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How many pounds do you want to lose? So I took the chocolate cake I'd made Sunday across the street to the neighbors. Kathy too, I learned later, had become unhappy with Weight Watchers, in fact, unbeknownst to me, had become a Medifast health coach. Do you get to keep him? I lost 15 lbs in ten days, so I got no complaints. You have your hands full! And I think you're totally right to be suspicious of highly processed food-- it's not food!

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The second is a cookbook: I just happened upon your blog and love, love, love it! I came across your blog through Pinterest. I am so inspired by your story and your journey! I also struggled and continue to sturggle with my weight. Hearing your story is def great motivation and inspirational. I cant wait to try some of your recipes and i also cant belive you lost weight in Italy!!

So excited to start my journey. First of I am from Walpole so this is exciting and am currently in the whole weightloss stage, I have more to loose than you and you are inspiring. It makes me feel so good to read this blog and encourages me.

I just need to make changes and move more. Thank you for this. So I have finally decided to leave a comment. I come and check on your blog about twice a week for the past year or so. Can You Say for Dinner? I literally had to come to this post to find that your name is Andie. So hello Andie Mitchell, my name is Kyle.

I just wanted to thank you for the many amazing recipes and stories. I have been a pescetarian for the past 4 years and your blog gave me that love for food again.

Seeing your pictures of the beauty of food has made me appreciate it again. It has really grown into a passion for me, thanks to you. So I just wanted to thank you. His all time favorite is the Roasted Broccoli. He can never have enough!! I have tried 2 of the recipes already and am doing another tonight.

I am diabetic and trying to lose 35lbs and you have recipes in here that I can eat and not feel guilty. I love Your blog. The recipes are a blast and fun! And thanks for sharing your journey. So appreciate What You Do!

You are a great writer and your story of weight loss is one that I share. I will be back for more. I found your blog from a recipe posted on Pinterest by one my favorite authors Laurie Notaro. I have been eating better and living a generally better lifestyle for a few months now, and all the good ideas I can find, the better!

Thanks for the help!!! I have struggled with my weight for most of my 39 years. Thank you for sharing…. What a wonderful, inspiring blog!! Thank you so much for sharing your journey with us— and continuing to do so: I am so excited to have found you! You are honest with yourself and here on your blog. You have given me inspiration to be a better person for me. The candy store by my house makes a jalapeno stuffed with peanut butter, dipped in chocolate.

They ship too, but I think that you should make them and then make a blog post about how to make them, so I can make them too! I love your website. I have been overweight all my life, like you I reached a point not long ago where it was scary… so far I am 20lbs lighter and still moving.

The sad thing is I actually work in fitness, I help other people get healthy but for a long time I had a false perception of myself. Your blog has added a whole new outlook to some of the ideals I have been looking into. I just wanted to say thank you!

I will recommend this to many of my clients. I am embarking on this journey myself. Your blog is my new favorite website! You are a gem and an absolute inspiration! I look forward to your books. I am officially your new fan: So hello, my name is Michelle and I am now an official Andie follower: I just spent the last several minutes reading through your weight loss journey. I am now hoping to keep coming back and checking in on you and your blog.

I have to tell you, that your story was so impressional not only because of the success, but also because in the one photo of you with a friend uncovering a grill, you look so much like my own 20 year old daughter! We have both been eating healthier for the past few months and we have both taken off over 15 pounds, but we have a long ways to go. You are a real cutie!

Great choices of food and recipes. Absolutely great food photography. Hello beautiful lady and lover of food, A friend of mine who follows my blog shared a link with me, your fab blog and I am so glad to meet you. Please come to my blog and we will have a cup of musings together. We have much in common. I am also hoping to publish a book which would be the ultimate achievent for a whimsical dyslexic but quietly determined chocolate lover like me.

Just another thing, how do you even go about being published? I have a great idea and almost manuscript for a book but I dont know what to do now?

I found the buffalo chix wraps on Pinterest, then read more of your blog. Interesting story, great writing. Funny I have been a runner from high school.

