, how to take care of ourselves and our families, and how to live without the need for huge governments, banks, and corporations – as our ancestors once did – then we aren’t being educated; we’re being indoctrinated to be dependent  and subservient to the system.

-Gavin Nascimento

1. Find the Drive

Learning about the truth behind food is exactly what I needed to give me a kick start to taking control over my health.

The world is over populating, we are plagued by a fearful energy that causes greed, egos, hate, and lies. Industries can’t keep up with the demands of a growing world. Instead of truly helping heal, most food industries are after more money. Capitalism is killing us. The way the system is set up, the continuously growing population will continue to even out and money will continue to grow because we’re being fed complete bullshit that deprives our health and our pockets. It’s a system; a scam.

According to the post traumatic slave diet, the dynamic of the African American family is broken. Mom and dad are out working all day and night to keep mouths fed and a roof over the family. We need quick, cheap, and easy meals. In my opinion, the fast food industry is capitalizing off the middle and lower class neighborhoods. Offering unhealthy food for an exchange of convenience and affordability. Our ignorance is depreciating our health everyday. Toxic food is cheap and easily accessible. Yet, healthy food is overpriced and only available in certain places.

The rich get richer, the poor get poorer, and the sick get sicker. 

We Are Consumers

We buy genetically modified foods; designed to make us sick and need prescriptions. We buy prescriptions; designed to cover up symptoms and  keep us buying more. Man-made drugs aren’t meant to heal; they are meant to temporarily cover up symptoms, while causing more in other places of the body. So, we have to keep purchasing them in order to feel good. 

Stats say 680,000 people die yearly from an unhealthy diet and 72,000 people from prescription drugs over car crashes, homicides, and murders. Even more than tobacco and alcohol; those of which are still legal. It’s okay to sell products which will eventually cause diseases but millions of minorities are in jail for possession of a dime bag? The prison industry is a big money maker too; just saying.

*Sips tea and burns more sage*

The companies that make the most money are selling us toxicity. Then, according to the documentary What The Health, those same companies who sell us food to make us sick, sponsor organizations like American Cancer Society, Susan G. Komen, and American Diabetes Association to make you think they are out here looking for a cure. 

Many diseases are ultimately the cause of what we put in and on our body. Which is also the only way to cure our body. Get educated and stop the cycle.

EVERYTHING is passed down through genes until healed. We’re talking about our quality of life, our kids, and grand kids  lives now.

The system is built to keep us controlled and dependent on it. Let’s stop letting food and drugs depreciate our health while making a profit. 

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2. Re-Program Your Mental Energy

Ignorant – Lacking knowledge or awareness

Ignorance is not bliss when it comes to understanding what we are feeding our body. We grow up on with no knowledge of healthcare; what nourishes us and what heals us. We eat whatever is sold at the grocery store (that we can afford) not once thinking to look at what’s in it or where it came from. We don’t know what makes us sick; we just assume all humans get sick, it’s a normal part of life. Once we’re sick, we depend on doctors to tell us exactly what to take and for how long. Not even knowing what’s in the drug.It’s so easy to control everyone. Through our ignorance, we listen to whatever “the professionals” tell us through the school system, social media, news, and TELL-A-VISION.

Many things we believe we need and desire in food are things we have been taught, conditioned, and programmed to believe. Our subconscious mind has been fed all sorts of ideas around food and our mind has agreed and made those our reality. This has created our relationship with food. Our brain has constructed our eating habits and It’s difficult to change the brain pattern that’s been building our entire life. So, we must re-program our brain to reprogram our relationship with food and our eating habits. 

If you tell yourself “I could never go plant based.” You my friend, will never go plant-based because you can only achieve what you believe.

Everyone is capable of going plant-based; it’s your mind that’s telling your body you can’t. Your entire body, including your taste buds, listens to what your mind tells it. Your body is following what you keep telling yourself. So, as a result, when you attempt to make the switch, your body is feeling sick, feeling weak, lacking nutrients, and craving foods you once ate because you told your body it wouldn’t sustain itself by eating plant-based.

Transitioning to a plant based diet is very mental. Its unwinding the old beliefs and food propaganda we’ve been consuming since birth. It takes self control, wisdom, patience, and creativity. If we’re not in the right mental state going plant-based is almost impossible. So, we must work on our mind first. Once we get it vibrating higher, our body follows, making it much easier to change and adapt. 

  1. Research – Watch a documentary or read up on plant based nutrition. We must reconstruct our mind to understand the needs of our body through food education.                                                                     
  2. Agree and Affirm – Repeat affirmations to yourself about how you are willing and capable of living on a pant-based diet. Tell yourself you are going to provide your body with the nutrients it needs. In order to change our beliefs and habits we must agree and affirm the new information. 

3. Love Yourself

To have enough self discipline, patience, and drive to transition to plant-based you must put your self love above all else. You must love yourself enough to make the changes necessary and put in the work for a healthier lifestyle. You must love yourself enough to want better for your mind, body, emotions, and spirit. You must love yourself enough to want to break out of the self depreciating cycle you’ve been in.

Ask yourself, “Do I love myself enough to choose not to fill my body with with toxic energy?”

If yes, GREAT.

If no, that’s OKAY. Begin practicing self-love by simply saying “I love myself” out loud. For more self-love practices read my NEW BOOK LOVE STARTS HERE

4. Take it Easy 

Once you make the decision to transition to a plant based lifestyle, be kind to yourself! Take it easy, have cheat days, and shift slowly. Results are better when whining off certain habits slowly; one at at a time and keep building. Cut out one thing, then gradually keep eliminating more things from your diet. 

  • Cut out red meat (pork and beef) consistently for at least 1 month.
  • Cut out poultry (chicken and turkey) consistently for at least 1 month. 
  • Cut out seafood (fish and crustaceans) consistently for at least 1 month.
  • Cut out dairy (milk, cheese, and creams) consistently for at least 1 month.
  • Cut out processed and GMO foods (white sugars, white flours, pre-packaged meals, canned foods, etc) consistently for at least 1 month. 
  • Base your diet around the new plant foods you’ve been gradually consuming for the past 5 months. 

Understand, a plant based diet is PLANT BASED, meaning what we consume is based around plants. This does not mean we can never eat another animal product again. 

Its called balance.

Nala Asa Shakur

Tyler A. Norman who now goes by Nala Asa Shakur is a multifaceted creator & healer serving through various forms of artistry. Her ways of expression range from being an author, philosopher, model, holistic health guide, creative director, to a Kitchen alchemist . Through her work and her movement, #Naturalisthewaytoglow™, she inspires and assist others with personal growth, self-love, holistic healing, and finding an inner glow.

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