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By David Yager



Okinawa, Japan has the longest disability free

life expectancy in the world.*


*National Geographic and the National Institute on Aging study

on the longest living people on earth, "The Blue Zones"


Okinawa, Japan tropical island paradise


In Okinawa pork and fish are primarily eaten only on holidays but their everyday diet is mostly vegetables.



They are semi or part-time vegetarians.









 Loma Linda, California



















In Loma Linda, California, (23,261 pop. 2010) Seventh Day Adventists

have a life expectancy that’s 9 to 11 years greater than other



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


                                                                                                                                                              *(lacto means dairy,

                                                                                                                                                                  ovo means eggs)




Mountain village in Sardinia, 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 cheese.


Their very low meat consumption and high vegetable

and cheese consumption makes them virtually





Elmer Verner (E. V.) McCollum, the discoverer of Vitamins A, B and D, one of the founding fathers of nutrition in America wrote, “I will only say that the lacto-vegetarian diet is a highly satisfactory regimen, if the food is properly selected.”


The French have the lowest heart disease

of any nation in the world,

according to 2009

UN/WHO figures.



They even have lower rates of heart disease than the Japanese.



The French diet is based on fresh local produce, French bread,

wine, small, measured portions of meat and lots of butter,

cream, yogurt and many varieties of pasture raised,

raw and natural cheeses. 



French people 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 grass-fed, dairy products.



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 that’s

about 95 to 126 million people.


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 (semi-vegetarians or flexitarians).


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



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 harming

your vital organs and also prevent the excessive aging of the body.



Everyone knows to start a new exercise program slowly

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.



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The Transition Diet

How to Transition to a Vegetarian

or Semi-Vegetarian Diet







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