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“Let food be thy medicine, and let medicine be thy food” is an adage famously spoken by Hippocrates, the Greek physician. Hippocrates is known as the “Father of Medicine.” It’s not surprising then, that the incredible healing properties of living a whole-food plant-based lifestyle can be seen in those who follow Dr. Neal Barnard’s 21-Day Vegan Kickstart program. He is a Shining World Compassion Award recipient. Whole foods are plant foods that are unprocessed and unrefined, or processed and refined as little as possible, before being cooked. Examples of whole foods include whole grains, tubers, legumes, fruits, nuts, and vegetables. Also, most people enjoy familiar flavors and taste experiences.
So, it is a bonus to realize that being vegan does not mean any sacrifice in taste. With Heaven’s blessing, nowadays there are vegan versions of everything - from meatless bacon, pulled “pork” jackfruit, plant-based jerky, mock lobster, vegan eggs, vegan burgers, vegan chicken strips, vegan sausages, vegan hotdogs, konjac seafood, … you name it, there’s a delectable vegan version, not to mention the multitude of vegan dairy-replacement options.
Supreme Master Ching Hai explained during The Real Love in 2011: “You see, eating animal flesh, meaning we are decreasing our love in our being, from our structure, holy structure. We are born from God, we were holy, we were true humans, we were true children of God. But if we eat the animals, then the mixing of blood types and genetic code between humans and animals makes us lose our status as the crown of creation, as true humans. As pure humans, the children of God, we are under direct connection with the Light, with the mighty Master power of the commanding center of the universe. We have absolute command over all under Heaven, because we were pure, and we’re children of God.”
With all the research work done, it’s now time to take action. First of all, you want to clean out your refrigerator. Throw away any animal products like meat, eggs, dairy, honey, and any condiments that have animal products. Next, fill it with health-friendly foods like fresh legumes, vegetables, fruits, some meat and dairy alternatives, and so on. Make a trip to your local fruiterer or farmers market for the freshest and healthiest supplies!