Published On: Mon, Nov 9th, 2009

WHY GO VEGAN?

(HealingTalks) A vegan lifestyle involves eating no animal products or only fruits and vegetables plus nuts, seeds, grains and legumes. It avoids meat, dairy, eggs and fish. A pure vegan also will not even consume  honey. The reasons for going vegan are multiple. They include the following:

HEALTH
Studies have shown that vegans have substantially less chronic ailments than the rest of the world population. The landmark China Study (as well as animal studies) have shown that even small additions or subtractions of animal protein will turn major chronic ailments on and off – including the primary killers of our times (cardiovascular disease, cancer, and diabetes).

ENVIRONMENT
The way animals are bred represents a direct threat to our planet as a whole. Factory animal farming tends to pollute our environment – our soil, groundwater and air. It is a major contributor to global warming.

NON-VIOLENCE
Life is grounded in our consciousness – the latter being what I call the universal relationship of connection in all of nature. When we are aware of something we connect to it. Consciousness thus involves compassion and love. Violence, on the other hand, breaks such connective ties. Violence toward any living organism can violates our innate consciousness while  Ghandi-like non-violence can supports it. To be peaceful towards all of life is thus to live in a most conscious way.

COMPASSION
To be compassionate is to feel the pain of another, to sense a connection of our lives with that of all other life forms on earth. Because our essence is connective consciousness, this brings out the best within us or again – to live in a most conscious way.

ECONOMICS
It is less costly to eat in a vegan way because this does not involve the more expensive animal protein meals and avoids  the huge health and environmental costs.

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