A vegetarian diet typically means people who will not eat animal products which include land and sea animals.
Generally, people, who call themselves vegetarians do consume eggs and dairy products.
Those who do not consume any animal protein whatsoever, not dairy, eggs or honey, is a vegan.
What are the benefits of being a vegetarian?
These past few decades, several research teams and their studies have indicated that if a person takes on a vegetarian diet they will benefit greatly. Here is a short list of what can happen once you become vegetarian:
Lower Body Weight –
A study carried out with 22,000 subjects, by the Cancer Research UK, found over a five year period, that those who continued to eat meat were putting on more weight than those who changed their diets to vegetarian.
This study also showed that vegans put on less weight as they mature, compared to meat eaters and vegetarians.
Better cholesterol levels –
A study by the scientists from the University of Toronto and St. Michael’s Hospital, showed that a vegetarian diet solely made up of specific plant foods will lower cholesterol as effectively as medication.
This particular study was published in the Journal of American Medical Association, July 23rd issue. (source)
Longer Healthier Life –
Compared to meat eaters, vegetarians have a reduced risk of developing several different types of cancers, according to a recent UK study carried out by researchers working on the European Prospective Investigation into Cancer and Nutrition – Oxford (EPIC-Oxford) (source)
How do I become vegetarian?
Many people looking to become vegetarian for one reason or another tend to jump into it too quickly.
The best possible way to transition from one diet to another is slowly.
This gradual change will work better for two reasons:
- A slower transition into a new diet will tend to become more of a lifestyle than a fad.
- Your body will adapt better without putting your digestive system through too many sudden changes, such as irritable bowel syndrome (IBS)
You can gradually introduce vegetables, whole grains, legumes (lentils, beans) and different fruits, and steadily increase the volume while at the same time cutting back on the meat you consume.
- Create a list for groceries and plan ahead for your shopping
- Take your time to read all food labels; many canned items contain lard
- Find out where you can buy organic vegetables and other vegetarian products
- If you are continuing with dairy, choose low or no-fat
Eating Meat and our Environment
Our Land is being used exclusively to raise animals for consumption with valuable water and soil which is forever lost.
Trees are cut down clearing the way for grazing or factory-farm sheds, winding up with polluted rivers and streams from untreated water waste.
The Union of Concerned Scientists lists meat-eating the 2nd biggest environmental hazard facing our Earth today, second to fossil fuel vehicles.
Global greenhouse gas emissions, according to Worldwatch Institute, is largely due to animal agriculture; 51 percent or more. That number is staggering when you stop to think about it.
- Cows must eat sixteen pounds of vegetation to convert them into just one pound of flesh.
- Raising cattle for food consumes more than half of all the water used in the U.S.A.
- 2,500 gallons of water is used to produce ONE pound of meat. Comparatively, it only takes 25 gallons to produce one pound of wheat.
- Producing one single burger uses the same amount of fossil fuel to drive a small car for twenty miles.
- More than one-third of fossil fuel and raw materials are used to raise animals for consumption in the U.S.A
The Environmental Protection Agency states that raising animals for consumption is the number on source for our water pollution.
The average pig factory generates the same volume of raw waste as does a city of 12,000 inhabitants.
- 87 percent of all agricultural land in the U.S.A is used to raise animals for consumption.
That would be 45 percent land mass total in the United States!
- 260 million acres of our forests are cleared to create agricultural cropland only to produce feed for animals raised for food.
- 85 percent of all soil erosion in the U.S.A is from the meat industry.
- More than eighty percent of all corn the U.S grows and more than ninety-five percent of all oats are fed to livestock.
- Just the cattle alone consume the quantity of food equal to the caloric needs of the entire population on earth; 8.7 billion people.
- According to Worldwatch Institute, ” Roughly two of every five tons of grain produced in the world is fed to livestock, poultry, or fish; decreasing consumption of these products especially of beef could free up massive quantities of grain and reduce pressure on our land.” (source)
Where vegetarians get their protein
The first question everyone wants to know is, “where will I get the protein needed for a vegetarian diet”
Proteins are the building blocks of life.
Protein breaks down into amino acids which help promote cell growth and repair.
Animal products such as meat, dairy, and eggs, are all good sources of protein, however, they are also high in saturated fat and cholesterol.
Excellent sources of protein
- Soy products
- Eggs (for non-vegan diet)
- Textured vegetable protein (TVP)
What you need is the creativity to explore your options with these different foods. There are endless recipes to help the newbie just beginning a new lifestyle being vegetarian.
“Let Thy Food Be Thy Medicine, And Thy Medicine Be Thy Food.” – Hippocrates
This is the message from the founding father of modern medicine. Our current state of health, as a nation, is suffering much chronic illness in which millions are suffering everyday maladies.
Despite all the billions of dollars thrown into research for the ‘new drug’ or ‘new cure,’ we continue to suffer as a nation.
Toxic therapies thru new drugs from pharmaceutical companies is leaving us more dependent than ever on medicine which is hurting more than helping.
There is a drug for everything.
Nutrient lacking foods created for the mass population and ads everywhere selling you another fix, creating more diabetics than already exists is criminal.
A vicious cycle that needs to be stopped.
There are too many people eating packaged foods without the necessary life force that is needed to truly live a whole and happy life.
Instead, they are sick, obese and unhappy.
This is how many live these days.
The great news is more people are looking to better their lives through better nutrition.
There are so many new diet fads on the market these days. This can make it hard for anyone looking to help themselves.
The simplest and best way for anyone looking to change their diet is to begin by doing some basic research.
Find what works for you and what you feel is best suited for your needs.
I’ve had many years researching a plethora of different fads and diets, by living with each fad and ‘trying them on’ so to speak, only to finally be living with what works best for me, a well-rounded vegetarian diet.
It is my passion to share this with anyone and everyone who will take a look at our world, the state it is in, who is wanting to help by making simple daily changes beginning with the food they are consuming.
It’s hard not facing the reality once the truth is exposed.
The greenhouse effects from our agriculture system raising cattle is a big one to know about and simply not care or do anything about.
It is very doable and not out of our reach to make positive change happen.
Taking these necessary steps now can help the future of our children.
Our planet is depending on us to make the right choices.