How to Transition to a Plant-Based​ Diet


Namaskar Today I’d like to talk about making the transition to a plant-based diet. Most of us are aware now of the quadruple benefits of the plant-based diet; for our physical health, the research shows that those that take vegetarian diet have lower incidence of cancer heart disease high blood pressure, they live longer. For our mental health, the vegetarian diet is part of the sentient food category. In the yogic classifications of food, it means that food which is good for body and good for mind. And for our spiritual health, we feel better eating lower on the food chain; Eating plants instead of animals, out of a respect for all life that principle of Ahimsa. A respect for all life. And forth; the health of our planet. As many of us are aware now, that it takes the same for the same amount of energy, water, electricity, land; we produce one kilo of meat, we can get 6 to 10 kilograms of plant-based protein. So for the health of our planet, the vegetarian diet is very very important. The fact is though, that that we may like to make that shift, but our culture doesn’t support a plant-based diet. Whether we are from North America or South America, Europe, Russia, Africa, Australia; practically the whole world except maybe for Asia, the plant-based diet is not part of the culture. Even there are some theories, that say you must eat according to your blood type. But then how do you explain that, for thousands of years people in India and also in Asia, have eaten vegetarian diet mainly, and they don’t have any problems for their health. I wanted to share with you a little bit of my experience, when I first began to be a vegetarian. I remember I was on campus and campus food, vegetarian meant lettuce leaf, cabbage leaf, carrot and tomato. So I had to take my brewers yeast supplement, and with a spoonful of that powder, mix it in my milk, hold my nose and drink it down. That was a tough time to be a
vegetarian. Thankfully now there are many many more alternatives to the plant-based diet. so for me I think there are two important things that make it difficult for most people to shift from the meat diet to the plant-based diet and that is taste and nutrition. So I’d like to address these two points in this video. About taste, I remember a story of one of the earlier disciples. When he met our Master, he said, “I cannot give up meat, I love it so much. How can I do that?” And then the Master said continue to eat meat. Don’t worry and continue to meditate. And before you sit down and have that meal close your eyes and say, “One day I will give this up also.” And lo and behold after six months, the desire to eat meat left him completely. So that is the transformational power of the spiritual meditation. And other practices also help that meditation. Because the body and the mind they change, to become subtle. So the body wants, mind wants something more subtle in the diet as well There was another story of Oprah
Winfrey, when she went on her 21-day body cleanse, she gave up meat, alcohol, tobacco, she thought, “What’s left to eat?” And after 21 days she realised, how many delicious foods which are meatless. So her apprehension turned into a comprehension. So the other things about the taste of the vegetarian food; Nowadays, as I mentioned, there are so many alternatives; looks like me tastes like meat, but not meat. And whether it’s hotdog, imitation hot dogs, imitation chicken imitation duck, soya burgers, tofu; there are so many varieties available. So, we have much more choice than in the previous times. Then about the foretaste as well the Greek salad, it is very well known all over the world and there practically you can add anything which you like as a taste and make a beautiful, healthy Greek salad. When it comes to nutrition, many people are afraid that they won’t get the protein or the nutrition on a plant-based diet. But actually, all the experts say that there is enough nutrition in a well-balanced diet. That’s the important word; well-balanced vegetarian diet. It means a good combination of grains, beans, fruits, vegetables, nuts, seeds, dairy; whether be cow or plant-based milk. This gives the balanced diet that we
need. Sometimes, in the beginning you might feel a little bit of weakness; that’s because the body is adjusting to the new protein source, so in that regard, it’s better to make a slow transition from red meat to white meat, from white meat to seafood, from seafood to the vegetarian diet. This is a more sensible way to approach it. Another thing, it’s important to learn recipes. Although, you know that meat, on its own, have you ever tasted raw meat? it’s very unpalatable. What makes meat tasty, is the spices. So we have to learn how to use spices, maybe a few to start. And for that, maybe take a vegetarian cooking course, Or visit your Asian friends, learn a few recipes from them. Or go to the Asian supermarket; there’s so many different foods, even tofu. Tofu is known to have a much higher
quality or availability of protein than many meat based products. And I was in Taiwan for 18 months and in Taiwan there’s hundreds of varieties of tofu. So in Asian supermarkets you can find many many plant-based products there. And that way you can also experiment, you can have fun, you can learn some new products, new recipes. And this way you can make that gradual change from the meat based diet to the plant-based diet. So in summary I’d like to say how to do it, be patient with yourself. you’re making a big change in your life. Secondly, continue with meditation. That transformational power of meditation and other lifestyle practices that we mentioned in this series, in this channel. And have fun experiments! You will surely grow into loving and enjoying the vegetarian diet, which is so good for your health and the health of our planet. Thank you. Namaskar


13 Responses

  1. Incessant Goi 2

    November 3, 2019 10:07 pm

    The vegan diet does not have B12, which is an essential nutrient.