But I do think geez…do I have to work out the rest of my life? It feels great to be healthy and strong, but sometimes it feels like an endless chore! I cried all the way through your bio posts… Everything you said, from the injury to the semester in Italy, resonated with me.

I am rethinking my goals as I begin my get-healthy journey. I am going to stay tuned for whatever else you have in store! I nominated you for the Sunshine Award! You can find the picture at http: Rules for the Sunshine Award: Link the award to the person who gave it to you. Answer the questions that come with it. Pass it along to 10 people and let them know they have received it. Hi Andy I love your travel adventures, my boyfriend and I are planning on going to Cancun this summer, coud you tell me how did you transport from Cancun to Belize and CostaRica at a low cost?

You are hilarious, gorgeous, real, fantastic, and addictive. Maintaining is my biggest fear looming somewhere in the future — thanks for calming me down.

I just love your website! The more I find in it, the more I love it. I found you on Pinterest and am so glad I did! Thank you for sharing your journey…and you recipes! I found your website looking for a whipped frosting. I look forward to reading about your weight loss and how to keep it off. I stumbled across this page thanks to pinterest! I have been trying to get into a more healthy habits like eating and exercising, but the food I always see looks horrible and I am not a big fan of exercising either!

After reading a few of your blogs so far, I am truly inspired to lose some weight and even become Paula Deen along the way. Your recipes look amazing and you are truly an inspiration for many!

I will definitely be purchasing both of your books once they are on the market! A beautiful story from a beautiful person. You are where I dream to be one day. P and now I am on the path at 7 or so lbs. Interestingly I have found through journaling that my eating habits though not the best were not the main problem. I need to constantly remind myself to just get up and move every day and things will happen. Your bit about the green field being the same whether you are lying and crying or spinning and laughing… well something to that effect have touched me!

Andie, I just came across your site today, and just spent the past two hours reading as much as I could! You are an extremely good writer, and I feel as if I know you by just reading your words.

Your journey amazes me and inspires me, and I guess I just want to say thank you. I look forward to trying some of your recipes, and because of you I now have a strong sudden urge to go on a nice relaxing walk. I love your site and thanks for the granola bar recipe yesterday! Looking forward to knowing more about you and your recipes. I am really looking forward to trying out your recipes they all look so delicious and healthy!

I think your recipes will be a great help over the next year!! Accidentally found your blog while searching for can tuna recipes and loved your blog! Your story is so inspirational and so true! Thanks for sharing your story and keep me motivated: Thanks for sharing your story and keep me motivated! I have no words except WOW! You are an amazing person, and an inspiration for so many!

I was searching for dinner ideas on Google and your site came up. I clicked on it and began reading, and was teary-eyed when I finished! Thank you, thank you for sharing your life story. I am going to read every single post on your site! Reading about your exercise history and what you miss from pounds ago help to put a lot of things into perspective. Thank you for your experience and your honesty. Thanks for taking the time to share! Happened to find your blog by chance on pinterest!

And never too late to write about it either-thanks for the inspiration! I nominated you for the Versatile Blogger Award! I just finished reading your entire blog. All the stories and scanned a few recipes. I laughed and cried. But mostly just gave myself time to chew on the truths presented and how they mirrored many of my own struggles. Thank you for sharing you life, heart, struggles and triumphs! I have been blessed by you and your blog this morning.

And, have taken away many nurturing offerings that I will continue to chew on and apply to my life. I am currently in the midst of my weight lost journey and when I started, I tried to find other success stories from women of my same height and weight… which is incredibly close to yours… and also I love food… good food… and travel. After reading all of your post I found a kindred spirit.

Someone who loved the feel of good fashion and cheap junk food: Your blog has been an inspiration and above that I adore really good writing, which you master in a wonderful, simple, enthralling way.

I stubbled upon your blog and I have been reading for 2 hours now! You are my new inspiration! I have slowly been losing for the past 2. I focus on food instead of the people or activity at family gatherings and social events. I research healthy eating, plan meals, make grocery lists. Food consumes my life and I feel trapped in a prison. When I try to control my portions and diet, I miss the quantity of food- not the type of foods necessarily.

