26 March 2019 by Quinn Taplin
Why are we seeing a change of diet to vegetarianism? Some people have made the switch to preserve our natural resources, others have decided to save our animals taking an ethical approach to avoid eating meat, while others want to ingest more nutritious food to live longer and healthier lives.
A vegetarian diet reduces the risk of many diseases like obesity, heart disease, high blood pressure, diabetes and certain types of cancer including colon, breast, prostate, stomach, lung and esophageal cancer. No wonder over two thirds of all diseases are related to diet. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the National Center for Health Statistics; 64 percent of adults and 15 percent of children aged 6 to 19 are overweight and are at risk of weight-related ailments including heart disease, stroke and diabetes. Michael F. Roizen, MD, and author of The Real Age Diet: Make Yourself Younger with What You Eat says “People who consume saturated, four-legged fat have a shorter life span and more disability at the end of their lives. Animal products clog your arteries, zap your energy and slow down your immune system. Meat eaters also experience accelerated cognitive and sexual dysfunction at a younger age.”
The key is not just to live longer, but to stay healthy longer. A healthy diet and regular physical activity has stimulated Nagano region of Japan to produce the longest average life expectancy of 87.2 years which is actually the longest in the world. An area of Japan that once had the highest rate of strokes and heart disease. Their secret is a low-calorie diet of unrefined complex carbohydrates, low in sodium and fiber rich fruits and vegetables.
“The stamina of a camel, the strength of an elephant, and the beauty of a horse, are all sustained on a vegetarian diet”
Let’s have a look at why switching to plant based food can have a massive impact on your life;
- You’ll build a strong and supple body: Your body does not produce enough calcium naturally to keep your skeletal system strong, so your body instinctively percolates from itself. It is only through the correct intake of nutritious foods that we are able to keep enough supply of vitamins and minerals in our body, and that comes from vegetables.
- You reduce the risk of food borne illness: Foods rich in protein like meat, poultry and seafood are often the main cause of food borne illnesses. The Centers for Disease Control report 76 million food borne illnesses and 5,000 deaths alone in the United States, the second largest meat consumer of any country in the world.
- Good nutrition intake boosts your energy: Our energy levels depend on a few things, two of which are what foods we eat, and how much we consume. Everybody needs vitamins and nutrients to be consumed on a daily basis to perform sufficiently, so just because you eat a vegetarian or vegan diet, does not necessarily mean you are getting enough nutritional value out of each meal. By eating less animal meat, your body doesn’t require as much energy to digest your food. In fact, animal protein is extremely hard to digest and requires a lot of time and energy to break down which is why you may have trouble sleeping if you eat close to bedtime.
- Fiber is the key to healthy bowel movements: It’s really important to think of food as your fuel. Plant based foods are incredibly rich in fiber so let’s face it, the more you go to the bathroom, the less sluggish you’ll feel and the more time you’ll have to feel light and energetic. Fiber isn’t digested by your body, instead it passes through your stomach, small intestine and colon and out of your body. A high fiber diet will normalize and maintain your bowel movements, lower cholesterol levels, normalize blood sugar, and help with weight loss.
- You’ll avoid a large amount of toxicity: Fish contain carcinogens and heavy metals that can’t be removed through cooking and most of your meat and dairy products are most likely spiked with steroids and hormones. By eating organic, not only do you intake a higher level of nutrition but you leave out all the pesticides and fertilizers as well. While saving yourself you’ll also be maintaining healthy soils for future harvests!
It’s so easy these days to find delicious and healthy vegetarian foods whether you’re walking down the street or in your local grocery store. So instead of asking yourself why go vegetarian, why not ask – why haven’t you gone vegetarian? At Samadi we are constantly experiment evolving, and fusing sunny world cuisine with ayurvedic gourmet, as well as raw and vegan dishes. Samadi kitchen uses seasonal organic ingredients produced by local farmers and partners around Bali (think of our Ninja Bowl – a Japanese-inspired bowl rich in minerals, fiber & protein, loaded with seaweed & fermented goodness! Miso-roasted pumpkin, cucumber & wakame pickle, fermented ginger & red cabbage, pickled shitake mushrooms, arame relish, shredded nori, blanched snow peas & edamame, fresh pomelo, rucola & watercress on a base of Balinese organic black rice sautéed in tamari, mirin & sesame oil). We support fair-trade exchanges and practices because we know food nourishes more than just the flesh. We create what we like to call a ‘Gourmetarian’ experience. Certified by the Slow food movement, our Chef Will and his team artfully combine ingredients into ‘gourmetarian’ creations that will take your taste buds on an adventure! We offer a selection of raw-based dishes as well as cooked foods and healthy juices.
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