Friday, December 05, 2008

Benefits of Eating Vegetarian

What are the benefits of eating vegetarian?

There are numerous benefits and you can read just some of them below:

1. Health Benefits
Numerous studies have shown that those who follow a vegetarian diet have a reduced risk of certain health problems. In particular a vegetarian diet has been shown to reduce the risk of heart disease, colon cancer, diabetes and strokes. The consumption of many vegetarian foods such as grains, pulses, fruit and vegetables have health promoting properties such as helping to reduce the risk of cancer. On the other hand consumption of meat, especially red meat can increase the risk of certain diseases such as coronary heart diseases. (1)

2. Easier to Digest
Eating meat is more difficult for the body to digest. Meat stays in the stomach for longer and is more time consuming to digest. Switching to a vegetarian diet will see a noticeable improvement in ease of digestion. By eating only vegetarian foods a person will feel less lethargic after eating a meal.

3. Better for the environment.
Producing vegetarian foods is less intensive on the environment than looking after livestock. Animals require a higher % of land space and attention to give a corresponding output of food. With global warming threatening the availability of farming land, this point may become increasingly important. A vegetarian diet places less strain on environmental resources.

4. Consciousness of Vegetarian foods.
Many spiritual traditions promote vegetarianism because it is a beneficial complement to spiritual practices like meditation. Different food types embody different vibrations. Meat embodies the consciousness of animals; this consciousness is more restless and aggressive. By eating this type of food the animal qualities of the meat will be transferred to some extent to the person eating the food. This has an effect on their subtle nerves and makes meditation more difficult.

"When we eat meat and fish, the aggressive, animal consciousness enters into us. Our nerves become agitated; they become restless and aggressive, and this can interfere with our meditation. " (2)
By contrast vegetarian foods do not have this restlessness, they have a mild and peaceful vibration. This is a significant benefit of a vegetarian diet for those who practise meditation.

5. Less Cruelty to Animals.
Many become vegetarians because they don't like the idea of animals being unnecessarily killed. Modern farming methods often lead to poor conditions, where the welfare of the animals is not at the forefront. Being vegetarian avoids the promotion of animal cruelty.
References

(1) http://www.vegetarian-nutrition.info/updates/vegetarian_diets_health_benefits.php
(2) http://www.srichinmoylibrary.com/sri-chinmoy-primer/5.html Vegetarian Diet by Sri Chinmoy

About the Author
Tejvan became interested in meditation and eastern mysticism whilst studying at University in Oxford. After studying various spiritual traditions he became a meditation student of Sri Chinmoy. Tejvan now offers meditation classes on behalf of the Sri Chinmoy Centre in Oxford. http://srichinmoybio.co.uk/

Hopefully you now have a good idea of just some of the benefits of eating vegetarian.

Sunday, August 31, 2008

Vegetarian Lasagne Recipe

Are you looking for a good veggie lasagne recipe? Look no further, here is a tasty and easy to make recipe for vegetarian lasagna. It is ideal for dinner parties as you van prepare it in advance, even the day before and just pop it in the oven.

Ingredients:
For the filling:
2 courgettes halved and sliced
2 red peppers diced
1 large onion or red onion chopped
10-15 mushrooms
3 cloves of garlic
1 tablespoon of olive oil
1 tin of tomatoes
1 teaspoon of italian seasoning
2 vegetable stock cubes
9-10 lasange sheets


For the cheese sauce:
600ml of milk
30g of butter
35g of plain flour
50g grated cheese
salt, pepper and nutmeg to tast


To make the filling
1) Heat the olive oil in a pan and gently fry the onions and garlic until soft
2) Add the peppers, mushrooms and courgettes and fry for around 5 minutes
3) Add the tin of tomatoes and Italian Seasoning
4) Add the vegetable stock cubes (dissolve in 50ml of boiling water)
5) Leave the mixture to simmer for 30 minutes
6) Add salt and pepper to taste

To make the cheese sauce:
1) heat the milk in a saucepan with the butter
2) When the milk has started to warm add the flour
3) Whisk continually to ensure that there are no lumps
4) Continue to whisk until the mixture thickens
5) Stir in the cheese until it has completely melted
6) Add a pinch of salt, pepper and nutmeg

To Prepare the lasange
1) Place a layer of the lasagne micture on the bottom of a casserole dish
2) Place a layer of cheese sauce on the top
3) Cover with the lasagne sheets. Make sure that the pasta is completely covered
4) Repeat steps 1) -3 until the dish is full
5) Finish with a layer of cheese sauce and optionally add a sprinking of parmesan cheese

Pop everything in the oven at 200 degrees centegrade and cook for around 45 minutes.

