A person once asked me a beautiful question, what advice would you give to anyone starting a vegetarian diet?
I felt so honored and proud to be able to answer such a question. I also felt an obligation to answer it correctly, so that my friend could be filled with truthful knowledge.
There are many reasons to consider a plant-based diet, and I would like to share three primary ones with you.
Firstly, it is important to recognize that a plant-based diet is what nature intended for our bodies. Our bodies are designed to thrive on a diet rich in fruits, vegetables, whole grains, and legumes, and consuming these foods can help us achieve optimal health and wellness.
Secondly, there is a great deal of evidence to suggest that a plant-based diet can have a profound impact on our overall well-being and longevity. By choosing to eat compassionately and avoiding animal products, we can reduce our risk of chronic diseases, such as heart disease, diabetes, and certain types of cancer.
Finally, it is worth noting that there is a spiritual and emotional component to our food choices. When we consume animal products, we are participating in a system that involves the exploitation and suffering of sentient beings. Choosing to eat a plant-based diet can help us align our actions with our values and can have a positive impact on our overall consciousness and mental health.
While these benefits may be difficult to quantify using science and math, they are nonetheless important and worthy of consideration. I hope that this information is helpful as you consider your dietary choices.
This expression is not only fun, but also critical because a plant-based diet is much better for our planet. The industrial animal trade is devastating to our ecology at this scale. We are polluting the planet and chopping down trees at an alarming rate to make room for the animal harvesting industry, which still fails to adequately feed the human species. Collectively, we are nourished, but not ideally and not to our full potential. The earth is a garden of Eden for edible plant life, and we should prioritize a plant-based diet for a healthier planet.
Most creatures will eventually evolve to become herbivores. However, there will always be carnivores on Earth who are limited by their evolutionary design to hunt and kill other sentient beings for food. While these creatures are perfectly adapted to their physical environment, we must acknowledge that their actions are driven by their instincts and survival needs.
As intelligent beings, we run the risk of subjugating others for our own needs. The aggression triggered by hunting for food becomes embedded in our consciousness, leading to a cycle of violence and suffering. We must recognize that we are a species with a capacity for both compassion and violence, and strive towards a future where we prioritize the well-being of all living beings and the environment. Perhaps one day, the most powerful creatures on Earth will only consume plants, and the environment will thrive once again.
Humans are endowed with free will, which is an evolutionary test to see if we are smart enough to make the right choices for our survival. I firmly believe that one of the best choices we can make for our survival is to adopt a plant-based diet.
When in doubt about what to eat, simply make sure you're getting enough calories throughout the day and reach for an apple. They're truly amazing. Fill your afternoons with green, leafy salads and start your mornings with ripe, juicy fruit. Don't worry about protein, because unless you're trying to grow taller or bulk up, you can easily get enough protein from a well-planned plant-based diet.
By choosing a plant-based diet, we can improve our health, reduce our environmental impact, and contribute to a more compassionate world. So let's exercise our free will and make the right choices for ourselves and our planet.
Eating broccoli, spinach, and aquatic vegetables like seaweed can provide a wealth of nutrients for our bodies. To increase the absorption rate of these nutrients, try taking deep, long breaths while you eat so that the oxygen mixes with the amino acids in the food.
Being mindful and focused while eating can be a challenge, but it's an important part of cultivating a healthy relationship with food. There are many vegan tricks and tips out there, and many greater masters to learn from than myself.
I wish you all the best on your journey towards a more plant-based diet and a healthier, more compassionate lifestyle.