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Vegetables in Ecuador - January, 2006
Ecuadorian market
Vegetarianism
For You, Me, all animals, and the Earth!
 

 

 

 

  ¡Soy un vegetariano!

 

 

"I dream of that Golden Granular Age when 'No Eating of Animals or Animal Products' signs replace the obsolete 'No Smoking' signs of these medieval meat-eating times. When I don't have to sit and watch human beings gnaw on the dead flesh and bones of cows, pigs, chickens, sheep. The very same folks who would recoil in horror if you offered them a dog stew, a horse roast, or fricasseed kitty cat. To say nothing of the rib of one of their fellow Homo sapiens. Hypocrites. (From the animals' viewpoint, there is very little difference between being slaughtered for consumption or vivisected for science. The end result is the same.) There is no answer for this sentimental squeamishness. Dog, as a matter of fact, is quite delicious. If you like meat. And horse was very popular in Europe and parts of this country during the last popular war. Is there a difference between the oil of dog and the fat of cow? Let us be done with our hypocrisies."
- Dirk Benedict in his book,
Confessions of a Kamikaze Cowboy, p. 197

 


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"Today it is generally accepted that although the earliest humans probably ate some meat, it was unlikely to have played a major role in their diet. Plants would have been a much more important source of food. This is true of almost all the hunter-gatherer peoples whose way of life lasted into the last century."
 
- Jane Goodall, in her book Harvest for Hope (A Guide to Mindful Eating), p. 9
 
 
 

 

Grapes for sale in northern Italy by Rober J. Wendell - 09-08-2007
Grapes for sale - Italy
National Public Radio's Morning Edition 12-11-07: A new medical study links high consumption of red and processed meats to an increased risk of different forms of cancer. Health experts already knew red meat increased the risk of colon cancer. Now researchers have found an increased risk for a number of other cancers, as well.

"One positive development within modern society is the way in which, together with a growing appreciation of the importance of human rights, people are coming to have greater concern for animals. For example, there is growing recognition of the inhumanity of factory farming. It seems, too, that more and more people are taking an interest in vegetarianism and cutting down on their consumption of meat. I welcome this. My hope is that in the future, this concern will be extended to consideration for even the smallest creatures of the sea."

- His Holiness The Dalai Lama, in his book Ethics for the New Millennium, p. 157

 

"The Repugnance to animal food is not the effect of experience, but is an instinct."
- Henry David Thoreau
Walden (Chapter 11, "Higher Laws") p. 146

 

Vegetables for sale in northern Italy by Rober J. Wendell - 09-08-2007
Vegetables for sale - Italy
 
 
 
"Research clearly demonstrates that a long-term vegetarian diet is associated with markedly higher fasting plasma antioxidants, and lower levels of triglycerides, uric acid, and inflammatory markers. Long-term vegetarians have a better antioxidant status and coronary heart disease risk profile than do apparently healthy omnivores. Vegetarians generally also have lower systolic and diastolic blood pressures and exhibit greater baroreflex sensitivity than omnivores. Further studies demonstrate that vegetarians generally have lower glucose, lower insulin, levels, and improved insulin sensitivity than do omnivores."

- The Journal of Health & Healing
Volume 27, Number 3, 2007 pp. 5-6

Note: The Journal also stated, "However, strict vegetarians should be sure to eat foods fortified
          with vitamin B-12 or take a modest amount of vitamin B-12 in supplemental form."

 

"People often say that humans have always eaten animals, as if this is a justification for continuing the practice. According to this logic, we should not try to prevent people from murdering other people, since this has also been done since the earliest times."

- Isaac Bashevis Singer

 

McDougall:

Dr. John and Mary McDougall
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
"A Health-supporting diet contains no animal products." p. 38.

"Plants do not make or contain cholesterol." p. 63.

"All animal products, including meat, poultry, dairy products, eggs, fish, and shellfish, contain no fiber. All unprocessed plant foods are high in dietary fiber." p. 116.

"No cholesterol is found in plants. Plant products, with the exception of coconut and chocolate, and a few vegetable-derived oils, will tend to lower your body stores of cholesterol and your risk of cholesterol-related diseases." p. 72.

