What is Vegetarianism ?
Why become vegan or vegetarian?
More and more people are turning to healthy diets nowadays due to growing interest in maintaining and in healing quality of healthy nutrition and preferably vegan or vegetarian dishes. Whether we want to improve our overall health or help the environment or protect animals. We are here to give tools and resources to make this transition easy. If these reasons are not good enough let’s think deeper, if we really care about the well-being of our self, loved ones and the whole human race, this is the time to break free from old eating habits. In this way we would be able to experience healthy lasting benefits which could be a key factor in our decision to make this shift.
What could be a bit optimistic and it has been proven scientifically by changing our eating habits to a healthy vegan or vegetarian diet, we can increase our energy level, external youth and have a younger looking skin.
There are certainly many scientific proven benefits to a healthy vegan or vegetarian living if compared to the average common rich in protein and unhealthy diets which could be a cause of high blood pressure, high cholesterol, diabetes, certain kind of cancer such as cologne, breast, prostate and stomach.
It’s time to ask ourselves, if it is now possible to live a life that involves delicious healthy food and drink which delivers better health and helps to enhance not only our well-being but the whole human race, animals and our planet, what’s stopping us? So why don’t we start doing it? Would becoming vegan or vegetarian will keep our weight down?
Standard diets high in saturated fats, processed foods and frozen foods and low in plant-based foods and complex carbohydrates make us fat and will take away our health slowly. That’s why we go on protein and no starch and sugar diet to lose weight. After we go back to our routine eating habits, we could gain back the weight we have lost. Let’s Think about it.
Healthy vegan or vegetarian nutrition generates more usable energy. By eating whole grains, legumes, fresh fruits and vegetables which are high and complex carbohydrates, they supply the body with plenty of energy fuel which helps improve our metabolism. In other words, eating lots of vegetables means consuming more fiber which pushes waste out of the body.
Why? Reason for being Vegetarian
Healthier Lifestyle & Longer Life
Saving Environment & Nature
Respecting Other Lifes
Reducing Risk of Diseases
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History of Vegetarianism
- Origin of Vegetarianism
The inhabitants of the earth lived vegetarian since their beginning. Many myths and stories of other peoples testify that at the beginning of our time, people did not eat meat. It is at least a fact that humans have always lived meatless for the most part. To this day only the wealth could afford regular meat consumption.
- Religious Origins
Evidently the earliest traces of a vegetarian movement comes from India, which emerged from the 8th century BC from a predecessor of Hinduism. Even today, most people in India live according to Hindu principles – and many of them are vegetarian.
- Origins in Europe
The Greek philosopher Pythagoras started promoting vegetarianism about 530 BC in a school he founded in Italy. By his belief in the widespread teaching of the wandering of souls, the slaughter of all living beings was a murder. For this reason, vegetarianism was also referred to as a “Religious Abstinence.”
- Plato Predicts the Problems of Meat Consumption
In Plato’s most important work ‘The State’, he too takes up the idea of vegetarian nutrition. There is talk of an originally healthy city in which people’s diet was vegetarian. It was only in the larger, unhealthy city that people began to eat meat. How right Plato already was with his estimations 400 years before Christ!
- Plutarch and His Animal Love
The activity of Pythagoras and his disciples had a decisive influence on the development of vegetarianism. In his day, Plutarch (45 AD -125 AD) had new and unique thoughts about animal love and animal welfare and used these arguments for vegetarianism:
«For a small piece of meat, we take the animal’s soul, sunlight, and life time, for which they are created naturally.»
- Roman Period
The gluttony in the Roman Empire are legendary. From this epoch not much is known about vegetarianism.
- Dark Middle Ages
With the decline of ancient culture, the idea of vegetarianism in Europe has been forgotten for many centuries. Vegetarian groups were mercilessly persecuted by the papal church and finally crushed in the end of the 13th century.
Thomas Tryon (1634-1703) was the strongest driver of vegetarianism. In his work, he emphasized the meatless diet as a spiritual path to God. Other advocates of vegetarianism in this period were the philosopher Jean-Jacques Rousseau, the theologian John Wesley and the physicist Sir Isaac Newton.
- Reforms of the Modern Age
In the beginning of the 19th century, the English poet Percy Bysshe Shelley is considered as one of the most important vegetarianism advocates. He added vegetarianism a political-economic dimension, pointing out the resource waste caused by animal feeding and meat production.
- First Vegetarian Club
In England in 1847 the first Vegetarian Association – the British Vegetarian Society – was founded by Bible-Christians, named the Vegetarian Society of the United Kingdom (VSUK).