Changing one’s religion it seems is easier than one’s diet. It is easier to practice recycling (or we don’t ?) that to change one’s diet and lifestyle.
Changing my clients to a more vegetarian diet is the most challenging tasks in my herbal medicine practice. Yet, if I am true to the principles of naturopathy and to my spiritual life, I must do my part to reduce my carbon foot print.
It is recognized by the World Health Organisation (WHO) that a plant based diet (limiting meat consumption to twice a week) can reduce his or her environmental impact by 30%. This is also confirmed by an Italian study (Working toward healthy and sustainable diets: the ‘double pyramid model’ developed by the Barilla Centre for Food and Nutrition to raise awareness about the environmental and nutritional impact of foods, published by Frontiers in nutrition.) Even religious leaders such as Pope Francis and the famed Buddhist Zen monk Thich Nhat Hanh are joining hands to ask the people to cut down meat consumption.
Like many of you, it is still a struggle for me to be 100% vegetarian, especially in the social setting. Yet, I must do my best and I hope you too so that we can have a healthier future for our children.
- Avoid all red meat and pork unless you are suffering from iron deficiency anemia, not corrected with plant based iron rich food. Limit to once a week or month.
- Limit fish, eggs, dairy, and poultry to less than 3 times a week.
- Learn how to use raw herbs and sprouts in your meals. They are rich in vitamins, minerals, proteins, and live enzymes.
- Not enough protein, read https://www.forksoverknives.com/do-vegetarians-and-vegans-eat-enough-protein/#gs.12rnv80