Nick and Jessica teach the EFT method, to assist in the release of negative, sub-conscious pressure from past trauma.
Emotional Freedom Technique is also referred to as tapping or psychological acupressure. People who use this technique find results by tapping the body to create a balance in the energy system
to treat physical and emotional pain.
By tapping while talking through traumatic memories, emotions are neutralized.
The tapping practice consists of tapping with your fingertips on specific meridian points. It is a personal therapy that, once learned, has an impact on the amygdala's fight-or-flight response.
ETF disrupts the signaling that occurs between the sub-conscious/conscious memories, and the amygdala's fight-or-flight chemicals. And while the memory remains, the reaction from the epinephrine (adrenaline) and norepinephrine (noradrenaline), among others, are no longer flooding the brain and body.
When this occurs, the pre-frontal cortex can then observe and explore the solutions and apply reason and understanding to the past experiences. This is the junction where healing and permanent relief begin.
My name is Kiki.
I have been eating a carnivore diet of 90% beef since March 2018.
I eat 2 meals a day of 1 lb. of beef each meal.
I usually eat my meals at 11am and 6pm.
I eat when hungry. I always eat to satiety. I do not limit meal size or calories.
I supplement with salt.
I do not test ketones, use a food app, or weigh myself.
I was a 35-year vegetarian and during that time often vegan.
I was very attached to my vegetarian way of life and the belief system that I was eating the ideal health diet while contributing to a better planet and global future having been inspired by many popular vegetarian and vegan books of that time.
I have been involved in Yoga since I was 19 years old, for nearly 40 years now. This dedicated practice as well as decades of Yoga teaching – with more than a dozen study trips to vegetarian South India over a 20-year period – kept me tied to vegetarianism as part of a spiritual belief system and the supposed foundation for luminous health. Simultaneously I embraced a strongly pushed vegetarian propaganda that meat eating and animal farming were causes of global disease and global destruction. These are ideas that most vegetarians accept without question and sacrificing all logic.
I have always been highly physically active – from a competitive runner in high school, professional dancer and actress and an intensely dedicated yoga practitioner – waking at 3am and doing 2-3 hours of intense and advanced yoga asanas for decades while running a yoga school, directing yoga programs and teaching world wide and with a roster of celebrity clients as well as creating yoga programming for individuals and communities with MS, Spinal Cord Injury, disabilities, and vets with PTSD.
From the age of my late 30’s, I began to develop more and more digestive problems (swinging from constipation to loose stools) and kept trying to address this through shifting how I ate a vegetarian diet – from cooked, to raw, to Ayurvedic to macrobiotic to vegan. As well as adding herbs, superfoods, supplements etc. I also developed increasing chemical sensitivities to paint, chemicals, and cologne leading to rashes, flushed skin, and stomach upset.
From being uniquely strong and high energy, I began to develop more and more body pain and stiffness. When I would travel to India – for the first ten years, I would always become more strong and flexible and focussed. But this eventually changed. Rather I would almost instantly have more pain and terrible inflammation. I thought it was due to the intensify of yoga practices, along with so called “over use syndrome” – but now in retrospect I see it was legumes, cereal grains, and toxic plant compounds. I cannot tolerate these at all today.
My health continued to plummet with B12 anaemia that included visual and auditory hallucinations, fainting, intense brain fog, and extreme exhaustion I was also extremely deficient in most B vitamins and vitamin D (and yes, I supplemented with B12 for decades)
For nearly 10 years leading up to my carnivore diet change, I needed to soak in a hot bath everyday to begin to move. I got weekly massages as well as weekly acupuncture and was usually getting an additional kind of therapeutic healing like fascial release sessions, chiropractics, Somatics, barefoot movement and the list goes on. All this to manage 24-hour pain and to just get through my week.
