Why Am I A Vegan?

Why Am I A Vegan?


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You are a what?

Or,

Where do you get your protein from?

Or,

Is that even safe?

Or,

How do you know you are actually saving the planet?

Or,

You? No F*cking way!

Veganism is a concept that is new to some and those who know about it have their own idea of what veganism is, it kind of reminds me of the idea we have of spiritual people, hippies with dreadlocks, living in the woods and drinking ayahuasca on a regular basis!

It is easier to talk to people about same sex relationships (and even sex!) than to explain veganism! Some people don’t get it and that is OK.

What I wanted to do today was to tell you why I am a vegan and perhaps educate you a bit further and help you to understand people’s choices and decisions without any judgement. Doesn’t that sound good to you?

Before I go any further I want to take you back to 2003 when I heard of the term vegan/veganism for the first time, it was at college when I was learning catering and hospitality. Bear in mind English isn’t my first language and I had just (almost literally!) landed I thought what the hell is that, who wouldn’t want to eat meat?

We cooked some dishes and they were brilliant! I ate them all… In fact, I am known for always eating EVERYTHING!!!

I tried the “vegetarian thing” in ’05 and at the time I was in a relationship with a huge meat eater he said to me you won’t last and I said: watch me!

First night I couldn’t NOT eat meat, I cooked his dinner and I cheated immediately!!! He laughed and simply said: Told ya!!!

I kept at it (without cheating) for two more weeks and I failed miserably, it was tough, and I loved meat too much to give it up.

Then, a vegan came into my life and she looked like hell!!! I mean she looked anaemic, unhealthy and she wasn’t advertising veganism very well.

We became really good friends so good that we travelled together, and she’d tolerate me eating animal flesh in front to her without judging me (that is huge!). In 2010 we travelled together to the Czech Republic and she witnessed how I devoured 1 kg of pure Argentinian fillet steak (trying to prove how macho I was!) and then watched how I vomited it back onto the platter it was delivered in!

I was born to be a meat eater! No kidding… You should feel how sharp my teeth are!!!

Come on, when you come from a developing country you know you aren’t that poor when you are eating meat, and boy did my parents work hard so we always had meat on our plates, it’d be a small piece, a token that we weren’t that poor.

So, when I made it to the first world, I had to eat tons of meat, right?

2013 arrived and it was a funny year, I had been on a journey (of self-discovery) and I had tried veganism for a short while (before attending a shamanic gathering) and I wanted to become more connected to source, god and humans so I made the decision to become a vegan!

You are reading well, the guy who thought eating meat was cool because it meant you weren’t poor.

At first, I felt amazing, I was definitely getting what I wanted which was connection and affinity to others. I could see auras and sense people’s feelings and emotions, it was great. By then, I had a new partner (and still together) and we had a very social life, always out and that meant restaurant dinners, alcohol and it felt awkward going out because I wanted what everybody else was having, but I was a vegan, so I wouldn’t.

I’d be teased and I’d end up arguing back and it wasn’t pleasant. I hated every second of it.

Towards the end of the year (I’d only been a vegan for 5 months by then), I was being attuned to Reiki and I said to my Reiki Master I hate being a vegan, it feels I am punishing myself by not eating what I want to eat, to which she replied:

Then don’t do it!

So, that was my veganism gone out the window. I went back to eating meat and did I catch up or what!!!

The next couple of years I’d be eating without a care and stuffing my face (and gut) with whatever animal product or by-product I could find AND you’d be surprised to hear how easy to find they are!!! Almost as if they wanted you to have them… (no comments there!!!)

Towards the end of 2015, beginning of 2016 I’d be telling my partner, almost as if I was craving it, I wanted to go vegan (again!) and I wanted his support and he’d say: nah! Waste of time, see what happened last time…

He was right! It was very likely I’d end up eating meat again.

As you can see there was no way on this planet (or universe) I’d end up being a vegan again.

I had, however noticed how many more vegan options there were compared to when I was a vegan (it had improved a great deal), also tons and tons of information about animal cruelty and side effects of eating dairy and animal products.

Then 2017 was here, the beginning of the year was testing me I had some rubbish news (more of that at another time), I was also concerned about my liver and its enzymes levels.

I was off to Panama and I was partying a lot, so lots of alcohol (24/7), eating lots of animal products and by-products (also 24/7). Met my partner in New Orleans (highly recommend it, will deffo go back there soon!) and more alcohol and more animal products.

By this point I was at my heaviest and I was not happy with the size of my belly and how round my face looked, didn’t mind my big butt, though!

