The Statistics of Vegetarians Vs. Meat-Eaters GORD KERR REVIEWED BY: JILL CORLEONE

If you’re trying to eat healthier, you may be considering omitting meat from your diet. Many restaurants and supermarkets now offer protein alternatives to make your decision easier. But is a vegetarian diet healthier? Learn about the pros and cons of a diet for vegetarian or vegan vs. a meat-eater to inform you as you consider changing your lifestyle.

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Although all vegetarians avoid eating meat, poultry and sometimes fish, there are many different variations of the vegetarian diet.

  • Vegans are total vegetarians who do not eat any animal products such meat, poultry and fish, including dairy products, eggs and honey.
  • Lacto vegetarians avoid all meat, poultry, fish and eggs, but they consume dairy products.
  • Lacto-ovo vegetarians don’t eat the flesh of any animal. No meat, poultry or fish, but eggs and dairy products are acceptable.
  • Ovo vegetarians eat eggs but refrain from eating meat, poultry, fish and dairy products.
  • Pesco vegetarians or pescatarians avoid meat but may eat fish.
  • Pollo-vegetarians don’t eat red meat but eat poultry.

How Many People Are Vegetarians?

Approximately 8 million adults in the U.S. do not eat meat, poultry or fish, according to the 2016 National Harris Poll published by the Vegetarian Resource Group. About one-half of vegetarians are also vegans — approximately 3.7 million U.S. adults.

Vegetarians, including vegans, make up the following percentages of the U.S. population:

  • 3.2 percent are adult males
  • 3.5 percent are adult females
  • 5.3 percent are ages 18 to 34
  • 3.1 percent are ages 35 to 44
  • 2.2 percent are ages 45 to 54
  • 1.8 percent are over age 65

Additionally, an increasing number of people have omitted or cut back on red meat consumption but still eat chicken and fish. Statistics show that 37 percent of Americans often or always eat vegetarian meals when dining out. This has major implications on the food and restaurant industry, which must offer meat alternatives and vegetarian dishes.

Reasons Why People Go Vegetarian

People choose to eat vegetarian for a variety of reasons. The Humane Research Council took a survey of the primary and contributory motivations for individuals to become vegetarians. Most people have multiple reasons for their transition, but the following are some of the more common:

  • Compassion for animals
  • To eat a generally healthier diet
  • To avoid additives and antibiotics in meat
  • A dislike for the taste of meat
  • To reduce impact on the environment
  • To reduce disease, like cancer and diabetes
  • For religious convictions
  • To eat less expensively
  • To lose weight
  • To reduce intake of cholesterol and fat

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Will Sit-Ups Get Rid of My Belly Fat? By Jennifer R. Scot

sit ups to reduce belly fat

Many exercisers wonder if sit ups burn belly fat. If you’re like most frustrated exercisers, you do countless crunches and see only a small result. It may cause you to question the purpose of sit ups. Well, wonder no more. Here’s the low down on the popular exercise. Find out what sit ups can and can not do for your belly before you invest any more time or energy.

Sit Ups and Belly Fat

Belly fat can be especially difficult to reduce. For many people, the abdominal area is where much of their excess fat is located. It’s not impossible to get rid of tummy fat but you have to be patient.

Unfortunately, you can’t reduce the fat in your abdomen by doing sit-ups alone. Spot reducing, or doing exercises to get rid of fat in a targeted area, is not effective. When you exercise, you can’t choose where you lose fat. But that doesn’t mean that doing sit-ups is a waste of your time.

The Purpose of Sit Ups

Abdominal exercises like the sit up, or the abdominal crunch, serve a very important function. These exercises strengthen and tone the muscles in your belly area. This area is often called your core. It’s the area between your rib cage and your hip bones.

When you strengthen your core, you improve the way that your body moves during the day. Your posture improves and daily activities (like lifting heavy objects) become easier to manage. Having a strong core may help you to stay more active during the day—which can help you to burn more calories and lose weight faster.

Building muscles with sit-ups can also help to improve the appearance of your belly. But if you carry fat in your abdomen, the muscles will not show. Instead, they will be buried under a layer of fat. So to get a flatter belly, you need to do sit-ups alongside a fat-reduction program.

How to Reduce Tummy Belly Fat 

You can measure your waist circumference to see if you need to reduce belly fat. Reducing the fat that you carry in the midsection may help to reduce your risk for disease. But most people also feel that it makes them look better. And most people feel better when they lose excess weight.

With a combination of

 

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5 Major Health Benefits of Yoga Top 5 Amazing Benefits of Yoga By Djohny Alexandre

Yoga is one of the simplest forms of exercise you can do to improve your health, mind, and body. All you need is a yoga mat, and some comfortable clothing or none if you prefer naked yoga!

Research shows that adding this ancient practice into your lifestyle can help boost your brain and heart health as well as the body strength and flexibility— just to name a few.

To put simply, there is not a thing yoga can not improve!

So if you’ve have been thinking about getting started, here are five reasons to motivate and propel you forward.

1. Improves Your Flexibility

If you’ve ever watched a yoga class or people doing yoga poses, one thing you probably noticed is that they pretty flexible.

Especially performing poses such as the downward facing dog, seated forward bend, and standing forward fold.

This doesn’t mean you need to be flexible to do yoga, but if you practice regularly and stick with it, you’ll notice a gradual increase in your flexibility. And eventually, seemingly impossible poses will become a piece of cake.

