Why Rastafarians are Vegans

FEEDING THE BODY

In order to spiritually grow as a person, meat has to be gradually eliminated from the diet. All spiritual movements share this particular belief. Rastafarians believe if you cannot master the biological needs of the body in order to achieve optimum health, then you won’t be able to master the soul. A vegan diet provides all the nutrients that are necessary for feeding the body and feeding the soul. An efficient healthy body is very basic. The Rastafarian's diet is designed to meet their personal needs. The Rastafarian's food is normally referred to as ital food within the Rastafarian culture.

The main reason Rastafarians don't eat meat is because animals try so hard to get away. The fear of the animals can be seen in their eyes. It is evident that they are begging for mercy. Rastafari will have to show mercy. Within the book of genesis, the LORD gave man dominion over animals. It was not to eat them but to care for them.

Rastafarians prefer to eat from the primary source of food (plants). The secondary source of food (animals) has to eat plants anyway. Tertiary sources of food (carnivores or scavengers) should be avoided at all cost. For example dogs, pigs, cats, and cows which are fed cows should be avoided. It is possible to pick an apple and eat the flesh then plant the seeds. You can do no such thing with animals. The food sources of animals are seen as discontinuous. The food source of plants is continuous.

If the intestinal track of humans were designed to eat meat, the intestinal track would have been shorter. Because meat ferments once it is inside the body due to anaerobic respiration. Carnivores normally have short intestinal tracks. This is so that they can pass out the meat eaten as quickly as possible.

Within humans the intestinal track is much longer, similar to that of an herbivore. Therefore you would need a substantial amount of fiber, so that the digestive system will perform properly. One of the dangers of meat is that the longer it stays in the body, the more toxins will be released into the body from anaerobic bacteria. The organs mostly affected by this process are the Liver and the Brain.

Dangers of Meat

All medium to large livestock farms use hormones to stimulate fast and substantial growth of their animals. Even if you pick up a hormone free chicken at the meat section of the supermarket, it probably does contain minimal levels of hormones. One of the dangers of meat is that hormones do not disintegrate or goes way. It moves up the food chain. Given that humans are on top of the food chain. The hormones accumulates in the human body, it does not go away. Hormones disrupt the endocrine system. Hormones work the same way in humans as in animals.

The most popular hormone used in animals is natural or artificial estrogen which is one of the main dangers of meat. This hormone is a catalyst, it cause cells (especially fat cells) to draw in more water, food and oxygen. This leads to more mass and weight. These fat cells in turn release more natural estrogen. After fat cells increase in numbers, the brain tells the body to grow blood capillaries within the region of the fat cells so that they can receive the nutrients they are craving. This will of course lead to a vicious cycle of continuous weight gain. This is also one of the dangers of meat.

Girls who eat at McDonald's, Burger King, KFC, Popeye's and Churches for example are more likely to experience puberty at a very early age. Girls who practice a vegan diet will experience puberty at a much later age. This is a known fact within the scientific community and one of the main dangers of meat.

Even if the animal is hormone free and home grown, there is still another hormone to look out for. Adrenaline is released naturally in animals when they are being slaughtered. So when the animal is being prepared for food. It is in state of shock. This hormonal state is again transferred to humans. Have you ever seen the beheading of a chicken? Even after the beheading of the chicken, It flutters haphazardly until it bleeds out. This is due to the fight or flight hormone, adrenaline. There are many other hormones that are injected into animals that are more extreme and grave.

Dangers of Artificial Ingredients

Rastafarian's know that there are no enzymes in the stomach that can break down artificial ingredients. One of the dangers of artificial ingredients is it's of no biological use. And if it is not useful, it is probable destructive. The liver and the kidneys may not be able to remove some of these artificial ingredients. Given that no organs use these ingredients; these artificial ingredients may irritate and disrupt various bodily functions. Some of the most popular artificial ingredients to look out for are:


Benzoic acid - preservative

Brominated vegetable oil - emulsifier, stabiliser

Calcium citrates - food acid, firming agen

Citranaxanthin - color

Dimethylpolysiloxane - emulsifier, anti-caking agent

Ferrous gluconate - color retention agent

Glutamic acid - flavor enhancer

High fructose corn syrup - sweetener

Isobutane - propellant

Lysozyme - preservative

Magnesium diglutamate - flavor enhance

Maltodextrin - carbohydrate sweetener

Monosodium glutamate (MSG) - flavor enhancer

Nitrous oxide - propellant

Patent blue V - color (blue)

