Why Would Anyone Want to be a Vegetarian?
Arnoux (are-know) Goran
I was asked recently by a personal trainer friend of mine, Corey Beasley who is a great guy how I would answer his clients who are curious about a vegetarian diet. Very briefly I would say…
You Could be Like Four Time Mr. Universe Bill Pearl and do it for Health Reasons
In his recent book Getting Stronger Bill explains that he became a vegetarian after the doctor at NASA tested his cholesterol at 309 and told him to make a change. At the time he was experiencing high blood pressure, high uric acid levels, was unable to clench his fists, was taking pain killers for his knee and elbow pain and couldn’t workout 2-3 hours per day anymore.
By becoming a vegetarian his health challenges improved. He also said he became a lot nicer. People were surprised that he was able to maintain his weight and strength without eating meat. He claims that you don’t need to eat meat to get the protein or other nutrients that you need. He and his wife have been vegetarians for over 35 years and he still carries the same amount of weight past age 70 that he did when he won his 4 Mr. Universe titles.
You Could do it for Athletic Performance
Brendan Braiser the former #1 Tri-athlete in Canada and author of the #1 best selling book Thrive claims that the ONLY reason why he is the best in his athletic field is because his diet is alkaline, and only a vegan (no animal products at all, not even dairy or eggs) diet can be alkaline. In actuality, the less processing or cooking the more likely the food is to be alkaline. In our Total Health Mastery trainings we explain in scientific terms WHY eating an alkaline diet would produce the kind of results a recent Yale study demonstrated.
In the study conducted by Professor Irving Fisher and published in the Yale Medical Journal a group of meat eating athletes were tested for endurance and strength compared to a group of vegetarians that were half athletes and half non-athletes. The vegetarians had more than double the endurance than those who ate meat, even though half of them were not athletes and ALL of the meat eaters were athletes. Does this mean that if you are a vegetarian you will be in better shape than an athlete that eats meat? Hmmm… well there are a few other notable vegetarian athletes such as:
Carl Lewis and Edwin Moses (two of the greatest track stars ever!)
Stan Price (world bench press record)
Roy Hilligan (famous bodybuilder)
Paavo Nurmi (record for longest triathlon in 1 day)
Hank Aaron (former home run king of baseball)
Countless others that you can find reference to in Diet for A New America by John Robbins or Nature’s First Law by Wolfe, Arlin and Dini.
Dave Scott is also a vegetarian. He is the record holder of what may be the most intense athletic event on Earth, the Ironman Triathalon. In case you don’t know the Ironman consists of a 2.4 mile ocean swim, a 112 bike ride and then finally ends up with a 26.2 mile marathon. It takes an average of 20 hours to complete! Dave Scott, considered by many to be the world’s fittest man not only holds the record, he is the only person to win more than once, he has won six times including four times in a row as of 1987! He is quoted as saying, “The idea that you need to eat meat for protein is a ridiculous fallacy.”
You Could do it to Prevent Cancer
The largest study ever done on nutrition, The China Study, proved that animal protein fertilizes cancer. It doesn’t necessarily cause a cancer cell to form, but once it does form, it allows it to grow rapidly. Creator of the study, T. Colon Powell, stated in the fantastic documentary Healing Cancer From the Inside Out “we could literally turn cancer on or off by adding or removing animal protein.” Wow isn’t that shocking! To think that you can literally turn off cancer by eliminating animal protein. If you’re wondering why your doctor didn’t tell you this, I do cover this in other articles and during our trainings, but generally they may not have heard of it because it’s such new and cutting edge information. It’s also in the movie I mention above, which is truly a great movie and will change your life forever.
You Could do it for More Energy
In my mini-seminar How to Skyrocket Your Energy Levels in 15 Minutes or Less you’ll discover that 60% of your energy comes from oxygen and one of the biggest factors in the amount of oxygen in your body is determined by the pH balance of your blood. Your blood is meant to be alkaline so if you eat a more alkaline diet it is a basic biological fact that you will have more energy, in fact, a lot more.
