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Monday, December 31, 2012

Problems with being a vegetarian???

1. You aren't getting certain nutrients, particularly protein.

Fact: The average woman needs 46 grams of protein a day, and a one-cup serving of chickpeas gets you about a third of the way there. Problems creep up when you let simple carbs (white bread), sugars, and trans fats crowd out healthier choices. Nutritional advisers suggest: Focus on eating whole grains, legumes, nuts, fruits, and vegetables and you'll get everything you need—including protein.  In fact, vegetarian diets tend to have higher levels of fiber, magnesium, potassium, vitamins C and E , folate, carotenoids, flavonoids, and other phytochemicals.
2. It's a boring & repetitive, carb-rich diet.
Fact: Because they have to plan more carefully,  many vegetarians eat a wider variety of foods than their carnivore counterparts. Plan meals from the full spectrum of the food rainbow—veggies, fruits, grains, legumes, and nuts—and you'll never be bored
3. Veggie dishes tend to be high in carb & fat.
Fact: In restaurants  large amounts of flour were used to make ‘fake meat’ . These days, many flavorful ethnic cuisines deliver bold vegetarian flavors  via herbs and spices—and with far less fat, & carb. Besides you don’t have to order those “fake meat dishes”
5. You never really feel full.
Fact: If you're eating plenty of plant foods, you're loading up on fiber, the stuff that fills your belly and stifles the need to nosh soon after eating. And again, consuming legumes gives you enough hunger-satisfying protein.

Sunday, December 23, 2012

Argument against Vegetarian!!!

If you mention you want to be or you are a vegetarian, it’ll  trigger an automatic anti-vegetable defense system in some people. I don't know why the idea of a vegetarian diet is offensive, but most vegetarians would agree with me that some people simply will not pass up an opportunity to start an argument against vegetarianism. Ok I’m not totally turning into a full pledge veg ….

But it sure is  frustrating with  some  of these arguments, which are so ridiculous- it’s hilarious!!!!!
This one I’ve just heard from my bestie!!!!
Plants can feel too, you know.
 She argue that plants are able to feel pain and emotion too, so I'm being a hypocrite by torturing poor little bean spouts!!!!  Is this argument even sound ?  True is  Plants have no central nervous system, and most scientists agree that plants don't think or feel pain, although they do respond to stimuli. That being said, many vegetarians agree that the purposeless killing of anything is wrong, and that includes plants.
What about  nutrition??? You might not get enough from veg!
 In all fairness, this argument  is somewhat understandable because of the long-standing human belief that meat is essential for a good diet. In reality, meat-based diets are slowly becoming obsolete as researchers are uncovering how vegetarianism is a much healthier option.
Lots of people are suffering, don’t you think we should worry abt them first before animals????
Fact is a vegetarian diet consumes no more time, money, or effort than a meat-based diet. I realized this argument was just an excuse, since being a vegetarian has no effect on how much you can help other humans. For example, I would never deny help to an old lady crossing the street just because there are starving children in Africa!
 I have heard plenty of arguments against vegetarianism since I’m “thinking of” changing my diet. Some are understandable while others are completely ridiculous. Until now, I have yet to hear a single good reason for the average person not to consume a vegetarian diet.

Monday, December 17, 2012

Ever thought of going vegetarian?

Those who pursue it  are usually motivated by ethics  (e.g. not wanting animals to suffer) , the environment, or by health reasons (e.g. to increase longevity and vitality, as exemplified in studies of cultures that regularly consume fewer animal products).

 Plus  there’s a lot of evidence that a diet heavy in meat and dairy (especially non-organic) is connected to a wide range of diseases, including heart disease, stroke, cancer & other popular diseases.
For many concerned about the state of the environment, a vegan diet, which uses fewer resources, just makes sense. There is a ton of evidence from all kinds of researchers that agriculture and food production, particularly in animal agriculture, is the number one cause of climate change. It’s far worse than driving a car or having incandescent light bulbs.

So every time we have a meal, we can choose not to have meat that came from a factory farm, or to have local, organic tofu instead of chicken. They’re really easy changes to make.

For some, however, the appeal of a vegan diet is the promise of weight loss. Haha… & that will be  ME!!!!!!