Vegetarianism & Me

Some of my thoughts and info on health and Vegetarianism… Veggies

The typical response I’ve gotten from people in past when mentioning i’m a vegetarian is a horrified gasp followed by stuttering “Why!?? (weirdo)” haha. So feeling ambitious today, just having had my coffee 😛 i thought I’d write a post about it.

I’ve been a Vegetarian for half of my life now, birth to age 7 & then age 21 to 27. I’m not a typical ideal vegetarian as I eat seafood (non-farmed), eggs (free-range), and margerine. There are two main reasons in my experience that people engage in a vegetarian lifestyle, to improve physical health and prevent animal cruelty. Though I feel empathy for the conditions our society imposes on the cows, pigs, chickens, etc., my personal motivation is for physical health. There are so many health benefits to vegetarianism its rediculous and one would think obvious to want to adopt. While not an authority on Vegetarianism, I can speak from my experience and say that I have never felt better eating how I do now, I feel more energized, nutritionaly satified, I am never sick, my blood pressure is a low 110 over 60, my skin is clear, my hair is shiny, my BMI is a very healthy 19.6. Between ages 7 to 21 when i ate meat and milk and such I suffered chronic colds and unidentifiable sinus allergies, I was 20lbs heavier, low energy and felt sorta nauseous & bloated after meals, my skin wasn’t great either but, haha, I attribute that to teenage hormones. Speaking of hormones it disturbes me to see how many 8 and 9 year old girls have C & D cup breasts and are menstrating, it used to be just a few generations ago that puberty didnt come till 12 to 14 years of age. I blame the beef and dairy industry pumping mass amounts of hormones into the cows.

Its much easier to eat vegetarian nowadays then even 5 years ago. There are many products on the market which can be easily incorporated into your diet substituting meat without any loss of taste. In general at home Kevin and I use veggie/soy pepperoni on our pizza, veggie/soy ground ‘beef’ in our chili, spagetti sauce, and burrito wraps, we use veggie/soy cheese, veggie/soy bacon, and soy milk. When we buy eggs we buy free range, with margerine we buy low saturated fat cholesterol free. Our fruits and veggies we always try to buy organic especially if it is a thin skin fruit or veggie such as a tomato as they are more easily permeated by pesticides and chemicals.

Very good Veggie/Soy brands & products

  • Smart Balance® Light Buttery Spread with Flax Oil
  • Silk Soy Milk
  • Lightlife products
  • Kaas Soy Cheese
  • Yves products
  • Boca Products
  • Tofutti Cuties ‘ice-cream’ bars
  • Soy Delicious ‘ice-cream’
  • Benefits of Vegetarianism

  • Helps Prevent Cancer The Oxford Vegetarian Study, a 12 year study of 6,000 vegetarians and 5,000 meat-eaters, found cancer mortality to be 39% lower among vegetarians.
  • Helps Prevent Cariovascular disease – “An analysis of five prospective studies involving more than 76,000 subjects showed that death from ischemic heart disease was 31% lower among vegetarian men compared with nonvegetarian men and 20% lower among vegetarian women compared with nonvegetarian women .” American Dietetic Association
  • Helps prevent Obesity– Obesity is currently the 2nd highest cause of preventable death in America. Vegetarian diets are typically 25% lower in fat than meat-based diets.
  • Helps Prevent juvenile Allergies -“Cow’s milk is the number one cause of food allergies among infants and children.” American Gastroenterological Association “Besides humans (and domesticated animals who are fed by humans), no other species drinks milk beyond infancy or drinks the milk of another species. Cow’s milk is suited to the nutritional needs of calves, who—unlike human infants—have four stomachs and gain hundreds of pounds in a matter of months, sometimes weighing more than 1,000 pounds before their second birthdays.”
  • Helps prevent Osteoporosis-“According to a recent study in the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition (January, 2001;73(1):pgs.118-22) too much animal protein can contribute to rapid bone loss. More specifically, “a high ratio of dietary animal to vegetable protein increases the rate of bone loss and the risk of fracture in postmenopausal women”. –The Southern California Institute of Clinical Nutrition
  • A Few Links to great Vegetarian & Health Websites

  • http://www.peta.org
  • http://www.goveg.com
  • http://vegforlife.com
  • http://www.drweil.com
  • http://www.vegcooking.com
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