9/16/2014

my food journey

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For starters I’m not vegan. Phew! Now that I got that out of the way I’m pretty much done with this post right?! Kidding! Trying to crack a joke because to be honest I am a little uncomfortable writing this. There is so much going on in the media right now around veganism. I felt it was important to share my experiences and professional opinions with you. I often get asked many questions about what I eat and also figured it was about time for this type of post. With the exception of honey all of the recipes I’ve shared here are whole food and vegan. That is going to begin to shift a little here and there. I wanted to address it upfront before I just throw in a recipe with eggs or ghee and you’re like wait, what?!

I want thank you for the support over the last 2.5 years. It’s truly been incredible. I’ve grown a great deal since the blog started and my life has blossomed in amazing ways. When I began this blog I was living in a motel on the Pacific Coast Highway in a tiny town in Northern California. I wasn’t exactly sure where I was headed when I finished the plant-based culinary program I was in. When a friend reached out and said she had a place for me in Los Angeles I figured that was a good city to begin the next chapter of my life. Looking back I am aware that nothing happens by mistake, this is totally where I am supposed to be right now.

Before I dive into my food journey I need to say that food choices are intensely personal and political. They are steeped in our different cultures and family values. Writing about food and having access to the kinds of fresh foods and medicinal herbs that I do is a huge privilege. I have always recognized and been very grateful for that. I am sensitive to the reality that not everyone gets to go the organic farmers market or spend time debating what they are going to have for dinner. It is a luxury.

Coming from this place of reverence for my life and the way I get to live it has always kept me from being preachy about food. I’ve also had health issues over the years that have been healed by foods and herbs, some of which people in the vegan community would frown upon. My goal is to create an inclusive community around nourishment and making conscious choices about what and how we eat. I’ve had the privilege of working with many people over these last years and none of them were alike. There are similarities and threads that connect us together, but we all have different nutritional requirements that are based on many factors.

I refrain from judging peoples food choices in life and on the blog because it isn’t helpful for anyone. I’m much less interested in labeling myself vegan or paleo or anything like that. I am much more interested in the feelings that come up for us around food and how we take care of ourselves through conscious eating, but you knew that already ;)

I often tell my clients that what we eat is just as important (in some ways more so) as how and why we eat. Eating a specific way doesn’t equate to wellness. Feeding ourselves is the most basic form of self-care and in my experience and practice that is an area in many of us that needs some deep healing. Learning to take care of ourselves by consuming local organic produce is incredible. Healing our bodies with small amounts of ghee can be equally as valid and deeply healing. There isn’t a right way and I like to remain open to the truth that wellness is non-linear and ever changing.

Ultimately you don’t even need to read the rest of this post. I mean of course I want you to as I’ve been working on it for what seems like for ever, but really this big topic of eating animals boils down to learning to listen to our bodies and live in alignment with the universe. When I’m living in agreement with my purpose and feeling connected to the planet I want to eat in a way that supports my community, the earth and all sentient beings as often as possible.

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Nearly five years ago I stopped consuming animal products, gluten, refined sugar (yes even honey and maple syrup) and processed foods. Even though I wasn’t eating animals, calling myself vegan felt weird because I wore leather and to be honest was never much of an activist. I stopped eating those foods because I was constantly sick and I hoped changing my diet would help.

From the time I was in high school until my late 20’s I had major problems with sinus infections and digestion. I had taken loads of antibiotics over the years but never found a solution. As I got older my sinus problems got worse. I was also chronically fatigued from overworking myself and generally felt some sort of ill feeling the majority of the time. In 2009, after my sixth sinus infection that year I made my first appointment to see a Naturopath.

My boyfriend at the time knew a lot about holistic health and all sorts of stuff that was new to me. He told me the Naturopath would ask about my diet and my poop and that is pretty much what happened during our first session. After my appointment I bought a book about cleansing at the recommendation of a friend. I trusted her and went for it. That 21 day cleanse changed my life.

What I loved most about that cleanse was that it was food-based, holistic, and didn’t ask me to give up too many things. For me it was the refined, processed breads and loads of cheese that was hard. That cleanse is not vegan but I decided to make my 21 days vegan just to see what that was like. I’d had a fantasy about not eating animals and thought this was a good time to try it out.