What I really want is love from my parents. Addiction to food does seem the hardest to break free from compared to all other addictions. We need food to survive. There are times I wish I could. I envy people who eat without having any thoughts or emotions while they eat. But I can see, like you said, that I have to make peace with it.

I need to view food for what it really is- not as my enemy or as my source of love. In November , during the fall semester of my senior year at college, I reached my goal weight. I had more energy and confidence.

I could wear clothes I wanted to and truly felt pretty. I felt strong and fearless, like I could do anything I tried rock-climbing, white-water rafting, scuba diving after I was able to lose the weight. Just as you described, I had no idea how to maintain this weight loss and live a balanced life in relation to eating and exercise. I felt exhausted after kicking my butt punishing my body through running and not allowing myself to indulge in foods I enjoyed for 9 months. I felt overwhelmed by the thought that I would have to keep up this level of activity and strictness of diet in order to stay at my ideal weight.

So I started to relax and reward myself. I slowly stopped running, cutting 1 day out of the week at a time. I gradually started to stretch my stomach back out as I overate several times a week. I remembered how fat and uncomfortable I felt and I never wanted to feel that way again. Yet, here I am. I have so many good reasons- numerous motivations- to lose the weight again. But your story of success is so encouraging to me.

I hope I will be one of those people one day. Your candid accounts of your childhood, relationship with food in the past and present is liberating.

Looking forward to your books. I just want you to know that I came on this website by chance while looking for a cupcake recipe and ended up finding inspiration. I mean, you—your past self—you look like me. Past the lb mark, looking for a way out. All the best to you, and keep on with your wonderful recipes and awesome blog! I love your blog — some fantastic looking recipes and a beautiful photo of you too.

Congratulations on your weight loss — what a feat! I just discovered your site via Pinterest. I had to let you know how much I like your site, everything about it. Your cooking speaks to my palate and your writing is fantastically entertaining. You inspire me to be a better blogger! I love your blog, I found it a few weeks ago and have tried some of the recipes.

Did you change they way it is laid out? I felt like I was reading something written by me, in the future. Anyway, well done, and congratulations on your book deal.

Loving your new blog style, but where oh where did the recipe index go? My mommy of 3 brain is not strong enough to remember even approximates of when you may have posted to go back through pages and pages of blog entries: LOVE your recipes too…but…I tried the cornbread recipe today and I think there may be a mistake in the amount of baking powder??

It was good and lovely except for that and I will try again with the recipe. Can you please verify?? I absolutely loves reading every single blog and am looking forward to reading more. You have put everything in a whole new perspective. I really appreciate the inspiration. You especially inspired me to begin preparing food in advance. I just know so much weight is going to be lifted off of me and my family.

I was looking through your recipes and they all look absolutely delicious but filled with spices and other taste-bud stimulants. I struggle with GERD so I was wondering if you had any great relatively bland and lowfat recipes that you could recommend. I have only just started a diet with no fried, processed, high fat, spicy, caffeinated, or acidic foods and I am running out of ideas for meals!

Twinkie Cupcakes The Domestic Rebel. Can You Stay For Dinner? I just stubbled upon your blog and wanted to comment on how inspiring your journing is. I am on my own weight loss adventure and struggle with fears about what my healthy weight is and how will I maintain it when I get there. Thanks for sharing your story so I know I am not alone.

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Click here for more photos of the actress on Hollywoodlife. Lisa Kudrow joined her "Friend's" co-star Matthew Perry when she showed up to present him with a special award recognizing his efforts to help those struggling with addiction.

Perry, who has battled addiction himself, was honored at Phoenix House's Beverly Hills gala. Selena Gomez channeled her inner Angelina Jolie in a blood-red dress with a slit all the way up her thigh. It's a pretty sexy look for the former Disney star who posed for photographers to promote the film, "Hotel Transylvania 2", at the Summer of Sony 6 Edition photo call in Cancun, Mexico.

We dare Sandra Bullock to look less fabulous. The actress gave photographers a steely look upon arriving at the World premiere of the film "Minions" in London. The award-winning alpine ski racer showed off her toned figure in a reptilian-inspired dress that was appropriate for the occasion.

