Green Gourmet, Vegetarian Chinese Restaurant. 115 King St, Newtown NSW 2042: (02) 9519 5330;
Green Palace, Pure Vegetarian Thai Restaurant. 182 King St, Newtown NSW 2042: (02) 9550 5234;
Marque Restaurant. Ask for the Reiki degustation: 9 courses for $145;
Mother Chu’s. 367 Pitt St, Sydney NSW: (02) 9283 2828;
Vina, Vietnamese Vegetarian Restaurant. 395 King St, Newtown 2042: (02) 9557 0456;
Benefits of Plant Foods
food is the most substantial external agent that we are in contact with
each day, your food choices have a huge effect on your health.
People have to realize that, if one eats fast foods and sweets every day,
one cannot expect health to improve with the addition of drugs in an attempt
to relieve the symptoms that arise from the daily abuses placed on the body.
Even most herbal remedies, because their primary mode of action
is via toxic effects, just add to the toxic load the body must deal
way to achieve a long healthy life, free of chronic diseases,
is to base your diet on fruits, vegetables, legumes and grains. Merely
adding supplements to an inadequate diet will never suffice. We can
only get adequate amounts of beneficial nutrients by eating an abundance
of unprocessed natural plant foods. A diet composed primarily of fresh
fruits and vegetables is high in nutrients such as vitamins A, C and
E and selenium, which function as scavengers of toxins. All animal products,
in contrast, are low or completely lacking in the nutrients that protect
us against disease: antioxidants, fibre and phytochemicals. And they
are high in substances that science has shown to be associated with
disease: cholesterol, saturated fat and animal protein.
who eat meat, including poultry and fish, have been found to be twice
as likely of developing dementia
than vegetarians. A diet loaded with animal products, can cause not only
heart disease and cancer, but also almost every other major
disease. Lung cancer rates, for example,
are considerably lower (about one-fifth) in countries that have a high
vegetable consumption, even though they may smoke excessively.
reason animal foods are so harmful is because of their high levels of
fat. Comparing various populations around the world, the death rates
of most cancers – especially breast, colon and prostate –
are directly proportional to dietary fat intake. Excess fat in a diet
hinders and impairs the immune system, which is then responsible for
the high rates of cancer and autoimmune disease. While in populations
that consume natural diets of mostly unprocessed plant foods, autoimmune
diseases are almost nonexistent.
reason animal products are harmful is because they contain much higher
levels of pesticides than plant foods. Animals are also fed antibiotics
and other drugs, such as growth hormones, which are transmitted to humans
when animal products are eaten. And animal foods, including dairy products,
can also transmit animal-borne infections, such as mad cow disease and
foods cause problems because they impair the underlying systems of the
human body. For example, it is the task of the arteries to carry nutrients
via the blood to all parts of the body, so hardening of the arteries
due to high cholesterol levels diminishes the body’s ability to
nourish itself. By eliminating animal foods, which are the only source
of dietary cholesterol, from your diet you automatically lower blood
cholesterol and improve the overall availability of nutrients to the
have only recently become aware of the fact that eating saturated fats
and trans fatty acids increases blood cholesterol more than eating cholesterol
itself. Saturated fats are fats that are solid at room temperature and
are found mainly in meat, poultry, eggs and dairy products. Coconut
and palm oils are mainly saturated and are also undesirable in excessive
amounts. Hydrogenated fats, which also known as trans fatty acids, are
produced by adding hydrogen to unsaturated fats to turn fats that are
liquid at room temperature (e.g. vegetable oils) into harder, more saturated
fats (e.g. margarine). Hydrogenated fats act like saturated fats, so
are also a significant cause of both heart disease and cancer.
recently has it been revealed that the effect of protein on blood cholesterol
is more significant than even the effect of saturated fats. It is therefore
pointless to switch from eating beef to skinless chicken and other animal
foods to reduce one’s fat intake to lower blood cholesterol when
animal protein has an even more harmful effect in this regard.
when one eats a diet with servings of high-protein animal foods at each
meal, the capacity to digest this food is strained. Unlike true carnivorous
animals, which can secrete large quantities of digestive acids and huge
amounts of protein enzymes to aid digestion, humans cannot. As a result
more bacteria species overgrow in the intestines, which can create inflammation.
there is little difference between humans and the great apes, who are
predominantly vegetarian. Like the ape, we are not biologically adapted
to function optimally on diets that are high in protein and fat. Consequently,
one suffers from disease when one consumes a diet ill-adapted to their
basic constitution. Heart disease, colon cancer, osteoporosis, diabetes,
kidney disease, hypertension and obesity have all been linked with the
consumption of animal fats and proteins.
in the past had suggested humans need to consume high-protein animal
foods to promote more rapid, stronger growth. However, since then we
have learned that growth acceleration promotes ageing and early death.