About 10 days in I experienced a terrible healing crisis. A healing crisis is basically a deep detox with uncomfortable symptoms. If I knew then what I know today I would have done things much differently but I’m glad I went through all of that. After the 21 days I felt the best that I had in years. I decided I was done with the refined grain products, sugar, and animal products and never really looked back.

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Shortly after adopting this new way of eating I spent over half a year living in Berlin, Germany. At the time there wasn’t much happening in way of plant-based, local food but I knew how to cook so I got really into hanging out at the local markets, chatting with the few organic farmers and spending time eating in a way that was quite new to me.  I cooked about 90% of all my food while overseas. I started my first blog about self-love and began seeing the deep connections between food, nourishment, and self-care.

Up until that summer my life moved pretty fast. My time in Berlin was slow. I had few obligations and spent most of my days practicing yoga, hanging with friends, and making simple, healthy plant-based meals. I felt lighter and happier than I had in ages. I practiced yoga six days a week, a very rigorous practice that made me feel balanced, strong and more emotionally open than I can ever remember being.

I was so happy and at peace during my time in Berlin that it was rare that I ate my feelings. I also didn’t eat on the go or in the car and made it a real point to enjoy my meals at the table, outside, or with friends. Eating in this way made me see how I often ate out of sadness back home or ate in a rush. It’s hard to enjoy food and truly nourish yourself when you’re in a hurry or stuffing yourself to the point you are beyond full to not feel uncomfortable emotions.

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Flash forward a year and I’m in Puerto Rico for a few weeks at the Ann Wigmore Institute experiencing a very intense cleanse. I was there participating in their certification program and to say my experience was life changing would be an understatement. I happened to be there at a very special time when the institute was quiet and our group was very small. During my time there I learned more about my digestion than I ever imagined possible and how to prepare the cleanest, most nutrient rich healing raw and fermented foods. It was such a gift to learn from the teachers. I cherish my time there so much. It’s where I learned how to grow wheat grass, what the setiva plant looked like and how to guide others through safe cleanses. I owe a great deal to this magical place.

When I came back from Puerto Rico I decided to leave Portland to attend a plant-based culinary school and enroll in a holistic nutrition course. I had been on so many adventures since I changed my diet and lifestyle and I was passionate about learning more and sharing what I learned with others.

The little tumblr blog I started gained some traction and people started to email me about their health. People who had known me back in my Tuna Helper (not even kidding) and cigarette (crazy right?) days were amazed that I was preparing all of this colorful food and writing about how taking care of myself was a huge priority in my life. They wanted to know how, why, and if I could help them.

Without even labeling what I was doing or charging for it I became a nutrition and wellness coach. By the time I finished culinary school and moved to L.A. life was in full swing. I set out to work as a personal chef. That lasted all of six months as it wasn’t for me but I learned a ton and met some interesting people along the way. I also saw firsthand how little attention people paid to how they eat. I can talk for hours about the healing properties of such and such food but lately I’m more interested in the how and why pieces. How do we incorporate healing foods into our lives? What gets in the way of us being able to nourish our bodies?

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Shortly after moving to L.A. I started working with a Naturopath to help balance my hormones. Before moving here I was diagnosed with PCOS. I later learned this is a common diagnosis for women who took birth control pills for years and consumed large quantities of sugar and refined grains growing up. I read so many books and tried vegan diets for hormone balancing but in my case it was not successful.

My period had been gone for months, I had painful cystic acne on my face and was really afraid of what was happening. I tried a number of other alternative healing modalities and nothing helped. A few months before moving to L.A. I started taking western medication for PCOS because I was in so much pain and wanted relief. When my Naturopath suggested a non-vegan supplement to not just mask my symptoms but heal my body I said I’d try it. In weighing the balance of western drugs or herbs and an animal-based supplement, I went the natural route.

I’ve struggled for years with the moral dilemma of consuming animals and foods made from animals. Making the decision to take this supplement weighed heavy on my heart but it was so much better for my body than the synthetic drugs. The medication I took for the PCOS depleted my vitamin and mineral levels and gave me the most intense sugar cravings I ever had. Coming off of the medication, healing myself with herbs, supplements and foods was the second time in my life my body responded well to natural treatment. It was nothing short of a miracle to me.

Getting the PCOS diagnosis was really hard for me. Sitting in a doctors office discussing the possibility of freezing my eggs at thirty-one was a really hard conversation to have. At the time I had no idea if I wanted kids and couldn’t believe I was having to even think about this stuff. Coming to terms with re-introducing animals into my diet after years of not eating them was something I thought about, meditated on, and wrote about at length.

