October is right around the corner and is Vegetarian Awareness Month. I am excited to try a diet of all vegetables, fruits and nuts most of the month just to honor this healthy event. In fact 95 percent of the meat I eat, already, is actually fish and chicken, and I know that is not true vegetarian. But I find it’s much healthier than red meats and greasy foods. The percentage of fried foods in my home is less than 1 percent actually. Science is even considering linking Alzheimer’s to excess meat consumption.
Consider these facts:
– According to the National Cancer Institute, more than one-third of all cancers are diet-related. Up to 50 percent of all cancers can be linked to poor diet among non-smokers.
– The American Cancer Institute said that choosing a diet rich in vegetables, fruits, legumes and minimally processed starchy staple foods combined with not smoking could reduce cancer risk by an estimated 60 to 70 percent, saving the lives of more than 375,000 Americans each year.
– A study of 88,000 women found that those eating the most animal fat were nearly twice as likely to develop colon cancer as those eating less animal fat.
– According to the Oxford Vegetarian Study in England, vegetarians have 30 percent less risk of heart disease. Those eating neither meat nor dairy had 57 percent less risk, according to one study.
For me this is even more of a reason to go all natural with foods including vegetables and fruits. Just the thought alone that since the 1960’s our government has known about mad cow disease and the stuff that may be causing some of these “brain diseases” makes me disgusted with meat eating. But many people worry about the protein, they just cannot get themselves to even think about eating that strange food called Tofu. Well here is a bit of good news for all of you suffering from Tofu-phobia, there are many sources other than Tofu for which you can get your protein some are beans and legumes, nuts. peanut butter, cheese yogurt, green vegetables, whole grain products and the mother of all ptotein packed grains, Quinoa.
But even Tofu is evolving these days, there is now many different flavors of protein available making this strange food more appetizing. Even if a vegetarian diet isn’t for you, you still cannot deny the healthy benefits of being a vegetarian, vegetarian’s say eat more plants and fewer animals, but then the cows say eat more chicken and less beef. No matter who is right I say eat what you like but at least eat healthy! Check out this book by the author on making the change to a vegetarian way of life , you can not go wrong!