    My diet is 95% vegan but because of this I eat 2-3 servings of either salmon or eggs per week.

  2. BoxingLion 777

    November 3, 2019 10:20 pm

    I life in the Netherlands Europe, I have to stay off tofu here because chance is very big that its modified tofu. Haven't found any good ones yet.

    Iam also looking for a stable steady b12 source (no animal).
    I only use oatmilk with add b12 right now.

    That is the cleanest one I can find here. I dont trust most supplements so much unnecessary stuff in there.

    What is your opinion on b12 is It really that big of a deal?

    Maby good idea for a video.

    Would love to hear from you guys.

    Wish you all the best.

    Infinite peace and wisdom 🍀

  3. Desi MacD

    November 4, 2019 12:32 am

    I was pure vegetarian when i was in my village (India). Those vegetables were pure nutritions based.. now i am in malaysia and became nonveg.. but here also you can get many varities of vegetables.. even tofu, vegy chicken vegy mutton vegy pork vegy seafood. Etc.. I love Veg prown more delicious then non veg.. again i am planning to be veg. Good luck to me. Than you.. Namaskaram

  4. PHDinTHC™

    November 4, 2019 10:19 am

    ok heres one for ya ,iam 55 soon ,and it only took me 2 weeks to stop eating meat and stop smoking all in 2 weeks ,its not for every one and i hope it dont happen to no one reading this ,,,,,,i had a heart acttack and 2 strokes back 3 or 4 years ago,when i got home from the acttack and them taking out all my teeth its not like it was ,i have no tastes and no smell at all so what about the meat ,well if ya dont have any tastes ,ya may as well be eating some body the way it feels ..and as far as the smoking ya think being a smoker that would be the first thing ya have on ya mind,well iam hard headed ok and in the hospital they would not let me smoke so i got so mad i just had to get over it well after finding out i have no smell and no taste i for got about it really and so i dont smoke no more been 4 years now and dont even thinking about it its almost like i for got to smoke so we just let that alone and hope for the best well that worked out i still dont and i dont eat no meat i was 130bl all my life from high school than i stop eating meat now i am 182bl ,folks say i never looked the best like i do now so i dont know ,,,,its a crazy world we live in,ya dont have to be crazy to live here but it helps out ….so much. if you wake up in the morning ,smile its another day.

  5. Dmitriy Gakh

    November 4, 2019 11:28 am

    Thank you. There are about 2.5 kg of bacteria in our intestines. These bacteria can produce a lot of chemical agents. Moreover I heard that scientist begin to view biological processes through the quantum physics, but not only through the chemistry. This fact makes me think that healthy body can produce necessary chemical elements by micro nuclear reactions.

  6. Joe Smith

    November 4, 2019 9:03 pm

    Thanks for the calming video. I went from standard to whole food-plant based, a health-based version of vegan. I did it to lower my cholesterol which was high. I had a total cholesterol of 211 and it dropped to 124. I had an LDL bad cholesterol of 120, elevated risk of heart attack, to 65, very low risk of heart attack. I was sold on the diet. There were other massive health benefits like coming off blood pressure medication with my doctor supervision, and sustained weight loss.

    Most people believe it's exaggeration that the strict version of healthy vegan reverses heart disease over time: it unclogs arteries, and this is shown with scans of blood vessels so it's proven. No other diet has been proven to do it.

    I am a different man. I think my mental side is better. I don't eat any of the processed foods and all the chemical additives.

    My general diet includes: whole wheat pasta mixed with black beans from a can (no salt), raw spinach 5 ounces daily, almonds 1 ounce daily or less.

    I measure my nutrients in cronometer to ensure I get what I need. The beans are a big help they give lots of fiber and calcium and have beneficial effects that reduce hunger.

  7. dorothy warren

    November 5, 2019 11:08 am

    Oh dear! The background music!! Please,no. We want to hear the content of your talks not have this distraction.


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