Today my hormones are in much better shape. I feel healthy and strong. I have an immense gratitude for Mother Nature and all of the ways she feeds and nourishes me. I bring so much awareness, gratitude, and mindfulness into my food choices. I spend lots of time connecting to Mother Earth and believe it has a huge impact on what I eat and how I live. And the icing on the cake, my cysts are gone and have regular periods!

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The power we have to inspire and influence the people around us is not lost on me. Through every step of this journey I have seen the impact of simply showing up with a delicious home cooked meal. Sure it was challenging in the beginning, especially while traveling, but not impossible. Living in Europe after changing my eating habits in such major ways was a really good test. It also gave me a new found appreciation for the abundance of fresh food that is in my life on a daily basis.

My food journey has shown me that healing is a process and that our bodies know what is best for us. It can take time and work to connect to them and learn the subtle (and often not so subtle) signals they send. The more we practice the more fluid it becomes. We live in such a fascinating time. We can find books and research on every diet that proves why that one is the best. Ultimately though we have to do the footwork and soul searching ourselves. We must learn to hone and trust our intuition, be brave and willing to take care of ourselves no matter what.

So what do I eat? Mostly plants. Loads of them. I love to sprout and ferment because it helps my digestion and it’s super fun to watch things grow. I love medicinal herbs and enjoy talking to the farmers at the market. Occasionally I eat eggs, grass fed raw butter and meat and sometimes fish. Eating locally is important to me though I also eat select foods from around the world. I steer clear of refined sugar and every once in a while savor a delicious artisan bread. Above all its about balance and nourishment. I pay attention to the signals my body sends and I feed it accordingly.

Over the last six years I have developed a relationship with nourishment that I never imagined possible. Everyday I prepare a meal I say thank you to everyone and everything that came together to make it possible. So much has to happen to get food on my plate and I could (and have) meditated on that for hours. Food is energy and we can work with its energy to create health in ourselves and each other. The more I infuse my meals with intention and love the more my heart, mind, and body come into balance.

I try to eat at least one meal in silence everyday. Eating without distractions is a meditation for me and has been one of the most powerful practices in my life over the last years. I also share meals with loved ones as often as possible. When we eat in community and give in that way we restore our bodies and each other. Food has the ability to bring us together so that we can heal and enjoy life as one.

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Thank you for taking the time to read my post and be part of my journey. The amount of gratitude and love I have for all of you is endless. Wishing you well at whatever stage of your journey you are in right now. Know that you have support and don’t have to do this alone.

xoa

Comments

  • meighan

    Ashley! This post is incredible. Thank you so much for writing it and finding a way to share something that can be a serious hot topic for many people. I have been vegan and vegetarian off and on since I was a teenager. But I eat meat now. I have struggled so much over the past few years around eating meat – but the truth is 1. I don’t eat that much. and 2. I just like it and it fills me up. I am also at my most healthy when eating animal protein. I just am. I have tried so hard to be vegetarian and vegan, but I become overweight, sluggish, and just don’t feel good. I also can not afford to go to the farmer’s market all the time. So sometimes beef stew is where it’s at for me. Thank you for briefly acknowledging privilege and being honest about food as in terms of cost. So important to acknowledge where we are privileged where others are not. Since I did your sugar cleanse I basically have no animal products in my house other than honey — but I allow myself to buy eggs or meat now and then when out or cook while I am home. When I was vegan this spring…I just started to notice an unhealthy obsession around food, and I had started to cut out everything. I admire those who can commit and live a vegan lifestyle. I just can’t do it. You covered so many topics…I could go on and on. I am so impressed and really enjoyed this. Also, hell yeah to the Tuna Helper shout out — gurrrrrl, I loved those trips to Safeway on Market – you TunaHelper, me Hamburger Helper. God, we have come so far. LOVE YOU. XOX.

