Happier and Healthier on a Plant-Based Diet
January 7, 2013
Welcome to the weekly CVA blog! In it you will find famous
quotes, news and commentaries.
- More Fruits and More Veggies Make You Happier
Quote: Jim Morris, vegan professional bodybuilder
- John Salley on
- Bible verse: Proverbs 17:22
- What’s in Pork?
- This Week’s Video: Honoring God’s Creation
More Fruits and More Veggies Make You Happier
study on the effects of food on mood and mental disorders indicates
that consuming more plant-based foods is good for our emotional and
psychological well-being. Although diet has not been a major focus by
psychologists and psychiatrists, the growing evidence that what we eat
does not only affect our physical health, but also our psyches, can no
longer be ignored.
More Fruit, More Veggies, More Happy:
It seems natural
that what we eat affects our well-being in every aspect. After all,
food becomes part of our cells… food becomes us. Eating God’s animals
is, in essence, eating fear, pain and suffering. On the other hand,
eating plant-based foods infuses our bodies and souls with love,
compassion, empathy and joy.
2. This Week’s Famous Quote
“I believe every creature is born with the inalienable right of
freedom. Freedom to live its life in its natural environment, with its
kind, making its decisions. I believe the law should prohibit the
enslavement of non humans for any reason whatsoever.”
Morris, vegan professional bodybuilder
3. John Salley on
More athletes every day realize that switching to
a plant-based diet is a great way to improve fitness and health while
also being compassionate and ethical. A great example is John Salley,
a former NBA star who's played with the Chicago Bulls and the Los
Angeles Lakers. In this interview, he shares what it means for him to
be vegan and what are the greatest misconceptions surrounding
5 Question: Former NBA star John Salley touts the vegan life:
Kudos for Salley who chooses to be a great example! Let’s hope that
more pro-athletes like him realize what a great positive impact they
could have on God’s Creation by adopting a plant-based and therefore
becoming role models for those who want to be good stewards of their
bodies and of all Creation.
4. This Week’s Bible Verse
(RSV) Proverbs 17:22
A cheerful heart is a good
medicine, but a downcast spirit dries up the bones.
Christ's teachings of compassion, mercy and love takes us in a journey
where we see a lot of suffering but also healing and reconciliation.
It's very important, I think, to witness God's love for all Creation
with a joyful heart, which in turns helps our message transcend more.
5. What’s in Pork?
A new study by Consumer
Reports indicates the appalling reality of food safety. After testing
198 samples of raw grocery store pork loins and ground pork, it found
that 69 percent of the samples were contaminated with Yersinia
enterocolitica. What is even more troubling is that these bacteria are
resistant to most common antibiotics due to the overuse of antibiotics
in factory farmed animals.
Great: Antibiotic-Resistant Bacteria on Your Pork Chop:
What can be expected of an industry that seemingly only cares about
profit and not the safety of their products? And why should any
Christian support an industry that abuses God’s animals and puts their
consumers at risk? Christians are called to be mindful, loving and
compassionate. Our choics of diet invariably puts our faith and
actions through a test. If our choice of diet is not aligned with our
values and beliefs then sadly we are not living out the faith of
6. This Week’s Video: Honoring God’s Creation
The CVA has a powerful 26-min video available in DVD and VHS
titled “Honoring God's Creation”. In it, pastors, professors,
physicians and lay Christians discuss how a vegetarian diet is an
important part of their Christian witness. To watch it on-line please
Videos and please share widely!
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