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Eat Life Not Dead!

By Shaguntomar @shagunt
It´s one of the days when I put on a thinking cap and ponder over all the things that I do not approve of in the world. Today´s topic is non-vegetarianism. What happened was that I came across some videos of meat processing before it hits the supermarkets in fancy shapes and packaging, after the blood being washed off and any other signs of life ever being present in that loath of meat. After watching it all, I was so hurt that all I could think of is write this post and share my feelings with you all. The brutality done on animals till they make their way to human mouths is so bad that I am so sure if people had to everyday kill for food themselves, there would be more vegetarians on earth than now. It is indeed painful and heartbreaking to see how these animals are killed before you can eat them. Talking about chickens alone, they are alive for about ten minutes after their heads are chopped off. Think about the hormones that are released in their bodies in those ten minutes and those are the hormones that people consume who do. Of course, there are people who ignorantly say that god gave us canines to eat animals but god also gave us a brain to decide between the basic right and wrong.It will be unwise for me to tell anyone to stop eating meat just because I don´t like it. However, this post is a genuine effort to atleast inspire those who want to turn vegetarian and even if I can change one person I will be sorted in my heart and mind. 

Reasons for you to turn vegetarian- 

For your neglected pair of skinny jeans- No matter what people say, nobody will mind having a figure like Kate Moss...Isn't it! Think about all the saturated fats and carbohydrates that meat and processed foods bring to your table. That also reminds of the ease that vegetarians have in losing extra pounds. Vegetarians are one-third (vegans are about one-tenth) as likely to be obese as meat eaters.  Eat Life Not Dead!
You can live healthier- It is proven time and again that vegetarian diets are healthier than an average non-vegetarian and processed food diet. You can prevent, treat and reverse heart disease and reduce the risk of monstrous cancer (think breast cancer women readers). Also, people with a low fat vegetarian diet grow up with cleaner arteries! In short, vegetarian diet is healthier inherently because it has least amount of animal fat or cholesterol (for vegans it is zero). And how can I forget all those food-borne illnesses that foods such as meat, poultry, fish and seafood carry. Hello! natural fruits and plants that are free of chemicals sound like a way better option to me. I am sure you agree!So, go on and stock your fridge with fresh veggies rich in fiber and antioxidants and not dead pieces of flesh
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For the sake of the environment- Not many of us know this but chemical and animal waste run-off from factory farms is responsible for more than 173,000 miles of polluted rivers and streams and is one of the greatest threats to water quality today. Agriculture also does harm the environment through ploughing, pesticides, wrong irrigation practices, fertilisers, etc. but in comparison is really nothing. 

The animals will thank you- I don´t know how important it may sound but it is the most important reason for me to tell anyone to take up vegetarianism. Billions of animals are slaughtered for human consumption each year. And, unlike ancient practices, today most animals are factory farmed: —crammed into tiny cages where they can barely move and fed a diet full of chemicals of sorts. Do you think the joy of our taste buds justify the pain these animals go through? I doubt. Eat Life Not Dead!Because deeper minds in history were vegetarians-  The likes of Leo Tolstoy, Franz Kafka, Leonardo Da Vinci, Albert Einstein and Mahatma Gandhi were all vegetarians and for a reason -none of them believed in making their bodies graveyard for animals but temple of good thoughts. Tolstoy said, "Thou shalt not kill" does not apply to murder of one's own kind only, but to all living beings; and this Commandment was inscribed in the human breast long before it was proclaimed from Sinai."You’ll save money. Hello! yes vegetables and fruit diet is cheaper than non-vegetarian diet. Why not save money and spend on something more fun.It is yummy and readily available- Gone are the days when vegetarian food was not readily available across the world. It is there everywhere and in every possible cuisine. For a matter of fact I live in Berlin, Germany (the city of Currywurst) and I have never faced a problem in finding good vegetarian food in restaurants and supermarkets alike. And if you love cooking then look up for vegetarian recipes on the internet. You will be bombarded with crazily yummy ones. I try them often and never fail to entice my once used to non-vegetarian husband. 
Whatmore, you can eat natural veggies and fruits without processing or cooking them too much as opposed to meat that needs good enough processing and lots of flavouring in order to taste good.

Some myths about vegetarian diet

It has no protein- Soy, pulses, legumes, dairy products, beans and grains have more protein than you can even imagine. Vegetables are around 23% protein on average, beans 28%, grains 13%, and even fruit has 5.5%. For comparison, human breast milk is only 6% (designed for the time in our lives when our protein needs are as high as they'll ever be). Professional recommendations for adults range from 2.5% to 10%, and plant foods supply that easily.A balanced vegetarian diet has all the required nutrients that your body needs to be healthy. (source- www.michaelbluejay.com)Many veg dishes are high on fat- Of course if you live on oodles of cheese or baked potatoes or the likes, then any diet will be high on fat. Instead go for a balanced diet full of variety of veggies, fruits, grains and pulses and opt for natural herbs and spices for cooking in place of oils, cheeses and artificial flavours.Carbs make you fat- Healthy carbs found in fruits and plants do not make you fat but healthy. Our body needs a little of every nutrient and carbs is one of them.You need meat for body building/workout- Well, if that was the case then Albert Beckles, Alexander Dargatz, Andreas Cahling, Giacomo Marches, Dalip Singh Rana and so many more would not have been famous body builders. Google the names and check out their muscles!And if you want more celebrated inspiration then check out these stars who make vegetarianism and veganism such a sexy business!Brad Pitt 

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Pamela Anderson

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Richard Gere
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Amitabh Bachchan
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Penelope Cruz

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Leonardo DiCaprio
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Meryl Streep
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Pierce Brosnan
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 Tobey Maguire
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Natalie Portman
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Anne Hathaway
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And the list is endless..."For as long as men massacre animals, they will kill each other. Indeed, he who sows the seed of murder and pain cannot reap joy and love." - PythagorasInformation Credits- www.vegetariantimes.com; www.womenshealthmag.comVogue & Vegan does not claim copyright of any celebrity image. The images have been sourced from various websites and due credits have been given. If any credit has been missed, kindly inform me and dues will be given. 

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