The yogic tradition advocates a lacto-vegetarian diet, which limits dairy intake and excludes meat, fish, and eggs.
Predominately plant-based, this diet ensures your food receives its energy directly from the sun, the source of all life. Your food should also be freshly prepared and ideally organic.
A non-vegetarian diet violates the principle of ahimsa (non-violence), and the sanctity of all living things.
There are also many health benefits to vegetarianism. Research shows that vegetarians living in affluent countries enjoy remarkably good health and live longer than their meat-eating counterparts. They are slimmer, have lower blood pressure, and suffer less from heart disease, diabetes, dementia, and many cancers.
Plant-based foods contain dramatically higher amounts of antioxidants, fibre, and vitamins. They also contain phytonutrients that appear to offer protection against many cancers and heart disease, assist in hormonal balance, and help reduce blood pressure.
Following a vegetarian diet offers a way of living an environmentally conscious lifestyle.
It takes 11,000 litres of water to produce 500g of meat but only 110 litres to produce 500g of wheat.
It is easy to see why many argue that the most efficient way to feed the world’s population is with a vegetarian diet.
We are What We Eat
When we eat, we are unified with the environment and each other. Our food produces the energy that drives our body. It also shapes our emotions and affects our minds.