Healthy Vegetarian Diet – Why Become A Vegetarian Or Vegan?

Here are some thoughts on why one should seriously think on stopping to eat meat or animal products in general, and starting a healthy vegetarian diet.

I hope that I can make you “think” a bit about this.

Most people just don’t know all the consequences involved in eating animal products, they are just not aware of it.

 

So I hope this article will be read by someone who is curious about this topic, and starts to think by himself. Assimilate what I am going to tell you, do your own research on-line, listen to your heart and conscience.

vegan pyramid
Vegan Food Pyramid

 

Then take action in taking on a healthy vegetarian diet.

  • With a healthy vegetarian diet, especially when you reduce drastically all animal products, you just feel better. You are more energetic, less tired, you are not overweight. You are more clear in your mind, and you are more peaceful, less anxiety.  All in all, you just feel better.
  • Vegetarians and vegans usually live 7 -15 years longer, and that with almost no heart diseases nor diabetes. Less infections or other heavy diseases. And if you should have a heavy disease, the recuperation time is much less.
  • It’s natural to have a healthy vegetarian diet. Our bodies are not made to eat flesh at all. If you compare us with animals that are vegetarian and with the ones that eat meat, you will see that we are clearly made the same way as the vegetarian animals.
  • Do you really want to be responsible for the killing and suffering of animals? Just because you “like” eating them? Studies have shown again and again that we don’t need to eat meat. You can’t argue anymore that we need meat or other animal products to “survive”.
  • “God tells us that animals are there to be eaten.” Please, don’t just repeat what others tell you. Read about it yourself, find out what the original text of the bible tells you.

You will be amazed what you will find out. Why do you think that there are so many Christians who are vegetarian? They are not fanatics; they know their scripture, that’s all.

With a healthy vegetarian diet you will feel better, in all aspects.

And that is what we want right? We all want to do the right thing.

Don’t be afraid that you will be missing out on something.

The vegetarian world has a greater variety of dishes then the meat world. You will be amazed about the different tastes that you will experience with a healthy vegetarian diet.

Your taste-buds will change slowly and you will be able to taste the food a lot better. “You will enjoy more the food”, really, believe me, this is true.

This diet is very good for babies as seen here: http://surrogateparenting.com/surrogate-mother/ it helps you keep healthy.

Here is a really nice video that shows from all aspects why a healthy vegetarian diet is a good choice (animal cruelty, benefits for the planet, benefits for your health, etc.)

An all round look at why vegetarianism is the best thing you could do for you, the planet and animals. No grotesque pictures, just rational information.

 

 

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Healthy Vegetarian Diet – Avocado: Tasty and Healthy

To include avocado into your Healthy Vegetarian Diet is something you should really consider.

 

I just love it: it really tastes good, very nutritious and you can use it in a variety of ways. It is always easy to prepare.

The avocado (Persea americana) is as a tree native in the Caribbean, Mexico, South America and Central America (and some temperate ones, such as California). 

Avocado or alligator pear also refers to the fruit of the tree, which may be green-skinned, pear-shaped, egg-shaped or spherical.

They actually ripen after you take them of the tree. Usually when you buy them in a store they are still hard. They need a few days to ripen until you can enjoy them in your Healthy Vegetarian Diet.

 

They are fine, when they are soft.

To speed up the process, you can rap each one that you have in a piece of newspaper, paper bag or you put them together with other fruits (fruit basket) such as apples or bananas, because of the influence of ethylene gas.

If you should have some that are ripe already, and you want to wait to eat them, just put them in the fridge (plastic bag, wrap with plastic wrap, or place on a plate and cover with plastic wrap), that will slow down the process.

If you have cut of a part, because you don’t want to eat the whole avocado, then leave the seed with it (a little secret from my wife, Cecilia), put some lime or lemon on the exposed parts, and then into the fridge with it.

Avocados are very good to use in a Healthy Vegetarian Diet, because, as I said before: they are very healthy.

Take a look at this;

Avocados are high in valuable fats and appear to have a beneficial effect on blood serum levels. For a typical avocado:

  • Avocados also have 60% more potassium than bananas. They are rich in B vitamins, as well as vitamin E and vitamin K.
  • Avocados have a high fiber content among fruits – including 75% insoluble and 25% soluble fiber.
  • A fatty triol (fatty alcohol) with one double bond, avocadene (16-heptadecene-1,2,4-triol), is found in avocado.

High avocado intake has been shown to have a beneficial effect on blood serum cholesterol levels.

Specifically, after a seven-day diet rich in avocados, hypercholesterolemia patients showed a 17% decrease in total serum cholesterol levels.

These subjects also showed a 22% decrease in both LDL (harmful cholesterol) and triglyceride levels and 11% increase in HDL (helpful cholesterol) levels. 

