Five Ways a Plant Based Diet Improves Your Mood and Mental Health

First, a plant based diet helps with depression because a vegan diet includes more complex carbohydrates than diets based on meat, dairy and eggs. Complex carbohydrates increase the feel good hormone, serotonin, in your brain.

Sources of complex carbs are whole grains such as rice, quinoa and oats; pasta; barley; potatoes; corn; and legumes (beans, peas, peanuts and lentils).

Second, a vegan diet boosts your immune system because you consume more vitamins and nutrients than you would if you ate meat, dairy and eggs. You help prevent illnesses and diseases with vitamin C which helps your body produce antibodies and stimulates the production of white blood cells, and vitamin E which acts as a powerful antioxidant that fights infection. Less illness and disease contribute to a better mood, more energy and overall happiness.

Third, a plant based diet improves your quality of sleep due to the increased consumption of minerals such as magnesium and calcium which are conducive to more regulated and effective sleep cycles. Magnesium helps the quality of your sleep and calcium aids your sleep cycle. Sources of magnesium and calcium are green vegetables, oats, figs, tofu, beans, butternut squash, sweet potatoes, barley, oranges and raisins.

Fourth, a vegan diet decreases anxiety and stress because a vegan diet lowers your blood pressure, cholesterol and weight. In addition, you consume more vitamins and minerals including calcium, potassium, magnesium and vitamin B that have been linked to lower stress levels; and vitamins A, C and E which contain antioxidants that repel free radical molecules which cause cell damage and inflammation.

Fifth, a plant based diet allows you to vibrate at a high frequency so that you stay mentally and spiritually clear. Veganism produces lots of serotonin or the happy hormone.

In addition, peace begins on your plate. It doesn’t make sense to put dead flesh or toxic byproducts and secretions into a living body. Nonhuman beings are sentient, conscious and self-aware. In the factory farms, they can smell death and fear. They know what is happening to their loved ones, and they know their fate. When living beings know their death is imminent, they release hormones such as cortisol into their bodies because they don’t want to die. They go into a state of fear and terror.

When you consume the flesh, byproducts and secretions of nonhuman beings, your energy, mood and spirit are adversely affected because you absorb the negative energy of their pain.

Today, a lot of people live in fear. Gandhi proposed, “The enemy is fear. We think it is hate; but, it is fear.”

When you vibrate on a low frequency, your energy is dense and dark, and you experience heavy problems, lethargy, drama, physical pain, depression, and other negative, toxic emotions.

In contrast, when you vibrate at a high frequency, your energy is light, and you enjoy personal power, clarity, peace, love, joy, synchronicities and manifestations.

Moreover, a vegan diet does not include the presence of arachidonic acid (or AA), a nonhuman source of omega-6 fatty acids that causes mood disturbing changes at high levels. Bipolar disorder or manic depression is a severe psychiatric illness which is treated with anti-manic drugs that decrease AA in the brain.

Finally, a vegan diet opens your third eye or your pineal gland which raises your level of consciousness, intuition, knowledge and wisdom.

Plants are live foods full of enzymes and rich nutrients as opposed to dead foods that calcify and block your third eye which keeps you in a low frequency and in a state of fear.

Pacifism can literally save our planet.

Pacifism means nonviolence and creates a higher level of consciousness.

Pacifists live in alignment with the values of Benevolence, Compassion, Empathy, Peace, the Golden Rule, Reverence for all life, Gentleness and Kindness.

I invite all of you to participate in a fun activity. Just click on the link below and you will see a list of various ways you can enjoy a peaceful lifestyle. If you have questions, feel free to contact me via carol@newhopenow.net.

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I am not a licensed physician or scientist.

All views expressed on this website are based upon my personal experience and/or research.

Ten Ways a Plant Based Diet Improves Your Physical Health

First of all, since you are an energetic being, you need to eat energetic food to stay healthy.

Plants are energetic foods that detoxify and neutralize your body, enhance immune function and produce serotonin, the happy hormone, which alleviates depression, relieves stress and boosts energy.

A plant based diet contains live alkaline foods, enzymes and life force energy rather than acidic foods.  A high acidic diet of meat, dairy and eggs causes inflammation and creates mucus in your body which cause diseases and illnesses.    

Second, a vegan diet counteracts the genetic likelihood of developing illnesses and diseases.