Polysorbate 20 to 80 - emulsifier

Propane-1,2-diol alginate - thickener

Triglyceride - emulsifier



Rastafarian'sare aware of some of the residual pesticides and preservatives used on fruits and vegetables. If the insects do not eat the fruit, it’s probable not healthy for human consumption. Also if the fruit or vegetable does not rot naturally, it’s probably not healthy either. Avoiding artificial ingredients is a very important aspect of ital food. Every Rastafarian culture is aware of the dangers of artificial ingredients.

FEEDING THE SOUL

Food can be considered as materialistic possessions. It causes people to lust and commit crimes. It is one of the needs of a person, like air and water. It is the primary function of work. Till the soil, throw the seeds in, plant grows, then you eat the fruits. Then the cycle starts over again. One apple seed equals two hundred acres of apple trees.

Food is energy store just like a battery or crude oil. We expend energy throughout daily activities such as walking or talking. If you take in more energy than you use, the body will store the excess energy as fat deposits. If you take in less energy than is used, the body will burn fat stores and muscle cells in order to get energy.

The primary source of all energy is the sun. All energy stored in batteries, crude oil, hydro, wind, plants and animals comes from the sun. If the sun should stop burning, all living things would die. The Sun gets its energy from JEHOVAH (JAH), the creator. Therefore when we are fueling our bodies with energy, we are absorbing the energy of JEHOVAH. It is not possible to actually assimilate the energy from the sun directly. The next best source of energy is plants.

Feeding the soul is necessary In order for spiritual growth to take place. The body has to be in an efficient state. A spiritually conscious person is most likely to become a vegan. On the other hand, a vegan will more likely become a spiritually conscious person. If you ask any person who has converted from meat eating to a vegan, they will tell you that it was an enlightening experience. This happens because the reward mechanism system of the brain changes. The electrical configuration of the brain will change. There are fewer toxins, which results in less misfiring. The brain runs like well-oiled machinery.

Critical thinking is now turned up. Vegans most of the time think out of the box. Questions like, "why are preservatives added to maintain shelve lives at the risk of the consumer?” It's a whole new world. Because the body uses so much energy to break down engineered proteins, trans fats and carbohydrates, there is no energy left for heavy duty critical thinking. One the main ways of enlightening one's self is to lighten up the food. Therefore, holding a meditation session after having a meal at McDonald's will not work, you would just fall asleep. Keeping the body in an enlightened state is the main function of ital food.

The strictest vegans within the Rastafarian Movement are from the Bobo Ashanti Tribe. Most of them may not even eat honey. They also may not eat fruits from the vine such as ground provisions, grapes, cucumbers, etc. One of the reasons is because these foods are pleasure foods and ferments easily into alcohol.

If one is practicing an ascetic lifestyle, these fruits of the vine are normally avoided. However, the main reason is because of the Nazarite vow, which forbids fruits of the vine. The Bobo Ashanti Tribe members are also known to practice ceremonial fasting’s. Sabbath day fasting is done on a general though. This is done to give the digestive system a break to reset. Also to become spiritually in tune with JAH, Rastafarian's may also experiment with their diets, such as eating only fruits or various other techniques.

Properly nourishing the body is very basic within the Rastafarian Culture.

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Hyphenbird 5 years ago from America-Broken But Still Beautiful

I agree with this Hub in so many ways. I am getting myself back to vegan. As we use up foods in the kitchen, they are not replaced with animal products. My big weakness is cheese and that is what made me fall off the vegan wagon before. sigh

Thanks for inspiration a, knowledge and encouragement.


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Cardisa 5 years ago from Jamaica

Rasta, thumbs up! This is your best hub, the layout is coming together and very interesting too. You have some very useful information. I would split the paragraph about "dangers in meat" in two. Add a couple more pictures and you are good to go. I have been sharing your hubs with my friends, I see Hyphenbird found you.


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rasta1 5 years ago from Jamaica Author

thanks Hyphenbird. hey Cardisa, thanks for the layout info and the overall strength.


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Sky9106 5 years ago from A beautiful place on earth.

Thanks for sharing Rasta, been in the know about nutrition, and hazards of the flesh for quite sometime. In the seventies I stumbled on a book about the slaughter houses and ever since, it was a love on the Vegan side.

