Saturday, May 5, 2012

KATHY FRESTON: Healthier life one bit at a time. Food Revolution Summit

Kathy Freston: Everything is intermingled and connected. Becoming a Plant-Based Diet follower can be done gradually, one bite at a time!, step by step.

Words from the Food Revolution Summit:

Kathy Freston, a bestselling author with a focus on healthy living and conscious eating. Kathy’s most recent hit is The Lean: A Revolutionary (and Simple!) 30-Day Plan for Healthy, Lasting Weight Loss . She promotes a body/mind/spirit approach to health and happiness that includes a concentration on healthy diet, emotional introspection, spiritual practice, and loving relationships.  Our interview was titled: Leaning into a healthier life, one bite at a time.  Kathy said:
“How can we say we’re striving to spiritually evolve without considering how the food we’re consuming got to be on our plates?”
“I want to align my life with the good, the true, and the beautiful.”
“When we open our hearts, that translates across the board in our lives.  When we feel compassion, empathy, or like we want to do something positive, that bleeds over and makes us feel like more powerful beings.  We are smarter.  We are more aware.  We are on the forward edge of human evolution.  That is going to translate to being better partners in our relationships, and attracting better people into our lives, because we are vibrating at a higher level.  We’ll feel more directed in work because we’ll be energized and able to accomplish more because we have a sense of the bigger picture.”
“It’s all about leaning into it, leaning forward.  I just take one step at a time, and keep moving in a good direction.  Most people have maybe seven to ten things that we cook over and over again.  So I would just take one thing I would make each week that I wanted to replace, and I would switch it for something new and healthier.  I’d make a dinner that looked pretty much like what I grew up with, but it was a healthier version, with no cholesterol, low fat, high protein, and delicious.”
“We either like the messenger, or we shut down and reject their message.  So as ambassadors of this food awakening, it’s beholden on us to be kind, to be warm to be patient, to be generous with our spirit and our information.”


Ocean Robbins:  Welcome to The Food Revolution Summit where we explore how you can heal your body and your world with food. This is Ocean Robbins and I am joined by my dad, John Robbins
, in welcoming our guest, Kathy Freston. Kathy is a bestselling author with a focus on healthy living and conscious eating. Her just released book is The Lean: A revolutionary and simple 30-day plan for healthy lasting weight loss. She is also the author of The New York Times bestselling Veganist; Lose Weight, Get Healthy, Change the World!  It was an instant New York Times best seller as well as the best seller Quantum Wellness and The One.  She has appeared frequently on national television including Oprah, Ellen, the Dr. Oz show, Good Morning America, The View and Extra.
Kathy promotes a body, mind, spirit approach to health and happiness that includes a concentration on healthy diet, emotional introspection, spiritual practice and loving relationships. Kathy, it is such an honor and joy to have this time with you. Andhere to interview you is my dad, John Robbins.
John Robbins: Thank you Ocean
, and thank you Kathy for joining us.  I am glad that you are here because our many listeners are going to get to hear you and we get to amplify your voice that much more into the greater conversation.
An excerpt from the interview:

John Robbins: Yes, I have had that experience and I am sure our listeners have also. We sometimes are stuck in a lethargy or a paralysis or a passivity and we resign ourselves to that.  We think that is just the way it is but once we activate, once we engage, once we mobilize and start moving, then there is a momentum that kind of takes over and we get swept into larger streams of consciousness, larger streams of energy. We open to ourselves, we open to our powers and we stop playing so small.  We get bigger and we are more accountable. My experience has been that as we open to greater energies and consciousness, more is asked of us.  That is what we avoid, that is what we don’t want to have happen but it does happen and of course it brings its own blessings. Do you think that eating plants rather than animals is a way for people to become more powerful and clear and even to become available to a stronger communication from their spiritual wisdom?
Kathy Freston: I do! I really do because once we start eating plant based food it feels that we are on track, that there is something that we are clicking into, that there is a rightness, a lightness that we are clicking into.  By the way, when you say “eat plants” does that mean we are supposed to eat ferns?  Being someone who grew up not liking spinach or broccoli, I am like, “Oh no, does this mean we have to eat all those vegetables?”  I think that sometimes it is a blocking point for some people because they think, “God, do I have to just sit there and eat a pile of green food,” and it is like “No, you don’t! You can have black bean burritos and meatless meat chili.  You can have delicious pizza with veggie sausage and you can have all kinds of burgers and hot dogs, just better versions of the things that we grew up with,” you know?  Because that is clear to us that we are pushing ourselves to be healthier, we are pushing ourselves past our attachments, we do feel lighter. I think it is in our psychological makeup.  We have this evolutionary impulse to grow and whether or not we set out to do it, there is something within us, it is like a little homing device that keeps pulling us forward. And when we do in fact answer that call to maybe overcome an attachment to a certain food like steak if that is our favorite thing, you just say, “You know what, instead of steak I am going to eat a meatless burrito. I am going to eat a black bean burrito,” or something like that. “So I am going to have something that is filling and it is going to really make me feel full and I am going to feel like I have eaten a lot and it is going to be a tradition that I love. I am just not going to have the steak because that is the thing that I am attached to. I am going to challenge myself.”  Something in us resonates with that and we feel that we have answered a call, it is like a soul call, a soulful call within us. We feel like we have answered that and there is something that is so magical about that, it is like your whole being kind of lights up and gets this sense of esteem and confidence and you have a sense that you are on target with something within yourself that is greater than you thought you had. You feel like you are rising to something, you are becoming greater.  And so I think that does help us to become the more soulful, deeper, more expanded beings that we have as our potential.
John Robbins: You have been on Oprah several times and I think she has been very moved by the way you frame your food choice issues in a spiritual sense. At one point of course you helped her through a 21-day vegan cleanse and afterwards she wrote something that, coming from her, I was quite struck by. She said, “I learned a lot about how animals are treated and mistreated before they get to our table. It is appalling and beneath our humanity to allow the torture of animals for the sake of our gluttony.  We have neglected basic human decency on such a large scale and it really does bleed over into every other aspect of life.”  
Kathy Freston: Well put.
John Robbins: What do you think Oprah meant by, “It is bleeding over into every other aspect of our lives”?
Kathy Freston: Well because when we open our hearts that translates across the board in our lives. So when we open our hearts and we feel compassion, we feel empathy.  We feel like we want to do something positive to reverse that trend that bleeds over. It makes us feel like we are more powerful beings. It makes us feel like we are kinder human beings. We are smarter, we are more aware, we are hipper.  We are on the forward edge of human evolution when we think in terms of those things and that is going to translate to being better partners in our relationship or even more still, attracting better people into our lives because we are resonating at a higher level.  We are vibrating at a higher level and so we are going to attract better relationships into our lives. It is going to make us feel more directed in work because we are going to feel like we want to push towards greater things. We are going to be energized and we are going to be able to work harder. We are going to be able to accomplish more because we have a sense of the greater picture, the big picture.  Everything is intermingled. Who we are as human beings is who we show up in every arena of our lives, whether it is our work, our relationship, our health, whatever it is, we expand and our roles expand in those various arenas. So I think Oprah had it right, as she usually does, she is really able to extract a pearl of wisdom from these quite overwhelming situations.
John Robbins: And you helped her do that.  You also helped a very dear friend of mine Marianne Williamson to evolve around her food choices. She has shared that with me and I appreciate that very much because that was an accomplishment to my mind.

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