The antioxidants in a plant based diet repel free radical molecules (that cause cell damage and inflammation.)

You not only dramatically reduce, if not eliminate, your chances of diagnoses of degenerative diseases such as cancer, heart disease, diabetes and autoimmune diseases as well as chronic conditions such as obesity, arthritis, acne and digestive disorders; but you can reverse these problems if you have them as evidenced by testimonies of patients who have been able to stop taking their medications.

Third, a plant based diet provides higher energy levels and stamina, and better overall functioning of the body than a diet based on meat, dairy and eggs.

Foods rich in healthy fats, vitamins and minerals boost energy level as well as reduce stress and anxiety.

A vegan diet maintains healthy organs, skin, hair and nails.

Your eyes look brighter, whiter and more sparkling; your skin glows; your hair grows faster and looks shinier; your nails get stronger and grow longer; and you stay healthy.

Fourth, a vegan diet is rich in nutrients.

Many studies have reported that a plant based diet provides more fiber, antioxidants, vitamins, minerals, phytochemicals and unsaturated fats than a diet based on meat, dairy and eggs.

A vegan diet includes whole plant based foods including milks such as almond, hemp and coconut; lots of vegetables and fruit; whole grains such as rice, quinoa and oats; potatoes; corn; legumes (beans, peas, peanuts and lentils); nuts; soy and seeds.

In addition, within reason for optimal health, you can enjoy pizza, pasta, fajitas, chocolate, ice cream, cake, cookies, brownies, potato chips, french fries, burgers, unfined or unfiltered wine as well as most beers and liquor. Ben & Jerry’s makes lots of delicious non dairy ice cream flavors, the Beyond Burger is available in many fine restaurants, Burger King sells the Impossible Whopper…you have plenty of options!

Now, with regard to within reason and for optimal health, all my fellow body builders should remember during the 1980s, Arnold advised us about too much white sugar, white flour and white rice which he called white death.

Fifth, a plant based diet helps you find and maintain your ideal weight.

A plant based diet naturally contains less calories. You easily and naturally find your ideal weight without counting calories.

Sixth, a vegan diet improves heart health.

Since vegans usually consume fewer calories than people who consume meat dairy and eggs, vegans generally have a lower body mass index (or BMI) and a reduced risk of obesity.

A lower BMI generally means lower levels of harmful cholesterol and lower blood pressure.

Seventh, a plant based diet lowers blood sugar levels and improves kidney function.

Vegans generally have healthy blood sugar levels and high insulin sensitivity (which allows cells of the body to use blood glucose more effectively).

Eighth, a vegan diet reduces pain and symptoms of conditions that have not yet disappeared.

A plant based diet provides relief of symptoms such as arthritic pain, joint swelling and stiffness; and diabetic sharp, burning, nerve pain.

Ninth, a plant based diet promotes good gut hormones.

Vegans have higher levels of beneficial gut hormones than those who consume meat, dairy and eggs who have fecal bile acid in their guts which can cause gastrointestinal infections.

Meat, dairy and eggs are difficult to digest because more stomach acid secretion, pancreatic enzyme secretion and bile synthesis are required to break down these acidic byproducts, secretions and flesh.

Last, but not least, a vegan diet builds and maintains muscle mass and strength, and strong bones.

Not only is it inefficient to feed grain to nonhuman beings, then eat them, but they get their protein and necessary nutrients from plants. The strongest nonhumans in the world such as gorillas, rhinos, elephants and horses all eat a plant based diet.

Pacifism can literally save our planet.

Pacifism means nonviolence and creates a higher level of consciousness.

Pacifists live in alignment with the values of Benevolence, Compassion, Empathy, Peace, the Golden Rule, Reverence for all life, Gentleness and Kindness.

I invite all of you to participate in a fun activity. Just click on the link below and you will see a list of various ways you can enjoy a peaceful lifestyle. If you have questions, feel free to contact me via carol@newhopenow.net.

https://www.newhopenow.net/wp-content/uploads/2019/11/Acts-of-Compassion.pdf

I am not a licensed physician or scientist.

All views expressed on this website are based upon my personal experience and/or research.

Factory Farming and Pollution of Air, Water and Land

Nonhuman beings who are bred and raised for food exist in concentrated animal feeding operations (CAFOs) known as factory farms.

Hundreds to millions of nonhuman beings, usually dairy cows, pigs and chickens, are packed into massive windowless buildings where they are confined in boxes or stalls.