Back in the UK, from the 27th to the 30th of April 2017 I was attending a live seminar in London, UPW – Unleash the Power Within with Tony Robbins and the last day (30th of April), was a pivotal moment in my life!

I had the veil removed from face, the blindfold behind this veil taken off and for the first time, EVER, I was able to see how I had been poisoning my body, my life and my soul.

The information shared on the last day, showed and scientifically proved how having animal products, animal by-products, refined sugars, processed foods, coffee and alcohol are NOT good for us but instead LETHAL to us.

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Once this information was given to us and a 10-day chllenge too, I was up for it. I was going to give these 10 days my all, and I even thought of going EVERYTHING free for a whole month!

End of month one, 1 st lost and I felt amazing; so I rolled onto my second month and still going now, on my 9th month… I think I am due a “vegan baby” soon!!!

What I took away from that event is that I had not been informed/educated about the health benefits of a plant-based/vegan lifestyle.

Please, notice how I used the word LIFESTYLE, veganism is not a diet, it is a lifestyle, a way of being where your choices are for the benefit of others and yourself; AND this includes of peace of mind.

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Previously, on my first vegan attempt I failed because it was ALL ABOUT ME! I didn’t see the bigger picture about being a vegan or veganism.

I did my due diligence (which I highly encourage you to do too!!!), and I was shocked to learn what I did.

All my life I have been very fortunate, I am truly blessed and I have taken my education very seriously so I was in a position where I could see and understand how I was conditioned to be and act in a specific way and quite frankly I was not ever given the choice to be a meat eater or something else, like a veggie or a vegan.

Many slogans and phrases tell us to eat and consume animal products and by-products and that is OK, I have no problem with it, we all make our own decisions.

I have made mine, too!

When I started this journey, I started as a plant-based vegan, and what that means is I was doing it for health reasons or to drop a few pounds, which I did by the way, all 28 of them.

In case you were wondering about my liver, I was told (very coldly, by the way!):

You have a fatty liver, if you carry on doing what you were doing you are going to kill yourself!

(Oh, she knew how to deliver that!)

So, she continued…

Just in case you don’t understand what that means… you have a foi gras as a liver!

God, she knew how to paint that picture!!!

I got these news on my 3rd month as a vegan (or first trimester – if my vegan baby is coming!) and I dread to imagine what these results had been like if hadn’t been doing something different.

The more and more I learned the more I was able to see the bigger picture…

As a plant-based vegan I was NOT making any difference at all!

Wearing leather, wearing fur (which I did have till not so long ago!) is still encouraging industries to rear animals and that that is NOT who I want to be, a promoter of cruelty and destruction.

I also understood that as a spiritual person, healer and someone in personal development encouraging these industries was against what I was promoting, against the brand I want to be/have, in terms of health and morality!

I felt cheap and a hypocrite to have leather and fur in my wardrobe and call myself a vegan.

Yes, I get some people’s arguments; the animal is dead and all of that…

The truth is…

NOONE WINS!!!

Did you know we are overfishing and killing fish that are too small or have no use for us?

Did you know it takes tons and tons of animal feed to feed these animals and the same space could be used to feed the starving people in the world?

Did you know we are killing the planet by taking away forests so we can have food and space for these animals?

I can’t give exact figures… but use your imagination, it is a lot of animals and a lot of space.

It gets worse… (sorry not my intention!)

We are killing ourselves when we eat animal flesh (that is what it is!), and animal by-products… they take energy from us!!! The nutritional value is NOT worth the hassle.

Then we go onto the pollution… our greed and lack of sensitivity have caused us to throw our waste and rubbish everywhere… punishing little selfless animals and people who have done nothing to deserve it!!!

I even laugh when I watch people asking for money to save an endangered species… WE have driven that animal to almost become extinct by messing its environment and then ask for £3/per month to save it???

Does that even make sense?

To save those animals we have got to STOP messing with their environment and killing them because they may eat our “meat”…

WE do not make sense…!!!

There are countless other examples that have made my desire to continue this lifestyle for ever because I do not wish to contribute to the extinction of our planet, not on my watch or on this lifetime.

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We talk about love, loving our neighbours, loving our children, loving pets, loving god and the truth is: OUR ACTIONS DEMONSTRATE THE OPPOSSITE!

I am not here to judge or criticise, I am here to share with you why a meat eater like I used to be, in fact many of my friends say: you were the biggest meat eater I knew; I am here to shine a light onto what it means being a vegan and why reducing the amount of animal products or even becoming vegan can be the solution to many of our human problems.

I swore I’d never be one of “them” vegans, and here I am now proud to be one of THEM, because these were visionaries who decades ago saw what was coming and we have failed to put a stop to it.

