At one time I considered myself Vegetarian. I chose at birth to not eat anything that stunk. As I began eating more solid foods anything that contained animal products went on the floor and not in my mouth because they did not get past my nose. Eventually my mom sat down and studied and researched the facts about preparing a complete plant based diet and implemented it into our families’ daily lifestyle. To this day the smell of animal flesh searing on the grill nauseates me to the bone.
CHOICE! Peak Health is all about making the best CHOICE! It's not about just eating plants. Sugar comes from plants and it's not good to eat the refined stuff. Eating whole plant foods provide us with the balance of fiber, vitamins, nutrients, antioxidants and flavor God intended for us to live a healthy life on when he created us.
But it's even more than that. Our bodies need exercise, rest and relationships. We need mental activity, physical activity and yes, scientific research has discovered we even need spiritual activity. For our mental health we even need interpersonal relationships and a positive outlook on life.
I did not make the choice to not eat meat based on environmental or religious issues when I was a little tike, but as I grew and developed into my teen and adult years I realized there were many awesome reasons I made the intelligent choice I did so young. I now realize that my mind has not been damaged by feeding it the detrimental substances that would have affected my frontal lobe of the brain. I now realize that the choice to abstain from the use of alcohol and drugs and animal products has helped me age much more slowly as I have coupled that with mental, physical and spiritual exercise along with daily, weekly and annual rest.
The term, “Vegetarian” has become confusing and mutilated over the years as some consider themselves vegetarian, but still use milk and eggs or eat fish. Those are actually Lacto-ova vegetarians and Mediterranean vegetarians. All too many use so much sugar in cakes, pies and ice cream that it would be healthier to just eat diseased caucuses of dead animals even though sugar comes from plants. Then the refined term “VEGAN” came into play to fully define the ‘purest’ definition of consuming a plant–based diet.
A few years ago I joined a 'Vegan "group until I realized the shallowness of their concept. Sure they got together to discuss the environment and meatless diet and even share some recipes. But they sat around drinking their organic, naturally aged wine and natural beer ‘mutallying’ their minds into oblivion accomplishing nothing and damaging their frontal lobe and killing brain cells as much as if they were eating meat, or drinking milk shakes.
I am thankful to be a part of the “Healthiest People in America” even though I do not physically live in Loma Linda California, I live the lifestyle. National Geographic and the author of the ‘Blue Zone’ researched and found the fastest growing group of people in the world choose a healthy lifestyle. I love to share the concepts of living a healthy plant-based diet with others so I became a personal trainer and conduct seminars to share the concepts of living a truly fulfilling healthy lifestyle complete with all eight principles to be completely healthy.
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