Miranda Lambert is proud of being a "tomato. He said male singers are the "lettuce" in a salad, while female singers are just the "tomatoes. Mayim Bialik wants you to know how much she loves cats and why you should too. Bialik said she hopes to shed a positive light on cats which she says some times have a bad rep as pets according to a new study from PetSmart Charities.

Paris Hilton joined her younger sister Nicky for a celebration worthy of the hotel heiress siblings. The girls celebrated Nicky's upcoming wedding at the 1 Hotel Southbeach where Paris donned a pink lace number and cat ears to DJ her sister's party at the W Hotel's Wall.

For more pics of Jessica's tipsy night out go to X17Online. Emmanuelle Chriqui looked chic in a long yellow gown as she arrived at the Critics' Choice Television Awards at the Beverly Hilton hotel. The actress is reprising her role as Sloan McQuewick in the "Entourage" film.

Molly Sims left her kids at home for a night out with the ladies. Celebrating her publicist Lauren Kucerak's bachelorette party, Sims enjoyed a private dinner under the stars at 1 Hotel South Beach in Miami. Hard work pays off. The star spent her Memorial Day showing off her toned physique and tossing around a football with friends.

Kaley Cuoco-Sweeting shocked fans with her pink hair , and the actress took her look to the next level when she debuted wacky pink eyebrows over Memorial Day weekend. Natalie Portman caused a stir in Cannes. The actress' cheeky dress raised eyebrows when Portman turned around to reveal her black underwear underneath the sheer "Black Swan"-inspired dress. The Sports Illustrated cover girl is ready for the summer. The new face of OP's summer line , showed off her bikini body in one of the collections' two-pieces.

Oddly enough for someone so celebrated for cavorting in a bikini, Davis says that actually she prefers one-piece suits. The reality star had bags under her eyes with her brunette locks loose and natural.

Click here for more pictures of Bensimon on X17online. Cindy Crawford walked the red carpet at the premiere of "Tomorrowland" with her mini-me daughter by her side. Can you believe Kaia is only 13? Eric Decker plants one on his very pregnant wife Jessie James Decker. The couple, who recently announced they are having a boy, couldn't seem to keep their hands off of each other at the iHeartRadio Country Festival this weekend.

The stars put on their Kentucky Derby best this weekend. Sarah Hyland, of "Modern Family," and Vanessa Milano along with her husband Nick Lachey looked Southern chic in their formal spring attire while signing a three-liter bottle of G. MUMM, the official champagne of the Derby, for charity. Too close for comfort? Kate Hudson and her brother Oliver shared a smooch on the lips after enjoying lunch together.

The siblings are close, but the awkward kiss couldn't help but give us the creeps. Click here for more pictures of the smooching siblings on X17online. Salma Hayek looked sultry in silver at the screening of "The Prophet" in Beirut.

The actress turned director showed off her curves in the glamorous gown as she celebrated the film that was inspired by the book that helped Hayek to explore her relationship with her late Lebanese grandfather. Kaley Cuoco changed up her hairdo yet again. Finally went pretty in pink! Click here to see what all the stars are up to on Instagram. Cindy Crawford donned a sexy black dress for date night with her equally handsome hubby Rande Garber. Melissa Joan Hart rang in her 39th birthday with her family by her side.

The actress, her husband and their three kids enjoyed the Caribbean sun at Generations Riviera Maya by Karisma. The family-orientated former child star couldn't think of a better way to celebrate. Reunited and it feels so good! Click here for more pictures of the star on HollywoodLife. The " Dancing With the Stars " runner up looked stunning in an elegant teal dress. The year-old couldn't help but add some Playboy flare to her headphones.

Jennie Garth is off the market! The couples' reps confirmed their engagement to People Thursday. Click here for more pictures of the happy couple on vacation on X17online.

