World Vegetarian Day:October 1st suggests that today is the day to contemplate what we are eating. Not a bad idea, even if you are not a vegetarian.

World Vegetarian Day was first observed in 1977 by the North American Vegetarian Society (NAVS) and a year later in 1978 it was endorsed by the International Vegetarian Union.

I actually knew the people in NAVS who started this and gave a talk at one of their summer conferences in Central PA. As it happens, today is also a Monday and there are restaurants who have Meatless Mondays. Here is a picture and caption from

Meet Longtime Meatless Monday Ambassador, Sharon Palmer

Sharon Palmer is a Registered Dietitian (RDN) and author of the books, The Plant-Powered Diet and Plant-Powered for Life, and has been an advocate for Meatless Monday throughout the years……(Please go to website for full article. (

Coincidentally, I will be giving a talk on The Good Taste of Health on Sunday, October 21st @ 1 pm at the studio where I take yoga. While the topic is about “Which Diet for You?” the emphasis will be on a Whole Foods Plant-Based Diet (WFPB) and I am adding Organic to the title, so it will be OWFPB.

Anyone in the Philadelphia area can contact me through my email:, and I will post a flyer when I have one finished, hopefully this week. (I just purchased a new computer and still organizing the data that I am deleting from my old iMac to my new MacBook Air laptop.)

As part of my talk, I have been reading a book entitled, The Plant- Based Solution by Dr. Joel K. Kahn, who has compiled a great deal of data on the virtues and benefits of a plant-based diet. The book includes a 21-day plan with recipes, and the book is one worth reading, if you are even contemplating a change in diet for your health and the health of the planet. (Raising meat for slaughter uses far more resources that raising vegetables, beans, fruits, etc.)

So, even if you are not a vegetarian, you might want to consider going meatless one day each week just for a change in your diet and see how that feels. Or maybe you can reduce the amount of meat on your plate while increasing the amount of veggies and beans or grains.

There is not one best way to eat for everyone, but everyone can design his or her P.E.P. (Personal Eating Plan) to include more plant-based foods for better health and Dr. Kahn’s book gives lots of evidence of changes for better health.

Enjoy the day with a look at going meatless one day each week, starting with today, World Food Day!




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