Why Be A Vegetarian?
We tend to forget that the meat we eat at our dinner table was actually the body of an animal. That means that it was subject to the same things humans are subject to, like disease, pesticide poisoning, pollution and the effects of its own bodily wastes. When we consume an animal, we also consume those diseases, toxins and wastes. There are many diseases in hogs, sheep and cattle and over two dozen diseases in poultry that humans can directly contract. These include tuberculosis, influenza, samonellosis, undulant fever, and many more.
The large amount of disease prevalent in modern farm animals is due to the facts of over-breeding, inbreeding, stress and overpopulation that are common in modern “factory fanning.” The animals are fed excessive amounts of fats, drugs and chemical additives, which deteriorate their internal organs. Frequently, farmers slaughter their animals to prevent their death due to diseases such as mastises, foot-and-mouth disease, terminal fevers, tumors and tuberculosis. In fact, tumors are routinely cut away at the slaughterhouse or butcher shop from hogs, sheep, cattle and poultry, and the rest of the meat is then passed on to the consumer.
The Healthy Vegetarian
All wellness experts agree that we all should eat a balanced and varied diet, and a more plant based diet is known to keep people younger longer. Transitioning to a vegetarian diet brings better health and provides more energy and vitality.
We are also told to eat whole, fresh foods and stay away from highly processed foods in packages and cans as well as frozen. We need the live enzymes from fresh foods to oxygenate our bodies. The best way to get all the minerals, vitamins and nutrients you need to be healthy is to eat a wide range of different foods.
The Ayurvedic Lifestyle
Ayurveda is the oldest holistic system of mind-body healing and health maintenance in the world. It is deeply spiritual in its origin. It began in India over five thousand years ago and is still widely used there. The word combines two Sanskrit words for “life” and “science” or “knowledge.” It is a complete medicinal system and emphasizes the importance of the mind in affecting the health of the body. Balance is a key concept. For your body to be free of disease, your mind must be in balance, and that balance will naturally extend to the body. This balance includes your diet, which is considered to be the basis of good health.