Additionally a Japanese team synthesised the four chiral components and identified (2R, 4R)-16-heptadecene-1, 2, 4-triol as the natural antibacterial component.

Wikipedia

So, as you can see, they have a certain “fat” that is good, if I can say this in simple way.

Don’t worry, you will not gain weight with avocado.

Because of all the “goodies” it has inside, you should try to eat an avocado, or half of one, as much as possible.

There are different types of avocados.

They vary in size, texture and taste. You will just have to try them for your self, which ones you like.

I like the ones best that have a real creamy texture.You can eat them in different ways.

You can slice them up in the middle, from the top to the bottom, take out the seed, and with a spoon slightly slice a way any brown parts.

Now you can eat it as it is, or put some salt on it, maybe with some olive oil.

You can also cut the avocado into small pieces and put them add them to your salad.

Smear it onto bread, like a pasta, add some salt or olive oil, tastes really good.

Here is an interesting recipe that you can include in your Healthy Vegetarian Diet;

Avocado and Banana Pudding

Ingredients:  1 ripe avocado, de-stoned 1 ripe banana, peeled 1 tablespoon maple syrup a little vanilla soy drink for consistency mixed nuts to garnish

Directions: Peel the banana, cut it into chunks and do the same with the avocado, also removing the stone.

Add the maple syrup and vanilla soy drink.

Blend, garnish with nuts and enjoy

Serves: 1 greedy or 2 normal portions

Preparation time: 5 minutes

This recipe I have found on Vegweb.com

Here is the link to other avocado recipes from them: Avocado Recipes

So, I hope you have enjoyed this article, and if you have never tried avocado before, then I hope you will try it and include it into your Healthy Vegetarian Diet as much as possible.

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Quinoa-Food from the Gods

I always knew that Quinoa is something for a Healthy Vegetarian Diet.

After researching for this article: I am even more convinced about this!

It really is “Food from the Gods”!

Originally from the South American Andes, the legend goes that a fox went to heaven and stole the Quinoa from the Gods.

Upon returning, the sacred bird named “Kullku”, wanted to take it away from him and give it to the people.

In due course of a fight all the Quinoa was scattered over the earth. The Gods were not mad and left it then for their children.

 

It was actively suppressed, due to its status within indigenous non-Christian ceremonies.

In fact, the conquistadors forbade Quinoa cultivation for a time and the Incas were forced to grow wheat instead.

It became a minor crop at that time and was grown only by peasants in remote areas for local consumption.

The Natives say that when people consume Quinoa it will give the body more stamina and will increase physical abilities.

Eating Quinoa will also help someone get into a deeper spiritual place when meditating.

A sweetened decoction is also used medicinally, as an application for sores and bruises.

Besides the “legend”, Quinoa originated in the Andean region of South America, about 6000 years ago.

It is being grown in Peru, Chile and Bolivia. It is also being grown now in the U.S. and Canada.

You can find Quinoa usually in almost every health food store.

It may be a bit difficult in some areas to find it though. In that case I would suggest to order it online.

I would say one of the easiest ways to to this is on Amazon.com: Order Quinoa online here

Why did the Incas consider Quinoa sacred? Besides that they saw it as a present of their creators, as food from their Gods, it is highly nutritional!

Quinoa is one of the precious few vegetable sources of a complete protein complement.

The protein in Quinoa is considered to be a complete protein due to the presence of all 8 essential amino acids.

Some types of wheat come close to matching Quinoa’s protein content, but grains such as barley, corn, and rice generally have less than half the protein of Quinoa.

Quinoa is 12% to 18% protein and four ounces a day, about 1/2-cup, will provide a child’s protein needs for one day.

It is a good source of dietary fiber and phosphorus and is high in magnesium and iron, it is also a relatively good source of vitamin E and several of the B vitamins.

Quinoa is gluten-free and is considered easy to digest. Quinoa is especially good for Children, people who want to loose weight and those that have migraine headaches, atherosclerosis and diabetes.

 

To be honest, when I first added Quinoa in my Healthy Vegetarian Diet I was not happy about the taste.

For me it tasted like nothing. It did have a kind of “nutty” taste though.

The thing is, that you have to prepare it in a nice way, with a sauce containing vegetables or you just ad it to a soup, salad or any dish you like.

Because the taste being almost neutral, this is easy to do.

Now that I know these things, thanks to my wife Cecilia, I really do like eating it.

The consistency is great, and it really is easily prepared.

Usually you don’t need more then 20 minutes to prepare a great tasty dish. 

Now if you combine what the natives and the science of the west say, you really can see how beneficial Quinoa is for ones Healthy Vegetarian Diet.

I would suggest to include Quinoa at least 3 times a week into your diet. 

Here are some links to some great recipes;

 

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