Have to be super discipline and at peace with oneself to keep it well in these parts, quite costly.

Started writing about the sacrifices of foreign but a slow process still.

Blessings to see your rather nice layout and also your great country woman at your side. Great writer.

Life is all about sharing, I term "sharing"is as the mother of all giving -I believe one must understand the depths of sharing , then they will be giving with love. "Giving angry, is not giving at all"

Still a fledgling here, but great to know that truth and consciousness is here too

Blessings..


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PDXKaraokeGuy 5 years ago from Portland, Oregon

I had no idea Rastafarian-ism promoted vegan-ism. Very interesting hub. I am not a vegan, btu I admire those who have the dedication and conviction to live that lifestyle. Greta hub!


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rasta1 5 years ago from Jamaica Author

respect PDX, Rastafari promotes proper care of the holy temple (body).


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Kris Heeter 4 years ago from Indiana

I'm glad you shared the list of artificial ingredients and their dangers. There are so many food additives that are never tested on humans and we later find out how bad they are.


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rasta1 4 years ago from Jamaica Author

respect Heeter, The artificial ingredients are the sneaky parts that most people don't pay attention to.


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PDXKaraokeGuy 4 years ago from Portland, Oregon

very interesting. Thanks for sharing. It takes great discipline and dedication to be a vegan!


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rasta1 4 years ago from Jamaica Author

Respect PDX, being vegan does change your life.


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MsShona 4 years ago

Wonderful & informative hub -- Blessings!


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rasta1 4 years ago from Jamaica Author

Respect MsShona, looking forward to more hubs from you.


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PDXKaraokeGuy 4 years ago from Portland, Oregon

i imagine it would. All the best to you!


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SanneL 4 years ago from Sweden

I have seen the fear and terror in the eyes of the animals, and since then will not on the account of my personal needs let more animals die because of me. I have too much respect and love for them.

I truly thank you for this spiritual, inspiring and outstanding hub!

All the Best,

Sannel


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rasta1 4 years ago from Jamaica Author

Thanks for the appreciation SanneL, I can see that your an animal lover


soumyasrajan 4 years ago from Mumbai India and often in USA

Hi! rasta1

Very Interesting article, again ideas are so similar to Indian philosophies. I do not know much about Rastafarians. Where did they live and now live, who started it?

You know that Rasta in in Indian languages like Hindi means path?

I also once wrote an article on why I am vegetarian and how did these ideas evolve in India, where more than 40% people are vegetarian.

http://hubpages.com/religion-philosophy/Why-I-am-a...


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rasta1 4 years ago from Jamaica Author

Respect soumyasrajan, the Jamaican culture is sub-based of the Indian culture. A lot of words in the Jamaican dialect are Indian words like Ganja. A lot of the food here is Indian based. A lot of the population is Indian.


Imaan 4 years ago

greetings... I have been vegetarian for more than 6years and fell off the yacht. so I keep getting on and off it because I love the taste of meat and the health benefits thereof. I'm deeply spiritual therefore meat eating has always been a crime to me, or even more fairer it felt like I was committing a crime. I am African, and as you may know the African cultural tradition promotes meat eating, and for this reason I keep eating meat. Thank you for Hub, it revived my inner self!!! Bles


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rasta1 4 years ago from Jamaica Author

Respect Imaan, Rastafari does not condemn meat eaters. To each man his own. Based on my experience, it took me about 3 years for my taste buds not to want meat anymore and adapt to plants. It is a long and gradual process. Keep the faith.


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Peanutritious 4 years ago from Cheshire, UK

This hub was fascinating. I've not eaten meat since I was 10 years old. Seeing an animal die in terror would horrify me and knowing that someone else would kill it on my behalf seemed unthinkable. So many people don't think about how the food gets on their plate. They choose not to. I think this is hypocritical and selfish. I'm always getting called 'emotional' or 'over the top' by people for the way I feel. I think it's just being honest and having a conscience. It was comforting to read that i'm not alone with these feelings.


