Why be vegetarian?

I made the choice not to eat meat or fish for 14 years and my health is found better from the start, in fact you can check out my last post about how to become vegetarian for tips how to do it yourself!

In fact, I have been listening to my body in its digestive phase and I understood at the time that certain foods absolutely not suitable (among other animal protein!).

You must also be very aware when you cook your food, including what kinds of cookware you use, for example will you use induction cooking sets? An over the range microwave – convection?

Many people ask me how do you continue to eat healthy while being vegetarian. This is what I will try to answer in this article …

Vegetarianism

It is first important to agree on terms.

Vegetarian food contains no meat or fish!

Do not confuse either Vegetarian and Vegan! It does not consume any animal products, including animal by-products such as dairy products and eggs.

As for “vegans” they are vegan and do not wear clothes … from the exploitation of animals (such as leather).

If it is well balanced, there is no risk. By cons, someone who is content to remove meat and fish meals without change in habits can suffer in terms of various deficiencies. A vegetarian does not eat only vegetables !!

The benefits of vegetarianism

  • Many rheumatic and inflammatory diseases are due to excess meat.
  • Well balanced vegetarian meal is beneficial for many health issues.
  • Vegetarians are less likely to suffer joint and have less cardiovascular risk.
  • Diabetics and all persons to follow a diet low in saturated fat benefits of vegetarian diets.
  • Cholesterol is lower and the risk of colon cancer are much lower.
  • There is less risk of osteoporosis as a vegetable diet can limit calcium leakage from the body and also avoids the risk of kidney stones (unless abusing vegetables rich in oxalic acid such as spinach, rhubarb or sorrel!).

How to get a balanced meal

Live food (uncooked dehydrated sprouted, rich in enzymes and vitamins).
Relish
Pickles are macerated fruit or raw vegetables. These are more or less spicy condiments.
Raw fruits and vegetables (carpaccio, pickled, lacto-fermented vegetables + their juices, sprouted seeds, dried fruits and vegetables at low temperatures – below 40 ° C).

To preserve nutrients, it should pay attention to his cooking. Ideally, choose cooking with fresh steamed or stewed.

Vegetarians, for philosophical reasons, political, economic, ecological, do not consume animal flesh. Meat, fish and sausages, but also shellfish and crustaceans are excluded from their diet. However, eggs and dairy products are permitted. That is why they are also called “vegetarian lacto-ovo”.

Besides the lack of animal meat, vegetarianism recommends limiting consumption of refined products (sugar, white flour ..), stimulants such as tea or coffee and, wherever possible, to focus on food from biological agriculture.

How to balance a vegetarian diet?

Meat and fish providing good biological value protein, iron easily assimilated by the body as well as vitamin B12 and zinc, should be replaced by consumption integration into the system of different types of food .

Advantages

Well done, vegetarianism certainly has advantages for the adult population. It corrects a number of errors of the Western diet, by avoiding excessive consumption of saturated fats, which come mostly from animal foods.

This regime has also the advantage of providing a much larger quantity of various fibers that Western diets, but also more complex carbohydrates, vitamins B9 and C, carotenoids and polyphenols with beneficial health effects.

A vegetarian diet, provided it is not improvised, can have an interest in the prevention of obesity, diabetes, cardiovascular disease, hypertension and even some cancers. It is however not easy to implement and requires good nutrition knowledge.

Disadvantages

Proteins of plant origin, with the exception of those soybeans, have lower biological value than animal protein. Regular consumption of eggs and milk, sources of animal protein, helps fill the gap. The combination of legumes and cereals – with complementary protein – also improves the biological value proteins.

Note, however, that the richest vegetable proteins provide twice less protein than an average meat.

To cover their protein requirements, vegetarians must dramatically increase their intake of plant products, which in practice is not always easy.

Finally, the absence of fish consumption, source of some long chain fatty acids (EPA and DHA), in theory could lead to a deficit. The consumption of oils rich in Omega 3 (rapeseed oil, walnut oil, soybean oil) is then essential for the body to compensate by making these specific fatty acids from their precursors, Omega 3.

How To Become Vegetarian

If you want to become a vegetarian but find it too hard to give up all animal products at once, proceed in stages.