Plant foods contain an abundance of protein without being excessive.
How else could the gorilla get to be 800 pounds of muscle, eating largely
fruit and leaves? It is ironic that the chief argument used to promote
the use of animal foods – that they are high in protein –
is the best reason to avoid them.
is also best for your health to avoid processed and refined plant foods
as much as possible. Refined plant foods are unhealthy because they
are stripped of blood-sugar-regulating fiber and countless nutrients.
Because they are largely composed of simple sugars, and therefore are
broken down into blood sugar quickly after being eaten, the most common
refined foods provoke blood sugar highs followed by blood sugar lows.
Those blood sugar lows leave one with little energy and yearning for
a quick sugar fix a few hours later.
and vegetables not only contain trace elements needed for the adequate
metabolism of their contents, but also have their sugars bound in fiber,
which causes the sugars to be absorbed into the bloodstream more slowly,
giving sustained, constant energy. Therefore, by eating a lot of fruit
and vegetables and avoiding high portions of refined foods in your diet
you will naturally have more sustained energy.
years of eating high-glycemic foods go on, the body produces high levels
of insulin to control the blood sugar level and keep it in the normal
range. If the pancreas is forced to produce high levels of insulin for
too long, one of two problems can happen: body cells become less responsive
to the action of insulin or the pancreas eventually becomes weak and
stops producing adequate amounts of insulin. In either case, diabetic
cannot, however, simply avoid unhealthy foods to achieve perfect health.
It is important that one eats a balanced combination of healthy foods
so that all the body’s requirements are met. For more information
Harmful Effects of Garlic
is toxic to humans because its sulphone hydroxyl ions penetrate the
blood-brain barrier and are poisonous to brain cells. (1)
far back as the 1950s it was known that garlic reduced reaction time
by two to three times when consumed by pilots taking flight tests. This
is because the toxic effects of garlic desynchronize brain waves.
Taoists realized thousands of years ago that plants of the alliaceous
family were detrimental to humans. (2) They labeled this group of plants
– onions, garlic, leeks, chives and spring onions – the
‘five spicy-scented plants.’ They noticed that onions are
harmful to the lungs, garlic to the heart, leeks to the spleen, chives
to the liver and spring onions to the kidneys. Hindus also avoid this
group, which they have called the ‘five pungent plants.’ (3)
As well as producing offensive breath and body odour, these plants induce
aggravation, agitation, anxiety and aggression. Thus they are harmful
physically, emotionally, mentally and spiritually.
when garlic is used as food in Chinese culture it is considered harmful
to the stomach, liver and eyes, and a cause of dizziness and scattered
energy when consumed in immoderate amounts. (4) Nor is garlic always
seen as having entirely beneficial properties in Western cooking and
medicine. It is widely accepted among health care professionals that,
as well as killing harmful bacteria, garlic also destroys beneficial
bacteria, (5) which are essential to the proper functioning of the digestive
system. Furthermore, Ken Bergeron, in Professional Vegetarian Cooking,
p. 16, writes: “garlic in the raw state can carry harmful (potentially
fatal) botulism bacteria.” Perhaps it is with an awareness of
this that the Roman poet Horace wrote of garlic that it is “more
harmful than hemlock.” (6)
the practice of Reiki we have noticed that garlic and onions are among
the first substances to be expelled from a person’s system –
along with tobacco, alcohol and pharmaceutical medications. This makes
it apparent that alliaceous plants have a negative effect on the human
body and should be avoided for health reasons. Homeopathic medicine
comes to the same conclusion when it recognizes that red onion produces
a dry cough, watery eyes, sneezing, runny nose and other familiar cold-related
symptoms when consumed. (7)
2. S.H. Lorna Wong, The Unfolding Truth of Man and the Universe, p. 43.
4. See Francine Halvorsen, The Food and Cooking of China, p. 147, and
Daniel Reid, A Handbook of Chinese Healing Herbs, p. 106.
5. See, for example, Erica White, Beat Candida Cookbook, p. 28.
6. Alan Davidson, The Oxford Companion to Food, p. 331.
7. Richard Gerber, Vibrational Medicine, p. 86.