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Lizzie Armitstead is A Vegetarian!
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Lizzie Armitstead is A Vegetarian!

Some of us have been keeping up with the Olympics and know that Lizzie Armitstead won a silver medal for Great Britain in the Women's road race this year. She is a professional cyclist racer and has won many cycling championships before. She definitely has what a champion needs both physically and emotionally. The reason for me writing about her is well, she is a vegetarian.

It is a popular belief that you need a lot of non-vegetarian food to grow your body and be fit for sports. I remember my own basketball coach advising us to consume at least 2 eggs a day and lot of milk. She has been brought up as a vegetarian and has been a runner throughout. She shares with the world that it is a myth that vegetarians cannot be strong.

She recently ran with the Kenyans and noticed that even they live on a vegetarian diet even during their training. They are not vegetarians and do eat meat occasionally, but it has nothing to do with their sports training. Kenya has won many gold medals in different championships around the world.

It might become a bit difficult for vegetarians to take protein, iron and vitamin B12 from routine diet. Thankfully, good quality health supplements are available that can help you with that. And the benefits of being a vegetarian are many.

Most health instructors, trainers and few doctors are not convinced about giving up meat because it can cause deficiencies. But these champions have proved that this is very much possible. Books are written based on research and experiences. And when experiences change, books change too!

There are numerous other athletes who are either vegetarian or vegans.

Personally speaking, I do not think any ethical profession in this world would require people to kill animals and shed blood.

It is a strong statement to make but if a sport really requires killing of animals, is it really worth it?

It is a matter of perspective.

 

