There are many vegetarians (of course there are several variations of a ‘vegetarian’) and vegans simply because of their love and respect for animals. And why not? Is that something to be made fun of and mocked? C’mon. Those who choose to do that are only angry at themselves for not having such control, concern and love. I’m not saying it’s for everyone, but I’m saying it should not be criticized and ridiculed.
There are others who eat this way due to heath concerns. Well this is certainly understandable with all the disease and illness attacking our society these days. And there are also many people who ‘need’ or ‘should’ change their diet in an effort to achieve better health, but simply cannot muster up the courage, will power and commitment to do so. Those of us who do eat a plant-based diet often get chastised regardless of the fact we do it for our health. We get accused of not getting proper nutrients and so on. Let me be the first to say that I simply do not have the energy it takes to try to educate these people. I’ve learned on my own, and now they’ll have to learn on their own. Eventually it will happen, because what goes around, comes around, and sooner or later they’ll reach a point where a plant-based diet is necessary and they’ll say to themselves “gee, now I get it!”
If you don’t fit into either of these categories, you may want to consider the use of antibiotics and growth stimulants for the production of animals, the threat of animal-borne diseases, and the health advantages of a plant-based diet
A vegetarian, vegan or ME-gan diet doesn’t mean eating cereal w/ almond milk all day long, nor does it mean eating tator tots every day. It’s far beyond cucumber and carrot sticks. This style of eating embraces Mother Nature to her fullest! It’s about reaching out to other cultures and embracing all the fruits, veggies, legumes, gluten free grains (if you’re gluten free), herbs, spices and more that God has provided to us on this big and wonderful earth of ours. Just speaking these words should make you want to be as kind and gentle with our resources as possible! You have to think BIG, not ‘just getting by.’ That attitude will not help you reach your goal of better health.
When we eat a well-balanced diet AND take the supplements that our diet will not provide, such as B12, there are no worries. Gluten free pasta with marinara sauce is not going to cut it. There are numerous ways through healthy eating to achieve maximum health, and yes…even get omega-3 without eating salmon! Imagine! Like I write about in my book, know what you are missing from your diet and supplement accordingly.
Allow your body to grow and branch out in all directions! Be all that you can be – EAT HEALTHY…there’s no other favorable alternative!
The notion that vegans are thin sounds like it should be true, but I am not thin. I mean, I’m not obese, but I’m far from thin. It’s all about caloric intake, and anyone can overeat. I’m sure metabolism plays a big part too and of course we must include exercise. This is why I’ve been writing lately about food journaling, and monitoring what you eat by practicing Weight Watchers. Vegetarians can eat cheese, where vegans and ME-gans do not. I know vegetarians who eat macaroni & cheese all the time, or grilled cheese sandwiches, even fettuccine Alfredo – that’s certainly not going to get you to thin street, nor will it keep you in optimal health – actually, it’s a good way to raise your cholesterol. But vegans, ME-gans, even raw foodists, don’t eat such things. They eat no animal at all, only healthy fats, and other natural goodness. One would think we’d all be thin eating this way, it’s simply not true for everyone; we’re all different. But I do believe these styles of eating are the healthiest.
There are many health benefits because of the higher content of fiber, folic acid, vitamins C and E, potassium, magnesium, and many phytochemicals and a fat content that is more unsaturated. Vegan & ME-gan diets contain less saturated fat and cholesterol and more dietary fiber. This is why we also have lower cholesterol & lower blood pressure, reducing risk of heart disease.
Recently someone said to me something along the lines as, “It’s not the food that heals, it’s just that eating right puts your body back to the way it was designed, therefore returning to a full powered immune system which will keep us healthy.” Yes, that’s true – couldn’t have said it better, but to me that is also confirming what I always say…
“Food can kill and food can heal
No matter how you prefer to explain it, say it, profess it, whatever…it all comes down to this…the right foods (healthy food) reset your body – I would say that’s healing it, wouldn’t you? And at the same time overeating can lead to obesity, which opens the door to symptoms, illness, disease and ultimately an early death, one that could have been avoided if we only would have changed our lifestyle and the way we eat. So, that to me also says “food kills,” right? Go ahead, some of you will argue that it’s not the food that killed us, it was the overeating. HELLO!!? Is anyone home?? That’s just circumvention, playing smoke and mirrors with words. Go sell crazy somewhere else!
Let me tell you, I don’t want potato chips in my house EVER AGAIN! God help me! There are times I crave salt, and every now and then I’ll buy a bag of chips, I like those kettle cooked ones. Oh my sweet Jesus! I can’t stop after one. I can’t stop after 10…it’s shameful! And then I have to deal with my guilt later, which causes me to be cranky and then my husband has to pay! LOL! My point? They are addicting! Yes, they are. Whatever chemical they use, causes the “devour me” effect. The ONLY way for me to deal with this is to avoid them all together.
Will-power has no power when it comes to eating these devilish things! Food kills, that’s all I’m saying…it leads us down the road of health ruin.
So why the craze with vegetarian, vegan, and ME-gan these days? I would say love of self, love of Mother Earth, Love of all animals, and the desire to live a life free of pain and disease. Oh…and don’t forget the flavors that abound with all these delicious foods!
I hope you consider a plant-based diet yourself and reap the goodness of the LORD! ME-gan love to you all…vegetarians, vegans, raw, ME-gans, and even to the ‘no-boundaries’ style of eaters! 🙂 May you find health and happiness!