"Our evolutionary history clearly shows that humans developed primarily as herbivores (plant eaters), not as carnivores (meat eaters)." p. 37

- John A. McDougall, M.D. & Mary A. McDougall in their book, The McDougall Plan

 

Koi in Nagoya Fish is not health food!

According to Doctor Neal Barnard, M.D., "Fish is not a health food by any stretch of the imagination. According to a study published in The New England Journal of medicine, people wo followed a diet emphasizing poultry and fish, called the National Cholesterol Education Program Step II Diet, found that their cholesterol levels changed very little."

"Fish's selling point is omega-3 fatty acids. But the fact is, fish fat is a mixture of fats. Anywhere from 15% to 30% of the fat in fish is plain old saturated ('bad') fat. That's somewhat lower than in beef and chicken but far higher than in healtful vegetarian foods. And fish fat is everty bit as fattening as lard or chicken fat. People adding salmon to their diets in hopes of some vague benefit often find it hard to manage their weight, because of the load of fat they are eating. Fish flesh contain plenty of cholesterol too. Ounce for ounce, shrimp and other mobile shellfish have nearly twice the cholesterol of beef."

"Fish often carry contaminants from polluted waterways. About 40% of fish samples have so much bacterial contamination that they have already begun to spoil before they are sold. Fish are also often contaminated with PCBs, which have been linked to cancer and birth defects. Consumer Reports found PCBs in 43% of salmon, 50% of whitefish, and 25% of swordfish. The US Food and Drug Administration and the US Environmental Proteciton Agency warned pgregnant women, women who may become pregnant, breastfeeding women, and children to limit their soncumption of fatty fish because it contains mercury, which can also contribute to birth defects, kidney damage, impaired mental development, aned even cancer."

"So where will we get our omegas-3s? Vegetables, fruits, and beans don't contain much fat, but what fat they do have is relatively high in omega-3. A person aiming for a higher omega-3 intake, for whatever reason, will find it in ground flaxseeds, flaxseed oil, walnuts, soy products, and vegetarian omega-3 supplements, such as Sea Vegg."

If you really want to work on beating heart disease, forget the fish and try a vegetarian diet rich in fruits, vegetables, whole grains, and beans low in fats of any kind."

PETA's Animal Times, winter 2007, p. 21

 

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A Restaurant Experience:

Waitress Hey Roger,

I was just surfing the web and wanted to share my experience with you. I am a vegetarian, have been for many years, and recently, sort of unknowingly, I took a job at a restaurant that well, serves an awful lot of flesh foods. Like lots! Fried pork bellies, lamb shank, meatballs made from lamb, pork and beef. The whole thing was awful. I saw all these beautiful animals getting placed on the warmer waiting for the staff to put them on the tables... and I wound up walking out. I couldn't do it.

As broke as I am, the whole thing was just so sad and disgusting. I am so many times in shock as to how people can be so cruel, so ignorant. I'm not sure if i made the right decision or not, goodness, i'm so broke, but i guess that in my heart i had faith, that when you stay true to yourself and do what you think is right, all will turn out right in the end. I think I wound up deciding that serving them, was almost as bad really, as eating them.

Say a prayer for me.

Love,

Theresa
Berkeley, CA
April 7, 2008

[I do believe Theresa did the right thing and I did say a prayer for her! - Roger]

 

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Tossing Salad Except for some exotic foreign travel I've done a pretty good job of avoiding the intake of animals since the early 80s. And, besides the obvious* health
benefits, there are compelling economic, ethical, environmental, and moral reasons for you to become a vegetarian, or even vegan** as well:
  1. The way we humans treat animals, in general, is downright inhumane. Caging them, feeding them drugs, depriving them of their mates, community, offspring and natural way of life is wrong and we know better. And, of course, slaughtering innocent animals is so gruesome that no expense is barred in hiding it from the general public.
  2. Raising animals for meat consumption is energy and resource intensive - the world's hungry could be cared for on a vegetarian diet.
  3. Meat is expensive - this is because it takes a lot of water and energy to raise, transport, preserve, and serve it.
  4. Landscapes, lakes and ocean floors are decimated for the production of beef, fish and other animal products - The Fertile Crescent, ancient lands that now comprise present day Iran and Iraq, was turned to desert by cattle grazing.
  5. Landscapes, lakes and oceans are polluted with the concentrated effluent generated by the "factory farming" of hogs, poultry, fish and other animals.
In addition to a bunch of us regular folks, people like Plato, Leonardo da Vinci, George Bernard Shaw, Leo Tolstoy, and Mahatma Gandhi were vegetarians. In recent times, people like Paul McCartney, Jane Goodall and Carl Sagan have been vegetarians.