A looming crisis of faith along with my determination to beat these health concerns and a belief that we can heal ourselves (and that I could reverse my situation and thrive) with food choices led me to deeply research Weston A. Price, bone broth, Ketogenics, paleo, zero carb and I found my way to the Low Carb Down Under, Ancestral Health and other presentations where I learned from Dr. Shawn Baker, Dr. Georgia Ede, Sally K. Norton, and so many others whose research I embraced to completely heal. Several Facebook groups like Principia Carnivora, Women’s Carnivore Tribe and Vegan and Vegetarian Recovery offered a great deal of community support. I also listened to every Human Outliers Podcast for a year.
I am so grateful to this Carnivore community and to all those that are participating in research and spreading the word on Carnivore, ultra low carb, zero carb and plant-free lifestyles.
Today I have more vitality than I could have imagined. I feel that I have turned back the clock 20 years (years that were lost to me due to pain and exhaustion). Just a few months ago I registered a Guinness Book of World Records for the Longest Held Downward Dog Pose at 1 hour and 20 seconds. I have taken up kettle bells as well as other athletic and optimal development practices.
My hair and nails are thick and growing. My skin is smooth and my body is lean and toned. I am strong and energetic. I recently moved onto my sailboat and am living a sailing life (this would have been physically impossible 2 years ago).
All the health concerns listed below have disappeared except for some remaining tinnitus, occasional insomnia as well as sensitivity with minor rashes and some low back pain when I eat off plan (which includes a few animal foods I cannot tolerate like pork, dairy and eggs).
The Pain List:
20 years of intensifying body aches
Very cold hands and feet all year around
Cold all the time
Injuries not healing
Weakness, extreme stiffness
Difficulty in walking – hip inflammation – sciatica like pain
Swollen and seeping ears
B12 anaemia (hallucinations, fearfulness, fainting)
Anxiety (I did not know I had this until it was gone) I had accepted this mind state as normal.
Sadness / very emotional
Low thyroid (I took a medication which I no longer need)
Slow growing hair
Some hair receding
Racing thoughts and sleeplessness
Digestive concerns – constipation to loose stools
Some weight gain that I could not control with accompanied inflammation and sudden cellulite and skin dimpling (2 years prior and leading up to Carnivore change)
Non-motivated to exercise
Constant need to nap
Wanting to sleep all the time
An all encompassing fear of losing my community and being judged.
More about me at KikiFlynn.com
Kiki Says on YouTube and Kiki_Says on Instagram
Click photo for audio podcast link with KiKi and Dr Shawn Baker.
Historical Commentary by Fabienne Basanov
“.........Some wonder why this would be bad.
Here is some historical hints:
Plato wrote in “The Republic” that the ruling class should limit the worker/slave class from eating meat, that meat should be reserved for them because it made one stronger both mentally and physically.
For centuries in France, England etc the peasants were not allowed to hunt, only the aristocracy. The taking of wild animals was punishable by death or mutilation. By the way, the difference in words such as cow/beef, pig/pork etc comes from the French words being used to label the meat while the English word for the animal itself remained. The aristocracy spoke French and the peasantry had no need for words for the meat as they didn't get a chance to see/eat it. And this maybe for the same reasons: a weak, sick, subservient class is easier to control. The wheat diet makes people know their place and more docile...
"Largely vegetarian Bantu tribes such as the Kikuyu and Wakamba were agriculturists. Their diet consisted of sweet potatoes, corn, beans, bananas, millet and Kafir corn or sorghum. They were less robust than their meat-eating neighbors, and tended to be dominated by them." Dr Weston Harry Price
Agriculture made the Chinese weaker physically as per p. 87 from "Genghis Khan and the Making of the Modern World" by Jack Weatherford.
"Compared to the Jurched soldiers, the Mongols were much healthier and stronger. The Mongols consumed a steady diet of meat, milk, yogurt, and other dairy products, and they fought men who lived on gruel made from various grains.
The grain diet of the peasant warriors stinted their bones, rotted their teeth, and left them weak and prone to disease. In contrast, the poorest Mongol soldier ate mostly protein, thereby giving him strong teeth and bones. Unlike the Jurched soldiers, who were dependent on a heavy carb diet, the Mongols could more easily go a day or two without food."
