Vegetarianism gains popularity

Vegetarianism is gaining in popularity among the younger generation. 

In Hong Kong, a 25-year-old woman says she does not eat meat because nowadays too many growth enhancement hormones are added to animal feed.

Restaurants in Hong Kong have seen more 30-year-old vegetarian diners than before when most vegetarian diners averaged around 50 years old or older.  In Hong Kong, the ratio of vegetarian men to vegetarian women is 6 to 4. 

A telephone survey of 1006 15 to 64 year olds showed that 1/4 have the habit of not eating meat on occasion.  According to the survey, 12% do not eat meat once a week, 8% do not eat meat three days a week, and 3% are pure vegetarians.  In 2008, 5% occasionally did not eat meat.  In 2014, 20% say they occasionally avoid eating meat.

It has been pointed out that animals with stamina and endurance are vegetarians, such as the bull and the cow, the horse, the elephant, the camel and the pigeon.  Carnivores like tigers, lions, wolves have bursts of energy in predatory attacks but lack endurance.

There was a man named Li Qingyun (1677 – 1933) who lived to be 256 years old.  He was a vegetarian.  According to him, his longevity depended on being a vegetarian, being tranquil at heart, and drinking Fructus lycii tea.

He is also reported to have boiled lotus leaves, Cassia seeds, the monk fruit (luo han guo, Momordica grosvenorii, monk fruit, Buddha fruit, longevity fruit) and Fructus lycii together to make tea.

“Luo han guo” literally means “arhat fruit”.

According to the classical Chinese herbal text, Cassia seed reduces cholesterol, lotus leaves reduce inflammation and facilitate urination, and monk fruit or arhat fruit facilitates defecation.

To maintain good health, according to the old man, good blood circulation, and ease of urination and defecation must be maintained.  He also said that Chinese qi gong is a good exercise for maintaining good blood circulation and facilitating ease of urination and defecation.

The different physical feelings of eating meat and not eating meat

Many people who eat less meat or become vegetarians say they now feel “lighter” or “less heavy”, “less tired” or “do not get tired that easily”, “I have less acid reflex now”, or “I seem to have more energy now.”

Even those who go on short periods of a meatless diet will gradually lose their taste for meat.

A 100-year-old woman in 2010 can still do five sit-ups.  She is a vegetarian and she meditates four hours a day.  She keeps a strict meditation schedule, 5 a.m. to 6 a.m., 11 a.m. to 12 noon, 5 p.m. to 6 p.m., and 11 p.m. to 12 midnight.  

Bad vegetarian dishes

In many vegetarian restaurants, the vegetarian dishes are cooked in animal oil or animal fat to enhance the taste.  Others use a lot of salt and soy sauce to enhance the taste.  The natural flavors of the vegetables are masked.  Avoid vegetarian dishes thus enhanced. 

Do not force vegetarianism on children less than 16 years old.  Growing children need animal protein for growth and muscle strength. 

I had an 11-year-old student who was a vegetarian because her mother insisted.  I found that she was unable to remember word definitions from the dictionary, and she was unable to understand word meanings.  I alerted the father, so he took her to the doctor.  The doctor said her blood showed an extreme lack of nutrients and some essential amino acids and protein.  The doctor demanded that the child be fed large amounts of meat to compensate for the extreme lack of protein.

Many people now adhere to an Okinawan type diet of rice, vegetables and fish as the only source of meat protein.  Fish seems to enhance brain function.  This is a healthy diet, and longevity of the Okinawans and the Japanese is well known.

Ease of defecation depends on the type of food one eats.  Meat, garlic, and flour based pasta tend to make feces “compact”, “dry” and “hard”.  Vegetables, fish, corn tortillas and cornmeal seem to keep the feces “loose”. 

Sodas such as Sprite and 7UP will loosen feces and east defecation.  Hot tea does not loosen feces.  Senna leaf tea is a very strong purgative and it will cause diarrhea. 

When a vegetarian suddenly has to eat full non-vegetarian meals, he or she will feel that the non-vegetarian meals are too “za” or “mixed, impure” and the stomach cannot handle such “mixture” of a lot of meat.  An immediate return to a simple diet of “rice and raw onions” without anyting else seems to calm the stomach.


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Victor Chen, herbalist, alternative healthcare lecturer, Chinese affairs analyst, retired journalist
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