Compelling Reasons To Avoid Meat

The reasons for avoiding meat in your diet are quite straightforward... most have to do with better health, easy weight maintenance, lower occurance of disease, better nutrition, more energy and feeling better. Some of the lesser know reasons are even more surprising... and interesting, especially the amount of resources necessary to feed and care for animals. More reasons to consider a vegan diet.

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  • Antioxidants protect against more than 60 diseases. Found mostly in fruit and vegetables. They destroy 'free radicals'.
  • A vegetarian diet can reduce cholesterol levels. (Cholesterol is linked to heart disease – fruit and vegetables contain none.) BMA
  • Vegetarians and vegans have higher intakes of folic acid than omnivores. BMA
  • A vegetarian diet meets all the nutritional needs of infants and adolescents. ADA/BMA
  • Vegetarians are no more likely to suffer anaemia than meat eaters. ADA/BMA
  • On irrigated land, 1lb of vegetables uses 25 gallons. 1lb of beef uses 5,214 gallons. University of California
  • More than 90 per cent of all agricultural land in Britain is used to feed animals
  • If Britain went vegetarian, less than half the farm land would be needed – vegan, less than a quarter! Reading University
  • Vegetarians often live longer and suffer less from several chronic diseases. ADA
  • Vegetarians have a much lower incidence of caesarean section. PCRM
  • Vegetarians are less likely to suffer strokes caused by coronary artery disease. BMA
  • Vegetarian diets have been successful in arresting and reversing severe coronary artery disease. ADA
  • Vegetarians have lower rates of obesity, coronary heart disease, high blood pressure, large bowel disorders, cancers and gallstones. BMA
  • Vegetarian diets offer disease protection because of lower saturated fat, cholesterol and animal protein and higher folates, antioxidant vitamins and plant nutrients. ADA
  • 95 per cent of all food poisoning comes from meat and animal products.
  • Cancer rates among vegetarians are 25-50 per cent less than non-vegetarians. PCRM
  • Vegetarians have half to three-quarters the risk of dying of heart disease compared to non-vegetarians. PCRM
  • Nearly all 650 million UK chickens are fed antibiotics daily. 72 million die from disease.
  • The world's 17 major fisheries are on the point of environmental collapse because of over-fishing.
  • It takes about 10kg of good quality plant protein – such as wheat and soya – to produce 1kg of meat protein.
  • 35 per cent of the world’s people can be fed on a meat-based diet. A plant diet could feed everyone – then plus some. Sir Crispin Tickell

The medical sources quoted are from some of the most prestigious in the world: BMA (British Medical Association); ADA (American Dietetic Association); WHO (World Health Organisation); PCRM (Physicians Committee for Responsible Medicine).


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The One Book For Advice on Eating Raw

Posted on September 17th, 2005 in eating,food,meals,organic,raw diet,recipes,vegan diet,weight loss by Vegan Raw Diet Advocate 1 Comment »

I often get asked what one book I would recommend for advice on eating raw and vegan.

Although there are many excellent resources, there are two I'd recommend today, you can choose the one best for your situation.

The first resource is The Garden Diet by Storm and Jinjee. Storm has been eating raw vegan for most of his life and you can see the benefits by just looking at him. His entire family is an inspiration. He and Jinjee share their research on the benefits of a raw vegan diet, their experiences along with delicious and easy to make recipes. One note, they don't use or recommend a dehydrator (often used by many raw foodists) so their recipes can be made and enjoyed simply and quickly. I would recommend their entire collection of ebooks which includes the Garden Diet, Anti-Aging, Raising Healthy Children, The Orange Juice Diet and several other related titles (ten in all). This collection is all meat, no fluff - direct and to the point. You get to know Storm and Jinjee throughout the books as well as learn about the benefits of a raw vegan lifestyle.

Note, this collection is in online and downloadable format. I would recommend downloading and then printing your copies for reading at your convenience. I've found that printing the recipes, hole punching, slipping them inside plastic sheet protectors and into a 3 ring binder works best for reference when preparing meals in your kitchen. Read more about the Garden Diet.

The second resource I recommend is the The Raw Food Detox Diet by Natalia Rose. Natalia offers a flexible and sensible approach to adding raw food to your diet. The background on the benefits is not extensive, but offers the main one, detoxification, as the primary reason for eating raw. By eliminating the buildup of toxic and unused waste from your system, you regain the balance your body needs. She focuses on elimination, and for good reason. If your system eliminates quickly and easily, there is no ongoing buildup to clog your system and it can deliver and use the nutrition your body needs. Natalia offers different levels of the raw food diet which may be helpful to some. She offers a good set of recipes, and a special section for children and family eating. She is flexible in her approach and offers a plan that most readers can relate to and follow easily. Compared to The Garden Diet, I would describe Natalia's book the "light" and introductory version of learning about how raw foods can benefit your health.

As much as I recommend the book, there are a few issues I don't agree with Natalia on.

First, she recommends the use of Splenda as a sweetner. I don't agree. Splenda (sucralose) is a man-made abomination that has been linked to dozens of health problems including enlarged kidneys and liver, migranes and reduced red blood cell count among others. Read more about the effects at Healthy Living Talk. So skip the Splenda and enjoy the rest of the book!

Second, Natalia doesn't specifically advocate a vegan diet. I believe the benefits outweigh the occassional eating of fish, meat or dairy products and although not for everyone, I highly recommend it. Once you get used to fresh, organic and raw foods, your body no longer craves the processed foods you ate in the past and instead craves more fresh, raw and nutrient dense foods.

This book is a hardback although also available in a download version from Amazon.

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May your journey to enjoying fresh, raw foods be filled with health and happiness!

All the best for your health,

Mark

Are You Dressing In Chemicals Today?

Posted on September 13th, 2005 in clothing,organic,toxins by Vegan Raw Diet Advocate Comments Off on Are You Dressing In Chemicals Today?

Along with a diet rich in fresh, organically grown foods, consideration should be given to the clothes you wear as well. Not only for the fact that your skin is in constant contact with your clothing, but also for the way certain fabrics are made and their impact on our environment.