Kate Hudson is ready for spring! The mom-of-two was spotted looking flawless in a low-cut floral dress picking up fresh juice. Click here for more pictures of Hudson from X17online. Alec Baldwin's daughter tweeted the hospital picture above on April 3 and wrote "appendicitis swag thanks for all of your concern. The "True Blood" actress has ditched her red locks for a lighter look. Tell us which look you prefer on Twitter FOX Katy Perry showed off her pup Butters at the premiere screening of "Katy Perry: Krupa, of "Real Housewives of Miami" fame is ready for summer in a little white dress.

The year-old enjoyed dinner in West Hollywood while showing off her new shorter hairdo. Click here for more photos of the Polish beauty from X17online. Christina Hendricks shocked fans when she ditched her famous red locks for a blonde due in her new Clairol ad. The actress, who plays Joan Holloway on "Mad Men," has been a redhead for 20 years but it looks like she was ready for a change. Justin Bieber might have been the one getting roasted, but it was Chrissy Teigen that looked smoking at the Comedy Central event.

Taylor Swift's cat Meredith gave the singer a nasty scratch on her leg. I was just trying to love you and now you owe me 40 million dollars. Stars and their adorable pets. Charlize Theron and Sean Penn looked like a happy couple at the premiere of his new movie "The Gunman. The actor recently said he could see himself marrying the South African native. Lindsay Lohan went a little overboard with Photoshop in a new Instagram pic.

The actress wrote, "My feet look red lol- had to take that out. Only real red is my hair. The area behind her behind appears to be totally warped and her fans called her out for the editing. Neville Longbottom is all grown up! A new picture of British actor Matthew Lewis, who got his start as the nerdy and adorable "Harry Potter" character, is setting the Internet on fire.

Is that you Jared Leto? The musician and actor made a drastic change to his look. Leto channeled his inner Draco Malfoy by chopping off his long locks and dying them platinum blonde. It's a mini "Seinfeld" reunion! The actors met up Wednesday for a charity event to benefit Baby Buggy. It's great to see the crew back together again after 17 years. Jessie James Decker announced over Instagram that she's got another bun in her oven!

The country singer gave birth just under a year ago to her first child, Vivianne, with husband Eric Decker. We are over the moon about having another baby!!! Miranda Lambert and her tour mates got matching tattoos in Tulsa over the weekend. The country queen l , her backup vocalist Gwen Sebastian c and opening act RaeLynn r debuted their new ink on Instagram.

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Click here for more pictures of the model on X17online. She balanced out the revealing leg with a covered up top portion of the shiny ensemble. LeAnn Rimes steps out in lingerie The country singer rocked a sheer lingerie mini dress for a performance at the Abbey in West Hollywood, Calif. For more photos of Ambrosio, visit x17online.

Kylie Jenner goes bare Kylie Jenner was spotted at New York City's Chinese Tuxedo wearing a dress that created the illusion that she was seemingly naked and covered in bodypaint. Kristen Stewart ditches her bra. For more photos of Stewart, visit X17online. The "Friends" star and husband Justin Theroux announced their separation in February For more photos of Aniston, visit x17online.

The former child star stepped out in a completely sheer and sparkling dress and wore just her underwear underneath. Bella Thorne flashes flat abs Former Disney child star Bella Thorne flashed her flat abs in a cropped Juicy sweatshirt as she and her boyfriend, rapper Mod Sun, returned to Los Angeles.

Bella Thorne flashes her rock hard abs in a cropped juicy sweatshirt as she and boyfriend Mod Sun return to Los Angeles. Paris Hilton steps out in her underwear Hotel heiress Paris Hilton left little to the imagination when she decided to wear a see-through sparkling dress to attend the iHeartRadio after-party at West Hollywood's Delilah with beau Chris Zylka.

The blonde beauty posed in the lingerie brand's latest designs for photographer Giampaolo Sgura in a shoot in Miami. Emma Watson's typo tattoo Emma Watson took to the Oscars red carpet on Sunday night in Hollywood where she flaunted a new massive tattoo on her arm with a glaring error. The star's ink, which pays tribute to the "Time's Up" movement, was missing a critical apostrophe. For more photos of Lawrence, visit x17online. Elizabeth Hurley's steamy selfie Elizabeth Hurley decided to ditch her bra when she decided to snap a bathroom selfie during a beach getaway.

