Grok this: Going green when it comes to your diet can benefit your mind, body and the planet, says Kathy Freston, author of "The Lean: A Revolutionary (and Simple!) 30-Day Plan for Healthy, Lasting Weight Loss" (click for details) and "Veganist: Lose Weight, Get Healthy, Change the World" (click for details). If you're contemplating shifting from tuna to tofu, her top 10 tips for plant-based eating just may prove to be the tipping point.
"Veganist" Kathy offers these game-changing benefits:
- You will lose weight (if you need to, maintain if you don't).
- You will greatly lower your risk of, and potentially even reverse, some major diseases like cancer, heart disease, and diabetes. In the first week of eating a healthy vegan diet, the weight begins to come off. Within the second week, your blood sugar and blood pressure drop. And by the third week, your cholesterol will have dropped significantly.
- You will increase your longevity and quality of life (vegetarians live about 8 years longer than the average meat eater!)
- You will avoid nasty food poisoning and contamination (did you know that the vast majority of all food poisoning comes from animals... yes, even when it's a tomato recall; the bacteria actually is from animal poop).
- You will save money both short term (on groceries) and long term (health care is very expensive, so if you stay healthy, you save money! And taxes for health care, well, you know how high that goes...)
- You will do the single best thing you can do for the environment (animal agriculture is among the top 2 or 3 causes of every environmental problem from local to global, and the UN has determined that the livestock industry causes at least 18% of all the global warming gases, which is more than all forms of transportation put together. World Bank scientists have said that the number is actually closer to 51%.) Learn more by clicking here for Kathy's book "Quantum Wellness Cleanse: The 21-Day Essential Guide to Healing Your Mind, Body and Spirit."
- You will be feeding the global poor (grains fed to livestock would be better used to feed the poor, because it takes 16 lbs of grain to make 1 lb of beef, and it takes 10 calories of grain fed to an animal to produce 1 calorie of animal protein).
- You will be reducing animal suffering by opting out of a cruel process of raising and slaughtering them
- You will be in spiritual alignment with your values (eating consciously means you are being compassionate and kind which goes along with all the wisdom traditions and religions)
- You will evolve as a human being, because you will be increasing your awareness, care, and concern for the world around you. This care and concern will ripple out and affect the culture in a positive way.