"Many Hindus are indeed vegetarian but many, including Brahmins, eat meat. In fact, for the warrior castes, meat was an important part of their diet, vital in building the physical strength needed for battle. It is the belief of one high-ranking caste, the Kayastha, that vegetarianism is for rabbits."
Sikhs (a religion born for its followers to become warriors against the Muslim invaders of the time) can eat meat.
"Dietary habits and dietary customs were factors that have played roles in the formation, evolution and development of Indian caste system."
"most Buddhists from the times of the Buddha until today are meat eaters. Theravada Buddhist tradition interprets the last meal of Buddha offered by Cunda to be pork"
It seems vegetarianism was used to fight Buddhism. It seems the Untouchables continued to eat beef. So, to "protect" Indians cohesion/identity/herd mentality/power/nation, did the Brahmins forbid to eat beef and those who did were treated badly becoming Untouchables.
The Comanche were as CARNIVORE as it gets —p. 48, Empire of the Summer Moon, S.C. Gwynn
Then they started to exchange their animal products for plants and more, their numbers quadruled but their health degraded...
And then nowadays we have plants engineered with greater amount of sugars and carbs, and we are advised to lower our animal products intakes... many think resulting in early deaths from heart attacks, cancers, diabetes, obesity, depression, dementia etc
Throughout history the overlords have thrived on meat while making the peasants survive on wheat. A weak, sick, subservient class is easier to control. Don't think it is not part of the agenda today. Whether for power or profit.
So sad that many are willingly adopting the poorer diet that our ancestors were forced to, but it is not a stretch to think we could soon be convinced to go veg/tarianism or to eat insects.
NOTE: Sally, I may have added the name by mistake, I don't remember, the A. is for Andrew. But the quote is from this article from 1999 from Sally Fallon and Marry Enig:
As for Weatherford's book (look for "Jurched soldiers")
Hi, friends! I'm Liz.
I'm here sharing everything I know about real food, safer beauty, and healthy babies & families with you!
I'm a Nutritional Therapy Practitioner (NTP), a best-selling author, an award-winning podcaster, and – most importantly – a toddler mom.
(Translation: I write things, I record things, and I'm fully exhausted while doing it.)
At one time, I was confused about food, unhealthy, unhappy with my body, struggling with acne and whacked-out hormones, and wondering why all the diets, low-fat food, soy milk and CARDIO CARDIO CARDIO weren't making me the picture of health, beauty, and fertility.
Welp, turns out – we've been fed a LOT of lies about what it takes to be fundamentally healthy.
Once I uncovered all those lies, my life completely changed. Crazy diets and nonstop cardio? Done. Acne and a bucket of skin meds? Gone. Hormonal imbalance, horrible sleep, napping under my work desk, and hating my body every second of every day? No more.
And from there, I was able to start (and feed!) a healthy family. To me, there's nothing more priceless than that.
If I can do it, you can DEFINITELY do it.
My food philosophy is simple: just eat real freakin' food. No micro-managing, no agonizing. Whether you call the food I eat “clean,” Paleo, Primal, unprocessed, or just the food humans are meant to eat, it's all the same thing: real, healthy, perfect, delicious, WHOLE food.
To keep it simple: just eat all the amazing, unprocessed foods that have always been food. Nothing out of a box, a bag, and nothing synthesized in a lab. (ew.)
Eating real food means ditching nutrition dogma and processed gunk. It's a healthy, delicious, and life-changing shift.
It helped balance my hormones, stabilize my weight, clear my skin and prepare my body for a healthy pregnancy. And that's what I talk about here, in my book, on my podcast, in my skincare guide, and in my online courses (here and here).
I share plenty more fun, personal details from my life here on my website, too.
I'm married to my best friend, and we have an amazing little girl who keeps us bone-tired and blissfully happy. We've also had a rotating cast of dogs, cows, goats, chickens, guinea fowl, ducks, and a whole mess of other living things at our farmstead.
