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GREENING YOUR PLATES A LITTLE AT A TIME

GREENING YOUR PLATES A LITTLE AT A TIME

If you’re reading at the start of your day, then try this challenge: starting from now, for the next week (or three days if you’re weak in resisting temptation) cut out meat completely from your diet. Eat only veggies. It could actually be easier than you think, provided you focus on the positive (all the dishes you can eat) and not the negative (all the meaty meals you’ll be missing out on). Plus, you’ll earn your points in heaven in the end, when you finally get there later than your meat-eating counterparts. Unless of course, you stumble upon a Bieber record and drop dead first (touch wood).

But don’t just accept my challenge blindly. Be sure that you know the difference that you’ll be making by embarking this challenge. For the next one week, you’ll be:

ON YOUR WAY TO FIGHTING HEART DISEASE

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Sticking to a vegetarian diet keeps your bad cholesterol, LDL, at lower (and healthier) levels, and thus reduces your risk of cardiovascular diseases such as stroke, heart disease and atherosclerosis. (Image via mirandamalisani.com)

ON YOUR WAY TO CURBING OBESITY

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Vegetarians are less likely to be obese due to their naturally lower-in-fat diet, and have a higher rate of weight loss for the same reasons. So if you’re planning to stay in your skinny jeans for long, you’re doing the right thing. (Image via blogs.longwood.edu/)

ON YOUR WAY TO LOWERING RISKS OF HYPERTENSION AND DIABETES

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Lowering your fat and cholesterol intake also means that you have a lowered risk of getting diabetes. If you’ve already been diagnosed with it, going vegetarian will not cure your diabetes, but it will definitely help you in controlling it. (Image via techyville.com)

ON YOUR WAY TO REDUCING CANCER RISKS

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Who doesn’t quietly dread this silent killer? Adapting a vegetarian lifestyle, especially one that keeps away from processed foods, greatly decreases your risk of certain kinds of cancer, such as colon cancer. (Image via webclipart.about.com)

ON YOUR WAY TO A HEAVIER WALLET

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Vegetables are cheaper than chicken, fish, beef, and pork. You’ll be notably saving cash in a week, which you could use for that new paint job for your car, a patio, or even enjoying more quality, organic, and exotic fruits and veggies. (Image via seadogit.com)

ON YOUR WAY TO A PURER SOUL

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Just because you might choose to close an eye, doesn’t mean horrific things don’t occur around the world. Animals are painfully de-beaked, de-horned, die from being kept in overcrowded areas, and are force-fed with tubes down their throat to be meatier. You going vegetarian won’t stop all these, but you’ll have certainly done your part in your lifetime. (Image via lifeasahuman.com)

DOING YOUR PART IN ENVIRONMENTAL PRESERVATION

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Did you know that the raring and raising of cattle for consumption generates more greenhouse gasses than the cars on the road? According to PB&J.org, a person eating a meat-free lunch instead of a beef burger or tuna sandwich saves 2.5 pounds of CO2 emissions, 133 gallons of water, and 24 square feet of land (from deforestation). Just by not eating something, you’ll probably save earth more than you’ve ever had in your life. (Image via lanl.gov)

BY NISHA
http://www.360celsius.com/

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