    • ashley

      Meighan! TUNA HELPER! I had to include that part. We have come so far it’s pretty crazy. I appreciate your honesty here especially around the animal issue. It totally affirms my belief that we are all different and that there is not a one size fits all approach to food. Our bodies change, our health changes and sticking to a rigid way of eating it can cause food obsession like you experienced. I’ve totally been there too. I’m going to have to post about that – promise it won’t be this long ;) I’m the same with our kitchen and like yours it changes depending on how I’m feeling, the weather. It’s been so damn hot I’ve been eating all raw and making mineral broths but when the season changes what I eat will change too. I really relate to everything you wrote and am super grateful you are in my life! Now all I’m thinking about is a trip to Safeway…LOL! So much love for you. xoa

  • thia

    i love this. i love you. i love your food journey – and all of your journeys – and how willingly (albeit hard, i’m sure) you make yourself vulnerable to open up in these ways. it’s been so great to bear witness to all of your awakenings along the way but MOST of all, it’s incredibly inspiring to watch as you ALLOW yourself to unfold in new ways. you know what i mean? like…who knows if you’ll ever be primarily plant-based again. this is how your body wants nourishment and so you’re listening to it, accepting it, LOVING it and not afraid to show it. i’m proud of you. it’s so hard to be honest especially when we believe we’ve painted a picture of ourselves in a certain way and believe we can (in some other twisted coda way) cause harm to others (those who love us, whom we love, who look up to us, etc.) by diverging – in any way – from this picture.

    i want you to KNOW (even though you may already know – or maybe someone has already told you) that people are inspired by you because of your honesty and openness and not because of your recipes (i mean, ok, i’m inspired by them cuz daggggg). your spirit is one in a million. your desire to connect to others and create community using love, holistic healing, the BODY and nourishment is what makes you magnetic. i love you girl. now, let’s go get a burger. jkjkjk. kinda…. <3 forever

    • ashley

      THIA! Thank you so much for taking the time to write. Everything you said really hit home and means the world to me. You’re are totally right, it was super hard to be honest about this in such a public way. I’ve had fear around what would happen, how people might react. Seeing all the negativity on blog about vegans eating eggs or whatever it was they decided to eat scared me! At the end of the day I knew I had to walk through that fear because that is who I am and I know it’s who you are too. And it always comes back to that truth that when we share honestly and let people see us for real life gets really good! I cannot wait to come eat burgers with you in Oakland!! #sorrynotsorry love you so much. xoa

  • Meg

    Far out! I love reading your words, and this post, especially, is close to my heart. I just changed up my own health and self care routine this summer and am really, really learning to listen to my body AND heart. Big stuff! This is bringing up LOTS of change and prompting some deep inner work. I would love to work with you one day. Thank you for sharing your life here.

    • ashley

      I love that you are really listening to your body & heart Meg, that is so inspiring. It is HUGE stuff for sure and totally brings up loads of energy and feelings. Being willing to change and live in alignment with our own inner wisdom is what is all about. I am always so happy to hear from you and connect. I know our paths will cross at some point, been feeling that for a while ;)
      Lots of love. xoa

  • Marlon

    What an amazing post, I didn’t think it was possible to be more enamoured with you and everything you do but I sure am :) I had been considering taking on a more extreme diet and thank you for reminding me that being very strict and attached to titles isn’t really what health is all about (I seem to learn and relearn that lesson)!! Thank you for being so open and sharing so genuinely your experiences. I also want to express my gratitude that you expand on topics aside from food (such as personal growth and spirituality) .. you have inspired me endlessly! blessings <3.

    • ashley

      Thank you Marlon! I can relate 100% to being attached to titles and how limiting that can be. One question I often ask myself is what is motivating me to do this? When I take the time to dig deep and get clear in that way it often takes a big load off. Thank you for saying that about the other topics I write about. They are very close to my heart and knowing that they support you in some way makes me truly happy. I am thrilled you are here and part of our community!! Light and love. xoa

  • Maja

    Thanks so much for sharing!

    • ashley

      You’re welcome Maja! Thanks so much for being here!
      xoa

  • Melissa Martin

    Thanks for sharing your wisdom & honesty, Ashley. I’ve been saddened by the backlash directed at others who have recently changed their diet as a result of of listening to their body & doing what is best to nourish themselves. I’m not “vegan” anymore, either. As I’ve been working more with an Ayurvedic dower, I’ve recently begun to reintroduce honey & ghee into my diet, as well as small bits of yogurt & occasional cheese & am considering eggs again. I battle in with the ethics of my choices, but do my best to buy as local & consciously as possible. I’ve been very ungrounded, out of balance & in need deep healing & nourishment, following the principles of Ayurveda & working with my dosha has helped. I’ve been relatively quiet about it on my blog, but your post has empowered me to stand in my own truth. I’d also love to connect with you at some point about your path to becoming a nutrition counselor & natural foods chef. I’m at a career crossroads right now & am considering all kinds of options. I’ve recently completed a 200 hr RYT & am hoping to start teaching soon, so that is a start. I am inspired by the work you are doing!