These factory farms produce huge amounts of their sewage and other pollutants.

The quantity of urine and feces from the smallest factory farm is equivalent to the urine and feces produced by 16,000 humans.

The waste contains disease-causing pathogens, chemicals, pharmaceuticals and heavy metals.

Over 168 gases are emitted from the waste, including hazardous chemicals such as ammonia, hydrogen sulfide and methane.

Airborne particulate matter carries disease-causing bacteria, fungus or other pathogens.

These innocent, nonhuman beings frequently die in factory farms, and their broken, lifeless bodies contribute to the waste.

Accordingly, whether they are “grass fed” or not given “antibiotics or hormones” remains completely irrelevant.  Big Ag is duping you again the same way the cigarette commercials advertised the tobacco in Lucky Strikes as “toasted.” 

Difference between Plants and Animals

ALL ANIMALS FEEL PAIN, but…

Do plants feel pain?  NO!  Plants do not have brains or central nervous systems.  They cannot feel anything.

Watch this short, easy to understand, video from Mercy for Animals and chooseveg.com.

Mercy for Animals graciously granted permission for the use of this video on June 11, 2019.

In addition, since nonhuman beings generally possess keener, more acute senses than human beings,

nonhuman beings may feel more than human beings

according to Renowned Bioethics Professor Peter Singer who wrote Animal Liberation in 1975. 

All animals feel pain.  Professor Singer states, “The behavioral signs include writhing, facial contortions, moaning, yelping or other forms of calling, attempts to avoid the source of pain, appearance of fear and terror at the prospect of its repetition, screaming, crying, trying to physically escape.”(1)

Professor Singer explains that if sentient human beings feel pain, then sentient nonhuman beings do also because both species possess nervous systems.  Both sentient human and sentient nonhuman beings have “nervous systems which provide physiological signs of pain:  an initial rise in blood pressure, dilated pupils, perspiration and increased pulse rate, and if the stimulus continues, a fall in blood pressure.”(2)

Infamous and beloved Dr. Jane Goodall noted in her study of chimpanzees in In the Shadow of Man “when it comes to expression of feelings and emotions, language is less important than nonlinguistic modes of communication such as cheering, a pat on the back, an exuberant embrace, a clasp of hands, etc.  The basic signals we use to convey pain, fear, anger, love, joy, surprise, sexual arousal and many other emotional states are not specific to our own species.”(3)

SCIENTIFIC EVIDENCE SHOWS THAT CENTRAL NERVOUS SYSTEMS ENABLE ALL ANIMALS TO POSSESS THE ABILITY TO FEEL.

ALL ANIMALS HAVE CENTRAL NERVOUS SYSTEMS.

THUS, ALL ANIMALS HAVE THE ABILITY TO FEEL.

OKAY, NOW THAT WE UNDERSTAND NONHUMAN BEINGS DO, IN FACT, HAVE FEELINGS, WE KNOW THAT NONHUMAN BEINGS ARE SENTIENT because

Sentience is the capability of feeling.

Sentience represents the exclusive requirement for consciousness or self-awareness.  All human and nonhuman living beings possess sentience because all living beings have the ability to experience feelings of pain, sadness, loneliness, depression, pleasure, happiness, love, joy, etc. 

(1)  Peter Singer, Animal Liberation, The Definitive Classic of the Animal Movement (New York:  Harper-Collins Publishers, 2009) 11.

(2)  Singer 11.

(3)  Singer 14.

In the Bible, God said it was Okay for us to Eat Nonhuman Beings

Jesus spoke Aramaic, and the Old Testament was written in Hebrew and Aramaic. The New Testament was written in Greek. Both Testaments were translated to Latin and then to English. Most people never studied Hebrew, Aramaic, Greek and Latin, and languages do not translate perfectly.

In order to determine Jesus’s intention, one must look to the scholars. In Genesis 1:26, the Bible states that God gave humans “dominion over creatures.” Many Hebrew scholars believe the word “dominion” is a very poor translation of the original Hebrew word “v’yirdu” which actually meant “to rule over” as a wise king rules over his subjects with CARE and RESPECT. It implied a sense of RESPONSIBILITY and ENLIGHTENED STEWARDSHIP.

