The Vegganish Lifestyle

Gluten-free diets are shown to be a successful treatment option for irritable bowel syndrome, dermatitis herpetiformis (an itchy rash consisting of bumps and blisters), rheumatoid arthritis, and diabetes. , Examples of foods containing gluten include wheat, rye, barley, couscous, tabbouleh, graham flour, spelt, wheat germ, bulgar, cereals, bread, canned baked beans, veggie burgers, meatballs, blue cheese, pudding, soy sauce, teriyaki, beer, root beer, fried foods, hot dogs, and french fries.

People often seek both brawn and brainpower in today's highly competitive world. The largest and most powerful land animals on the planet are all plant-eating herbivores (elephants, rhinos, and hippos). Even the mighty gorillas, who share 98% of our DNA, are mostly vegetarian (95%). During the Roman Empire, gladiators were known for their superior athletic abilities and used plant-based foods as their preferred fuel source. A vegetarian lifestyle is also associated with excellent brainpower potential. Here are some examples of vegetarians who are highly respected for their brilliant minds: Siddhartha Gautama (the Buddha), Plato, Hippocrates, Leonardo da Vinci, Benjamin Franklin, Leo Tolstoy, George Bernard Shaw, Henry David Thoreau, Thomas Edison, and Nikola Tesla, Mahatma Ghandi, and Albert Einstein. Their views about food and ethics of a vegetarian diet are well worth our consideration. The following are some of their famous quotes:

“To become vegetarian is to step into the stream which leads to nirvana.”

—Siddhartha Gautama

“The Gods created certain kinds of beings to replenish our bodies; they are the trees and the plants and the seeds.”

—Plato

“Let food be thy medicine, and medicine be thy food.”

“All diseases begin in the gut.”

—Hippocrates

“My body will not be a tomb for other creatures. I have from an early age abjured the use of meat, and the time will come when men such as I will look upon the murder of animals as they now look upon the murder of men.”

— Leonardo da Vinci

“My refusing to eat meat occasioned inconvenience, and I have been frequently chided for my singularity. But my light repast allows for greater progress, for greater clearness of head and quicker comprehension.”

—Benjamin Franklin

 “A man can live and be healthy without killing animals for food; therefore, if he eats meat, he participates in taking animal life merely for the sake of his appetite. And to act so is immoral.”

—Leo Tolstoy

“Think of the fierce energy concentrated in an acorn! You bury it in the ground, and it explodes into an oak! Bury a sheep, and nothing happens but decay.”

—George Bernard Shaw

“One farmer says to me, ‘You cannot live on vegetable food solely, for it furnishes nothing to make the bones with;’ and so he religiously devotes a part of his day to supplying himself with the raw material of bones; walking all the while he talks behind his oxen, which, with vegetable-made bones, jerk him and his lumbering plow along in spite of every obstacle.”

—Henry David Thoreau

“Non-violence leads to the highest ethics, which is the goal of all evolution. Until we stop harming all other living beings, we are still savages.”

—Thomas Edison

“It is certainly preferable to raise vegetables, and I think, therefore, that vegetarianism is a commendable departure from the established barbarous habit. That we can subsist on plant food and perform our work even to advantage is not a theory, but a well-demonstrated fact. Many races living almost exclusively on vegetables are of superior physique and strength. There is no doubt that some plant food, such as oatmeal, is more economical than meat, and superior to it regarding both mechanical and mental performance.”

—Nicola Tesla

“It is necessary to correct the error that vegetarianism has made us weak in mind, or passive or inert in action. I do not regard flesh-food as necessary at any stage.”

— Mahatma Gandhi

“Nothing will benefit human health and increase the chances for survival of life on Earth as much as the evolution to a vegetarian diet.”

—Albert Einstein

I know that what we eat is often regarded as a matter of personal choice, the prerogative/right of each individual. However, we are now facing a time when we must urgently rethink our food choices, not only to boost our brawn and brainpower but even more importantly to restore the rapidly declining well-being/health and beauty of our planet for the sake of future generations. Animal agriculture requires massive amounts of land, food, energy, and water. Also, the byproducts of this industry pollute our air and waterways. In short, the time has come to think about a vegetarian diet as a mandate/necessity for our health as well as the survival of the planet.

When it comes to cooking your primarily plant-based meals, it is vital to use safe, non-toxic cookware, such as Xtrema and Chantal Copper Fusion. Many nonstick coatings can leach harmful heavy metals such as lead and cadmium, as well as potentially carcinogenic chemicals such as PFOA (perfluorooctanoic acid) and PTFE (polytetrafluoroethylene), into your food. Typical coatings may also be unable to withstand high temperatures.

As you eat, remember to appreciate the incredible luxury of being able to sit down and enjoy your meal. Eat slowly in a peaceful environment (preferably outdoors) without a cell phone or computer. An excellent method to help you slow down while eating is to chew your food thoroughly before swallowing; then take a slow, deep, full breath before putting more food into your mouth. As you inhale, try to expand your abdomen while gently arching your lower back. Then upon exhalation, contract and compress the muscles of the abdominal wall and pelvic floor to expel all the air (the pelvic floor muscles are used to stop urination and are known as Kegel exercises). It is essential to stop eating when you feel satisfied and to not eat to the point of feeling stuffed. Eat slowly to allow this to happen more naturally.

Drink 8-10 twelve-ounce glasses of water (spring, filtered tap, or AquaViable) per day. If you have difficulty drinking this much water, try to sip slowly and steadily throughout the day. For tap water, the best filter I have found is the Home Master HydroPerfection Advanced Reverse Osmosis System (www.theperfectwater.com). Unlike other systems, following reverse osmosis the water is then sterilized with UV light and alkalized by restoring the natural calcium and magnesium removed during reverse osmosis. This system also uses a recirculation pump to reduce unnecessary water loss by 80%. Drink your filtered tap water from a glass or a portable glass container; in stores, try to buy only glass bottles of spring water such as Mountain Valley Spring Water (www.mountainvalleyspring.com). This pure, unprocessed, alkaline 7.8 pH spring water is naturally ionized, sodium-free, and has been named “Best-Tasting Water in the World” twice. This company will also deliver their water in 2.5 or 5-gallon glass containers. Another exciting option in today’s water crisis due to either shortage or ever-increasing pollution to our valuable water sources is drinking pure and delicious water extracted from the humidity of the atmosphere. This breakthrough technology is available from AquaViable (www.aquaviable.com); their home or office unit can produce 5 gallons of purified drinking water per day.


Kevin Khalili