DO YOU NEED TO BE VEGETARIAN?
Eating meat too often is not so healthy and there are some studies supporting that. The Harvard Medical School has a very nice article about red meat and colon cancer. A part of that article states:
"Red meat: in addition to raising the risk for colorectal cancer and other health problems, it can actually shorten your life. That's the clear message of the latest research based on data from two ongoing, decades-long Harvard School of Public Health studies of nurses and other health professionals. It appears "healthy meat consumption" has become an oxymoron."
If you want to read the article, please do do: Cutting red meat-for a longer life
VEGGIES AND FRUITS BRING ENERGY AND HEALTH!
Yes, they do build a healthier body and they bring lots of energy to the system. Red meat is not as healthy as veggies are. Veggies and fruits are transformed into energy faster than any meat. It means that both (Vegetables and fruits) can be assimilated by your body faster than any meat. It is a blessing, especially when you need energy quickly. When? Well, when you are about to do some yoga or workout or when you are very tired, for example.
Nowadays there are several ways to get enough veggies and/or fruits into your system. There are easy ways to do smoothies. There are several types of blenders that help to create the most amazing and healthy drinks according to your needs and taste.
It is really nice to start a day with a good smoothie and yoga/or exercising. Bringing veggies and/or fruits into your body early in the morning prepares your body for action.
Modern life asks a lot from everybody: Kids, teens, adults and beyond. We need to take care of the body. The best way to do so is giving to our body enough nutrients. In other words, nutrition is a key part of a healthy body and you really need to be healthy to enjoy life.
Modern people need to be practical. Reading is really good, but we need to put into practice all we read. We need to take advantage of reading and we need to take advantage of those great blenders to prepare a good smoothie as a daily basis.
Kids usually avoid veggies, they do not like them. Well, a smoothie might solve that problem. Adding honey to it makes the smoothie sweeter and drinkable for kids and teens. We do not need to force nobody to become vegetarian; but we need to make people to be aware of the importance of a good nutrition.
Smoothies are really good for our health. It is a great way to improve our immune system. When this system works properly then it is able to fight germs and viruses properly. If you would like to check some blenders then you can find them here: Smoothies are really good for your health!
Nature is awesome! It provides everything you need to be healthy. We just need to get the proper knowledge to do so. Nowadays there are many good sources to learn about nutrition and good mixings of veggies and fruits.
The best evidence comes from a pair of large 2005 studies, one from Europe, the other from the United States.
These two studies are impressive, and they don’t stand alone. A meta-analysis of 29 studies of meat consumption and colon cancer concluded that a high consumption of red meat increases risk by 28%, and a high consumption of processed meat increases risk by 20%.”
You should read the whole article: Red meat and colon cancer.
There are many reasons why a person could become vegetarian or vegan. Most of those reasons point out health. But let us get back to the original question: Do you need to be vegetarian to practice yoga. I repeat the simple answer: No, it is an option.
THE CHOLESTEROL FACTOR!
Mayo Clinic has a really good article about how to reduce cholesterol. That article gives great advice to do so. Part of that article states:
“· Select whole grains. Various nutrients found in whole grains promote heart health. Choose whole-grain breads, whole-wheat pasta, whole-wheat flour and brown rice.
· Stock up on fruits and vegetables. Fruits and vegetables are rich in dietary fiber, which can help lower cholesterol. Snack on seasonal fruits. Experiment with veggie-based casseroles, soups and stir-fries. If you prefer dried fruit to fresh fruit, limit yourself to no more than a handful (about an ounce or two). Dried fruit tends to have more calories than does fresh fruit.”
If you want to read the whole article then read this: Top 5 lifestyle changes to reduce cholesterol
Yes, there are many evidences pointing out the need to eat more natural and healthier. Yes, there are more evidences telling that a diet with lots of meat is not so good. Cholesterol is one factor that tells us to avoid red meat.
We have a big issue regarding food. It is getting less and less natural and that is a real problem. Organic food is the best; but it is expensive. Well, you might not be able to eat organic every day; then you might try to do so sometimes.
Organic veggies are really important and if you think of health then the price might be not the first thing to see. Anyway you might go to the doctor and pay a lot to him if you do not eat properly. Interesting! Right?
There are many places where you can buy organic food. Remember: The matter about eating is not the taste, but the energy you are bringing into your body.
We have another problem here: cows are not being treated properly and usually they are forced to do more than what they naturally do. Nowadays we know they give hormones to cows; it is not a secret any longer. Where, in nature, can you get 1% milk? No cow can do that. It is not natural.
There are several studies pointing out the need to avoid milk. The reason? It is causing some health problems.
HOW HEALTHY ARE MILK AND DARIY?
How many adult animals drink milk for the rest of their life? None, but humans. How many animals drink milk form another species? None, but humans. Does these facts mean anything? Yes! Milk is really good, especially for kids. But the flow of nature does not agree with our habits. Actually, our habits usually go against nature.
WebMd has a nice article about milk: The Pros and Cons of Milk and Dairy.
Part of that article indicates:
"experts at the Harvard School of Public Health have labeled the milk recommendations a “step in the wrong direction.” One the most prominent critics is Walter Willett, MD, PhD, professor of epidemiology and head of the nutrition department at the Harvard School of Public Health. “One of the main arguments for USDA recommendations is that drinking milk or equivalent dairy products will reduce the risk of fractures. But in fact there’s very little evidence that milk consumption is associated with reduced fractures,” Willett tells WebMD."
The bottom line, according to that article, is to be moderated.
Huffingtonpost has a good article too: Harvard Milk Study: It doesn't Do A Body Good!
This article states:
"In the paper published in the Journal of the American Medical Association Pediatrics, Harvard pediatrician David Ludwig notes that there's been a lot of research linking sugar-sweetened beverages to obesity, but a surprising lack of data comparing the health effects of reduced-fat milk to whole milk.
Ludwig argues that we should question what we've been taught about drinking that recommended three cups a day and that lower-fat milk is really no better than full-fat milk. Low-fat milk, he argues, doesn't fill you up as much and people end gaining weight by drinking more of it or reaching for that extra chocolate-chip cookie. Though he says the worst culprits, especially for children, are the sweetened varieties like chocolate milk, which of course most kids prefer."
NUTRITION: EATING PROPERLY!
The article includes:
"As an alternative to the USDA’s nutrition advice, faculty members at the Harvard School of Public Health created first the Healthy Eating Pyramid and recently the Healthy Eating Plate. Just as the Healthy Eating Pyramid rectifies the mistakes of the USDA’s Food Guide Pyramid, the Healthy Eating Plate addresses flaws in the USDA’s MyPlate. Both the Healthy Eating Pyramid and the Healthy Eating Plate are based on the latest science about how our food, drink, and activity choices affect our health."
I strongly recommend to read all threse articles to have a better understanding. I hope this post helps you in some way.
This is a really good article from the Harvard school of Public Health: Healthy Eating Plate & Healthy Eating Pyramid.
Check this out:
"The Healthy Eating Plate, created by nutrition experts at Harvard School of Public Health and editors at Harvard Health Publications, was designed to address deficiencies in the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA)’s MyPlate. The Healthy Eating Plate provides detailed guidance, in a simple format, to help people make the best eating choices."
The Healthy Eating Plate form Harvad School of Public Health does not tell us to become vegetarian; but it points out several things to be considered. One of the, obviously, is to eat a lot of veggies. Becoming a vegetarian is a very healthy option,. but it is up to each person. Avoiding milk is also an option. You should consider these articles to take any decision.
The most important thing is to have a balanced diet without any fanaticism. Eating more according to nature is a great idea!