People decide to choose vegan or vegetarian usually for 2 main reasons. They want to live longer, healthier lives or they love animals so much that they do not want to eat them. I myself used to eat meat as a child, only because this was the norm. Now that i am older and wiser i have chosen my own path and am now a vegetarian. I have watched many vidoes on how animals are killed and i find it disgusting and horrible that they are forcefed to become fat so we can the devour them. Is this really the world we want to live in??
There has been much research done to show the benefits of a plant-based diet. A vegetarian diet reduces the risk for chronic degenerative diseases such as obesity, coronary artery disease, high blood pressure, diabetes and certain types of cancer including colon, breast, prostate, stomach, lung and esophageal cancer. Meat is the cause of alot of these conditions.
Why go veggie?
- You will reduce the risk of disease - Vegetarian diets are more healthful, especially in preventing, treating or reversing heart disease and reducing the risk of cancer.
- You’ll keep your weight down. The standard American diet—high in saturated fats and processed foods and low in plant-based foods and complex carbohydrates——is making us fat and killing us slowly. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and a
- Save the lives of harmless animals - If you have seen any programs or videos on how they slaughter animals you will see that it is cruel even though they say its not. Harmless baby lambs, chicks and pigs are contained an fattened up till they reach the age for slaughter. They don't even get to live half a life. Even dogs are now being skinned alive so humans can try a new "cuisine". There are plenty of other sources of protein to choose from other then animals.
- You’ll live longer - If you switch from the standard Irish or American diet to a vegetarian diet, you can add about 13 healthy years to your life! People who consume saturated, four-legged fat have a shorter life span and more disability at the end of their lives. Animal products clog your arteries, zap your energy and slow down your immune system.
- You do not necessarily need dairy - If you avoid dairy altogether, you can still get calcium from dry beans, tofu, dairy free milk and dark green vegetables such as broccoli, kale etc. There are many alternatives to dairy such as almond, soya, coconut, goat's and hazelnut milk. Feta and goat's cheese are also dairy free yet still delicious and nutritious.
- You will lose weight - We have seen first hand in the clinic that people who switch from meat to other protein sources or opt for vegan meals have shed pounds HEALTHILY in a short space of time. Some of our patients simply swapped pork sausages for vegan sausages, potato for sweet potato and milk chocolate for dark chocolate. A high-fiber vegetarian diet can help shed those extra pounds. Juicing is a way to get those veggies into your system in as little as 15 minutes! giving you a nutritious boost all in one sitting. See previous posts for juicing tips and advice.
- You’ll have more energy - Good nutrition means more usable energy— to keep from hitting that 3pm slump, play with the kids, go longer in the gym, tackle that home improvement project or even have a better sex life! Too much fat in your bloodstream means that arteries won’’t open properly and that your muscles won’’t get enough oxygen resulting in low energy. Balanced vegetarian diets are naturally free of cholesterol-laden, artery-clogging animal products that physically slow us down and keep us hitting the snooze button every morning. Whole grains, legumes, fruits and vegetables are so high in complex carbohydrates, they supply the body with plenty of energizing fuel. Opt for gluten free grains and green veggies for best results.
- You’ll go to the loo more regularly: - Eating a lot of vegetables means you are consuming more fiber, which pushes waste out of the body. Meat contains no fiber! People who eat lower on the food chain tend to have fewer instances of constipation and hemorrhoids. I personally had a problem with bloating and constipation in previous years and i have found a great improvement since omitting meat from my diet, switching to gluten and wheat free grains and consuming fresh homemade juices.
- You’ll help reduce pollution: - Some people become vegetarians after realizing the devastation that the meat industry is having on the environment. I have done some research on this and according to the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), chemical and animal waste runoff from factory farms is responsible for more than 173,000 miles of polluted rivers and streams. Runoff from farmlands is one of the greatest threats to water quality today. Agricultural activities that cause pollution include confined animal facilities, plowing, pesticide spraying, irrigation, fertilizing and harvesting. Meat and dairy products can be laced with steroids and hormones, so be sure to read the labels on the dairy products you purchase.
- You’ll save money: - Eating vegetables, grains and fruits in place of meat and fish can save you thousands each year and cut your weekly shopping in almost half the cost.
Need i say more? If you wish to make the switch it is simple. Do some research on how to change from meat to no meat. If you need inspiration in the kitchen, ask google! you will fins hundreds of recipes both vegetarian and vegan to help you along your new journey. We also post new quick and easy raw recipes each day on our Facebook page 'The Raw Food Coach'. Eating out has been the hardest part of my journey but i am finding new places to eat and delighted to see that most places are now offering gluten free, vegetarian and even vegan options. Most fast food restaurants are tricky as they do not have alot of healthy options but they will offer veggie curries or veggie burgers.
My aim for this blog was to raise awareness and i know that there is little chance of the world or even one part of it becoming meat free but i hope in writing this blog that i have made a few of you think differently to eating meat now and maybe even cut down on your meat intake as meat is very hard to digest so it is only recommended to consume meat up to 3 times a week. In Ireland people are consuming meat up to 3 times a day in fries, sandwiches and dinners.
I would love to hear your feedback in the comments below and please type in the comment box if you are a vegetarian or vegan and leave your tips to help us fight this war or change the minds of meat eaters. Every little change is a step forward...