    • ashley

      Hey Melissa! Thank you for sharing on this topic I really appreciate your honesty. I am so happy you are finding the healing, nourishment and support you need. That is so important. It was scary putting this post out there as I am sure you totally understand but wow it felt amazing afterwards! All we can be is who we are and I felt like I was somehow being dishonest not addressing it in some way. Standing in our truth is where we shine and can truly inspire and encourage each other. I’d be happy to connect, I’m such a fan of yours so let make that happen! Huge congrats on completing the 200 hr TT! Definitely get out there and start teaching. One of the best things one of my teachers did when I finished was nudge me into teaching asap. It is a huge life-changer and I have no doubt will give you more insight on what direction you want to travel in. xoa

  • lauren

    loooooooooooooooooove you
    and looooove this post!!
    what a journey!
    thank you for sharing it here!
    after our hang out yesterday i got the feeling i should be talking to you about what to eat to support my body and help heal my adrenal fatigue… so that is something i would love to set up! :)

    much love to you
    and as always thank you for sharing yourself so opening with such love and respect!
    L
    xx

    • ashley

      Thank you so much Lauren! I really appreciate your love and support. So grateful for you!
      Yes, I would be happy to help in that area, let’s connect in the coming days.
      I loved our hangout Friday and look forward to seeing you soon.
      Happy equinox!
      xoa

  • Natalie

    Thank you so so much for this beautiful and openhearted post, Ashley!

    I can really relate to the “eating animal dilemma”. Since I became a vegetarian nearly four years ago I’ve always had a hard time digesting legumes, nuts and seeds (despite soaking, sprouting, cooking etc.) and I think deep down I knew it wasn’t for me, but I continued due to ethical and environmental reasons.

    Half a year ago I was diagnosed with an auto immune disease (Hashimoto’s) and that’s when I decided to include some meat again – for ME and MY health. It was hard in the beginning and I often felt guilty for eating animals (I still do), but my body seems to thank me for it though.

    I wish I lived in L.A. to get counseling from you. They way you think is what I need, what we all need.

    Love from Norway,

    Natalie

    • ashley

      Hi Natalie,

      Thank you for sharing so honestly. I really appreciate learning about your experience. I totally understand where you’re coming from and how challenging these decisions are. I am glad you are listening to your body and giving it what it needs to thrive. That is such a huge piece of self-care. If you ever want to get counseling over Skype I am available. I have many clients overseas and am very familiar with auto-immune diseases. Feel free to reach out at any time.
      Thank you again for taking the time to share part of your story and being part of this conversation.

      Wishing you a beautiful week.
      xoa

  • Kori Nicle

    Ashley! I so appreciated this blog post! It reminded me so much of how I think about myself and my own eating habits! I always appreciate your honesty and still cherish the times we communicated and advice you shared with me. I do hope to be in touch with you soon again! I still read the blog regularly and admire you so greatly. Thank you for all you do!

    xoxo
    k

    • ashley

      Kori!

      So wonderful to hear from you. Thank you for taking a moment to say hello! I think of our sessions fondly too and wish you a beautiful week!

      Big hugs from the beach,
      xoa

  • topa

    She’s not?? Thank God, she’s not! Thank God she is a normal human being! ;-) Hi Ashley, that I was thinking while reading this post. Thanks for sharing! Not to mention that I was reading a part of my own story here (diseases/work) that was very interesting. I am about checking out several diets since last year. The most surprising thing is: Eating mostly vegan and vegetarian doesn’t mean your losing weight, I gained 10 pounds (which is very unusual for me cause I always was under my normal weight). So how’s that? The other thing is: I actually love eating good meat and think it’s natural. I just don’t do it for ethical reasons. And that’s good during summer. But now that there is fall over here I am starting to think about eating meat again. And I guess I can live with it when I know it comes from an animal (and organic farm) that had a good life (also because it tastes way better and for all these reasons I appreciate and enjoy eating it a lot more and don’t need much of it). And there it is again: a bit of yin, a bit of yang. ;-) Have a nice day, Corina

  • Kelsey

    Thanks for sharing Ashley. I stumbled across your blog via your post on smudging for The Body Book and I couldn’t be happier that the universe sends us such timely signals (a few days ago I shared some white sage with a friend that I really felt needed it, and then I saw your post). Anyways, this post was something that I needed. I’ve been slowly realizing the effects that eating certain things have on my body and just the complete difference I feel when I even cook my own food versus rushing through my day eating whatever I find. I’m working on becoming more mindful of my choices and reading your story has been very inspirational and thought provoking. Thanks again!