Likewise, Gandhi professed, “Unlike the animal, God has given man the faculty of reason. Ethically they had arrived at the conclusion that man’s supremacy over lower animals meant not that the former should prey upon the latter, but that the higher should PROTECT the lower, and that there should be mutual aid between the two as between man and man. They had also brought out the truth that man eats not for enjoyment but to live.”

Mark Twain concurred. “Of all the creatures, man is the most detestable. Of the entire brood, he’s the one that possesses malice. He is the only creature that inflicts pain for sport, knowing it to be pain. The fact that man knows right from wrong proves his intellectual superiority to the other creatures; but the fact that he can do wrong proves his moral inferiority to any creature that cannot.”

If God wants us to breed into existence billions of nonhuman beings to enslave, torture and slaughter them (mostly as babies) for sensory pleasure, then what in the world could the Devil possibly want?

If you study religion or philosophy, there exists a common theme of Goodness which implies Compassion, Empathy, Gentleness, Kindness, Peace and the Golden Rule…which supports Veganism; not Violence, Torture and Slaughter.

Sentience

SENTIENCE, EMPATHY AND THE GOLDEN RULE

SENTIENCE

Sentience is the capability of feeling.  People who are sentient are self-aware and conscious.  They naturally have a will to live and to avoid pain.  They can feel love, joy, happiness, pleasure, sadness, depression, loneliness and pain.  About 50 years ago, science has proven that animals also possess sentience as evidenced by wagging tails, exuberant leaps, facial expressions, body language, yelps and screams.   

EMPATHY

We cannot solve a problem if we do not know it exists or if we do not understand it.  Thanks to the passionate and tireless work of Nonhuman Rights Advocates and Activists who have made the invisible visible through undercover investigations; and scientists, academicians, authors, movie producers and directors, and other professionals who have repetitively and continuously explained the Truth to us, we now can accept the following Facts.

  1. Nonhuman beings can suffer and feel pain just like human beings.
  2. The latest statistic shows that about 70 billion nonhuman beings (including sea life) are tortured and slaughtered every year for food.  About ten percent of innocent beings reared for food do not make it to the slaughterhouses because they die from stress, trauma, injuries and diseases.
  3. Nonhuman beings, most of whom are bred and used for food, clothing, products for humans, research and experimentation, and entertainment; experience unconscionable torture every day of their short, miserable lives…torture that would certainly be considered criminal if a private individual committed it.  For example, pigs, who have proven to be as social as dogs with the intelligence of three year old human children are castrated by workers who cut into their skin and rip out their testicles without anesthesia while they are babies.  (You can watch the graphic details on the free talks, videos and films in the Resources section of this website or on any animal rights organization’s media.)  Next, they chop off their tails also without anesthesia.  Once, the piglets reach market weight, they are unwillingly forced to slaughter.  They are knocked in the head with a steel rod, hung upside down, then their throats are slit.  Of course, they remain fully conscious while they scream and cry in agony as they bleed to death.  Alternatively, they are boiled alive.

Can you imagine what this would feel like?  Think about it.  How would you feel if this were done to you?  How would you feel if this were done to your mother, father, sister, brother, daughter, son or best friend?

If you would not want to be treated like this yourself or if you would not wish your loved ones to be treated this way, then you should stop supporting the the factory farming and animal agricultural industry immediately by not purchasing the products and by-products of nonhuman beings.

The basic premise of economics is supply and demand.  The reason for this holocaust is demand.  If demand is zero, then supply must also be zero.  There exist delicious alternatives for meat, dairy and eggs; fashionable faux silk, feathers, leather, wool and fur clothing, accessories and footwear; vegan, cruelty-free, effective cosmetic and bath products that look and smell wonderful; alternatives to animal testing that have proven less expensive and more accurate because nonhumans do not react the same way to drugs as humans; and rescue sanctuaries where humans can visit and interact with nonhuman beings.  If we all avoid the use of nonhuman beings, we would enjoy tremendous perks.  We could literally feed everyone in the world, improve our health, enhance the global economy and environment dramatically, and save our planet!

THE GOLDEN RULE

The question is not “Is the unconscionable torture and killing of nonhuman beings (as in animals or things or commodities or resources for human exploitation) morally acceptable?”

Rather, the question is “Is the unconscionable torture and killing of human beings morally acceptable?” because they are just like us with regard to feelings or sentience, the necessary and sufficient characteristic of a person.

The question is “Would it make a difference if they were human?”