The Proof is in the Pudding, Non-dairy That is
It’s very strange to hear basic scientific facts that are easily researched and proven that go against what “everybody knows.” For example, “everybody knows” you have to eat meat for protein, in spite of what the world’s fittest man, Dave Scott says about it. The beauty of being human is that we have the freedom to think for ourselves. Years ago “everybody” knew that the world was flat, the sun revolved around the Earth, that men were better than women, that humans would never fly, that a light bulb could never last, that the car would never be affordable to the average person and on and on. Thankfully some intelligent people questioned these commonly accepted beliefs. To understand why we have accepted that we need to eat meat for protein all we need to do is look at the source of our health education. Since 1915 in America ALL health education has been provided by the National Dairy Council with the support of the egg and meat industry. This is still true today. They also provide the health and nutritional education for physical therapists and I recently heard even dieticians. Medical doctors only receive an average of 2-3 hours of nutritional training. When I was a freshman in high school we were taught that our diet should be 30% protein. Later through my own research I found out that breast milk is the perfect food for a human baby and that it’s only 4.5-5% protein and that the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition reported that the adequate amount of protein for an adult is 2.5%. That’s a far cry from 30%. Also beef is only 27% protein and our winged friends (chicken, turkey, etc) are around 40% protein but green vegetables are 20-70% protein with spinach at 49%. Popeye was right!! The National Dairy Council has successfully educated every American to believe that we must eat 10 times as much protein as is deemed necessary by modern science and that the only sources of protein are meats, eggs and dairy when green vegetables are much higher in protein.
What about the “right” proteins?
When people are talking about only getting the right proteins from meat they are referring to getting the eight essential amino acids. Amino acids are what proteins are made from. Two amino acids form to create a protein. There are 21 amino acids total and eight of them are considered essential, meaning you must get them from food. The other thirteen your body can convert or make from others. You can get all of the essential aminos from vegetables. Not just by combining the right foods but in fact some plants have all eight essential aminos all by themselves. These are called “complete proteins.” Some examples of complete proteins from the plant kingdom are hemp seeds, spirulina and goji berries.
There may be higher concentrations of important aminos for rebuilding muscle, balancing blood sugar, improving brain functioning, weight loss, anti-aging and other important functions in animals so if you are interested in making sure you get large amounts of the essentials I would recommend you try MAP. MAP stands for Master Amino Acid Pattern. It’s a vegan amino acid supplement that has no fillers, binders, excipients or anything other than pure aminos. Most products including protein or amino acid supplements will have toxic fillers and binders like magnesium stearate, sugar(in many forms) or are made from non-organic female hormone and toxin rich cow milk. MAP was originally designed for babies so it’s totally pure. It has high concentrations of the aminos that are harder to find in plants like L-Leucine and the results with it are incredible. There are plenty of scientific studies to prove that it causes MAJOR increases in body mass and muscles, weight loss, skin tone, energy, anti-aging brain functioning and more. It’s the best protein supplement ever developed and what I take personally as an increase muscle strength supplement or stronger physical performance supplement. I take 10 before and 10 within 30 minutes after each workout to prevent soreness and to build more muscle faster. My brother put on 10lbs in just 2 months while taking MAP! What makes it so great is that it is 99% absorbable, whereas even vegetable protein doesn’t absorb very well causing acid nitrogen waste in the body. For more information on the protein supplement I take click here.
I’m in Shock!
It’s a lot to take in. If you are feeling dizzy by now that’s ok! The information you just received may be really challenging everything you’ve ever heard in your life. You may have many questions. I recommend you look up the references I’ve mentioned and at the very least read Diet for a New America by John Robbins.
To Your Amazing Health!
Founder, Total Health Mastery
My broken heart... I had gone through a break up. I didn't know this class dealt with emotional stuff. I got over a broken heart that I had been trying to get over for a year. I've checked myself everyday now for the past month to see if it is really gone, because I just can't believe it. That alone is worth every bit of this course."