In addition to an improvement in your flexibility, aches and pains will start to disappear, which is often associated with tight

 

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21 Vegan Desserts That Ditch the Dairy but Not the Flavor by Anisha Jhaveri

No matter how much more popular veganism is becoming these days, some people can’t shake the perception that all egg- and dairy-free desserts must taste like flavorless slabs of sandpaper. Clearly, these people have never tried any of these 100 percent vegan recipes.

The cookies in this roundup don’t contain butter, the pies have no eggs, and you won’t find cream cheese frosting anywhere near the cupcakes, but thanks to a few simple yet clever swaps, they’re all delicious examples of how a purely plant-based diet can translate to some pretty mind-blowing sweet treats. So don’t let the vegan label throw you off; any of these 21 vegan desserts would steal the show at the table.

Cookies and Bars

You’ll go (coco)nuts for these rich, soft chocolate-covered bars made with just four ingredients and in a grand total of six little minutes. With coconut oil, unsweetened coconut, and maple syrup, they’re just like Almond Joy bars, but healthier and even more addictive.

These fudgy treats taste just like something out of a Betty Crocker brownie mix, but we bet good ol’ Betty never thought to put

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A Shaman’s Guide To Quitting Smoking

(This was posted in the past and no longer indicative of where I am now as a shaman. However, it might be valid information for where you are in your journey so I still have it publicly available. To get the latest updates, visit my YouTube Channel for daily videos, livestreams and more. To book a session or consultation, visit theconcretetribe.com.)

There are many techniques and processes for the very painful act of quitting smoking tobacco. It is not easy and if you are a smoker, quitting should not be undertaken lightly. Smoking tobacco is one of the most addictive things you can do and quitting it is no small feat. As a former pack a day smoker, I can tell you that smoking was part of my life for 20 years so quitting, for me, meant that my entire framework and conceptual reality changed overnight. You will feel beat up by life for at least a four week period which I outline below. Your life will change. When I quit smoking it was like a grieving process and having the flu all at once.

No more taking smoke breaks—which I missed almost immediately. No more stepping outside or taking brief walks with a cigarette dangling from my lips. No more inhaling and exhaling nicotine laden puffs of smoke…that also contain nearly 600 other chemicals depending upon which brand you smoked. No more smoking. And I let that sink in. I was no longer a smoker because I had reached my….

Break Point

This is the point when you decide to quit smoking. An event or a situation leads you to the decision. Sometimes it is immediate and sometimes it is gradual but most non-smokers can tell you that there was the point when they knew they were done with it.

You cannot force a break point. It will happen naturally. You will just reach the point when you know

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8 Powerful Ancient Qigong Exercises for Cultivating Healing Energy in the Body

BY MISHA RUTH COHEN

qigong-exercises-energy-lightregularly practicing qigong exercises is a remarkably powerful way to accumulate healing energy in the body. photo: lerina winter.

What is Qigong and Why is it Essential?

Qigong (pronounced: chee-gun), which combines meditative and physically active elements, is the basic exercise system within Chinese medicine. Qigong exercises are designed to help you preserve your Jing, strengthen and balance the flow of Qi energy, and enlighten your Shen.

Its dynamic exercises and meditations have Yin and Yang aspects: The Yin is being it; the Yang is doing it. Yin qigong exercises are expressed through relaxed stretching, visualization, and breathing.

Yang qigong exercises are expressed in a more aerobic or dynamic way. They are particularly effective for supporting the immune system. In China, Qigong is used extensively for people with cancer.

Qigong’s physical and spiritual routines move Qi energy through the Twelve Primary Channels and Eight Extra Channels, balancing it, smoothing the flow, and strengthening it. Chinese medicine uses Qigong exercises to maintain health, prevent illness, and extend longevity because it is a powerful tool for maintaining and restoring harmony to the Organ Systems, Essential Substances, and Channels. Qigong is also used for non-medical purposes, such as for fighting and for pursuing enlightenment.

Anyone of any age or physical condition can do Qigong. You don’t have to be able to run a marathon or bench press a car to pursue healthfulness and enjoy the benefits.

When you design your qigong exercise / meditation practice, you will pick what suits your individual constitution. Some of us are born with one type of constitution; some with another. We each have inherited imbalances that we cannot control but with which we must work. That’s why for some people it is easier to achieve balance and strength than it is for others. But whatever your nature, Qigong can help you become the most balanced you can be.

Qigong is truly a system for a lifetime. That’s why so many people over age sixty in China practice Qigong and Tai Chi. The effects may be powerful, but the routines themselves are usually gentle. Even the dynamic exercises—some of which explode the Qi energy— use forcefulness in different ways than in the West. The following are some effects of Qigong exercises practiced regularly.

The Benefits of Regular Practice

Maintaining Health
Qigong exercises help maintain health by creating a state of mental and physical calmness, which indicates that the Qi energy is balanced and harmonious. This allows the mind/body/spirit to function most efficiently, with the least amount of stress.

When you start practicing Qigong exercises, the primary goal is to concentrate on letting go, letting go, letting go. That’s because most imbalance comes from holding on to too much for too long. Most of us are familiar with physical strength of muscles, and when we think about exercising, we think in terms of tensing muscles. Qi energy is different. Qi strength is revealed by a smooth, calm, concentrated effort that is free of stress and does not pit one part of the body against another.

qigong-breathing-in-the-mountainsqigong exercises are often used to develop and strengthen the energy body in preparation for higher states and stages of consciousness. photo: lerina winter

Managing Illness
It’s harder to remedy an illness than to prevent it, and Qigong has powerful preventive effects. However,

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