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March 15

Flexible Eating

Education, Flexitarian, Nutrition, Omnivore, Online Coaching, Philosophy

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In life it is essential that we push to our extremes at times and find our ‘edges’. In doing so we can then re-calibrate how we choose to live our life by coming back into balance, the middle ground or the ‘grey area’.

Truth is usually found in the grey area

This is what has happened to me over the last 13 years, I’ve been exploring my nutritional ‘edges’ so that I could find out what works for me, now in this moment but this too might change, we must always allow ourselves to flow and evolve as and when life calls us to.

A Tale of Two Edges

From 2009 – 2014 I ate a very unconscious meat heavy diet, eating as much animal protein as I could get my hands on, no matter what the source, cost and quantity was all that mattered to me, I just needed my protein, to build muscle.

From 2014 – 2022 I went Vegan, The Plant Powered PT. I gave talks, wrote many articles, built an Instagram account to around 18,000 followers and self published a book called ‘Plant Powered’. I became conscious to the suffering of animals and how complicit my choices had been in adding to that suffering. The ethical reason was the one I chose for ditching animal protein.

From Meat to Plants and Back Again

Then at the start of 2022 I started eating fish and meat again, I’ve written about this transition more deeply in my blog post ‘I’m Coming Out’.

For cosmic reasons unknown to my being, my body was suddenly asking me to do something that my ethics could no longer hold back from happening, but if I was going to do it, I knew it had to be in a more balanced way than my habits of old circa 2009-2013.

I decided that I would continue to eat a plant based diet as my foundation and core layer of nutrition but would now allow myself to eat eggs from local organic sources plus fish and meat from quality sources when my body asked for it. As it turns out three months into this transition this seems to average about 3 times per week.

“Rather than dwelling on individual trees, we must examine the shape of the forest.”

Even when I was giving talks on plant based nutrition I always said that “nothing on this planet works 100% of the time for 100% of the people.”

I always knew that to suggest otherwise would be disingenuous of me, no matter how much I believed in the vegan diet. The human gene pool is far too big with far too many variations for anything to fit exactly with everyone’s needs.

The need for air, water, shelter, connection and freedom are probably the only things we actually all share in common.

I also believe that we must find a compromise between the needs of the individual and the needs of the world around us. Just because you can eat meat three times a day seven days a week, doesn’t mean you actually need to.

Part of the reason why I feel we have lost our way as a species is that we have lost our connection with ourselves, our nature, with nature, no longer thinking and acting intuitively and symbiotically with the world around us but instead consuming what is being fed and sold to us.

Life and Death

I actually have never had a problem with life and death, it is the natural cycle and the changing of forms on our planet, it is the unnecessary suffering that I find hard to accept.

We are of course neither Herbivore or Carnivore, we are Omnivores. ‘Opportunistic Feeders’ who have a digestive system and a set of teeth that can both consume plant and animal foods, this is why we’ve lasted so long on this planet, because our body gives us the ability to naturally adapt in times of scarcity.

So how do I give my body what it needs whilst reducing suffering?

Start tuning into your body and its needs, you just need to start asking the right questions and listening to what it says.

Then make your choices based on what is going to have the least impact on the world and the suffering of animals you can.

Of course you can’t eat meat or fish without death occurring but you can choose to do it less frequently and make choices from higher welfare sources that may reduce the suffering and will be better for your health when consuming it.

Flexible Eating

I started eating fish and meat again at the start of the year and I haven’t felt this strong, grounded, powerful and centered in my body, ever, even when I was eating meat before. I believe that’s due to the way I am doing it now.

Maybe it’s the time in my life, there have been other factors and time lines converging for me on my path that have added to my current well being (Semen Retention one of them 😉

In the seven years I was vegan I also did 28 plant medicine ceremonies, no doubt that the last seven years was an essential part of my life journey to upgrade my cellular anatomy and for my spiritual development, so that I can move into the next phase of my life with a more grounded and balanced understanding of life and health.

One day I will hunt and kill the meat that I eat, so that I can be an integral part of the wheel of life, getting my hands dirty and taking responsibility for the life I am taking and eating.

Until then I will use a Flexible approach to how I live and eat. Giving my body what it needs but also reducing suffering where I can.

If you would like to work with me as your Online Coach on my Elite program or are interested in just Training or Nutrition only then you can find out more information here.

About the author 

Adam Stansbury

Personal Trainer since 2009, Plant Based since 2014 with a shift towards Flexitarianism in 2022. I'm passionate about helping people to find a nutrition solution that is both good for the health of the individual and the planet.

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