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.

Source: Urban75 and Viva

  • 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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Watch The Fats

Posted on November 27th, 2005 in Uncategorized by Vegan Raw Diet Advocate Comments Off on Watch The Fats

As one transitions to the raw/vegan lifestyle, the tendency to overeat fats, mostly in the form of nuts is quite common.

It’s understandable to eat large amounts of nuts when transitioning… they are more “filling” than fruits and vegetables and satisfy the hunger as your body adjusts.

In the long term, this can lead to many problems. In his book, The Raw Secrets, Frederic Patenaude describes this in detail and offers alternatives to avoid the difficulties and make the necessary adjustments. A full review of his book is coming up.

Many leading raw food proponents recommend a 80/10/10 ratio… 80% carbs, 10% protein and 10% fats.

In my experience, the urge to eat larger amounts of fat diminishes over time. Eating an adequate amount of fruits and vegetables along with seeds makes up most of your daily intake, satisfies you and lets you happily keep your intake of nuts to a minimum.

Keep it healthy and raw!

Mark
The Vegan / Raw Diet

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Potluck Anyone?

Posted on November 13th, 2005 in Uncategorized by Vegan Raw Diet Advocate Comments Off on Potluck Anyone?

When transitioning to a raw food diet, meeting others that are raw or transitioning can be quite helpful. In fact some will say it’s essential to thriving with raw food living.

Where do you find link-minded individuals interested in raw foods in your area?

One of the better places is at a raw food potluck dinner. I just attended my first potluck here in Phoenix, AZ and not only were the dishes delicious, those that I met were interesting and a pleasure to get to know. One of the important, although often overlooked parts of transitioning to a raw food lifestyle is the social aspect. You needn’t be alone. Meeting others that share a passion for better health and whole, living foods is not only fun, but helps many stay with the lifestyle, answer questions, share personal experiences and make friends that are like-minded.

A great place to find raw food events in your area is at MeetUp.com. Just look for your city and then search for either raw food or vegetarian/vegan events. MeetUp.com lists thousands of events for all sorts of interests and hobbies, and they’re adding more every day.

Go find a potluck in your area and enjoy the raw delights!

Mark
Vegan / Raw Diet

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Here’s What We’re Eating Today – 11/03

Posted on November 3rd, 2005 in Uncategorized by Vegan Raw Diet Advocate Comments Off on Here’s What We’re Eating Today – 11/03

This is a colorful and delicious italian style recipe – Raw Ratatouille! It’s fast and easy to make, great for a filling fall dinner.

Here’s what you’ll need:

1 Avocado
2 Tomatoes
1/4 cup of Cilantro (optional)
2 cloves of Garlic
1 Squash
1 Tblsp Raw Tahini
1 Tsp Raw Honey
Celtic Sea Salt to taste

Here’s how you make it:

Chop up all vegetables and put in serving bowl. In a separate bowl, add tahini, honey and celtic sea salt. Mix well. Top the vegetables with this thick and tasty dressing! Serves 2.

The dressing can also be used for other dishes, including salads.

Inspired by Storm and Jinjee from their Garden Diet series.

Enjoy!

Mark
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