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  1. Sumit  Bhardwaj
    Sumit Bhardwaj
    Didn't know that stuff! Thanks for posting :)
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    1. Akanksha
      Akanksha
      Thanks Sumit!
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  2. Kate Noel
    Kate Noel
    Great blog! No worries about the duplicate topic. I think yours points out some different ideas about athletics. I especially love the statement you make about a sport not being worth it if it requires the killing of animals. Agree and voted! :)
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    1. Akanksha
      Akanksha
      Thanks Kate...It was a bit embarrassing to discover that... Your vote and comment matters a lot here! Yes..if bull fighting is wrong..this would be way too wrong!
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      1. Kate Noel
        Kate Noel
        With so many bloggers(which is great), it would be difficult not to overlap topics. What I love about it is that you get to hear others' perspectives and maybe you've never thought of it that way. It creates a dialogue which is wonderful! :) I've never thought of bull fighting or "sport" hunting as sport. No one can convince me otherwise. Any "sport" that takes the life of another being who doesn't have the option of consent to be a part of it is wrong.
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  3. kristo
    kristo
    All the cool people are vegetarians ;) Your statement about ethical people and shedding blood...I agree, but also see a strong disconnect between packaged meat and living animal. When you go to a grocery store (especially in north america) there is no sense that you are buying an animal, rather than another commodity, or simply food. (which most often is bland) So a lot of people are not questioning what it is that they are actually eating / murdering / consuming.
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    1. Akanksha
      Akanksha
      Exactly! Luckily, I had actually been to a butcher shop when I was about 10. It was an ugly scene, but I remember having eaten the meat (which my father bought from the same shop) the very day after my visit. It didn't feel like any of the dead hanging things I saw there! These days, we also get frozen meat in India which feels like any other eatables we buy from the clean air-conditioned stores. If a child sees where it comes from on the very first day he is introduced to meat, I am sure we would have no meat-eaters left.. I agree about the coolness factor..It was the early man who ate meat..this is the 21st century!
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  4. pftsusan
    pftsusan
    #6. It has been said many times over, one the boards here, that the protein has not been difficult for the vegetarian athletes or those involved in fitness as well, as the public thinks that it is. Still I love to here about them too. Please stop by my new Peanut Allergy Blog. If you like, please vote.
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    1. Akanksha
      Akanksha
      I think have already voted for that one the same day it was published..didn't comment because I had nothing to say.. Will try/check again once my vote counter is refreshed, in case it failed to register or sth..
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      1. pftsusan
        pftsusan
        Don't worry about it then. There were two votes without comments. Maybe one was yours.
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  5. Veganara
    Veganara
    Vote no 7. You are so right - there is no sport, nor really any ethical position, which justifies the killing of other living beings! (or maybe, self-defence, that is the only one I can think of - maybe if an animal was attacking you, threatening your life, and the only way to defend yourself was to kill it). But I always think of sport as rather a frivolous, meaningless sort of activity anyway, if I am honest! I am not the least bit sporty or competitive anyway, so I couldn't even get excited about the Olympics here in my home country! I am not denigrating the achievements of sportsmen/women, but somehow I can't help feeling sport is something that is over-valued by many people.
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    1. Akanksha
      Akanksha
      I can understand what you feel Maggie..I like them only if I am playing them! Thanks for reading!
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  6. Carolyn
    Carolyn
    Vote #8! Interesting article Akanksha!
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    1. Akanksha
      Akanksha
      Thanks Carolyn!
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  7. dianabart
    dianabart
    I am healthier by far, NOT lacking In any vitamins.. since becoming Vegan. I was actually borderline Anemic an Vitamin B 12 deficient while I was a meat eater. I also suffered from a prolactinoma (a tumor on my pituitary gland causing hormonal problems) and monthly ovarian cysts until I gave up Milk and eggs. Yes, my body couldn't make the connection; Our bodies don't recognize foreign flesh, milk and eggs.. and starts attaching it in a defense to protect the body; therefore our cells start to attack themselves creating disease and disorders! Makes more sense to stop forcing other DNA into our bodies and simply eat from God's good earth. (plant life.) Not to mention the oxygen we feed our cells by eating live plant foods;eating dead animal flesh, fluid and eggs does not provide oxygen but actually starves the cells instead. Only two reasons for disease and disorder: 1. a body to high in acid, (an acidic bodily environment.) 2. Lack of oxygen to the cells. We were created to live off of a vegetarian diet in the very beginning, we then evolved into Primal (animal) eating (caveman era) but we have also since evolved out of that necessity! We DO NOT NEED TO EAT ANIMALS as you have clearly stated! Time we all evolve into higher truths. No need to kill to survive! (Ok. My Science and Spiritual class is over now. ;-) I LOVED this article.. will share and you definitely got my vote! "but of course!" ;-)
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    1. Akanksha
      Akanksha
      I loved your comment Diana. Thanks for sharing your testimony with us. Do you have any reference where I can read more about our cells attacking themselves theory? Thanks a ton for reading and sharing. I adore your FB page too!
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      1. dianabart
        dianabart
        not sure which one I should answer.. LOL As I have been led to study this.. I have come across many articles on this.. (but of course cannot find them at this moment!) I encourage you to research it for yourself.. read both sides on the issue and pray about it. Here is the kicker.."food for thought" if we need organ and blood transfusions we must find a match; science and medicine have made this possible.. (again it takes knowing and finding the match) therefore; we must realize that although we are not keeping the blood or organ of another creature by consuming it, we are allowing it into and through our bodies.. what goes in- gets absorbed (it and all it's contents.. diseases, virus's fears.. etc..) Fact is that it will DO HARM to us in some way, shape or form. I will not treat my body like a prostitute by polluting it in any way, so I try to see what I eat in the same way I would anything else I'm going to allow in my body. Our bodies are the "temple of God" our place of worship (worshiping HIM) So I think we all need to keep it un-defiled!" do not let another Dna enter it.. God made each seed for its own kind, warns of eating of the blood an fat of another creature.. And although it is not a salvation issue and he considers all things clean according to mans' conscious, it is still very clear (seeing as rampant as diseases have become) that we must eat with caution, conscious, compassion and peace; other wise we are defiling ourselves in many ways. I will share more when I come across it or find my old saved (somewhere in this computer) articles. ;-)
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        1. Akanksha
          Akanksha
          lolz...I was accessing through my cell.. Sure..these things are thought provoking. I am even getting curious about Christianity!
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          1. dianabart
            dianabart
            haha.. yes us Christians are very Peculiar people! ;-) LOL But ye [are] a chosen generation, a royal priesthood, an holy nation, a peculiar people; that ye should shew forth the praises of him who hath called you out of darkness into his marvellous light: -1 Pet 2:9 that is one of my favorite scriptures. btw.. some Christians will scare you away ... I am a RARE BREED! ;-) Jesus LOVE you Akanksha ! :-)
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            1. Veganara
              Veganara
              Didn't you have a Catholic education though Akanksha? So did I, which put me off religion for a good number of years! As Diana says, some Christians will scare you away, but definitely not all! I would like to meet more Christians like you, Diana, i.e. vegans, so I am considering going to a lunch event I have been invited to at a church of the 2Eden sect (I mentioned them in my article Why Are More Christians Not Vegans? They are a Seventh Day Adventist group). They are vegans, because they are acting out of compassion and non-violence, to all creatures. So they sound like my kind of people!
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            2. Veganara
              Veganara
              Didn't you have a Catholic education though Akanksha? So did I, which put me off religion for a good number of years! As Diana says, some Christians will scare you away, but definitely not all! I would like to meet more Christians like you, Diana, i.e. vegans, so I am considering going to a lunch event I have been invited to at a church of the 2Eden sect (I mentioned them in my article Why Are More Christians Not Vegans? They are a Seventh Day Adventist group). They are vegans, because they are acting out of compassion and non-violence, to all creatures. So they sound like my kind of people!
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            3. Veganara
              Veganara
              Didn't you have a Catholic education though Akanksha? So did I, which put me off religion for a good number of years! As Diana says, some Christians will scare you away, but definitely not all! I would like to meet more Christians like you, Diana, i.e. vegans, so I am considering going to a lunch event I have been invited to at a church of the 2Eden sect (I mentioned them in my article Why Are More Christians Not Vegans? They are a Seventh Day Adventist group). They are vegans, because they are acting out of compassion and non-violence, to all creatures. So they sound like my kind of people!
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            4. Veganara
              Veganara
              Didn't you have a Catholic education though Akanksha? So did I, which put me off religion for a good number of years! As Diana says, some Christians will scare you away, but definitely not all! I would like to meet more Christians like you, Diana, i.e. vegans, so I am considering going to a lunch event I have been invited to at a church of the 2Eden sect (I mentioned them in my article Why Are More Christians Not Vegans? They are a Seventh Day Adventist group). They are vegans, because they are acting out of compassion and non-violence, to all creatures. So they sound like my kind of people!
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