Somewhere in our not so distance past, as part of our spiritual (sufi-oriented) approach to our faith, that the consumption of meat, although perfectly allowed, is advised to be limited. I even read in the book of Sufi healing that during spiritual retreats or the khalwah, ” Ibn Arabi’s advice to avoid animal fat during retreats, stating that “animal fat strengthens animality, and its principles will dominate the spiritual principles”
The husband never had a problem with not eating meat as he was used to heavy duty travelling especially for work. There were many instances he landed himself in a place where halal meat was of no existence. However, I couldn’t. Like I said in one of my previous posts, I am almost a carnivorous and I have to have my meat. Just as I have to have my sambal or at least a cili padi and rice-the Jowo that I am ( but that’s a different story ).
So even though we have been on this spiritual path for quite a while now, abstinence, or even the effort of reducing the amount of meat from my diet was a no go for me.
However, since the last two years we have been going for acupunture bekam/reflexology and for myself–massage theraphy. In all, I have been advised by the physicians to cut down on my meat intake as my blood circulation is not smooth and quite laden with toxic. My blood type, A+ is not compatible to meat/lactose/gluten. I ignored them all like some naggy old grandmothers because for a stubborn reason that I love food way too much. I love meat and I am a foodie through and through. I was not too particular on what I consume, as long as they are halal.
Last week I read some articles pertaining to my blood type, compared them with the notes I had from our naturopathy/homeopathy/dr/helenaofakubekam and found the common ground in all of them. It suddenly clicked that I really need to do someting about myself before I go down the same ‘walk of fame’ of that of my mother, my uncle, my aunt and my mum — all of whom were diagnosed with colon cancer. My uncle Pak Tam ( mum’s elder brother) died more than 15 years ago, my Mak Long is still alive but her battle was, as I remembered around ten years ago was quite a feat and mum’s trouble was discovered early and surgery took care of that in 2002. It also became urgent as I am, after all am no more young chick.
Taking things slow, I doubt I could switch to 100% vegetarianism. Hence I turned into something more manageable i.e Pescetarianism. It seems more manageable. I still consume fish and eggs and other seafood, but I weaned off meat and chicken/duck ( there goes my weekly duckrice at RASAKLCC ).
It has been five days and surprisingly, I feel good! I feel lighter, I remove my bowels more regularly and well too– as though the toxic is being flushed out of my body. And the best part is, I no longer feel gassy. I had gas problems. A very bad one at it and sometimes it got so bad it became embarressing! On another note which I find it difficult to explain– I feel more ‘spiritual’. I don’t get annoyed/angry/irritable as often as I did and I was able to show a remarkably higher level of patience towards the homeschooling kids, who are ‘special’ and can sometimes really push me off the roof.
I cannot afford a professional nutritionist of course to take care of my meals. But I use this book as a guideline
and of course my reliable physician drhelenaofakubekam to give me her sound advice and also the Book of Sufi Healing.
Maybe 10 years ago I wouldn’t care this much about my health. But I am not getting any younger, so I need to start somewhere, now.