Step by step

take the time to document, avoid replacing meat with cheese or meat hunt down hidden in foods

1 Don’t be impatient

It is common to want to become a vegetarian after watching a documentary that involves the abuse of animals in their breeding or slaughter. However, changing dietary regime of the day to the next, the motivation can fall just as quickly. The ideal is to take the time, by giving a road map with achievable goals.

A year can be a good transition time. The first few months will be devoted to documenting and soak up the vegetarian philosophy. Then, gradually, meat consumption will reduce to support condiments and subject themselves to five vegetarian meals a week. Thus comes the meat gradually trim.

2 The junk food

greasy-1175882-640x480Being vegetarian is exclude all animal flesh of his power and leave some space to cereals and legumes (beans, lentils, peas).

Extrapolating, drinking soda, eating pizza, chips and even veggie burgers is to lose the benefits of a healthy, balanced vegetarian diet. We can not take station falling into excessive consumption of fats and sugars. These foods can be fun, it just not be generalized.

When you become a vegetarian or that one is to make friends, meat is often replaced with the cheese. There is a measure to all, so as not to be in an excess here, too, lipids and fats. The fun aspect is obviously important when it comes to gastronomy, we must know how to vary the dishes. However, when changing diets, we lose his habits, the dishes we love to prepare.

For ideas and renew, please visit the blogs of vegetarian recipes, vegetarian restaurants to frequent, as are the restaurants “world cuisine” that provide a special place for vegetarians.

3 The cheese excessive!

When you become a vegetarian or that one is to make friends, meat is often replaced with the cheese. There is a measure to all, so as not to be in an excess here, too, lipids and fats. The fun aspect is obviously important when it comes to gastronomy, we must know how to vary the dishes.

However, when changing diets, we lose his habits, the dishes we love to prepare.

4 The food supplements

Another misconception: vegetarians are deficient and in need of food supplements. But a vegetarian who eats dairy products and eggs does not need supplements, which is not the case with vegans vegetarians who are often confused.

Moreover, even in the west, where we are not in tip on vegetarianism, most food safety agencies confirmed that a balanced vegetarian diet, regardless of age, covers all nutritional needs.

5 The hidden meat

When we become vegetarian, take the time to document. To take particular notice of all these products in which we would suspect the presence of meat …

For example:

  • Gelatins used in candies, marshmallows and some yogurts.
  • The salad dressings may also contain traces of anchovies, or the
  • Real vegetarians do not eat fish.
  • There is also carminic acid, cochineal based, that can be found in the fruit juice.

So be vigilant!

How About Yoga!

The word “Yoga” means join, connect, integrate and harmonize.

Yoga, an ancient science of thousands of years, is a native of India and based on a system that develops the union and harmony between body, mind and spirit. Yoga is not a religion but a philosophy and a practice based on the principles of a life of wisdom applicable to all, regardless of our beliefs or religion.

WHAT IS THE PRACTICE OF YOGA?

yoga-241609_640Yoga practice helps retain and regain good physical, emotional and spiritual. The practice is orchestrated around the “asanas,” breathing exercises, relaxation and meditation.

Regular practice of asanas sculpts, tones and strengthens the body while respecting its limits and capabilities. The physical practice has a calming effect on the mind.

The “pranayama” teaches us to breathe properly, regularly and slowly. Smooth breathing brings health and vitality to the whole body. Emotions are closely related to breathing, deeper breathing calm and quickly soothes the fluctuations of the mind.

Relaxation is an important part of yoga practice. It is through deep relaxation exercises that physical and mental tensions are cleared from the body and mind and the negative effects of stress (headache, depression, digestive disorders, addictions, insomnia, etc.) are gradually eliminated.

Meditation is at the heart of yoga. This practice develops our ability to live the present moment, it sharpens our ability to focus and allows us to discover that there is in all of us, under the waves of our mind, a sea of calm, peace and serenity.

HOW TO FIND THE COURSE THAT WILL FIT ME?

We offer several forms of yoga. Taking into account your current health, your physical abilities and your goals, we will establish together your profile and will advise you on the type of yoga that will best suit your needs and your needs. For a list of courses, click here.

WHAT ARE THE BENEFITS OF YOGA?