For more photos of Hurley, visit HollywoodLife. Lisa Rinna's new makeover "Real Housewifes of Beverly Hills" star Lisa Rinna traded in her signature bob haircut for long, sleek tresses. However, the TV personality didn't grow her hair overnight. Rinna is actually rocking extensions.

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Alexander Skarsgard's shocking new look Alexander Skarsgard left fans stunned when he appeared on the red carpet with a bald look. The year-old actor, who previously made viewers swoon on "True Blood" and "Tarzan," was recognized for his signature blonde mane. Some spectulate the strange 'do is for a movie role.

Jenna's risque selfie Actress Jenna Dewan Tatum made jaws drop when she posted a sizzling selfie on Instagram. The year-old, who is married to actor Channing Tatum, wore a lace bodysuit and towering stilletto boots by Jennifer Lopez. For more photos of Tatum, visit HollywoodLife.

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Emily Ratajkowski's flaunts her amazing flat abs Emily Ratajkowski proudly flaunted her flat abs while promoting her new collection for The Kooples. For more photos of the model and "Blurred Lines" star, visit HollywoodLife. For more photos of the year-old reality TV star, visit x17online. Joanna Krupa's wild new look "Real Housewives of Miami" star and model Joanna Krupa was bodypainted as a tiger to protest the use of animals in London circuses. The star's provocative look was on behalf of animal rights group PETA.

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Charlotte looks like heaven in denim Charlotte McKinney looks like heaven in denim. The model chose a sleeveless blue top, blue boyfriend jeans and matching heels for dinner with friends at Soho House in Malibu.

Click here for more pics of McKinney on X17online. Kendall Jenner slithers in lingerie Kendall Jenner slithered in lacy lingerie for a new fashion campaign from Italian brand La Perla.

Amy Schumer goes topless Amy Schumer went topless on Instagram Wednesday while playfully holding her dog. The poodle was wearing a hot dog costume. For more photos of the year-old comedienne, visit HollywoodLife. Halle Berry, is that you? The year-old Oscar-winning actress was spotted rocking a natural hairdo while carrying a small bottle of Don Julio blanco tequila with a straw in it. For more photos of Berry, visit x17online. Frye is also known for her role on "Punky Brewster.

Chelsea Handler's Chelsea Handler showed off her new shirt that reads, "Sorry about our president. Click here for more pics of the star on Hollywoodlife. Gemma Collins What is Gemma Collins wearing? The recommended dietary allowance of B 12 in the United States is, per day, 0.

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Olives and olive oil are another important plant source of unsaturated fatty acids. Plant foods can provide alpha-linolenic acid which the human body uses to synthesize the long-chain n-3 fatty acids EPA and DHA. While the health effects of low levels of EPA and DHA are unknown, it is unlikely that supplementation with alpha-linolenic acid will significantly increase levels. Calcium intake in vegetarians and vegans can be similar to non-vegetarians, as long as the diet is properly planned.

Non-dairy milks that are fortified with calcium, such as soymilk and almond milk can also contribute a significant amount of calcium in the diet. Vitamin D needs can be met via the human body's own generation upon sufficient and sensible exposure to ultraviolet UV light in sunlight.

Vitamin D 2 , or ergocalciferol is found in fungus except alfalfa which is a plantae and created from viosterol , which in turn is created when ultraviolet light activates ergosterol which is found in fungi and named as a sterol from ergot. Any UV -irradiated fungus including yeast form vitamin D 2. Claims have been made that a normal serving approx. There have been many comparative and statistical studies of the relationship between diet and longevity, including vegetarianism and longevity.

A metastudy combined data from five studies from western countries. Regular meat eaters had the base mortality rate of 1. The study reported the numbers of deaths in each category, and expected error ranges for each ratio, and adjustments made to the data. However, the "lower mortality was due largely to the relatively low prevalence of smoking in these [vegetarian] cohorts".

Out of the major causes of death studied, only one difference in mortality rate was attributed to the difference in diet, as the conclusion states: In Mortality in British vegetarians , [] a similar conclusion is drawn:.

