MK Gandhi on Vegetarianism

I just returned to Bali from a quick trip to Singapore and want to share something inspiring.

I arrived in Singapore on Sunday, which happens to be market night in Little India. Amongst an ocean of ultra modern buildings, non-stop advertising and super high technology, Little India is one of the few places in the city which still has some character. I took a walk through the busy, colorful streets full of people and fresh fruit and vegetables for sale. In a gap between the crowds I spotted a sign for a vegetarian restaurant called Ananda Bhavan and decided to have a look.

Indian restaurants aren’t known for having a lot of raw food options, but I was able to find a few dishes that worked for me. The food was average but what really struck me though was the calm and peaceful feeling inside the restaurant. In my experience, that’s common to vegetarian places around the world.

As I was about to leave, I went downstairs to pay and I spotted this quote from M.K. Gandhi painted in white stylized letters on the dark green wall:

“An examination of the structure of the human body leads to the conclusion that man is intended by nature to live on a vegetable diet. There is the closest affinity between the organs of the human body and those of fruit eating animals. The monkey for example is so similar to man in shape and structure and it is a fruit eating animal. Its teeth and stomach are just like the teeth and stomach of man, while those of carnivorous animals, as for instance the lion and tiger are entirely different.”

Alongside this quote is also painted Gandhi’s comparison of the physiology of meat eaters and vegetable eaters:

Meat eaters:

Have claws
Don’t have skin pores – so perspire through the tongue
Have sharp teeth for tearing and no molars for grinding
Have an intestinal tract 3 times the length of the body – so meat can pass quickly, before rotting
Have very strong hydrochloric acid in the stomach

Vegetable eaters:

Have nails instead of claws
Perspire through the skin
Have no sharp front teeth and have rear molars for grinding
Have an intestinal tract 10-12 times body length
Have stomach acid 20 times weaker than meat eaters

Based on these comparisons it’s quickly clear which group humans naturally belong to. I’ve belonged to that group now for the past 15 years and I’m really glad I have.

As much as I’m inspired by this restaurant so proudly presenting Gandhi’s argument in favor of vegetarianism, I want to make one important addition that can help you save some time and get you healthier faster.

Interestingly, there’s not a significant difference in health between meat eaters and vegetable eaters in the wild. Both tend to live healthy and disease free until the final 5% of their lives. Also both of them eat all of their food raw.

And, in my experience, that’s really the key – keeping it as raw as possible. Yes, we are physiologically designed to be vegetable and fruit eaters – raw vegetable and fruit eaters.

To me it’s become so clear and makes so much sense. I was a 75% cooked food vegetarian for 7 years before discovering raw foods. During that time I ate tofu, beans, lentils, whole grain breads, brown rice and all the other foods I thought were really healthy. The problem with all of them is that they were so heavily cooked and devitalized.

I did feel that leaving meat out of my diet helped raise my awareness, kindness and compassion pretty much straight away, but I didn’t experience major physical health benefits like weight loss, clearer skin, improved digestion, less mucous, greater immunity and more until I became a 95% raw food vegetarian.

If I could turn the clock back in my own life, I would start with raw vegetarian instead of just vegetarian. The difference is truly that big.

So, if Mr. Gandhi’s analysis and words resonate with you and you feel pulled to try a vegetarian diet, I’d encourage you to look toward a raw vegetarian diet first. I know you’ll be glad you did.

One last thing you should know. I regularly hold raw food seminars and classes to help people learn how to consciously transition to a raw foods diet. You may have already been to one. But since not everyone can come to one of my classes I’ve put my entire course manual together as an eBook that anyone can download and learn from starting today.

Vegetarian Weight Loss Plan – Eating Out VS Home Delivery

Things could possibly get interesting when you wish to go out for a meal of have some food delivered to your home. Since you must be willing to order appropriately to get the types of food that fit your diet program.

Not all your friends are vegetarian right?. So learning to find good vegetarian alternatives in all of the restaurants is important to be able to go out and enjoy dinner without surprises. The good thing is that you can choose more often than you might think. For example Chinese restaurants often have some great meatless offerings already on their menu so you can order vegetarian already.

Before going out to dinner you ought to locate and try all of the different vegetarian restaurants in town. This list will come in handy when enjoying some social time with like minded vegetarians or to eat on the way back home. Also these are the sorts of restaurants where you can learn what kinds of recipes to look for and what you like in a vegetarian meal.

When your program is also vegan you must also avoid milk, eggs, cheese or anything cooked in chicken or meat stock. The good news is that the vegetarian movement has become so large and wide spread that many eating houses want to accommodate their vegetarian clients.

Let your waiter know of your diet restrictions, he or she can guide you to the items on the menu that it fits your requirements. It is not uncommon to see the manager or chef of the restaurant come to the table to help you make a choice. Eateries are in the business of satisfying clients so they want to make sure you are happy with their menu.

However there is a new diet plan available on the market that allows you to sit back and relax at your house while gourmet chefs prepare your specially fresh home made vegetarian dinner. And you have it delivered right at your home. All you have to do, is select something from an on line customizable menu and exclude what does not fit in your vegetarian diet. No more lists, no more waiters you have to describe your diet to and you can order something completely non-vegetarian for your buddies when they come over for a nice dinner.

5 Steps to Becoming a Vegetarian

So you’ve made up your mind to stop eating meat and become a vegetarian. Good for you! Vegetarianism is a much healthier form of eating but in the beginning it may be difficult to find enough variety to stop you getting bored. I’ve listed a few ideas that may help as you take your first steps to becoming a vegetarian.

1. Do your research
Buy vegetarian cookery books and magazines. Surf the net for vegetarian websites and join forums where you can get advice and swap recipes.

2. Build a portfolio of your favourite recipes
Try out recipes and if you like them paste them into a folder or scrapbook. Soon you will have a list of about 15 to 20 of your favourite recipes which you can cook on a rotation basis. Find ones you can freeze too for a quick fix when you’re in a hurry.

3. Eat out!
That’s right, I said eat out. Find where your local vegetarian restaurant is and go, simple as that. You don’t have to go on your own either many mainstream restaurants have great vegetarian selections these days. Just ask when you book. If you find something you really like ask if the chef will let you have the recipe. They’re not all Gordon Ramsey so you won’t get shouted at.

4. Take it easy!
Don’t go cold turkey (if you pardon the pun). Ease yourself in to the vegetarian lifestyle. A good way to start is by replacing some of your favourites like burgers and sausages with the vegetarian substitute kind. All supermarkets stock these nowadays. In the UK Quorn and the Linda McCartney ranges are very popular and very tasty.

5. One day at a time
This is a big lifestyle change for you so take it slowly. After you have integrated your substitute items into your diet why not and you’re feeling OK with this, why not have one day a week that is totally vegetarian with no substitutes at all. Slowly build this up to every other day until you’re finally totally vegetarian.