So, what do you say, want to try vegetarianism on for size? It's not too tough and I'd be happy to answer what questions I can. Of course, your doctor knows best so check with him or her first...

- Roger J. Wendell
   Golden, Colorado

 

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Some Definitions:

Govinda's Vegetarian Restaurant, Denver - 06-04-2005
Govinda's Vegetarian
Restaurant - Denver, CO
*In case you didn't know, meat (including fish) is low in fiber, high in cholesterol, high in fat and generally loaded with pesticides, chemicals and drugs. Meat products are responsible for increases in heart disease, diabetes, hypertension, and cancer. I believe we're susceptible to these problems because our bodies were designed to thrive on a plant based diet. Our really long intestinal tract, best suited for the absorption of nutrients from plants, has difficulty in handling meat like the short intestinal tracts of carnivores. Further, our teeth and "claws" (fingernails) are best suited for a plant diet - hardly the instruments necessary for tearing and cutting flesh.

**Vegetarians don't eat meat while Vegans (Pronounced "Vee-Gun") don't eat anything of animal origin, including eggs, milk and cheese.
 

 

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Health

A March 5th, 2000 Associated Press article reported that while 55 percent of the U.S. population is overweight (one in four adults are obese) 1.1 billion men, women, and children around the globe are underweight. The AP also reported that there are about 790 million people in poor countries chronically hungry, yet worldwide, in stark contrast, there are over a billion people overweight. I believe vegetarianism can help those who are overweight while at the same time freeing up resources to feed those who are in such desperate need...

Diet

Ironically I, your humble webmaster, are one of those Americans who has struggled with weight control and diet for many years. Also, people have often asked me how I obtain enough protein on a vegetarian diet? Well, some vegetarians, like me, are fond of eating their weight in cheese. Others, even though living on a strictly plant-based diet, may be consuming too many nuts and other fatty foods while continuing to "maintain" a sedentary lifestyle. Well, on my diet page I have lots of information on protein, dieting, and other diet related issues - especially some great material from the author Monique N. Gilbert...

 

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Vegetable Bowl Drawing According to John A. McDougall, M.D., the following diseases are caused by the "RICH" Western Diet most of us are accustomed to:

Allergies, Appendicitis, Arthritis, Arteriosclerosis, Breast Cancer, Colon Cancer, Colitis, Constipation, Diabetes (Adult), Diarrhea, Diverticulosis, Gallstones (cholesterol), Gastritis, Hormone Imbalances, Hemorrhoids, Hiatus Hernia, Hypertension, Indigestion, Kidney Cancer, Kidney Failure, Kidney Stones, Malabsorption, Multiple Sclerosis, Obesity, Osteoporosis, Pancreas Cancer, Polyps, Prostate Cancer, Strokes, Testicle Cancer, Ulcers, Uterus Cancer.

Dr. McDougall states, on page 5 of his book, Twelve Days to Dynamic Health, that "Diet is a primary causative factor in all the above diseases and it is controllable. (Heredity is also a primary factor, but it is not under our control.)"

 

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Some History

Tomatoes for sale in northern Italy by Rober J. Wendell - 09-08-2007
Tomatoes for sale - Italy
Back when I was in high school (and college) there were a variety of anthropological references to the !Kung (Ju/'hoan) Bushamn of Africa. Being relatively uninfluenced by western culture, it was believed that the Ju/'hoan were a good example of how most humans lived throughout our history. The July/August 1997 issue of the National Wildlife Federation's International Wildlife publication (page 22) suggests that most Ju/'hoan ate little meat:

"Harvesting tubers and roots, the foundation of her diet, a Ju/'hoan woman plumbs the soil with a long stick. Meat, provided by male hunters, was a relatively small part of the traditional fare."

 

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Ital Food
(Pronunciation, rhymes with "Vital")

In the world of reggae music there's occasional mention of "Ital" - it's a word that's been translated from Jamaican patois slang as "pure" when used with food or cooking.

