There are many misconceptions surrounding the topics of a vegetarian diet/lifestyle. Many people are conditioned into believing that protein can only be obtained from the consumption of meat and animal produce. Again, this is false information. Vegetarians do not get the excess second-hand animal protein that leads to liver toxicity, kidney overload and mineral deficiency diseases.
You can reap many benefits from switching to a vegetarian diet and there are a rapidly growing number of people worldwide that are becoming aware of the health benefits alongside rising consciousness levels within those that acknowledge the planetary needs and understand the animal rights issues.
It is another common misconception that a vegetarian, natural diet cannot be balanced. As previously mentioned, it is the plants that hold the highest density of minerals and micronutrients that are completely and easily absorbable by the human body. Any diet in this modern age needs supplementation either way due to the low quality soils and poisons present in the atmosphere. A vegetarian diet has a proportion of three macro nutrients, which are complex carbohydrates, proteins and fats.
‘The fat in our diets should come from avocados, nuts and seeds, not cows’ ~ Joel Fuhrman, MD[i]
Fruits and vegetables are high in nutrients, the very elements the body needs to live a long, disease-free and pain-free life. However, the same cannot be said about meat, as the alkaline based digestive system of humans has great difficulty in breaking down substantial acidic meat substances. This book is not aimed towards judging or undermining anybody who chooses to eat animal produce; it aims to share experience from both sides of the fence, ultimately striving towards helping anybody in need and advocating for vegetarianism/veganism (when done properly) as it is the complete answer to health, vitality and wellness.
Another myth that needs to be clarified is the so-called lack of calcium amongst a plant based diet. Many vegetables, especially leafy green ones, hold great supplies. You are what you eat at the end of the day, every 35 days your skin replaces itself and your liver regenerates in about a month. These new cells are constructed from the foods you eat daily. What you eat literally becomes you.
The spiritually aspiring person is one who attempts to consciously work on him or herself. The overall purpose of spiritual growth is to move away from the animalistic nature into the more aware, human nature that was intended by the universal creator. The same science that attempts to ignore the existence of a force higher than man also proved that aggression levels are much higher in meat eaters than non-meat eaters. The animal instincts become more powerful upon the consumption of meat.
Another spiritual aspect of being a meat eater is when one must question the necessity and killing methods of animals. Everyone has their own views, beliefs and morals that they must determine for themselves. Many spiritual people believe in auras; Kirlian photography shows that a force field remains around dead, amputated flesh and is adopted into your own aura when eaten. Living food saturation brings out the canvas of life in which all the colours of the eternal rainbow become available. By consuming colourful foods, your life becomes more colourful.
When animals are slaughtered with the modern day methods, fear and aggression enzymes are shot into the muscle tissue. They remain in the meat until they are consumed. Fruits and vegetables do not release any emotional cells when they are picked or upon digestion and vegetarians claim that they are more satisfied after they eat. The reason for this is that there are fewer ketones (protein-digestive substances) formed when vegetable protein is digested; the food is not processed, so the stomachs nerve senses recognise that the food is real and holds adequate nutrition, therefore sending signals to the brain that you are full and do not need any more food.
Living foods supplied by nature hold Qi/Chi life force energy— the same type of energy that your kidneys produce, and one which is greatly energising and healing. The ancient Chinese believed that the life force in the body is depleted upon the consumption of meats, as did the Indians, who live by ancient yogic principles.
Below are the eight different dietary states/groups available to humans:
Omnivore – Eat pretty much everything including meat, dairy, wheat, sugar, gluten, junk foods, fizzy drinks; vegetables are usually consumed only in small quantities.
Vegetarian – Eat a plant based diet (with or without eggs and dairy, but with no meat). Many eat tofu and processed foods still; these should be eradicated for optimum results.
Vegan – More conscious of what they eat, they don’t eat eggs, meat, dairy, consume or use anything to do with animals. Organic and non-GMO foods are key to this kind of diet and education is necessary alongside checking food labels for hidden ingredients.
Raw Vegan – Eat 75–100 per cent raw, living foods (not cooked above 42 degrees Celsius). They do not eat any animal produce, sugar, wheat or gluten. They eat all kinds of vegetables, fruits, nuts, grains and sprouted seeds and beans. High-energy, high-detox diet.
Fruitarian– Involves the practice of following a diet that consists of only fruits (some may eat nuts and seeds). They do not eat animal products, vegetables or grains.
Mono-fruitarian– Will only eat a certain fruit for a length of time, e.g., bananas only for a whole day/week/month, which detoxes the body even further.
Liquidarian – This is the final detoxification stage where they have trained the body and mind to live on liquids only. Fruit juices, coconut water, plain water or vegetable juices.
Breatharian – A Breatharian does not consume any physical food whatsoever. They live off the purest energy of the world known as prana/qi/chi life force that is all around you in the atmosphere alongside harnessing sunlight minerals and energy through Sungazing. This is not starving and should only be attempted with proper guidance. Many highly spiritually trained yogis are at this level.
‘There was no evidence of a threshold beyond which further benefits did not accrue with increasing proportions of plant based foods in the diet’ – The China Study[ii]
[i] Joel Fuhrman, MD, Author, Speaker & Media personality, Books such as; Eat To Live 2003 & Super immunity 2011.
[ii] China Study, Refer to Ref 57.