Vegetarian diets have been gaining popularity -- but, bottom line, what are the true benefits of the vegetarian lifestyle?
I've chosen to share an article with you that's broad enough to give an overview of vegetarianism without being too overwhelming. It's by the Physician Committee for Responsible Medicine (PCRM), and shares some fascinating information. You'll learn how transitioning to a vegetarian diet can dramatically lower your risk of cancer, help you beat heart disease, and result in lower blood pressure, lower risk of gallstones, kidney stones, diabetes, osteoporosis, asthma, and more! Click here to read the article.
As I was researching this topic, I stumbled upon something written by a man named Plutarch who lived a LONG time ago (AD 46 - 120). I was stunned and amused by what he had to say! I didn't think the ancients gave any thought to animal rights or to not eating meat... "For that man is not, by nature, carnivorous is proved, in the first place, by the external frame of his body--seeing that to none of the animals designed for living on flesh has the human body any resemblence. He has no curved beak, no sharp talons or claws, no pointed teeth... On the contrary, by the smoothness of his teeth, the small capacity of his mouth, the softness of his tongue, and the sluggishness of his digestive apparatus. Nature sternly forbids him to feed on flesh." Plutarch (c. AD 46 - c. 120) To read the whole article by Plutarch, click here.
Here are a few other quotes I found interesting:
'If slaughterhouses had glass walls, everyone would be a vegetarian." Paul McCartney
"Why does Sea World have a seafood restaurant? I'm halfway through my fishburger and I realize, Oh my! I could be eating a slow learner!" Lynda Montgomery
"Animals are becoming more diseased and it will not be long until animal food will be discarded by many besides Seventh-day Adventists. Foods that are healthful and life sustaining are to be prepared, so that men and women will not need to eat meat." Ellen White
We will revisit this topic periodically and focus on specific aspects of vegetarianism. In the meantime, why do you eat what you eat? Habit? Taste? Convenience? Nutritional Value? Sometimes we eat what we eat simply because we've never really thought about it. I hope you're open to thinking about it. Stay tuned... we'd like to give your mind something to chew on!
The China Study
by T. Colin Campbell, PhD & Thomas M. Campbell II
The most comprehensive study of nutrition ever conducted... startling implications for diet, weight loss, and long-term health.
No More Bull
by Howard Lyman
In 1996, when Howard F Lyman warned America on The Oprah Winfrey Show that Mad Cow Disease was coming to America, offended cattlemen sued him & Oprah both. Not only were Lyman & Oprah vindicated in court, but events have proved many of Lyman's predictions absolutely right. Mad Cow Disease has come to America, and Lyman argues persuasively in No More Bull! that the problem will only grow more deadly until our govenrment deals with it seriously.
by Howard Lyman
Plain truth from the Cattle Rancher who won't eat meat... Persuasive, straightforward, and full of down-home good humor, it's both an inspirational story of personal transformation and a convincing call to action for a plant-based diet--for the good of the planet and the health of us all.
The Seventh-day Diet
by Chris Rucker
A practical plan to apply the Adventist lifestyle to live longer, healthier, and slimmer in the 21st century.
Oat Pecan Burgers
Recipe taken from The Seventh-day Diet
These have a better flavor than most vegetarian burgers and a much better texture. If you want to make smaller amount, cut the recipe in half:
4 cups water
1/2 cup Bragg's Liquid Aminos
(or soy sauce)
1/3 cup canola oil
1 cup chopped pecans or walnuts
1/4 cup nutritional yeast flakes
2 teaspoons garlic powder
1 tablspoon dried sweet basil
2 teaspoons onion powder
1 teaspoon Bakon seasoning
1 teaspoon ground coriander
1 teaspoon dried sage
4 cups rolled oats
Place all ingredients except rolled oats in a large pan, stir well,and bring to a slow boil over medium-low heat. Stir in rolled oats and immediately remove from heat. Cover and set aside to cool.
Preheat oven to 350. Form oat mixture
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