Ital is organic, non-processed food from the Earth (usually vegetarian by most definitions) that is pure and beneficial by Rastafarian belief. The Ital style is mostly vegan (using honey as an optional sweetener at times) and avoids processed items like table salt, tobacco, drugs, milk, animal flesh, and other "modern" foods most of us are accustomed to.

Ital dishes often contain a variety of herbs and spices as well as many fruits and vegetables. The Rastafarian way of life, in general, seeks harmony with the natural world that embraces community and simplicity.

 

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Water

In late 2001 I heard a radio broadcast by John Robbins (Of Baskin-Robbins ice cream fame) talking about how much water it takes to grow a pound of various food types. Although I was in my car, I was able to scribble down a few notes on what he said:

23 gallons of water per pound of lettuce

49 gallons of water per pound of apples

70 gallons of water per pound of grapes

5,214 gallons of water per pound of beef

He added that gallon containers holding all the water needed for a pound of beef could be stacked a mile high!

 

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Corn Did you know?

In the year 2000, 9,713 million (9.713 Billion) animals were killed for food in the United States.
Source: United Poultry Concerns, Inc.

260 Million acres of United States forest have been cleared to create cropland to produce a meat-centered diet.
Source: John Robbins, Diet for a New America.

 

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Vegetarian Quotes:

Fruit for sale in northern Italy by Rober J. Wendell - 09-08-2007
Fruit for sale - northern Italy
"We patronize them for their incompleteness, for their tragic fate of having taken form so far below ourselves. And therein we err, and greatly err. For the animal shall not be measured by man. In a world older and more complete than ours they move finished and complete, gifted with extensions of the senses we have lost or never attained, living by voices we shall never hear. They are not brethren, they are not underlings; they are other nations, caught with ourselves in the net of life and time, fellow prisoners of the splendor and travail of the earth."

- Henry Beston, circa 1925

 

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Pneumatic Diner
Reno, Nevada

Menu for the Pneumatic Diner - 11-01-2002 Their menu says:

Real Food
Real Beer
Real Coffee

All together in a practical
NITROGEN-OXYGEN based atmosphere

Whenever we're in Reno we make it a point to stop by one of our
most favorite restaurants in all the world - Pneumatic Diner!

Pneumatic Diner Main Entrance - 11-11-2007
Main entrance
Pneumatic Diner Owner Toby Riley with Roger J. Wendell - 11-11-2007
Toby Riley is the owner!
Tami Wendell Contemplating her order at the Pneumatic Diner - 11-11-2007
What to order?
Waitress takes Tami's order at the Pneumatic Diner - 11-11-2007
Tami and the waitress...
Food Preparation a the Pneumatic Diner - 11-11-2007
Food preparation
Salad and Klingon Blood Wine at the Pneumatic Diner - 11-11-2007
Salad & Klingon Blood Wine
Lunch Plates at the Pneumatic Diner - 11-11-2007
Lunch plates
Vegan Minty Chocolate Cake at the Pneumatic Diner - 11-11-2007
Vegan Minty Choc. Cake
Looking in at the Pneumatic Diner - 11-11-2007
Looking in
Stairwell at the Pneumatic Diner - 11-11-2007
PD Stairwell

 

Other Vegetarian Restaurants:

In the early 80s, when I began my vegetarianism, "restauranting" was a bit of chore as not only were there few non-meat selections, but even the "vegetarian" stuff (like soups, rice, lo mein, salads, etc.) had various pieces of meat or beef and chicken stock mixed in. Nowadays most restaurant owners are vegetarian savvy and know that most folks don't want gelatins, bonita flakes (flakes shaved from dried bonita fish!), or lard secretly mixed into their meals. Of course there are still places like Panda Express (chicken broth mania), McDonalds ("beefy" french-fries), and other outlets that feel it important to add a very real meat flavor to your favorite vegetarian dish!