And because you know goat videos are breaking the internet these days, I share videos of my goats dancing on the hood of my car, trying to break in to my house, and practicing dismounts on the deck.
Check out a bit more about my homestead life in the video below!
(Yep, in the video, I said “set a spell.” I'm a regular Jed Clampett these days.)
Pictured below: me with my amazing husband and our original pooch, who was my first (giant) baby.
Bottom line: around here, we cut through the myths and get right to the truth – and we have fun while we do it. This is about getting healthy, happy, balancing hormones, clearing troubled skin, getting WELL, and loving life.
One thing that works against all that? Rigid, uncompromising judgment or pass/fail food ideals. No punishments, no falling off the wagon, no diet dogma bullshit here. Because THAT STUFF NEVER WORKS. I'm done with that, and I hope you are too.
Welcome to my family. I’m so glad you’re here!
If you're ready to jump in, feel free to explore the blog – including my recipes, videos and top posts.
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If you're ready for lots more, check out my Wall Street Journal best-seller Eat the Yolks and the Purely Primal Skincare Guide. You can also sign up for updates on my upcoming Baby Making and Beyond program.
Thanks for reading!
(and the rest of the gang!).
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About this site
Many moons ago, I started this blog to combat some of the myths floating around the vegan world whence I came—especially wacky notions about human physiology, evolutionary nutrition, the health effects of animal products, and other issues that tended to get me banned from vegan message boards when I talked about them.
But I soon realized there were more exciting things to write about than hybridized avocados and raw vegans with bad teeth. This site was thus reborn into what it is now: an arena to examine the science behind common nutritional beliefs, the ongoing scuffles between omnivores and vegans, and the emerging evidence for individual variation in human nutritional needs… along with cute animal pictures to make my long-winded blog tomes less insufferable (YOU’RE WELCOME).
This site isn’t low-carb or high-carb, vegan or carnivore, raw food or cooked food, or anything else that could be neatly labeled. I avoid “isms” as a rule. My own experience as a (recovered) raw vegan taught me that dogma allegiance is more harmful than anything we could put in our mouths, so the emphasis here is on finding the truth rather than building an ideology. My goal is to make nutritional science accessible and non-boring to those who really care about their health.
Most importantly, this is a place to question everything—including the very words I pen. Respectful critics are very much welcomed! I’m a lifelong student, not a guru, and I learn as much from y’all as you do from me.
About Me (Denise)
Nutshell version for rapid stereotyping purposes:
I’m not going to put my age on here anymore because I always forget to change it when I get older. So I’ll just let you guys know I was born on May 4th, 1987, at 6:11 PM Pacific Standard Time—you do the math. (Birthday emails are gleefully accepted.) I’m quasi-nomadic, and live somewhere on the West Coast at any given moment. I like Scrabble, cats, thunderstorms, shadow work, walking everywhere, Tsuro, mysterious things, wrists, Carl Jung, mountains, really old houses, aspen trees, all sorts o’ music, sugar snap peas, little tomatoes, and the ASL sign for “sea turtle.”
I’ve never owned a car, and still have trouble figuring out left from right.
I’m a researcher both by vocation and by instinct. I may seem like a marginally normal human on the outside, but rest assured, I have enough nerd in me to make Steve Urkel look like the Fonz. In January 2014, I published a book called “Death by Food Pyramid” and truth be told, I’m still recovering from it. I currently work as a research assistant for Dr. Sarah Ballantyne, as a ghostwriter and manuscript editor for various folks in the nutrition world, and as a consultation-giver to wonderful humans like you.
My non-nutrition passions tend towards the esoteric, mystical, and psychological. I spend my free time researching near-death experiences, psychic phenomena, astral travel, paranormal stuff, and evidence of post-death consciousness. I’ve been studying and practicing astrology since I was 12, and my first-ever statistical nerd project was on astrological patterns that show up in long-term relationships (contact me if you want to hear more about it! Or if you want a reading! Or to take part in one of my research projects!).