  1. Sculpts and tones the silhouette.
  2. Increases body strength, flexibility and muscle tissue and joint mobility.
  3. Balance and harmony between body mind and spirit.
  4. Increases mental concentration, emotional stability and tranquility of mind.
  5. Soothes mental agitation, reduced the effects of stress and anxiety.
  6. Improves the functions of your respiratory, circulatory, digestive and hormonal.
  7. Promotes the circulation of blood and other body fluids.
  8. Purifies and cleanses the organs.
  9. Significantly reduces the effects associated with insomnia, depression, nervousness and stress.

WHAT SHOULD I DO AND BRING TO A FIRST YOGA SESSION?

It’s recommended to practice yoga 2 hours after a light meal 4-6 hours after a heavy meal. Drink water before and after your practice to avoid drinking during practice. Wear comfortable clothes and where you can move easily.

  • Yoga is practiced barefoot on a yoga mat.
  • If you sweat profusely, bring a towel to wipe you.
  • Please avoid wearing heavy perfumes, cologne during the yoga session.
  • Yoga is a practice without any notion of comparison, competition or performance.

Most of all though; be patient, persistent and compassionate to yourself and especially keep your sense of humor 😉

How To Meditate

MEDITATION – is called, in Japanese Zen tradition, a koan. This sentence that calls for no definitive answer is an infinite poll.

First lesson? What is meditation.

We have, for the most part, an image rather unfounded the practice. Often meditation is presented as a way to cure stress and be more calm. It should bring well-being. I find this way to talk about false and dangerous.

Meditation brings more and is very different. Understanding that meditation can quickly become part of your life, just as a point of equilibrium, is something quite conceivable after reading this book. Move from theory to practice.

First step: start by being “present”

The greatest difficulty in meditation is finally managing to motivate. The first approach is always complicated, we do not understand too: “How do I position myself What do I think What is the interest How long should I keep???” We have lots of fuzzy questions and doubts.

We must commit to meditate daily and understand the difference between being present and will not be. This distinction is based on this practice, understand and assimilate what it means to “live in the moment.”

What is meditation?

Understanding concretely and personal that this phrase refers, is not an obvious thing. We must not think things but do them: I had always assumed that it was better to think a glass of wine to drink in truth In the imagination everything is perfect in reality, no. It is not always a little disappointed?

Step Two: Get familiar with oneself

daily practice several minutes or several hours a day helps us to discover and work our mind. For many of us, our mind is like a stranger. One moment our mind is desperate and enthusiastic another, without our knowing why or how.

Our body coexists with an unknown spirit, somehow.

Meditation help to make us familiar with our mind. Not with a notion of self-control but how we react to things. During the meditation sessions it may happen that the fear, pain or suffering invade us, unpleasant and painful feelings. Meditation helps us to understand how our minds react, to give good answers.

Third step: learn to meditate anywhere.

We must not consider the practice of meditation as an isolated activity and (too) seriously, try to carry out activities around this reflection.

Example of meditative arts has practiced the author to help him enrich his meditation sessions:
Japanese floral art (or ikebana): just make moves carefully, as in the practice of meditation.

I discovered through this practice, an opportunity to remain in a state of peace and harmony.

Shooting the Japanese bow (or kyudo) through the sport the author learned to perform many perfectly codified postures. In sports we practice the result is of particular interest. But this is not the issue for kyudo.

For your report to the bow, you clarify your mind and pacify your heart to better get in relation to reality.
Through these complementary activities we can find other items like: have courage, manage her fear, learn to truly live, to discover his sensibility and some new emotions. Meditation is accompanied and shared as much as possible.

Step Four: meditate with the body

If I have any advice to give you, pays more attention to your bodily presence. That is the key to meditation. In the practice of meditation one should not forget the position and the relationship between body and mind. To meditate you must be in contact with the earth through the feet and be entitled to our spine extends toward the sky.

In any case, during the sessions, the body and mind must not be separated. To succeed in this better communication we must remain immobile. The fact that we have no challenge to succeed allows us to discover, simpleton and directly, the very root of the bodily presence.

Step Five: Transmission Meditation.

You certainly are not at the transmission level, but this chapter is interesting for other reasons. To teach meditation must be a perfect stability of the mind, not ordinary, few people manage to find it.