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Vegetarian "Little Secrets"

Most people who don’t know anything about the vegetarian lifestyle think that is must be pure drudgery being a vegetarian and giving up meat.  That is a misconception because even though meat is not a part of a vegetarian diet, it isn’t about what you are going without, it is what is in your diet and in your life that makes a vegetarian lifestyle work so well.  If you actually interviewed a vegetarian, the last thing they would say is that they are all about not eating meat.  Instead they are about living in healthy way in a way that is at peace with the environment and with their own bodies.
The body of knowledge about vegetarians that most people don’t know is pretty astounding.  Most people do understand the basic three reasons someone becomes a vegetarian which are health, animal rights and spiritual or moral reasons.  But there are a number of side benefits and little secrets only vegetarians know that if they became popularized, the flood of converts to vegetarianism would be overwhelming. 

Some of those little secrets include…

. Vegetarians are not depressed as much as others because they know some secrets to overcoming depression naturally.
. Vegetarians do not struggle with weight issues as much as others. 
. Vegetarians are better informed about nutrition and know how to make the most of what they eat.
. Vegetarians sleep better, are more energetic and need less sleep than meat eaters.
. Vegetarians have a much reduced incidence of cancer, heart disease and digestive disorders.
. Vegetarians live longer than meat eaters.

One secret vegetarians know that gets almost no press is the power of walnuts.  There is a little known chemical in walnuts called serotonin that is a powerful antidepressant.  Now you can get your doctor to prescribe an artificial anti depressant which can cost you a lot of money and put you at risk for chemical dependency.  Or you can make a nice hot cup of tea with walnut as part of the mix.  About half a walnut shell mixed in with your regular tea brew fills the drink with serotonin.  Taken regularly, you will feel the effects of a chemical pick me up that can combat depression very effectively.

Another little secret of vegetarians runs against the normal rules of dieting to get the full value of nutrients you might expect from eating a salad.  Diet theory would have you use no salad dressing or at very least a zero fat or low fat salad dressing.  Vegetarians who are more in touch with the effects of foods in their bodies know that the real value of eating salad are the natural nutrients in leafy vegetables called carotenoids.  But science has shown us that the best way to pull cerotenoids from green vegetables is to use a higher fat salad dressing.  So enjoy that fatty dressing because your vegetarian lifestyle will deliver plenty of weight loss value to you even with this small indulgence that can do you so much good.

Speaking of tea, green tea is often a staple of a vegetarians diet because of the little health secrets buried in this amazing drink.  Green tea has powers to help your digestive system, help combat depression and to accelerate weight loss that ancient cultures like the Chinese and India have known for centuries.  Vegetarians have caught up on this secret of health knowledge ahead of us so its time well learned from their wisdom.

These are just a few of the wisdom of the ancients that have been rediscovered by the modern vegetarian “craze”.  But it really isn’t a craze because once you start living a healthy life cashing in on these many benefits a vegetarian lifestyle will give you, you will never want to go back.


Respect Regardless Of Age

It never ceases to amaze me at my job, the lack of respect that customers have for people in the food and beverage industry. Grant you that we are there to provide a service to the customers but let’s remember that the people providing this service are human beings and not dogs.

During the hard recession that we just had in the last 2 years has left many older American with fewer choices for employment. Many of us that held corporate jobs, have had to take employment and jobs at a much lower pay scale. A hefty number of these jobs are in the food and beverage industry.  As a result, the over 40 age group was left to take these jobs. Mind you, it is not a glorious one either. Long hours, standing for long periods of time, bosses/supervisors in their 20’s and the disrespect from customers.

I, personally, find it difficult to just stand there and “take it” when someone treats this 50 year old like a 12 year old kid. Getting yelled at and getting talked down to is not my idea of a good working environment. I have had kids and teenagers talk to me as if I were not worth the shoes that I wore. It is like I am being degraded.

I might be a food and beverage employee, but at least give me the respect I deserve for being on this earth for over 45+ years. As I was taught as a child, always treat your elders with respect. That is all I ask for. Respect!