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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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Big Papa's Restaurant & Sports Bar

Big Papa’s Restaurant & Sports Bar was a big disappointment. We went on a night the restaurant had advertised specials, but we found the menu limited because supposedly it was the regular chef’s night off. It was also the regular waiter’s night off, and the replacement knew nothing and could do less. They also had no fruit juices or sodas, only alcoholic drinks to offer. The food was not very good and the price was high.

They offer “free” Internet and we had our laptop with us. The Internet was free, but the wireless connection did not work, and they demanded $5 for “electricity” and to use a wired connection. The wait for the food was over an hour. And coffee at the end of dinner came in a tiny espresso cup, but was regular coffee. This place is only steps from two good restaurants, the Purple Turtle and the Blue Bay. We suggest you go to one of them instead.

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By now you may have figured out that Christmas is my favorite time of the year, because for the pass few days I’ve posted articles like Healthy Eating During Christmas and Do It Yourself Christmas Cards. Well, here is another great healthy tip for all the folks planning on drinking at all the Christmas dinners and still remain health conscious.

So you are offered the usual two choices, red or white wine. Which one do you choose? Well, if you want be health conscious this Christmas, do like the French and have a little red wine, occasionally. You will find that you may actually have a heartier time while doing this and the health benefits you get may actually surprise you. Studies show that drinking red wine moderately 🙂 may actually bring health benefits such as preventing heart diseases and improving the circulatory system.

Though not definite, the health benefits of drinking a little red wine cannot be overlooked. The “French Paradox” provides one of the most compelling arguments to support this. Though the French diet is saturated with fat, they have a relatively low incidence of coronary heart diseases. Some scientists attribute this to their red wine drinking.

What makes red wines beneficial to our health is that it is a rich source of disease fighting agents known as antioxidants. These antioxidants reduce blood clot formation so that oxygen can efficiently reach the vital organs of the body such as the brain and heart. This in turn, helps to reduce the risk of strokes and heart attacks and also improves the body’s circulatory system.

I hope that, knowing about red wine and its health benefits shouldn’t encourage you to over-indulge this holiday season, since this will only cause harm instead of good. But at least when you are asked to choose between red and white wine, consider the red.

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