Well, I don't want any kind of meat, meat flavor, or meat byproducts (gelatin or lard) dumped into my restaurant meal and am glad to endorse restaurants where I've experienced, firsthand, a completely meat-free meal. So, here's my list although it's a work in progress as time and memory permit:

 

  1. Govindas - Tami and I love the one in Denver (14th and Cherry) and have seen 'em in other states and countries as well (Dublin, Ireland for example!). They never, ever serve any meat but are very fond of ghee, a clarified Indian (from India) butter that doesn't have any solid milk particles or water.
  2. Pneumatic Diner - Reno, Nevada. I've traveled through Reno, a lot, and have had a number of great meals at the Pneumatic Diner (located at 501 West First Street at the time of this entry in December, 2006). There's no meat in the place plus they have a great Vegan selection in addition to all of their vegetarian fare. They even gave me a souvenir sample of their 11-01-2002 menu (Version TM-3) that proudly states, "Real Food, Real Beer, Real Coffee - All together in a practical NITROGEN-OXYGEN based atmosphere" - I always stop in whenever I'm in Reno, that's for sure!! (see above for some photos I've taken at the PD...)
  3. Boulder, Colorado is one of my favorite cities on the planet and deserves a category of vegetarian restaurants all its own! Not only did I work in Boulder, for over 15 years, but I've played, protested and passed through there ever since the early 1970s. Like any other city, Boulder has restaurants that come and go. But, unlike other cities, nearly all of Boulder's restaurants offer extensive vegetarian fare. Here are a few that I've experienced firsthand that were still in business at the time of this entry in '06 (and subsequent updates after that...);
  4. Sweet Tomatoes - numerous locations. Clearly marked vegetarian items.
  5. Souper Salad - numerous locations. Clearly marked vegetarian items.
  6. Frontroom Pizza - 13795 W Jewell Ave on Green Mountain. We love them so much that we celebrated Tami's graduation there with her 30 closest friends! Whether or not you're a vegetarian (and I hope you are!) their pizza really is the best - and I'm not just saying that as friends and family ask us to join them there all the time!
  7. Woody Creek Tavern - Hunter S. Thompson's old haunt, WCT, offers great Vegan and Vegetarian options albeit very expensive (like everything else in Pitkin County). In July '07 I enjoyed a large portion of their Vegan tacos. Again, expensive (I believe it was $14 but don't recall for sure now...) but there was more than one person could eat and it was very good!

 

Apologies! - Okay, I didn't start this restaurant list until I was 51 years old and my memory was going bad. I've eaten at dozens and dozens of vegetarian restaurants, all around the world, but simply can't recall 'em all! So, if you're a vegetarian restaurant owner and I haven't mentioned your establishment it may be because I haven't eaten there or I just couldn't remember it at the time of this entry - sorry!

 

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Meat always seems to be in the news!

Green Meat Photo by RJW on 12-07-2005
Green Meat
Yes, other foods have been subject to national recalls but nothing like meat! Not only is meat unhealthy for you when its fresh, but it easily rots and putrifies anytime its handled, shipped, or stored. Here's what the main page of www.healthyYouNaturally.com had to say about meat in December '09; "The time consuming process for making processed meats creates high bacteria counts and putrefaction of the meat which need to be treated with chemicals. Putrefaction causes meat to turn green which is then dyed with red chemicals to appear fresh."

So, as time permits, your humble webmaster will try to list (below) the huge meat recalls that threaten millions of our countrymen on an almost a regular basis!

Oklahoma firm recalls beef in 6 states
CNN.com - Christmas Day, 2009, From Paul Courson

"A beef recall is under way in a half-dozen states involving possibly contaminated products from the Oklahoma company National Steak and Poultry, according to the firm and federal inspectors."

"U.S. Agriculture Department officials said a cluster of illnesses involving the E. coli bacteria was reported in Colorado, Iowa, Kansas, Michigan, South Dakota and Washington state."

"The cases then were linked with beef the Owasso, Oklahoma, company produced in October, prompting the government to direct a Class I recall, indicating the highest risk of illness if the products are consumed."

 

Kroger Expands Ground Beef Recall to 20 States
FoxNews.com - Wednesday, July 02, 2008

Beef Patty "Kroger's recall stems from meat obtained from one of Kroger's suppliers, Nebraska Beef Ltd., that has been linked to illnesses reported in Michigan and Ohio between May 31 and June 8 caused by E. coli bacteria."

"Nebraska Beef has recalled from wholesalers and other processing companies nearly 532,000 pounds of ground beef produced on five dates between May 16 and June 24."