My interest in health started at age seven, when I first went vegetarian, and then resurged at the age of 11 when an undiagnosed wheat allergy turned me into a walking zombie for a year. Although cutting out wheat improved my health tremendously, that alone wasn’t enough to keep me feeling big-H Healthy, and over the years I cycled through various versions of cooked vegan, raw vegan, Weston A. Price-ish omnivore, and what could only be described as “How Could Such a Small Human Eat This Much Sushi,” which was my favorite, but not for long, because money. Until I master photosynthesis and become a breatharian, my current diet is some conglomeration of real-food plant-based no-crap fare with smaller amounts of seafood, eggs, and organ meats. I don’t base my identity on anything that goes in my mouth, though, and gladly deviate from the above lineup for purposes of hedonism and curiosity.
I firmly believe we all have the right to be healthy, and that an understanding of nutrition isn’t a privilege reserved for the elite.
Speaking of which…
Who do I think I am, running a health blog without a nutrition PhD? Shouldn’t I be flipping burgers at McDonalds like all those other English majors?
I’M SO GLAD YOU ASKED! This question (which has haunted my inbox for time immemorial) speaks volumes about how we view learning, and why we’re chronically confused about what to believe when it comes to health. “We can’t possibly understand nutrition if we haven’t studied it within the walls of an institution! Let’s just trust someone with formal credentials instead of thinking for ourselves.”
First of all, let’s take that argument to its logical conclusion. Say we’ve made peace with our ignorance and have chosen to fully outsource our brains to the published scholars, professors emeriti, and PhD-holders of the health world. What happens when they disagree with each other? When one “expert” says to go vegan and another says low-carb or bust? When one says to eat breakfast, and the other says fast until noon? When they all present compelling arguments for their wildly, irreconcilably different conclusions?
What then, my friends? Do we flip a coin and side with fate’s victor? Do we thrust our arms into the air and deem the whole situation hopeless? Or do we figure out for ourselves what’s true by polishing off our critical thinking skills and diving into the same pool of evidence that those experts use—a pool available to all of us, if only we put a little time into learning the language of science?
I know which strategy I prefer.
Now, don’t get me wrong. Formal education is a must-have for certain vocations (do you really want to get a root canal from someone who learned their trade from How2BDentist.com?), and I have a touch of envy for those who thrive in a traditional school system (my K-12 experience is best summed up as “low-key prison”). Most of my family has worked in higher education (my dad, a former college vice president; my mom, a former biologist who did postgraduate immunology research), and my original aspiration was to teach at the university level. Some awesome stuff happens there.
But I also believe that—for people who are self-motivated, have the time and resources for independent study, and aren’t learning a hands-on trade—that degree-earning is not only nonessential, but can even be a barrier to objective thinking. Teachers, after all, come equipped with their own set of biases—ones students must cater to or even adopt if they want to pass. Ideas become derivative and weirdly incestuous as they breed within the walls of academia. Some have made the claim, which I’m tempted to agree with, that “Higher education is drowning in BS.” Being outside the system can be a great way to see it clearly.
My nutrition education strategy has been simple. I approach the field of health like learning a new language: total immersion-style. You didn’t learn your native tongue by sitting in a classroom following grammar lessons; you learned it by jumping into an initially confusing world and feeling your way around until it all started making sense. Every day, I make a conscious effort to surround myself with learning opportunities and give my brain non-stop material to eat. I read everything I can get my hands on, and PubMed is my internet-home away from home. If I can’t grasp something on my own, I email or call smart people and ask them to help me. My goal is to understand. I don’t stop digging until I’ve plowed to the bottom and broken my shovel trying to go even deeper.
I believe anything can be learned. I believe the entire world is a classroom. I believe the subjects that have personal relevance are the most enticing, intriguing, and fulfilling ones to study. This is why I blog.
by Puja Shah
It sounds like a far fetched idea, but with the complex life they live (and give) it would be safe to ask, do plants have an intelligence that allows for feelings and senses?