Voila! A delicious vegetarian lasagne for 4-6 people! Serve with a crisp salad and some garlic bread.

Monday, July 21, 2008

The Huge Myth about Vegetarian Foods

There seems to be a misunderstanding in the world of vegetarian foods, most people have a stigma about these types of foods. Unfortunately this stigma is without merit these days, the days of reality TV and all. Today is a new day a new era and people are doing absolutely amazing things with vegetarian foods today, and the food is mouth watering delicious. The stigma or false belief is...

1. Vegetarian foods have little or no taste.

2. The food looks dry and visually unappealing.

3. The food does not look fresh.

4. No taste/no appeal/looks dry = do not want to eat it.

What adds to the stigma is that most of us grew up around fast foods and loving burgers and pepperoni pizza. To put it plain and simple, meat is hard to get away from; this is partly because its so tasty and because its everywhere and most people do not want to eat salads; especially as a full dinner course meal.

In life lots of people want to have and maintain a healthy diet but believe the reason it is so hard to stick to maintaining a healthy vegetarian diet is because most people simply do not crave vegetarian food ' probably because most people do not want to eat what they think is dull food, tasteless salads for the rest of their lives.

This day in time things have changed drastically, there are several great tasty dishes in the vegetarian menu. By coating your vegetables with a peanut oil will get rid of that dry unappealing not fresh look. Some of the tastiest vegetarian dishes today are...

1. Fluffy peach pancakes

2. Different types of breakfast smoothies

3. Several delicious types of crepes

4. Mouth watering spring rolls


Always remember you have one life and one body and one mind so why not take care of your body and adapt a healthy life style. In doing so you will find your mind is less stressed and you feel more comfortable and relaxed and in due time you will also look healthier. There are hundreds of reasons why a vegetarian diet is going to make you a healthier person and hundreds of reasons why meat is bad for you I am sure you probably already know all these reasons and know why becoming a vegetarian or just adding a few healthy dishes to your diet would be good for you. Eat well now and you can be well on your way to becoming a more healthy person. Each and every one of us must decide for themselves what it is they want to eat and how you want to live your life. I am just sharing with you the 100% truth from which you can make an intelligent decision; one that will suit you and your life style; as every one knows when it is all said and done you must live and do what you think is right for you and I wish you all the best in your new vegetarian life style.


Fred Huyghue Jr is dedicated to preparing the most delicious vegetarian recipes and shows you exactly how you can easily prepare them in your own kitchen. To see some great vegetarian recipes go to
=> http://www.bigleagueplayersclub.com/3clicks/published/21741/334598/index.htm

Friday, June 20, 2008

Vegetarian Food Myths

The Huge Myth About Vegetarian Food

There seems to be a misunderstanding in the world of vegetarian foods, most people have a stigma about these types of foods. Unfortunately this stigma is without merit these days, the days of reality TV and all. Today is a new day a new era and people are doing absolutely amazing things with vegetarian foods today, and the food is mouth watering delicious. The stigma or false belief is...

1. Vegetarian foods have little or no taste.

2. The food looks dry and visually unappealing.

3. The food does not look fresh.

4. No taste/no appeal/looks dry = do not want to eat it.

What adds to the stigma is that most of us grew up around fast foods and loving burgers and pepperoni pizza. To put it plain and simple, meat is hard to get away from; this is partly because its so tasty and because its everywhere and most people do not want to eat salads; especially as a full dinner course meal.

In life lots of people want to have and maintain a healthy diet but believe the reason it is so hard to stick to maintaining a healthy vegetarian diet is because most people simply do not crave vegetarian food ' probably because most people do not want to eat what they think is dull food, tasteless salads for the rest of their lives.