"Kroger said Wednesday that as a precaution it removed from stores all ground beef supplied by Nebraska Beef marked with sell by dates of May 21 or later."

"Ground beef in stores today comes from other suppliers not involved in the recall," Kroger spokeswoman Meghan Glynn said Wednesday."

"The Cincinnati-based company initiated a recall June 25 for Kroger stores in Michigan and in central and northern Ohio. The expanded recall includes ground beef sold at Fred Meyer, QFC, Ralphs, Smith's, Baker's, King Soopers, City Markets, Hilander, Owen's, Pay Less and Scott's with overlapping sell-by dates from mid-May through mid-July."

"In some stores, the recall includes products in Styrofoam tray packages wrapped in clear cellophane or purchased from an in-store service counter. It does not include ground beef sold in 1-, 3-, or 5-pound sealed tubes or frozen ground beef patties sold in the frozen food section of its stores.

"Kroger is notifying customers about the expanded recall by placing signs in stores in meat departments. It also is using its register receipt notification system."

"Symptoms of E. coli infection can include severe stomach cramps, diarrhea, vomiting and fever. It can potentially be deadly, but most people recover within five to seven days."

"Health officials urge people to thoroughly cook hamburger and, if possible, use a digital thermometer to make sure meat has been heated to at least 160 degrees."

"They also recommend that people wash their hands with warm water and soap for at least 20 seconds before and after handling food."

Note: The portions in bold are your humble webmaster's emphasis to help foster public safety!

 

Burger Roulette
by Sierra Club Executive Director Carl Pope
Sierra Magazine, January/February 2010, p. 5

"Take the hamburger. An investigation by the New York Times last October revealed that mass-market burgers are not necessarily 'ground beef.' Instead, they can be a sometimes lethal assortment of cattle byproducts, mixed by huge companies like Cargill to achieve the desired fat concentration (26 percent) at the lowest price - with no one taking responsibility for the safety of the final product. Tens of thousands of people are stricken each year E. coli poisoning because slaughterhouses and packers routinely ignore basic safety precautions."

 

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Nearing 50, Renaissance jock Herschel Walker breaks fitness rules
by Madison Park
CNN - October 11, 2010

Herschel Walker age 48 - 2010 "Walker has never followed the fitness norms."

"He eats once a day, skipping breakfast and lunch. After a long, intense day of training, he eats salad and bread for dinner. He doesn't care for meat or fuss about getting enough protein. Walker's a vegetarian."

"'It's a mindset -- something I've been doing for a long time,' he said. 'I don't worry about protein. I don't worry about all that. I'm from old school. I grew up in south Georgia. They didn't worry about cholesterol or protein. They went out and worked and lived a long time, so I don't put a lot of worries in my mind. I just get it done.'"

"Sometimes, Walker doesn't have an appetite and will go through seven hours of wrestling, kickboxing, sparring and practicing jujitsu without having eaten for three or four days."

"'It's just unbelievable,' said Mendez, who trains Walker at the American Kickboxing Academy in San Jose, California. 'He shouldn't be able to do what he's doing. I don't think it's possible to eat as little as possible and work out the way he does. There's no way. He's an unbelievable athlete.'"

"Mendez doesn't try to change it either."

"'You can't fix it, because it's not broken,' he said. 'You can try to understand it -- good luck with that.'"

"And no, Mendez thinks it probably won't work for most people."

"At 5:30 a.m., Walker wakes up to do 750 to 1,500 push-ups and about 2,000 sit-ups."

"'I try to show the world at my age, I could do it," Walker said. 'I'm not trying to be arrogant. My parents say you can't make excuses in life, you've got to get it done.'"

"And he did. In his first Strikeforce fight in January, Walker defeated Greg Nagy, a fighter almost half his age."

"'It doesn't matter your age,' Mendez said. 'You can do it at any age. Look at your desire. Don't let age be a barrier to prevent you from doing something you want to do.'"

 

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Louise Infante Give me 5 seconds and I'll provide you 1 perfect reason to become vegetarian.
by Louise Infante
While fish can serve as the most important dietary way to obtain the long-chain omega-3s eicosapentaenoic acid and docosahexaenoic acid, that have been shown to be crucial in supporting brain health, low intake of eicosapentaenoic acid and docosahexaenoic acid in vegetarians won't adversely affect mood, as stated by a new study (Nutr J. 2010;9:26. DOI:10.1186/1475-2891-9-26).