It is NOT too late, we can turn things around and start living greener and healthier lives; I am 100% here to promote the salvation of humanity’s health and our planet.

I have met many people who think their actions don’t matter and they are wrong, ALL of our actions matter AND it is the compounded effect of all us doing something that can make a huge difference, starting today!

WE ALL MATTER and I am here to remind you of that!

I am here to tell you that you can save not only the planet but BILLIONS of lives, including yours.

That my dears is why I AM A VEGAN!

Thank you for reading and please share this post,

With all my love,

Jorge

 

 

 

 

 

 

How I Lost 2 Stone In 2 months AND Kept Them Off

How I Lost 2 Stone In 2 months AND Kept Them Off


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Hiiii,

This is the very first time in many years that a new year starts and weight loss is NOT one of concerns, so no new year’s resolution in that area for me!

How on earth did I manage to do that?

Gosh, I will do my best to share with you my weight loss triumph really short, as I wasn’t even intending to lose any weight to begin with.

Before I go into all the nitty gritty details there is a little confession I have to make:

I had an eating disorder and I did NOT know about it…

If you know me you might even be screaming at this post as you’d find hard to believe it.

So, what do I mean when I say I had an eating disorder?

For starters I was the average man, a few pounds fluctuating here and there and in terms of my physical appearance I looked OK, fit some would say.

I bought into that story too! I am OK, I look OK I just let myself go for a little while and I will lose these 10 lbs in no time, and it was a vicious circle that almost never ended.

I went from weighing 64 kg (approx. 141 lbs) to weighing 72 kg (159 lbs) in 2 years (2009-2011) and gained a further 2 kg for the next 6 years reaching my highest and heaviest weight EVER at 85 kg back in April 2017.

21 kg were gained in just 8 years!!! That is an average of just under 3 kg in a year and I didn’t notice. I know it doesn’t sound much but compounded it is a lot, specially when you have photographic evidence of befores and afters and you are needing to buy new clothes sometimes too often.

Also, let’s be a bit honest and clear about something here and that is I’ve been going to the gym a bit more in the last 5 years, so yes there has been an increase in muscle mass but the vast majority of my weight gain was fat.

Does this resonate with you too?

What happened then?

At the end of April 2017 when I came back from Holidays from Panama and the US I attended a seminar by Tony Robbins, UPW – Unleash The Power Within.

I have never jumped so much in my life! Good god, I think I lost a couple of pounds in sweat from all the jumping I did in 4 days.

If you know of Tony Robbins he is just sensational, it was a great experience to be in that environment, especially having been face to face with him.

The first 3 days were about peak states and state management and how to create a powerful life, I totally loved that and I’d do it all over again.

It wasn’t until the 4th day that I had a penny drop moment, an aha moment that would transform the way I was relating to my health and my body.

The last day of UPW was about Energy and Nutrition!

From the word go I was in shock and horrified to discover how rubbish my lifestyle and diet were!!! Shocking…

I mean, for someone who claimed to love himself fully I was killing myself without even knowing I was doing it.

I learned and discovered that I was depleting my energy and robbing myself from much needed resources of energy.

I realised I was eating the wrong foods, at the wrong times and mixing the wrong foods altogether.

For the first in a long time, I had an honest conversation with myself:

WTF!

What have you been doing with your life?

Why has it taken you this long to look into nutrition and lifestyle choices?

(That’s how the conversation went BTW!)

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I was petrified and disgusted that I didn’t know I was poisoning my body and slowly killing myself.

Someone showed me and taught me a lesson I had to learn, making it a pivotal moment in my life.

Without going into too much detail as to what was discussed that day, at the end of that day we were given a 10-day challenge.

Here, we had to go without the following, for 10-days:

  • Coffee,
  • Animal flesh and by-products,
  • Dairy products,
  • Processed foods,
  • Refined carbohydrates, and
  • Gluten.

One of the funniest moments was hearing the audience gasp every time an item was mentioned… Cries and upsets from all directions!!!

10-days without coffee?

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No cheese?

No bread?

At that moment I decided to be honest with myself and I said 10-days is not enough to turn my life around and achieve the results I am after.

I am extending this challenge to 30-days, which Tony advised anyway.

He did say:

You do this for 10-days and your body will thank you for it, but if you do it for 30-days you will transform your life for EVER!!!

And he was right!

May 2017 came and from the 1st I made the commitment to myself I’d be a Vegan for a month.

Day 1 no problem, day 2 piece of cake, day 3 what’s the big deal… day 30 OMFG I have lost 1 st, and I felt amazing.

June came and I was committed to be a Vegan for another month and I lost yet another stone.

