Myself, and many others, including physicians, dietitians and nutritionists have concluded that the 'Eden Diet' is the optimal meal plan for humankind.
Below is the distilled version of many books and movies on the subject of veganism.
Included are a list of resources, that when digested with an open mind, will convince you that an all plant based lifestyle is the way to truly live and live well.
There is dietary veganism and there is also total veganism. Complete or total vegans, in addition to being vegetarian, do not use other animal products and by-products such as eggs, dairy products, honey, leather, fur, silk, wool, cosmetics, and soaps derived from animal products.
And God said, “Behold, I have given you every plant yielding seed that is on the face of all the earth, and every tree with seed in its fruit. You shall have them for food.
Genesis 1:29It is my purpose in this essay to state my case for eating a totally plant based diet, to show that it is a healing diet. Healing not only for the human race but a respectful way of honoring all creation.
In our modern world, even far away from the equator, there is an abundance of fruit and vegetables at hand so that we have no need to eat meat.
The vegan (not vegetarian) lifestyle has been proven, time and again to be the most healthy diet. In studies it has even been shown to even reverse disease such as diabetes and coronary artery disease.
Think back. Have you noticed that we all got away with eating certain things when we are young, but then health problems started catch up with us when we get older?
If we are honest and do not delude ourselves the answer is 'yes'.
Veganism has come a long way. Interest in a totally animal-free diet is at an all-time high today. In America and Europe, especially Great Britain, it is on fire. Momentum is building for a return to mankind's original diet plan.
Changing to a vegan diet is one of the most beneficial things you’ll ever do for yourself and the entire planet, but is it easy? Indeed it is, but before you jump into the no-meat-eggs-or-dairy lifestyle, you should know exactly what you're getting into. How then do you 'go vegan'?
No one thing will benefit human health, increase the life-span
and increase chances for the survival of all life on Earth more than the evolution to a 100 percent plant based, vegan life-style.
Let's look at it step-by-step:
First, educate yourself. Why are you considering a vegan diet? Learn the benefits behind the lifestyle. Find out how others have done it also. Watch these movies (if you dare). Films that show the benefits of the vegan diet and the reality of what eating animals really and truly means. Start with these: Food Inc., Vegetated, Hungry for a Change, and Earthlings.
The next step is one of the most important. Phase-in your new eating lifestyle. Gradually remove animal foods and replace them with plants. You will feel much inside and much better as a whole about the switch over.
Now, find great and inspiring recipes. Google some recipes. Pick a few that look good, so you’ll have all the ingredients you need to go shopping.
Go to the grocery store. Find all the vegan foods there, remembering to read labels! Just because it looks vegan doesn't mean it is. Have fun at the store, choose simple foods as much as possible. Plus, don’t forget herbs, spices, and condiments. Choose things like stevia, tamari, mustard, tahini, and balsamic, or apple cider vinegar. They will all help to make your meals taste great!
Remember to keep it simple. Yes, when starting out simple is better. Most of the time basic ingredients taste the best so don’t get too fancy unless that is your way. If you want, you can always make a smoothie!
One day at a time is not just for 12 step programs. Stay in the day. When you’re learning veganism, remember not to overwhelm yourself or feel like every meal has to be some complicated operation. You don't need to become a gourmet (unless you want to!) Just take it day by day and meal by meal. No need to be stressed or for heaven's sake, intimidated by going vegan. In fact, the simpler your meals, the better they are for you. Keep it simple, live in abundance.
Eat whole foods. It’s really easy to go vegan if you buy all processed vegan foods, but that’s not the best way to go. Instead, choose a variety of whole foods and prepare them yourself. (as much as possible) Keep your diet balanced. You will get the highest amount of nutrition and you will be more satisfied. AND don't forget that you can have the coconut ice cream or dark chocolate bars for treats!
When you change back to the original human diet you will experience not only better over-all health, but you will also develop a greater appreciation for the earth, and all life. You will also have a stronger connection to yourself and others, and have better hair, skin, nails, sleep, and digestion.
You'll also want to consider taking a Vitamin B12 supplement and a Vitamin D supplement for optimal energy and health and consider a vegan multivitamin and probiotic to help your body operate at its full potential.
Putting the proper 'fuel' into this machine, this vehicle—your body—the machine that God specifically built for you, is one of the first steps in truly living a full and productive life. There is no disputing this rationally. Switching to the original diet can be the beginning of your true spiritual journey and awaking. Here are your resources: Veganism in a Nutshell.
''A human being is a part of the whole, called by us the 'Universe', a part limited in time and space. He experiences himself, his thoughts and feelings, as something separate from the rest - a kind of optical delusion of his consciousness. This delusion is a kind of prison for us, restricting us to our personal desires and to affection for a few persons nearest to us. Our task must be to free ourselves from this prison by widening our circle of compassion to embrace all living creatures and the whole of nature in its beauty. Nobody is able to achieve this completely, but the striving for such achievement is in itself a part of the liberation and a foundation for inner security.''
The Power of Plant-Based Eating
''CHANGE the way you eat, live longer, be happier and save the world...the evidence is overwhelming and irrefutable...''