If you have ever lived near crickets, you would know their melody of chirping right before it rains. Some naturalists theorize that this sound is what allows plants to open their breathing pores, (stomatas), on the underside of their leaves so that rain may enter.
But can plants actually hear sound?
Cleve Backster thought so. He’s the former CIA interrogation specialist in the 1960’s that connected polygraph sensors to plants and discovered that they reacted to harm (like cutting their leaves off) and even to harmful thoughts of humans in proximity to them.
Backster decided to attach his polygraph electrodes to the plant in his office, then watered the plant and see if the leaves responded. Finding that the plant had reacted to this, he decided to see what would happen if he threatened it, and formed in his mind the idea of lighting a match to the leaf where the electrodes were attached.
That’s when the unimaginable happened.
The plant didn’t even wait for him to light the match. It reacted to his thoughts and vibration of energy! Through further research, Baxter found that it was his intent, not just the thought, that brought about this reaction.
He also discovered that plants were aware of each other, mourned the death of anything living. Not only did they mourn, they actually had likes and dislikes. He found that they strongly disliked people who killed plants during scientific research, and extended their energy out to the people who had tended to them, even when those people were far way in either time or space.
He noted the beauty of plants being able to react in the present moment to events that took place many miles away.
So he said plants are psychic, but also since they can anticipate negative and positive events, including weather…they can be seen as prophetic.
How do these psychic and prophetic nature beings react?
Backster found that they just become catatonic. He termed the plants’ sensitivity to thoughts “primary perception,” and first published his findings from the experiments in The International Journal of Parapsychology. His work was inspired by the research of famous biologist Dr. Jagadish Chandra Bose, who had discovered that playing certain kinds of music in the area where plants grew caused them to grow faster.
Dr. Bose, invented an instrument named crescograph for his many experiments on plants. Dr. Bose showed that plants can feel in their own way. He wrote: “Suppose there is a lush green plant and its leaves are a sparkling green in the shining sunlight. We feel like pulling out a leaf to feel it. But we do not think of what goes on inside the plant. Maybe, we feel that the plant does not suffer like us. But the plant does suffer. In fact the pulsation of the plant stops where the leaf was plucked. In a short time the pulsation again begins at the spot, but this time very slowly. And then it completely stops. That spot is as good as dead for the plant.”
The plant has a nervous system.
Dr. Bose also discussed the ‘nervous mechanism’ of plants — the ability of plants to recognize and react to the individual who has committed a violent act, (especially towards a plant), in their presence.
Researchers from Michigan State University have also discovered that plants have a rudimentary nerve structure, which allows them to feel pain. According to the journal Plant Physiology, plants are capable of identifying danger, signaling that danger to other plants and marshaling defenses against perceived threats. Botanist Bill Williams of the Helvetica Institute noted, “plants not only seem to be aware and to feel pain, they can even communicate.”
This research had prompted the Swiss government to pass the first-ever Plant Bill of Rights. It concluded that plants have moral and legal protections, and Swiss citizens have to treat them appropriately.
Now with modern day equipment, plant physiologists are beginning to understand much more about plant movement. That there are even molecular and cellular reasons of the ability of plants to respond to touch.
LAURA'S PERSONAL FOOT NOTE:
Place a broccoli stalk in the refrigerator and it will 'keep' for days. Why? Because it is still ALIVE. Awaiting death in the dark.
What if plants are sentient? Do they have less value than animals? Should the world then, eat nothing? Only drink water?
(replace with the concept of only breathing air)
What if water is sentient and the journey through the human body, or any body, is a toxic experience for the sentient water molecules.
Is this cruelty?
What if this world, this Earth, is designed to allow all thing that are edible, to be eaten? A Divine Plan too big for us to grasp...so we make it small enough to handle.
What if ALL is in harmony....distorted only by a child-like concept that we are capable of removing suffering.