I have three primary faults: greed, sloth, and vanity.
I have plenty of other faults in different permutations and combinations, but greed, sloth, and vanity are like the three primary colors that mix with black and white to produce an extraordinary spectrum of shades.
My three primary faults get in the way of my usefulness by keeping me out of service.
Greed, which shows up in my overeating and over spending, slows my body down and increases my guilt over debt, waste, and clutter. The guilt makes me want to hide from the world. My food greed shows up as fat that makes me shrink from the work I want to do.
That longed-for work has always been in the arts. The longing to act, sing, and dance for a living has been with me ever since I saw my first musical, “The Student Prince,” with my mother in Chicago when I was six years old. Vanity, my third primary problem, keeps me from pursuing jobs by convincing me that I am not pretty enough to get paid to perform. In the past, sloth and vanity combined to give me the excuse to wait until I looked better to go on auditions or book performances.
My excuses faded away when I went carnivore.
Within days of eliminating almost all plant foods from my eating plan my constant hunger, persistent desire to shop, and obsession over what people thought of me began to disappear.
By week two, I was going to the gym to lift weights, do intervals, and practice dance, in spite of the fact that I used to think I wasn’t fit enough to be seen at the gym. The vanity which shows up as avoidance and insecurity wasn’t getting between me and the progress I needed to make as a performer any more.
Today, my need to look younger and prettier in order to be accepted is shifting into a desire to be strong and energetic in order to be of service.
My animal based diet has cleared my mind to the point that I am deeply aware of my impact on the environment due to my dependence on animals to survive and thrive. My family bought young hens, and they are laying most of the eggs we eat now. I drive less by combining shopping trips, especially because I learned that cutting just six miles of driving each day offsets the carbon impact of my diet. Best of all, my greed and vanity have diminished to the point that so many products like hair color, cosmetics, fast fashion, shoes, purses, and the latest decor just don’t tempt me the way they used to.
Carnivore cleared my path from consumer to creator.
I confess that my dependence on animals makes me concerned about my impact on the planet, but by eliminating most plants from my way of eating I end up consuming less of everything else, including meat.
My hope is that everyone can find a way of eating that brings peace and energy to life. If we can shift from and economy of extraction to an economy of experience, we can continue to survive and live fully together.