I met a really cool woman recently who helped me make the decision to try a vegetarian life style for…a month. I actually took it even further and was a vegan for a month to see if my cholesterol went down but then forgot to check my cholesterol. I stopped the vegan month when my husband made me eggs and chicken sausage for Mother’s Day breakfast. I promise to try again soon.
In the meantime, here’s some info about a vegetarian diet along with transcendental meditation which seems to be helping a lot of people. We are in some crazy times in this world right now so we need to do everything we can to keep it together. My only concern is I’d have to sit still to do TM….
Meditation and Vegetarian Diet as Part of a Healthy Lifestyle
By Susan Shumsky
What do Ivanka Trump, Cameron Diaz, Hugh Jackman, Howard Stern, and Deepak Chopra have in common? All learned TM (Transcendental Meditation), and all claim to eat a healthy diet, free from red meat, as do a growing list of celebrities that includes Katy Perry, Meghan Markle, Tom Hanks, Ellen DeGeneres, Tom Brady, and Rivers Cuomo.
Maharishi Mahesh Yogi, guru of the Beatles and of Deepak Chopra, founded TM back in the 1960s. He taught six million people to meditate and often appeared on Johnny Carson’s Tonight Show and the Merv Griffin Show. Maharishi’s photo graced the cover of every major magazine.
Today TM has become a cool club again as hundreds of superstar celebrities have joined the TM bandwagon through the David Lynch Foundation. Promoted by a surprising A-List of superstars, the foundation is bringing TM to at-risk populations, such as abused women, prisoners, war veterans, and kids in dangerous neighborhoods.
More than 400 scientific studies on TM point to a wide variety of health benefits. It reduces stress, anxiety, depression, insomnia, blood pressure, cholesterol, stroke, free radicals, pre-diabetes, pain, cardiovascular disease, and substance abuse. The practice enhances levels of brain functioning, intelligence, creativity, learning ability, academics, school behavior, integration of personality, and longevity.
Learning and practicing TM is surprisingly easy. Cameron Diaz said, “It was the easiest thing I have ever learned… so simple to practice, and yet the amount of restoration that comes to you, the benefit across your life, it changed everything.”
Vegetarians live longer, healthier lives than meat eaters, and they develop fewer disabling chronic conditions. Some of this can be attributed to the healthier lifestyle they follow, which includes abstinence from tobacco and alcohol. Vegetarians report that their diet makes them feel lighter, brighter, and happier.
So how can you be a vegetarian and still get the protein you need? Here’s a list of protein-rich foods you can eat on a vegetarian diet: eggs, cheese, milk, cream, yoghurt, chia seeds, edamame, tofu, hemp seeds, amaranth, quinoa, teff, triticale, sprouted bread (Ezekiel brand), hummus, buckwheat, beans, chick peas, legumes, sweet peas, sugar peas, green beans, bean sprouts, spinach, sun-dried tomatoes, artichokes, peanut butter, cashew butter, almond butter, sunflower seeds, pumpkin seeds, nuts, guava.
Susan Shumsky, author of Maharishi & Me: Seeking Enlightenment with the Beatles’ Guru, studied under the TM founder, the late Maharishi Mahesh Yogi, for 22 years, and was on his personal staff for 6 of those years.