A study team from Arizona State University conducted a cross-sectional study to match the mood of vegetarians who never eat fish with the mood of healthy omnivorous adults.

An overall total of 138 healthy Seventh Day Adventist adults living in Arizona and California (64 vegetarians and 79 non-vegetarians) were enrolled in the study and completed a health history questionnaire, food frequency questionnaire and a couple psychometric tests, the Depression Anxiety Stress Scale and also the Profile of Mood States.

Vegetarians had significantly lower mean intakes of eicosapentaenoic acid, docosahexaenoic acid and the omega-6 arachidonic acid; they had higher intakes of the omega-3 alpha-linolenic acid and the omega-6 linoleic acid.

"Seed oils are the richest sources of α-linolenic acid, notably those of rapeseed (canola), soybeans, walnuts, flaxseed (Linseed oil), clary sage seeds, perilla, chia, and hemp."

However, the vegetarians also reported even less negative emotion than omnivores in both psychometric tests. Mean total psychometric scores were positively related to the mean intakes of eicosapentaenoic acid, docosahexaenoic acid and arachidonic acid, and inversely linked to alpha-linolenic acid and linolenic acid intake.

The research team noted there is also the possibility that vegetarians may make smarter dietary choices and could generally be healthier and happier.

If you'd like to try it out, this is a good example of vegetarian recipe based on Italian cuisine

Italian Spaghetti with Zucchini

Ingredients:

In a skillet or frying pan heat the oil and when hot, add garlic and zucchini. Raise heat and stir often to complete their cooking. They need to be golden and crispy outside and tender inside. Cook the pasta, drain and sauté in pan with zucchini, basil and yeast. Serve immediately.

Zucchini contain fewer calories and also have no fat. But they are an excellent source of potassium, e vitamin, ascorbic acid, folate, lutein and zeaxanthin.

Most of these nutrients are very sensitive to heat and to enjoy their full benefits you should find a quick method to cook or even eat raw in salads.

From the therapeutic point of view, zucchini have laxative, refreshing, anti-inflammatory, diuretic and detoxifying action.

Louise Infante writes for the vegetarian weight loss menu blog, her personal
hobby blog related to vegetarian food preparation tips to help people live better.

 

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Eaarth
Bill McKibben "We need to eat a little differently, too. I was born in 1960, when the average citizen of the developed world ate 116 pounds of meat annually. That's grown to 187 pounds in just fifty years, which means that at the moment Americans eat 200 pounds of grain directly, and 1,800 pounds that's been run through an animal first. By contrast, the average Chinese eats 850 pounds of grain with his chopsticks, and only 154 pounds indirectly, via cow or pig. It takes eleven times as much fossil fuel to raise a pound of animal protein as a pound of plant protein, which means we'd be wise to either to turn vegetarian or to take a Chinese cooking lesson. The Chinese use meat almost as a condiment, adding flavor, instead of employing the Big Honking Slab culinary technique favored by Americans."
- Bill McKibben
Eaarth, pp. 176-177

 

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Vegetarian Links:

  1. Eat Your Veggies!
  2. Eco-Eating - Eating as if the Earth matters!
  3. Denver Plants & Animals vegan group
  4. Govinda's Transcendental Vegetarian Cuisine
  5. Health on the Vine
  6. IVU - International Vegetarian Union
  7. Mad Cow Home Page
  8. Meatrix Movie Spoof
  9. North American Vegetarian Society
  10. San Francisco Vegetarian Society
  11. Vegan Street
  12. Vegetarian Resource Group
  13. Vegetarian Society of the United Kingdom
  14. VSC - Vegetarian Society of Colorado
Farm Animals One of the most dangerous things
that can happen to a child is to kill
or torture an animal and get away with it.

    - Anthropologist Margaret Mead
Other Links:

  1. Animals
  2. Appropriate Technology
  3. BMI - Body Mass Index by the Centers for Disease Control
  4. Deep Ecology
  5. Diet by Me!
  6. Exercise
  7. Health
  8. How Long Will You Live?
  9. Hunting
  10. Fish, Oceans and Water Life
  11. Food
  1. Life
  2. Meat Analogues
  3. Meatless Monday
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