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Healthy Vegetarian/Vegan Eating!

I received an email from a subscriber, Bill, that I want to share with all of you.  I couldn’t have said it better!

Thanks for your efforts to encourage wellness.  My wife and I have followed a largely vegetarian diet for the past two years and have seen significant benefits. Our original motivation was to save a few animal lives, especially given the cruelty in factory-farm food-animal production and slaughter. The positive health consequences were an unexpected benefit. There is also the satisfaction of knowing that reductions in meat eating will reduce greenhouse-gas emissions.

(Here’s a bit more of their story from a separate email……)

My wife and I attended a meeting two years ago of People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA). On the way there, knowing we would be would be having no meat during the conference, we had double cheeseburgers at a fast-food place, and joked whether we would be doing the same following the conference, as we anticipated no long-term change in our eating habits.

Halfway through the conference, we realized what great vegan food we were having and had a better understanding of the cruelty associated with much of the meat industry, and decided we would give vegetarianism a try. We have not been absolute by any means, but the health consequences were dramatic and surprising. I am about 20 pounds lighter and continuing to play tennis and full-court basketball at age 70. My wife Linda saw her previously astronomical cholesterol and triglyceride numbers plummet.

In short, whatever your own eating habits may be, I hope you will include some discussion of vegetarian options in your series on healthy eating.

Any other vegetarians or vegans want to chime in?  Do so at the comment link below…..would love to hear from you! 

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  1. Linda Champion says:

    Hi Cheryl,

    I just turned 60, and have been a vegetarian for many years. I started out slowly, eliminating red meat first, pork came next (used to love that bacon, but substituted turkey bacon), then it was out with the chicken and turkey. I eat walnuts, almonds, brocolli and swiss cheese for my protein. People have way too much protein in their diet. I am not on any medications, walk every day (I was a marathon runner in my 30’s), and have lead a yogic lifestyle since my 20’s. Fitness is a passion of mine, and like you, the weight training is the one part of it I do not like…so I don’t do it. Hopefully the years of running and now walking will hold up my bones. Laughter is the best medicine I have found! Enjoying the journey while reading your blog. I see you at UCOL occasionally.
    Linda Champion

  2. Well hello Linda! So nice to hear from you. I hope to see you this Sunday for the picnic!

    I loved reading your story. Maybe we’ll both be inspired to lift weights in June! I’m going to do it whether I want to or not – and I’m thinking I’ll want to. I’m really inspired to strengthen my body. My cardiovascular system is in good shape but the muscles are flabby. I’ve had enough of that!

    See you on June 1 with Team Fitness? Hope so, Cheryl


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