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Archive for December, 2009


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And is it true a vegetarian lifestyle greatly reduces the risk of contracting some chronic, degenerative disease?

A considerable amount of scientific information suggests the existence of a positive relationship between vegetarian lifestyles and the changes of contracting any of the different chronic degenerative disease, such as obesity, heart disease, cancer and others.

Medical researchers have attributed this advantage of longevity and healthy lifestyle, a lifestyle which encourages abstinence from tobacco, and alcoholic drinks on a whole.

So What Makes up a Vegan Diet?

A Vegetarian Diet contains less fat, and is composed of a large variety of vegetables, fruits. Whole grains, legumes, nuts (walnuts or pecans, almonds, etc) and nonfat or low-fat milk products.

If you want to try a vegetarian diet, you must pay attention to protein sources. Meats, eggs, and dairy foods provide the bulk of most people’s daily protein needs. Cutting some or all of those out will lower your protein intake, unless you make the effort to include higher protein plant foods.

Simply going vegetarian does not guarantee a healthy diet. It is easy to eat a high fat/low fiber vegetarian diet. What I’m trying to say is: whether or not you eat meat, you still have to pay attention to fat intake. Simply eliminating meat from your diet does not automatically mean you are eating less fat.

This reverts me back to my original Question:Is a Vegetarian Diet Better? I’m curious to hear you take on this subject? Let’s hear about it in the comments.

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In less than four days the main Christmas holiday will be upon us, and already I have seen, to a great extent that this is still the season for “caring and sharing” even though the sharing portion might be a bit shortened this year by elections campaigns and that several countries suffering from extremely weakened economies.

Still, for the most part, there are several individuals, groups and organisations that continue to make the effort to ensure, especially, the less fortunate groups among us are given an opportunity to enjoy some of those things they would not have had access to during the rest of the year. I pray that the authorities and members of the general public seek to find ways in which they might be able to do more to assist those in the country who might not be able to assist themselves.

From caring and sharing to peace on earth and goodwill to all men, the lessons are there to be learnt. We do well at Christmas and possibly another time or two during the year but, for the most part, there is much to be desired and this holiday season should remind each of us of this and get us to move accordingly.

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With mounting pressure coming from all around, many of the Caribbean islands have again turned to the safer tourism industry, trying to see how much they might be able to squeeze out this way.

Recently, even tourism has come under fire and in this particular instance it is England that has chosen to start applying what has been described as ridiculously high tax payments in regards to Air Passenger Duty (APD) in flights out of the United Kingdom (UK).

If this Air Passenger Duty is instituted it would cause countless hardships on many Caribbean countries that know the European market is the most profitable as far as tourism is concerned. It is likely that several small island tourism industries will take an incredible hit from this move by the UK. Also the region’s tourism sector will be at a competitive disadvantage to other destinations which were further away but in a band that charged less duty.

In addition, the Band C tax, the area in which the Caribbean falls, is to increase by 50 per cent next year, whereas Band B would increase by 33 per cent.

The fact of the matter is that with the Caribbean having so many financial rugs being pulled from under their feet it can least afford to not take a firm stand against what the United Kingdom has proposed.

It often said that tourism is everybody’s business and at no time does that ring more true that the present. The Caribbean simply cannot afford to have this happen.

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