British vegetarians have low mortality compared with the general population. Their death rates are similar to those of comparable non-vegetarians, suggesting that much of this benefit may be attributed to non-dietary lifestyle factors such as a low prevalence of smoking and a generally high socio-economic status, or to aspects of the diet other than the avoidance of meat and fish. The Adventist Health Studies is ongoing research that documents the life expectancy in Seventh-day Adventists.

This is the only study among others with similar methodology which had favourable indication for vegetarianism. The researchers found that a combination of different lifestyle choices could influence life expectancy by as much as 10 years.

The researchers concluded that "the life expectancies of California Adventist men and women are higher than those of any other well-described natural population" at The life expectancy of California Adventists surviving to age 30 was The Adventist health study is again incorporated into a metastudy titled "Does low meat consumption increase life expectancy in humans? Statistical studies, such as comparing life expectancy with regional areas and local diets in Europe also have found life expectancy considerably greater in southern France, where a low meat, high plant Mediterranean diet is common, than northern France, where a diet with high meat content is more common.

A study by the Institute of Preventive and Clinical Medicine, and Institute of Physiological Chemistry looked at a group of 19 vegetarians lacto-ovo and used as a comparison a group of 19 omnivorous subjects recruited from the same region.

The study found that this group of vegetarians lacto-ovo have a significantly higher amount of plasma carboxymethyllysine and advanced glycation endproducts AGEs compared to this group of non-vegetarians.

According to studies by the Permanente Journal and the National Institute for Health NIH , vegetarian diets are affordable and can help reduce health risks like high blood pressure, cardiovascular disease, and cholesterol levels.

A plant based diet has the potential to lower the risk of heart disease as well as reducing the amount of medications prescribed in instances of chronic illness. A change to a plant based diet, or vegetarianism, has had dramatic positive effects on the health of patients with chronic illnesses, significantly more than exercise alone []. Vegetarian diets have been studied to see whether they are of benefit in treating arthritis , but no good supporting evidence has been found.

Certain alternative medicines , such as Ayurveda and Siddha , prescribe a vegetarian diet as a normal procedure. Maya Tiwari notes that Ayurveda recommends small portions of meat for some people, though "the rules of hunting and killing the animal, practiced by the native peoples, were very specific and detailed".

Now that such methods of hunting and killing are not observed, she does not recommend the use of "any animal meat as food, not even for the Vata types". The human digestive system is omnivorous , capable of consuming a wide variety of plant and animal material. The American Dietetic Association has presented evidence that vegetarian diets may be more common among adolescents with eating disorders. At the same time the association cautions however, that the adoption of a vegetarian diet may not necessarily lead to eating disorders, rather that "vegetarian diets may be selected to camouflage an existing eating disorder".

Vegetarianism is associated with increased risk of depression, anxiety, and somatoform disorder, although causality cannot be established. Various ethical reasons have been suggested for choosing vegetarianism, usually predicated on the interests of non-human animals. In many societies, controversy and debate have arisen over the ethics of eating animals. Some people, while not vegetarians, refuse to eat the flesh of certain animals due to cultural taboo , such as cats, dogs, horses or rabbits.

Others support meat eating for scientific, nutritional and cultural reasons, including religious ones. Some meat eaters abstain from the meat of animals reared in particular ways, such as factory farms , or avoid certain meats, such as veal or foie gras. Some people follow vegetarian or vegan diets not because of moral concerns involving the raising or consumption of animals in general, but because of concerns about the specific treatment and practises involved in the raising and slaughter of animals, i.

Others still avoid meat because meat production is claimed to place a greater burden on the environment than production of an equivalent amount of plant protein. Ethical objections based on consideration for animals are generally divided into opposition to the act of killing in general, and opposition to certain agricultural practices surrounding the production of meat. Princeton University professor and animal rights activist Peter Singer believes that if alternative means of survival exist, one ought to choose the option that does not cause unnecessary harm to animals.

