Mary McGuire is very aware of her food choices and how they impact her health, the planet and animals. In a nutshell, she is plant-based for health and vegan for compassion to animals and the planet.
Born in poverty, to a dysfunctional family in inner city Birmingham, England, Mary McGuire didn’t have the type of upbringing that required much more than finding a low paying job containing limited prospects for anything beyond this.
Fast forward over four decades, and Mary is on her path and life’s work as a transformational author, speaker, and voice for the voiceless… animals.
As a long time vegetarian, then vegan, Mary chose the plant-based lifestyle in 2016. Completely void of animal and dairy products in her diet, Mary is committed to doing what she can by living the example of compassion to all sentient beings.
From social worker to business consultant, Mary is living the life her parents never dared to dream. She has built a career and a fulfilling life, without sacrificing values and inner life.
A Mindful Path
The main catalyst to Mary’s conscious food choices was mindfulness. A mindfulness she willingly talks about, teaches and shares in a number of ways including her writing, speaking, coaching and podcast appearances.
Mary currently resides in the UK with her life partner. Growing up in a traditional Irish family eating lots of meat and potatoes, with a small side of vegetables, she instinctively knew from a young age she would be vegan.
Although she experienced a great deal of push-back from family and friends, Mary began a lifelong appreciation of what it means to be vegan. She consciously chose not to eat meat over 40 years ago while in her teens.
Making a strong link between meat consumption and cruelty to animals, she vowed early on not to consume meat.
Going dairy free took years more. Her conscious choice to give up dairy was based on a deep understanding of what it means to be compassionate to animals.
Compassion Versus Empathy
Mary explains that compassion is quite different from empathy. Empathy is when we put ourselves in someone else’s shoes and see the world from their perspective. We can feel their pain and discomfort in a way that allows us to understand them in a deeper way.
Compassion comes from a different place. It says, “I stand over the bridge on the bank, which is observing and understanding, but not being part of your pain, not being part of your difficulty.”
“There’s a bridge here. I can stand in the space of calm, peaceful, loving energy, which is fueled by compassion and help you to come across.”
Mary encourages others to think about compassion in wider terms. Compassion for animals and for Mother Earth, the planet that sustains our life.
She also feels her life is no greater or less than any other creature. This is one of her driving values with living a vegan lifestyle.
Coming Home to You
Mary has successfully conveyed her philosophy in her book, Coming Home to You. Based on personal transformation, Mary shares insights about the balance of our energy coming from what we consume. The cleaner and closer to nature, the better. In addition, our thoughts play a big part in our level of contentment, joy, and happiness.
Using the analogy of fuel in a car, Mary shows a clear correlation between what we put in our body (the fuel) and how we perform.
It’s the same with what we eat. How animals are raised, treated, and slaughtered enters into our psyche when we consume animal-based product. We are consuming the trauma animals go through to end up on one’s plate.
There is a definite energetic connection between the butchering of animals and our emotional well-being. The toxins, trauma and fear contribute to health issues many people deal with such as obesity, heart issues, diabetes and digestive issues.
When we do not take a conscious approach to what we are consuming we are missing the understanding of the energetic relationship to our food.
Question Where Your Food Comes From
The best thing people can do is question where their food comes from. Find out how the food is processed. Don’t accept things at face value.
For example, find out what policies companies have in production. Do the companies you buy from have compassion policies in how they process the food? If not, you would be better off to avoid these foods.
For Mary, it took a bit longer to understand the connection between humane eating and dairy. It was when she lived in an area surrounded by grazing pastures filled with cattle, she made the connection.
The site of cattle grazing was calming, but what came next wasn’t. It was traumatizing to the cows, calves and to Mary.
Cows carry their baby for nine months. When a calf is born, mother and child are meant to be together for quite some time after birth, but Mary discovered they were separated when the calves are only six months old.
In factory farms it much more inhumane. Male calves are taken from their mothers at birth, or within the first 24 hours of life, and placed in veal crates, typically no bigger than 22″ wide and 58″ long, where they spend their entire lives, lying in their own urine and feces and chained to the bars of the crate. They are kept in near or total darkness. It is totally inhumane treatment that many people are either not aware of, or if they are, they choose to ignore.
For Mary, the pain and anguish were something she could not ignore.
She would hear the cows in complete distress for weeks after the calves were taken from their mother. A deep, guttural grieving that happened year after year. The cows had no idea what was happening when their babies were stripped from them.
“Not only was this incredibly painful and heartbreaking to hear, but it went on every year. And the cows never got used to it.” Mary says with sadness in her voice.
“It’s the same trauma every year. So even if cows and calves are grass fed on small scale farms and they’re not high on using antibiotics and things, they’re still huge trauma in it.”
Many people are under the false assumption that grass fed, open range raised cattle is humane, but this is not the case. There is intense trauma involved in the process. Although small farms are more humane than factory farms, there is still the issue of the animals being raised solely for food and being slaughtered as a result.
People around the globe have been led to believe we cannot be healthy without the consumption of animal products. Nothing could be further from the truth. There is more than enough evidence that the S.A.D. (Standard American Diet) is doing more harm than good. With diseases such as diabetes, high blood pressure, high cholesterol, and heart disease, on the increase and out of control, it is apparent that something is amiss.
Claims by the large food manufacturers that we will not get enough protein and certain vitamins if we don’t consume animal products is downright false. Then there is the misinformation about osteoporosis. The food industry is so weeded into misleading the public for profits, many people are so misinformed by the propaganda, they don’t realize the very thing they think is a healthy choice is actually killing them.
Eating Plant Based IS the Solution
Beyond a shadow of a doubt, a well-balanced plant-based diet is the solution to the issue of compassion to animals AND our health. Many people find they gain a love for cooking when they go plant based.
For many people, there is a shift in their psychologically with both what they eat and the preparation of the food.
The challenge for some people is that when they choose to go plant based, they get push-back from their loved ones.
A simple solution to this is to find delicious recipes, cook tasty meals for your family to introduce them into how truly delicious plant-based meals can be.
Choosing to eat plant-based goes beyond simply what is on our plate. It is about our awareness of where our food comes from, how humane what we are eating is and what we are doing to the planet by our food choices.
This is the right time in our evolution and our awareness of foods to choose healthy alternatives. Those that are kind to your body, the planet, and animals.
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