Nothing will benefit human health and increase the chances of survival of life on earth as much as the evolution to a vegetarian diet.” – Albert Einstein

Many people are going “green” to save resources and sustain the planet. Shifting to a plant-based diet supports your personal health as well as the health of our Mother Earth. As yogis, there is a long tradition of living in harmony with the earth and its inhabitants.

Ahimsa is the Sanskrit term for “non-violence.” Living as a yogi, it makes sense to shift to a vegetarian lifestyle. This way of being embraces the concept of not harming ourselves, our bodies, the earth we live on or the animals, both wild and domesticated. In addition to feeling more energy, vitality and lightness of the body when practicing yoga, you help “green” the earth by reducing or abstaining from eating meat—one bite at a time!

A vegetarian diet helps heal the planet by conserving fossil fuels—it takes significantly more energy to produce meat products than to grow plant foods. We are all learning how critical it is to reduce our carbon “footprint.” We help the planet when we buy organic and locally-grown produce as well, since we reduce transportation impacts and help with soil conservation.

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There are so many reasons why a plant-based diet is an effective and easy way to “go green” — by eating in a healthy way for yourself and the planet. You will improve your personal health, support your yoga practice and do your part to heal the planet every time you sit down to a meal. Make a New Years’ resolution to learn more about your connection to the food you eat. Go “green” to get healthier and bless the earth in 2012.

Sunflower Seed Salad Dressing 

This is the most popular salad dressing in the Sivananda Ashrams and centers worldwide. Try some on your leafy greens!

Blend 1 C oil, 1/2 C tamari, 1/2 C lemon juice and 1 to 2 C sunflower seeds until you get a smooth and creamy consistency.
If the consistency is too thick, add some water; if too thin, add more sunflower seeds.
To this mixture, you can add any herb or spice you prefer. Taste and adjust. Makes 4-5 cups.

About Author: Stacie Dooreck (Saraswati) is Author of SunLight Chair Yoga: yoga for everyone! book and teacher training.

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