Most ethical vegetarians argue that the same reasons exist against killing animals in the flesh to eat as against killing humans to eat, especially humans with cognitive abilities equal or lesser than the animals in question. Singer, in his book Animal Liberation , listed possible qualities of sentience in non-human creatures that gave such creatures the scope to be considered under utilitarian ethics , and this has been widely referenced by animal rights campaigners and vegetarians.

Ethical vegetarians also believe that killing an animal, like killing a human, especially one who has equal or lesser cognitive abilities than the animals in question, can only be justified in extreme circumstances and that consuming a living creature for its enjoyable taste, convenience, or nutrition value is not a sufficient cause.

Another common view is that humans are morally conscious of their behaviour in a way other animals are not, and therefore subject to higher standards. McMahan stated that cognitively disabled human do not possess the same rights as non-disabled humans. While mentally disabled people were in the past often treated with extreme brutality, with the progression of morality most people understand that the rights of the cognitively disabled still include a right to life and kind treatment.

Increasingly, as moral philosophy progresses further, people understand that, outside of survival situations, denying the right to life to animals with equal or greater cognitive abilities than mentally disabled humans is an arbitrary, discriminatory practice based on habit and desire as opposed to logic.

Opponents of ethical vegetarianism argue that animals are not moral equals to humans and so consider the comparison of eating livestock with killing people to be fallacious. This view does not excuse cruelty, but maintains that animals do not possess the rights a human has. One of the main differences between a vegan and a typical vegetarian diet is the avoidance of both eggs and dairy products such as milk, cheese, butter and yogurt.

Ethical vegans do not consume dairy or eggs because they state that their production causes the animal suffering or a premature death. To produce milk from dairy cattle , calves are separated from their mothers soon after birth and slaughtered or fed milk replacer in order to retain the cows milk for human consumption.

A dairy cow's natural life expectancy is about twenty years. In battery cage and free-range egg production, unwanted male chicks are culled or discarded at birth during the process of securing a further generation of egg-laying hens.

Ethical vegetarianism has become popular in developed countries particularly because of the spread of factory farming , faster communications, and environmental consciousness. Some believe that the current mass demand for meat cannot be satisfied without a mass-production system that disregards the welfare of animals, while others believe that practices like well-managed free-ranging and consumption of game, particularly from species whose natural predators have been significantly eliminated, could substantially alleviate the demand for mass-produced meat.

Ancient Greek philosophy has a long tradition of vegetarianism. Pythagoras was reportedly vegetarian and studied at Mt. Carmel, where some historians say there was a vegetarian community , as his followers were expected to be. Roman writer Ovid concluded his magnum opus Metamorphoses , in part, with the impassioned argument uttered by the character of Pythagoras that in order for humanity to change, or metamorphose , into a better, more harmonious species, it must strive towards more humane tendencies.

He cited vegetarianism as the crucial decision in this metamorphosis, explaining his belief that human life and animal life are so entwined that to kill an animal is virtually the same as killing a fellow human.

Everything changes; nothing dies; the soul roams to and fro, now here, now there, and takes what frame it will, passing from beast to man, from our own form to beast and never dies Therefore lest appetite and greed destroy the bonds of love and duty, heed my message! Never by slaughter dispossess souls that are kin and nourish blood with blood! Jainism teaches vegetarianism as moral conduct as do some major [] sects of Hinduism.

Buddhism in general does not prohibit meat eating, while Mahayana Buddhism encourages vegetarianism as beneficial for developing compassion. Sikhism [] [] [] does not equate spirituality with diet and does not specify a vegetarian or meat diet.

Theravadins in general eat meat. In the Theravada canon, Buddha did not make any comment discouraging them from eating meat except specific types, such as human, elephant meat , horse, dog, snake, lion, tiger, leopard, bear, and hyena flesh [] but he specifically refused to institute vegetarianism in his monastic code when a suggestion had been made.

In several Sanskrit texts of Mahayana Buddhism , Buddha instructs his followers to avoid meat. Christians have always been free to make their own decisions about what to eat; however, there are groups within Christianity that practice specific dietary restrictions for various reasons.

Surviving fragments from their Gospel indicate their belief that — as Christ is the Passover sacrifice and eating the Passover lamb is no longer required — a vegetarian diet may or should be observed.