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The Healthiest People on Earth

 

 

THE HEALTHIEST, LONGEST LIVING PEOPLE ON EARTH

ARE SEMI-VEGETARIAN OR VEGETARIAN    

By David Yager

 

 

Okinawa, Japan has the longest disability free life expectancy

according to Dan Buettner who partnered with National Geographic

and the National Institute on Aging to study the longest living people on earth.

 

Dog statues Okinawa Island, Japan

 

 

 


 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Okinawa, tropical island paradise

 

 

 

 

In Okinawa pork and fish are primarily eaten only on holidays

but their everyday diet is mostly vegetables, so they are semi or

partial vegetarians.

 

 

Loma Linda, California, in southern California near Los Angeles

In Loma Linda, California, (23,261 pop. 2010) Seventh Day Adventists have a life expectancy that’s 9 to 11 years greater than other

Americans.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

                                       About 50% of Seventh Day Adventists are lacto-ovo-vegetarians.

 

 

Sardinian mountains, Italy

 

The mountain inhabitants in Sardinia, Italy, have the highest number

of male centenarians in the world (10.8 per 1,000 newborns).

 

 

 

 

 

 

They only eat pork or lamb on special occasions and only a little,

 

but on a daily basis they eat plenty of home made cheese along with the home grown vegetables from their gardens.

 

 Their very low meat consumption and high vegetable and cheese consumption

makes them virtually lacto-vegetarians.

 

 

Lacto-Vegetarian

Elmer Verner (E. V.) McCollum, the discoverer of Vitamins A, B and D wrote,

“I will only say that the lacto-vegetarian diet

is a highly satisfactory regimen,

if the food is properly selected.”

 

 

Albert Einstein said,

"Nothing will benefit human health and increase

the chances for survival of life on Earth as much

as the evolution to a vegetarian diet."

 

 

To evolve is to gradually change, or transition over time

to a more specialized and advanced state;

to realize your true potential as a human being.

 

 

If you don't want to be a super strict vegetarian

or need some meat for medical reasons

you can always adopt a semi-lacto-vegetarian diet.

 

 

 

 

The French have the lowest heart disease of any nation in the world.

 

 

This is according to 2009 UN/WHO figures, which is even lower than the Japanese.

 

 

 

The diet of the French is based on fresh local produce,

French bread, wine, small, measured portions of meat

and lots of butter, cream, yogurt and many varieties of

whole fat, pasture raised, raw and natural cheeses. 

 

 

And even though they eat a lot of dairy products the French

are famous for not being fat.

 

 

France has a semi-lacto-vegetarian diet

since, for the most part they eat small,

controlled portions of meat and plenty

of whole fat, grass-fed, dairy products.

 

 

 

The United States of America is trending toward a semi-vegetarian diet.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

About  30 to 40 percent of Americans occasionally seek out vegetarian meals,

according to the Baltimore-based Vegetarian Resource Group.

 

 

 

 

The United States population was 315,329,678

according to the U.S. Bureau of the Census on February 14, 2013,

so there's about 95 to 126 million people in the

United States who seek out vegetarian

meals on occasion.

 

 

3.2 % of U.S. adults, or 7.3 million people, follow a vegetarian-based diet

according to a 2008 Vegetarian Times study.

 

 Approximately 0.5 percent, or 1 million, of those are vegans or fruitarians, who consume no animal products at all.

 

10 percent of U.S. adults, or 22.8 million people, say they largely follow a vegetarian-inclined diet (flexitarians or semi-vegetarians).

 

 

If you add the 7.3 million strict vegetarians to the 22.8 million “flexitarians”,

those who eat meat a few times per week or only on weekends and holidays,

you come up with the figure of 30.1 million adult Americans being vegetarian

or largely vegetarian.

 

 

This does not even include all the children under 18 who are

vegan or vegetarian.

 

 

 

 

Even PETA doesn’t see any harm in the vegetarian movement focusing more on health and part time vegetarian meals than the animal rights issues that spurred the movement.  

 

 

Bruce Friedrich, spokesman for PETA (People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals)

says,

“From our perspective, if people influenced by health consequently cut back on fish and meat consumption, that helps animals.

 

If two people cut their meat in half it helps as much as one person going completely vegetarian.”

 

 

 

 

 

To make the change to a vegetarian or semi-vegetarian diet

it´s best to go as slow as possible to avoid shocking your body

and psyche.

 

 

 

Food is a deeply ingrained part of our being physically and mentally.

 

 

To just cold turkey start eating all vegetarian or semi vegetarian will be too big of a change.

 

 

Like dealing with grief, transitioning to a semi or vegetarian diet happens

in stages.

 

 

That’s just common sense, good things take time like raising a child or growing a fruit tree.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Eating more vegetables and fruits will begin a housecleaning of your body

which could over tax your eliminative organs; the kidneys, liver, lungs,

lymph system and skin.

 

 

Taking it slow and easy in the transition will avoid damaging your internal organs and also prevent the excessive aging of the body.

 

 

It’s just common sense and not scientifically proven, but everyone knows to start a new exercise program slowly and in progressive stages to avoid injuries and painful muscles and the same goes for doing a major diet change.

 

 

 

Ok, you’ve decided that enough is enough, you’ve gotten too fat and out of shape

and something has got to change and right now!

 

 

 

 

You’ve got the resolve and burning desire so now all you need is a practical plan, a little coaching and mentoring to get you on the smooth road of flattened bellies and taut muscles.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

If you want to start your new diet after the holidays, your next vacation

or birthday, go for it, have a ball, knowing that right after you can begin

in earnest your transition on the road to fitness.

 

 

The Transition Diet:

How to Transition to a Vegetarian or Semi-Vegetarian Diet

 

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Review on Amazon.com:

"Lots of good information I particularly enjoyed the chapter on telemeres and the science of aging. The discussion on how multi-vitamins positively affect them was an eye opener. Overall a very informative book for anyone considering making a dietary switch to vegetarian or even just looking for answers on why they should limit their meat intake."   –review from Amazon.com

 

 

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