This day in time things have changed drastically, there are several great tasty dishes in the vegetarian menu. By coating your vegetables with a peanut oil will get rid of that dry unappealing not fresh look. Some of the tastiest vegetarian dishes today are...

1. Fluffy peach pancakes

2. Different types of breakfast smoothies

3. Several delicious types of crepes

4. Mouth watering spring rolls

Always remember you have one life and one body and one mind so why not take care of your body and adapt a healthy life style. In doing so you will find your mind is less stressed and you feel more comfortable and relaxed and in due time you will also look healthier. There are hundreds of reasons why a vegetarian diet is going to make you a healthier person and hundreds of reasons why meat is bad for you I am sure you probably already know all these reasons and know why becoming a vegetarian or just adding a few healthy dishes to your diet would be good for you.

Eat well now and you can be well on your way to becoming a more healthy person. Each and every one of us must decide for themselves what it is they want to eat and how you want to live your life. I am just sharing with you the 100% truth from which you can make an intelligent decision; one that will suit you and your life style; as every one knows when it is all said and done you must live and do what you think is right for you and I wish you all the best in your new vegetarian life style.




Fred Huyghue Jr is dedicated to preparing the most delicious vegetarian recipes and shows you exactly how you can easily prepare them in your own kitchen. To see some great vegetarian recipes go to

=> http://www.bigleagueplayersclub.com/3clicks/published/21741/334598/index.htm

Saturday, January 26, 2008

Disadvantages of Vegetarianism

This blog is all about vegetarianism and how beneficial and ethical being a vegetarian can be. If you read the articles on this blog you will see that there are many benefits to being a vegetarian or a vegan for that matter.

But what are the disadvantages of vegetarianism? It is only fair to cover these as well:

Here are what I see as the Disadvantages of Vegetarianism:

  • When following a vegetarian diet, especially for children there are numerous deficiencies that could occur as a result. These include iron, calcium, zinc and vitamins like D, B12, B2, B6.
  • The vegetarian diet usually contains less energy and protein overall, so this can be detrimental to some people, children in particular.
  • When traveling abroad you may find it harder to find a wide selection of food in some countries.

However, reading this blog you will see that with some thought and care it is easy to maintain a healthy vegetarian diet and the disadvantages of vegetarianism are few.

Saturday, January 05, 2008

Macrobiotic Vegetarian Diet

Although a Macrobiotic diet can include meat and fish, it is possible to eat a vegan or a vegetarian macrobiotic diet.

Macrobiotics devotees believe that food, and food quality, affects our lives more than is commonly thought. It is thought to affect our health, well being and happiness. They focus on moving away from processed foods, and moving toward more natural and more traditional methods of food preparation. They claim it is better to choose food that is less processed, more natural, use more traditional methods of food preparation for themselves and their family.
Macrobiotics emphasize locally-grown, organically-grown whole grain cereals, legumes, vegetables, fruit, seaweed and fermented soy products, combined into meals according to the principle of balance between yin and yang properties, rather than scientific dietary guidelines.

Macrobiotic diets follow the idea of Yin and Yang. Cereals, fruit, beans, nuts and vegetables, and rice make up the main part of the diet and are considered neutral and are naturally balanced in terms of Yin and Yang.

Foods which are either extremely Yin in nature or extremely Yang in nature are eaten very rarely if at all. Very Yin products include coffee, tropical fruit, sugar, soft dairy products, alcohol and honey. Very Yang products include firm dairy products like hard cheeses, and eggs.

The macrobiotic diet is high in natural, unprocessed foods, complex carbohydrates, and vegetables. It is low in saturated fats, whilst providing the essential fats. Food should be organically grown and eaten fresh.

The Macrobiotic lifestyle also governs how food should be prepared. No microwave should be used - rice must be cooked in a pressure cooker. Food should be eaten and chewed slowly, in a relaxed manner.

Low-fat high-fiber diets are also believed to play a role in preventing some types of cancer. And the macrobiotic emphasis on fresh, non-processed foods may be beneficial to those dealing with certain food allergies and chemical sensitivities.

Followers assert that the balance and harmony of the macrobiotic diet and lifestyle create the best possible conditions for health. They claim that the diet yields many positive health effects, including a general sense of well-being, and some studies actually show that people on the diet have a decreased risk of heart disease and some forms of cancer.