I recommend a plant-based diet both for health and spiritual reasons. However, I am not fanatical about it all. Let us look what wistful people do. Research about centenarians has found that the people of Ikaria, Greece, and the Japanese island Okinawa, centenarians were found to obey to two wistful rules:
—Eating meat only at weekends and at festivities
—Stopping to eat when the stomach is about 80% full
What also contributes to health, especially on Ikaria, is the moderate consumption of local wine. Recent research has shown that wine has 10 Health Benefits, according to science, one of them being wine’s anti-oxidant properties.
Perhaps the spiritual reasons are weighing heavier than the merely physical or health reasons? What are they? Well, I consider domestic animals as our friends on the spiritual plane. Have you ever seen a cow walking toward you and gazing at you? And many farmers can tell you about the deep attachment pigs are capable of. The same is valid for sheep and goats.
We should not kill them for food nor any other reason for that matter, except we do a blessing of them first, as it is done in Greece.
In addition, scientific research has brought to daylight that from the formation of our teeth and the size of our intestinal tract, we are supposed to be vegetarians.
The Bible contains important advice on the matter.
And God said, ‘Behold, I have given you every plant yielding seed that is on the face of all the earth, and every tree with seed in its fruit. You shall have them for food.’
There is no allusion here to meat of any kind. However, it has to be seen that the people of Israel never wanted to respect that rule and were against the prohibition of meat. They thus requested a new rule and it was given later on in the form of ‘you can eat all that moves.’ A very strange rule indeed for it would include humans!
Every moving thing that lives shall be food for you. And as I gave you the green plants, I give you everything.
Now, I would plead to become a Pescatarian rather than a Vegetarian for the simple reason that fish and seafood are not in any way bonding with humans on any level as warm-blooded animals do. That may be the reason why it is spiritually of lesser concern to eat them. And from the point of view of a good and vital diet, and our need for Omega 3 fatty acids, I would plead for the pro-fish position.
Not to forget, when the great pianist Artur Rubinstein who was vital in very old age was asked for his ‘secret,’ his reply was simple:
—Lobster and Champagne!