INTERNATIONAL VEG WEEK CHALLENGE – 1–7 October 2016
As a client of our Wellness Centre you are already aware of the benefits of naturopathy, homeopathy, and the other modalities we provide. We’d like you, as our client, to take these benefits one step further, and consider changing your diet to eating more plant-based foods and less, or no meat and animal products.
Vegetarians and vegans who are concerned about their health eat a diet consisting of a wide variety of foods including fruits, vegetables, legumes, wholegrains, nuts and seeds. Those who follow this diet consume higher amounts of vitamins C and E, fibre, potassium, folic acid, magnesium and plant phytochemicals. They have lower rates of LDL cholesterol, lower blood pressure, and an extra plus is vegetarians and vegans tend to have a healthy BMI. All of these factors lead to a reduction in heart disease, stroke, and some cancers, especially cancer of the colon, as well as other obesity-related problems. Eighty-two percent of heart disease sufferers who changed to a plant-based diet began to heal themselves, with artery blockages clearing up over time.
Many people adopt a vegetarian/vegan lifestyle not only for health reasons, but for ethical reasons. Over 10 million animals per week are slaughtered for food in Australia with many of them raised in the unfavourable conditions of factory farms.
Another community concern these days is climate change and the health of the environment. There is a large amount of evidence showing the environment would benefit from less intensive animal farming practices, especially a reduction in land clearing for farming. The plant protein that can be produced from one hectare of land needs seven hectares for the same amount of protein production from beef.
International Vegetarian Week is held in the first week of October every year. During that week Animals Australia hosts a Veg Week Challenge, where people can pledge to become vegetarian for one week, one month, or for life.
Why not take the opportunity to visit the Animals Australia website at the web address below and become a part of the Veg Week Challenge? You will definitely feel a difference after just one week of eating a plant-based diet and your body with thank you. If you are not sure how to adapt your meals to vegetarian, go to our website where we have a range of delicious, easy recipes, or pick up a leaflet next time you visit the centre.
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