Please note that I use vegetarian and vegan interchangeably. VEGETARIANS by natural definition are those that eat VEGETATION. These are
By definition, VEGANS do not eat any animal products: NO DAIRY, BEEF, PORK,CHICKEN, FISH, EGGS, HONEY (some do). Many vegans also do not wear or use anything that comes from an animal. There are many that are VEGAN in food consumption, yet still wear leather, etc. Rather than have to explain these things to people, request VEGAN food when in doubt if you want to avoid any of the above.
I AM NOT A LICENSED NUTRITIONIST OR DIETICIAN. THE INFORMATION IN THIS BLOG IS BASED ON PERSONAL EXPERIENCE, TO SERVE AS AN EXAMPLE OF AN ALTERNATIVE TO THE SAD. BEFORE MAKING ANY CHANGES TO YOUR DIET, FASTING, CLEANSING, USING HERBS AND SUPPLEMENTS, CONFER WITH A LICENSED NUTRITIONIST, DIETICIAN OR PHYSICIAN.
The problems are evident, so I will focus on solutions. How can you modify your diet to incorporate healthier, moor balanced and vegetarian food choices? Here are a few things that I have applied to my life with great success:
1. Drink more water. Pure, spring water, alkaline water (Kangen), artesian well water. Reserve distilled water for fasting/cleansing purposes. Increase your daily intake of water. Proper hydration is KEY and a cornerstone of good health.
2. Limit or eliminate consumption of : WHITE FLOUR, WHITE RICE, WHITE SUGAR, IODIZED SALT. These items, not calling them foods, are heavily processed and lack nutritive value, even when enriched. The natural vitamins and minerals are BLEACHED out, then "enriched". Sounds like
3. Get at least 30 minutes of cardiovascular/heart rate raising exercise per day.
4. Incorporate meditation, breathing exercises, quiet reflection, prayer, etc. daily for mental/spiritual balance. Even five minutes of one of these daily can work wonders.
5. Look into proper food combining and the difference between alkaline and acid foods.
6. Include a regimen of fasting on a weekly, monthly, seasonal basis. Give your body/temple/vessel a break from working constantly to DIGEST food. Fasting reverses the aging process.
By now, you're probably asking "Ok staHHr, what CAN I eat then?"
Many cultures globally have diets that do not rely heavily on the consumption of animal flesh or by-products. Here are a few of my favorites:
NORTH/WEST/EAST AFRIKAN AND MEDITERRANEAN FOOD
You can usually find these and many more dairy, egg and animal flesh-free options at a Mediterranean restaurant.
Afrikan groundnut (peanut) stew is one of my all time faves. Served over fufu and coupled with akara (black eyed pea fritters) or spinach is a complete and delicious veggie meal.