At this moment I had so much energy that I had forgotten what it was like to have that much energy, I was exercising and doing yoga and doing things I used to love doing and it felt just right.

July, August… December, January 2018 and I am still a Vegan and still not taking any of those poisons.

Lessons learned

I learned (almost the hard way), I was living in toxicity.

My whole adult life I had been slowly killing myself to fit it and because it was cool or because I could.

I used to be a chef (still am BTW) and I was taught (aka conditioned) the heavier and richer a meal, the better, it had more flavour!!! What a lie…

Caffeine, society’s best friend, for the fast-paced lifestyles we have! Total and utter cr*p!

Alcohol, as Tony calls it the drink of decay, and boy does it have some crazy effects on us, makes us hungry when we have been on a bender and clouds our choices and decisions, yet we have been conditioned to drink alcohol to celebrate life! Really?

We wanted more technology, we wanted more choices and yes we have them now, but the price we pay for this technology is our health. Ready meals, take outs, restaurant meals and some people don’t even know who to cook! Shocking!!! Shame on us… These are fastest ways to an early grave (unless you eat healthy meals when out or healthy take outs!!!) !!!

Time seems to be against us… and I repeat seems to!!!

I have now more time to spare than I did before, because I have the energy to take and tackle any task, I am energy rich now. Are you?

I learned that the only person who can really look after my health is myself, it is my responsibility (to myself, my family, my dreams and the world!!!) and no one else’s. It is my life and I got to take care of it. End of!

What did I do then?

As I already mentioned I eliminated all of those poisons from my diet.

So, I started to eat fresh (live) fruit and vegetables and use the least possible processed ingredients I could find.

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I also did a 30-days programme using some vegan supplements and proteins that would help with introducing me to a healthier and sustainable lifestyle adjustment and it did just that!

30-Days To Healthy Living

All I did was follow the instructions of this programme to the letter and had fun in the process.

I was eating so many healthy and nutritious foods that my body loved feeling so great and being able to perform tasks in an even faster manner.

At the age of 34 I felt even better than when I was 21, and boy do I need a lot of energy for what I do.

I started to give my body, my temple the fuel it really needed, not silly sugary things or coffee or energy drinks that would cause my sugar levels to go up and down and then end up without any energy, anyway!

I started to give my body, myself and my life the respect they deserved, that I deserve.

I learned to authentically respect myself through respecting my body and creating a lasting and sustainable lifestyle change.

How can you experience the same results as me?

Lifestyle changes and adjustments are simple but not easy, they require discipline, support and a real commitment from you to yourself.

I will share something I hear very often from prospective clients and friends and family:

I really want to lose some weight… but you are too far!

I really want to lose some weight… but it is too expensive!

I really want to lose some weight… but I can’t cook!

I really want to lose some weight… but I don’t have time to do it!

I really want to lose some weight… but I don’t have the energy to do it!

I really want to lose some weight… but I can’t do this nor that!

I really want to lose some weight… but I don’t know how to!

To which I very kindly give them the best solutions to help solve their problems and those who still decline or let their problem win I just say:

Then you don’t really want to lose any weight because when you REALLY want to do anything or achieve any goal you WILL find the time, money, energy and resources to make it happen.

I was time poor because I had no energy, and now I have the energy and guess what more time too.

So, if you want to explore more and do this 30-days programme visit this site and take a look at the products and buy them, then get in touch with me and I will help you achieve your health goals for 2018.

If the idea of veganism horrifies you, do NOT worry because you can do this programme eating lean meats.

Anything in moderation is OK, if you wish to take it further afterwards even better.

A life well lived is a well spent!

Most of us go through life rather than getting from life, most of us waste our lives rather than spending wisely.

Things are changing rapidly around us and only those who are well equipped will adapt to those changes. Will you be one of them?

One last thing before finishing here:

Recently I read a post from an acquaintance on FB and here she was talking about loving and accepting yourself as you are with or without curves, I totally get that and I also promote that.

Here is where our opinions differ:

You can be poor but healthy.

You can be rich but healthy.

You can be overweight but healthy (which more often than not is NOT the case!).

You can be underweight but healthy.

Health is the key and answer to true happiness, we are what we eat and we aren’t what we are NOT eating. You cannot be happy if you aren’t healthy but you can be very happy if you are living healthily.

Health is best experienced than it is explained. Just do it!

Eat yourself to health and fitness OR eat yourself to an earlier grave.

In the end the choice is always ours.

I will ALWAYS choose HEALTH.

Thank you so much for taking the time to read and please take a look at this 30-day programme and take action NOW!

Share the gift of health with your friends and family, share this post too!

With all my love,

Jorge

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