Reasons to be Imperfectly Vegan
I love the way the universe works! Way back in 1993, my then fianceé and I had been attending Unity Church in Walnut Creek, California. Dr. Will Tuttle played the piano at the services and we fell in love with his music! So, we asked if he would play at our wedding and he said, ‘YES!’
What I didn’t realize at the time was that he and his lovely wife, Madeleine, were vegans. And not only vegans, but advocates for the lifestyle! Now I joke myself that ‘It’s no wonder they left after the ceremony, given we were offering salmon and prime rib (or some other fine cut of meat) for dinner.’ I can, however, give myself a small break in that it wasn’t for another approximately 10 years that he would publish The World Peace Diet, one of the most important books of the 21st century, currently published in over 16 languages worldwide.
And while I was already a Registered Dietitian Nutritionist who was a very strong advocate for the relationship between food and spirituality, I had not, as said, begun my own plant-based journey.
Fast forward, all the beautiful learning and experiences I had been receiving combined to deepen my understanding of this connection and I proclaimed myself to be Imperfectly Vegan. After publishing my book, The Sacred Art of Eating, I was honored to speak at the 2015 San Francisco World Veg Fest. As I visited the vendor tables, there he was: Dr. Will Tuttle! After all these years, we had a new connection that was at the core of each of our lives.
Below, I share a podcast that I did with Dr. Tuttle in 2018. In it, he helps us understand what is meant by “the domination of the feminine” and how it relates to our food choices and enlightens us about the foundation of a more conscious society based on the truth of the interconnectedness of all life. He makes explicit the invisible connections between our culture, our food, and the source of our broad range of problems—and the way to a positive transformation in our individual and collective lives.
I have long maintained that we can voluntarily contribute to world peace every day by making conscious decisions about what to eat. Dr. Tuttle has a provocative, challenging, and ultimately inspiring way of highlighting that concept. If you have been vegan or plant-based for a while, you will no doubt find strong affirmation within this podcast. And if you are just opening to the idea, or even if you have no interest in releasing an omnivorous diet, this podcast will enlighten anyone wishing to understand the big picture of our culture and why we have the unyielding dilemmas we face. The connections run deep! I hope you enjoy this podcast even half as much as I did!
MY GUEST, DR. WILL TUTTLE
Dr. Will Tuttle, visionary educator and musician, is author of the international best-seller, The World Peace Diet, published in 16 languages. He is a recipient of the Courage of Conscience Award and the Empty Cages Prize. Dr. Tuttle is the author of Your Inner Islands: The Keys to Intuitive Living and is the editor of Circles of Compassion: Connecting Issues of Justice, focusing on the interconnection of social justice issues. A vegan since 1980, he is a frequent radio, television, and online presenter, and has created several wellness and advocacy training programs. Featured in Cowspiracy, he is the co-founder of the Worldwide Prayer Circle for Animals. With a Ph.D. from UC Berkeley, Dr. Tuttle focused on educating intuition and altruism in adults. A former Zen monk and Dharma Master, Dr. Tuttle is also a noted composer and pianist, and lectures and concertizes extensively throughout the world promoting peace and cultural healing. See www.worldpeacediet.com for more details.
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A Registered Dietitian Nutritionist with degrees in nutrition and spirituality, Lisa is uniquely qualified to help us understand our dynamic relationship with food. Her passion about the unbreakable links between food and spirituality is the result of over twenty years of academic, professional, and personal exploration. In 1987, she graduated from UC Berkeley with a Bachelor of Science in Nutrition and Clinical Dietetics and received the Nutrition Sciences Departmental Citation Award. In 1990, she earned a Master’s Degree in Public Health Nutrition from UC Berkeley with High Honors. In 1996, she obtained a Master’s Degree in Culture and Creation Spirituality from Holy Names College, and is a Shamanic Soul Coach with certification from the Integrative Arts Institute. She is the Founder of the Imperfectly Vegan movement and author of The Sacred Art of Eating.
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