    • ashley

      Hello Kelsey,

      Thanks so much for stopping by and taking the time to share. It’s wonderful to connect. Trusting your intuition and offering sage to a friend in need is beautiful. We help each other so much and these seemingly small gestures can have a lasting impact.

      I love that you are paying attention to the effects of cooking your own food and slowing down to eat. I can totally relate to how eye opening that is! Mindfulness around food is such an awesome way to practice self-care and ground ourselves in the present, plus food tastes better when we take our time to enjoy it!

      Thank you again for writing, I am so inspired by what you shared! It was the perfect pick-me-up this afternoon! Lots of love. xoa

  • Janae

    Ashley- somehow I missed this amazing post when you originally wrote it. Your story really hit close to home for me- our journeys have similar bones, I am just in the early stages of my own. I was diagnosed with PCOS a few years ago and suffered for years denying western medicine but not knowing what other avenues to try. I tried a vegan diet and a raw diet to help with healing and was SO MISERABLE. That was my first ah-ha moment that not every way of eating is right for everyone. I recently sought out an Ayurveda center, found food happiness with being a vegetarian (a little ghee can make all the difference ;)), and am well on my way to health and healing from PCOS. It really impacts me to hear stories of healing from this syndrome because so few women talk about it. It can feel devastating but your story reminded me to keep with what I am doing and as long as it feels good for me I am doing something right! I know it was not coincidence finding your blog years ago- thank you from the bottom of my heart for your words and courage to share!

    • ashley

      Hi Janae,
      It is so great to hear from you and connect about this. I completely relate to your experiences. It’s really important to listen to our bodies and give them what they need. I am very happy to read you have found an Ayurvedic center and are feeling grounded with your food choices. Isn’t ghee amazing! Such potent golden goodness. It’s empowering to know we can heal ourselves. I’ve spoken with many women with PCOS who are suffering from harsh drug therapies. I am glad you spoke up here to show there are other paths. Keep up with what you are doing and keep paying attention to your body. You are doing something right and I am so happy you recognize that – it’s really a huge piece! Thank you for taking the time to share your experiences with such honesty and humility. Keep me in the loop on your journey.
      I needed to hear everything you had to say this morning.
      Wishing you a wonderful weekend. Lots of love.
      xoa

  • Hailey

    I found your blog a few hours ago and I haven’t moved. This article especially hit home for me. I have been a strict conscious vegetarian, on the verge of vegan for over 10 years now. I am 26 and starting to really feel a shift in what my body is asking for. It is hard to wake up to…so much attachment to that identity and I also have a huge activist heart. I too have been experiencing some health complications, specifically, my reproductive health, and I also feel as though my lethargy and depression can be caused from insufficient protein and quality fats. I don’t know where to get my protein source. Who do I trust? I have been saying lately, I would eat meat, if I hunt it myself, so I began to consider going fishing. Another friend also offered taking me hunting for deer, and I immediately started shrieking when thinking of skinning the sweet animal. This article makes me feel like I just need to go to the gosh darn farmers market or grocery store immediately to secure some animal protein for myself or perhaps enjoy my partners homemade broth that his changed his life in the past 4 months. Where do you find your quality animal protein source? Can’t wait to hear from ya!

    • ashley

      Hello Hailey,

      Thanks so much for reaching out and sharing your experiences. I totally relate to everything you wrote. It’s a big decision for many reasons and ultimately I found I really needed to listen to my body and trust it. I purchase mine from the farmers market where I have relationships with the farmers and trust them. I also go to a high end butcher shop here in L.A. The thing about high quality animal protein is that you don’t need to eat loads of it. Bone broth and ghee are two of my main staples for reproductive health and have been real miracle workers in my life.
      Thinking of you and sending loads of love your way.
      xoa

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