I love it when, in the course of my web surfing, I come across someone who is making choices in their life using their powers of discernment, and not caving into peer pressure. Just earlier today, due to the wealth of information within my Twitter timeline on a healthy Vegan diet, I happened to check out the Dali Lama’s personal stance on eating animal products. In a nutshell, he made some half-hearted attempt at a vegetarian diet decades ago, but on advice of his physician was told he actually needed meat products. Meat-free choices were very limited back then. My research revealed that the Dali Lama followed what’s known today as a “junk food vegetarian diet”, so he became anemic and his doctors made an incorrect assumption. A healthy, well balanced Vegan diet (no meat, no dairy) by and large, does NOT cause health problems, and in fact is great for losing weight and building muscle. Many world-class Vegan athletes can attest to that!
While the Dali Lama is known to publicly denounce cruelty to animals, including raising them for food, he continues to consume meat 2-3 times a week. He seems to think being a “part-time vegetarian” is good enough. That may well be for the general public, but the Dali Lama is a spiritual leader and as such must be held to a higher standard. Otherwise, he is basically behaving like a hypocrite, which can’t help but seriously undermine his credibility as a peace advocate and compassionate leader. But all this is for another blog, which would include the many ways the Dali Lama has been an inspiration to his people and the world. His dietary choices are but one aspect of a basically decent human being.
That said, I did come across a very interesting blog entitled, “Why I’m Thinking About Going Vegan” which I must share with my readers. I am thankful to this beautiful woman, a former hair and beauty editor for her insightful comments on Veganism and what she’s learned from her health advocate boyfriend. She says they watched the health-conscious movies on Netflix, Forks Over Knives and Fat, Sick And Nearly Dead, and that’s what inspired them to phase out meat from their diets… Read and enjoy!
Wouldn’t it be nice if the Dali Lama read this blog too? Better yet, he could watch those two films and enlighten himself. He has much to learn about a truly healthy AND compassionate dietary regimen!