I'm a Vegetarian Because...
There are many good reasons to be a vegetarian and
we'll discuss some of them here. We'll begin with what 99%
of the 1996 survey respondents list as the major reason for their
being vegetarian - health.
Americans cannot escape the information coming from
research regarding diet and health. The media, medical professionals,
and experiences relayed by friends and associates tell us that
diet is a factor in heart disease, osteoporosis, stroke, obesity,
diabetes, high blood pressure, atherosclerosis, dental disease,
cancer, and gastrointestinal diseases.
Saturated fats and cholesterol originating from animal
products promote the development of diseases because the body
has a difficult time moving fat and cholesterol through the bloodstream.
The bloodstream is the avenue for getting nutrients throughout
the body. Some imagery may help to understand how this works.
Think of your veins and arteries as roads by which
nutrients enter and wastes exit the body. Think of meat as a slow
moving vehicle within your system. It runs hot and slow, spewing
black smoke from the muffler. Faster, sleeker vehicles (nutrients
without fat and cholesterol) have to pass it to get where they
have to go. Each time you eat, you contribute to the traffic on
your body's roadways. When you ingest meat, you not only put a
"lemon" on the road, slowing up the traffic, but the
"lemon" takes its toll on the road itself. The body
works harder to digest meat. It takes what nutrients can be
used and pushes the remains on. These remains leave debris
(plaque) on the road (arterial walls).
Some people put so many lemons on their internal
road systems, they have major traffic jams - disease. Sometimes
roads have to close and alternate routes bear increased nutrient
traffic. So, why are you a vegetarian? Maybe to prevent so
much stress on the body's roadways. Health experts recommend
you increase your intake of vegetables, fruit, and whole grains
for optimum health. Plant-based diets are lower in total fat than
animal-based diets. The bodies of vegetarians who adhere to a
balanced diet seem to absorb vital nutrients better than others.
They generally have lower rates of the above-mentioned diseases
and higher energy levels. The body doesn't send out flares when
its roads begin to deteriorate. It sends in repair cell crews.
It rides around the lemons and deposits of fat sludge on the side
of the road stoically and successfully for years. But as the traffic
becomes dense, and the roads continue to deteriorate, good cell
crews cannot reach areas in need and a major illness develops.
Disease doesn't have to be the great awakener to a healthy diet.
Learning to nourish your body without meat is a great start.
Being a member of VSSJ puts you in the company of
others who care about their health. If you need information,