Vegetarianism: philosophy and diversity of types

Vegetarianism is one of the healthy and balanced nutrition models. Nutrition is the basis of a healthy lifestyle, maintaining impeccable performance and love of life for many years.

But everyone has their own concept of rationalism: some refuse to fry in favor of safer ways of cooking, others exclude excess salt and smoked meat, and for others, a healthy diet is limited to eating fruits and vegetables at least several times a week.

From the point of view of logic, none of these approaches can provide a full-fledged diet, and it can hardly be called healthy, because the key to a full-fledged life is not so much the quality of the products consumed, but the harmony that they bring to the body.

That is why vegetarianism is considered to be a way not only to provide the body with everything necessary for active life and a full-fledged physical condition, but also to maintain mental balance and natural balance, without killing innocent animals for the sake of satisfying base gluttony.

What is vegetarianism?

For most ignorant critics who are skeptical about vegetarianism, a plant-based diet is just a way of eating that excludes meat consumption. This position has the right to exist, but for true vegetarians, their principles are not just a daily diet, but rather a life philosophy that generates bliss, harmony and compassion for all living things on earth.

People who have chosen vegetarianism as the basis of their life are driven by social, religious, ethical and spiritual aspects. The basic principle “I don’t eat anyone!”, voiced many years ago, is still the slogan of adherents of a plant-based diet, since it reflects the true motives of vegetarians. For them, killing for food is base, blasphemous and simply unacceptable.

The spiritual aspect of vegetarianism is associated with the belief that any food carries positive or negative energy obtained in the process of its extraction and preparation.

However, what positive emotions can we talk about if, before getting on the table, the animal was killed by the hand of a person? All the horror, fear and hopelessness that he experienced at that moment were absorbed into every piece of the future steak, into every molecule of it. And by consuming such food, a person cannot remain in harmony with himself, live in peace and harmony, killing for dinner, even if not with his own hands, but still…

In addition, meat-eating brings chaos to the ecological situation of the planet. Just think about it: one of the leading places in the rating of pollutants of water bodies is occupied not by the chemical industry, which everyone is used to blaming for natural disasters, but by livestock farms.

The deforestation of forests for pasture territory, hundreds of hectares of grain for animal feed, which are artificially bred for the sake of enrichment – is this not an environmental disaster? Even the ancient Greek philosopher Plato expressed the opinion that eating meat leads to an unreasonable use of land resources, so why this obvious fact has not yet changed the situation.

The benefits of vegetarianism for the body

There is an opinion that a vegetarian diet consists of one “herb”, which is not able to provide the body with all the necessary vitamins, nutrients and minerals. But how in this case do vegetarians manage to maintain an indecently healthy, young and blooming appearance for many years, maintain an active physical and spiritual component of life?

Vegetable food is not only herbs and roots, but also cereals, legumes, nuts, fruits, vegetables…

Unsaturated fatty acids, which are rich in plant foods, strengthen the cardiovascular system, normalize metabolism, improve the condition of the skin and bones.

Modern classification

With the growing popularity of such a concept as vegetarianism, it has ceased to have the monosyllabic meaning of a plant-based diet. In modern society, it is quite difficult to navigate among the variety of branches.

Who today can proudly call themselves a vegetarian? There are many options:

Those who have refused meat dishes, but continue to consume fish and seafood, adhere to the principles of peskovegetarianism.

Carnovegetarians, having excluded meat from the diet, continue to eat poultry.

For some reason, Flexitarians consider the use of cattle meat acceptable.

However, even among the adherents of deep philosophical principles of this direction, varieties have appeared:

Lactovegetarianism allows the use of dairy products in food.

A plant-based diet that includes eggs is called ovovegetarianism.

The combination of two indulgences – milk and eggs in the diet – is called lactoovegetarianism.

Vegans adhere to stricter principles, completely abandoning animal products.

Raw food diet implies minimal heat treatment of plant foods to preserve natural sources of vitamins and minerals.

Fruitarianism means eating fruits, nuts, seeds, berries and vegetables, but not the plant itself. In short, if at least one representative of the plant or animal world has suffered during the preparation of food, the Frutorian will refuse to eat such a dish.

Macrobiotics build their diet on cereals.

The palette of modern vegetarianism is diverse and full-fledged, so everyone can choose independently which principles it is more convenient for him to adhere to.

The main thing is that the dining table does not cost anyone their life.