Advantages of Being Vegetarian Weight
Advantages of Being Vegetarian Weight think about it, have you ever seen a fat vegetarian? Not. In fact, for most of us, vegetarianism is almost synonymous with lean and healthy, isn’t it? (“Vegetarians: Weight Loss and Vegetarianism”) And when do you start any diet, what is the first thing the experts tell you? It is to increase the amounts of vegetables you are eating and to eat limited amounts of meat, especially high-fat red meat and pork. (“Vegetarian”)
“And what happens when you resume your old eating habits?” (“weight loss program”) The weight will come right back on. Even the greatest willpower cannot overcome the unhealthy effects of eating highfat meat.
When you eat a diet that is higher in dietary fiber, that is primarily if not vegetarian, you are naturally healthier. You are feeding your body and getting it the nutrition; it needs to run efficiently. You have more energy and stamina; you wake up more easily and more refreshed. It is easier to exercise, because you are not so weighed down by digesting the high fat and excessive protein that comes from eating a carnivorous diet. (“weight loss program”)
Many diets fail because we think of them as depriving ourselves of food we love. The trick is to change that thinking. There are so many compelling reasons to eliminate meat from our diet, so why not forget about losing weight? Focus instead on eating healthier or eating in a way that is in balance with the earth, and that does not need to subsist on the suffering of animals. (“Vegetarianism: Weight Loss and Vegetarianism”) You will find you will start to lose weight without even thinking about it!
And when you do lose weight, so many other health risks can fall by the wayside as well. You will find your blood pressure falls into a healthier range and your risk for Type II diabetes can decrease. (“Healthy Debt Diet”) You will look better and feel better and never go back to your old ways of eating!
You know that eating a vegetarian diet can decrease the incidence of heart disease and certain types of cancers. You also know that it can make you leaner and healthier. But so many of the health studies are done on men? What about women and the impact of a vegetarian diet on their health as they age? (“Getting Calcium on Your Vegetarian Diet – Streetdirectory”)
Diets that are high in protein, especially animal protein, tend to cause the body to excrete more calcium, oxalate, and uric acid. These three substances are the main components of urinary tract stones. British researchers have advised that persons with a tendency to form kidney stones should follow a vegetarian diet. The American Academy of Family Physicians notes that high animal protein intake is responsible for the high prevalence of kidney stones in the United States and other developed countries and recommends protein restriction for the prevention of recurrent kidney stones. (“OSTEOPOROSIS”)
For many of the same reasons, vegetarians are at a lower risk of osteoporosis. Since animal products force calcium out of the body, eating meat can promote bone loss. In nations with vegetable diets (and without dairy product consumption), osteoporosis is less common than in the U.S., even when calcium intake is also less than in the U.S. Calcium is important, but there is no need to get calcium from dairy products.
We continue to consume meat, while at the same time downing calcium supplements and prescription drugs to prevent osteoporosis, that often have drastic side effects. And most experts agree that calcium supplements are inferior to calcium derived from natural food sources. Doesn’t it make more sense (and cents) to get your calcium from eating a healthier diet? (“Getting Calcium on Your Vegetarian Diet – Streetdirectory”)
What are some good vegetarian sources of calcium? Orange juice, for one. Dry beans, such as black-eyed peas, kidney beans and black beans are another reliable source, as are dark leafy vegetables such as broccoli and kale. (“I Want to Become a Vegetarian – What About Osteoporosis?”) Tofu is also a thorough source of calcium.
Humans Did Not Always Eat Meat
Do you ever think about how far we have diverted from the path of our pre-historic ancestors, and they are eating patterns? Consider how the earliest humans evolved, and what they ate. (“Humans Are Not Made To Eat Meat – Kind To The Earth”) They were hunter-gatherers and did not evolve with the characteristics of carnivores. Humans are not made to tear animals apart and eat their flesh. When you look at carnivorous animals, such as wild cats, you can see their teeth are designed to rip and tear, not chew. (“Ancestors healthy eating habits – Veggies Life – Be Vegetarian”)
Humans evolved from vegetarian creatures. Even our digestive systems are not particularly suited to eating meat. (“Ancestors healthy eating habits – Veggies Life – Be Vegetarian”) Eating meat is a recent development in human history, born of opportunity and necessity. Earliest man observed carnivores eating meat, and if they could not find any of the natural foods they were used to eating, such as vegetables, berries, nuts, and grains, then they might have assumed that eating meat would at least sustain life.
But initially we emulated the creatures we evolved from, herbivores like apes. Even to a prehistoric mind, apes would have looked like man, walking primarily upright, with arms and hands. (“Humans did not always eat meat (be a vegan, part 2 | My …”) We naturally would have foraged for our food, eating roots and berries, fruits, and nuts. We would have watched the apes’ peeling bananas or crushing nuts on stones to get at the meat of the nut.
“We would have been living more moment-to-moment, constantly foraging for food.” (“You are what you eat – Change Your Life Too”) Hunting requires thought and planning. Eating meat requires preparation and most importantly, fire. Until man discovered fire, he was primarily vegetarian, living in what was the natural order of things. Vegetarian eating is a more natural way of eating, in addition to being healthier. It is a way that is in balance with the planet and does not seek to dominate it and conquer it. (“Humans Are Not Made to Eat Meat – Kind to the Earth”)
Best Wishes, Coyalita
Behavioral Health Rehabilitative Specialist
See Tomorrow: “Spirituality”
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