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rasta1 4 years ago from Jamaica Author

Respect Peanutritious, I am glad I am not alone on this too. Thanks for the encouragement.


rasqueen786 4 years ago

RasTaFarl blessed love...i love the site. Easy to navigate and straight the point. Miself rasta is of the who i am. Being vegan is something i health backfired on. I was vybin it well but nuts, corn, and things like shredded wheat had hospitalized. So i still eat fish and turkey. Eating tofu made i anemic. I found out tofu doesn't allow iron to be absorbed into ya body. I also believe plants are alive as any other being. Check it...plants respond to humans differently. Plants liked to be talked to and listen to music. Picky about it too. I spent many a day out in the woods talkin and vybin with the trees and other flora. So i find hard on both ends. Seen?


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rasta1 4 years ago from Jamaica Author

Respect Rasqueen, You should connect with I on Facebook. Soy does block overall absorption and then causes important to leave the body through the kidneys and bladders. I no longer mess with Soy, unless I get it in raw form.

I am also anemic and suffer from low blood pressure. I build my blood with beet roots and okros and Irish Moss. Fish is okay. Turkey is way better than chicken. Just hold the faith. To each, his own.


Ras Leo 4 years ago

RASTAFARI Na NYAM FLESH. RASTAFARI DOSNT DEAL WIYH ISMS!


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rasta1 4 years ago from Jamaica Author

Respect Ras Leo, Rastafari shun meat eating.


dr koura gibson 4 years ago

ises! ...a great read! ...26 years of rasta livity for me...as i have aged gracefully, i am convinced it's a result of ital eating...i do have a question for you, what would you suggest for getting more protein?...i used to hate being asked this question by others over the years but now that i am doing competitive track and field again, at my age (47) i would appreciate any advice.


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rasta1 4 years ago from Jamaica Author

Respect Dr Gibson, I cover this topic in vegan body building, http://rasta1.hubpages.com/hub/Vegetarian-Body-Bui... I would say a combination of hemp seed and almond based on there amino acid profile.


Soul'native 4 years ago

Yes! Yes! & thank you!


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rasta1 4 years ago from Jamaica Author

Respect Soul'native, thank you for enjoying this hub.


RandonPerson 4 years ago

What do you think about seafood. Fish really. ?


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rasta1 4 years ago from Jamaica Author

respect Randon, If someone would like to eat fish instead of only veggies. This is a good transition. Because fish is caught wild, it has an advantage over other meats.

Twelve tribe rastas eat fish only smaller than 12 inches, only seafood with scales. No lobster or shrimp or octopus. Seafood should only be had once or twice a week if possible.


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Mamelody 4 years ago

Respect man, I enjoyed reading this and I'm down with no meat eating. I've actually given up on eating meat as it makes me ill. Guess am just aging :( Excellent hub.


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rasta1 4 years ago from Jamaica Author

Respect Mamelody, Your subconscious may be weaning you off meat as there is not benefit. As people get older they get wiser.


kevin muraggz 4 years ago

i n i give tanks fi lyf big up rasta


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rasta1 4 years ago from Jamaica Author

More life which is right, Respect Muraggz


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Daisy Mariposa 4 years ago from Orange County (Southern California)

Art (rasta1),

I'm a vegetarian and my boyfriend is a vegan. Thank you for publishing this very informative article. I appreciate your sharing your reasons for being a vegan.


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rasta1 4 years ago from Jamaica Author

Respect Daisy. Thanks for enjoying the hub. It is good to know your vegetarian, I love the company.


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StephanieBCrosby 4 years ago from New Jersey

This is a very detailed hub. I think it helps to inform people not only about your culture but also things in food that are dangerous and people do not know. Thanks for the attention to detail. Great hub and writing.


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Stephanie Henkel 4 years ago from USA

Thank you for your informative article on why Rastafarians are vegans. Since I'm not a vegan, I was very interested in the background material you presented and the reasoning behind the vegan lifestyle. I enjoyed your well-written and informative hub very much!


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DzyMsLizzy 4 years ago from Oakley, CA

Very interesting, indeed. I am a vegetarian by preference, though it is not always possible to eat as I prefer for numerous reasons. I don't follow any particular religious belief--I'm an atheist--but I believe in absolute respect for Mother Nature.

I was a very strict label-reading vegetarian for 15 years...circumstances forced me to compromise, but meat is a very small and unpleasant part of my diet. However, I'm not, nor have I ever been a vegan. Even knowing all of the philosophical, environmental, health andethical reasons for being so, I'm afraid I just love things like cheese and ice cream far too much to ever give them up totally. I've tried the soy analog cheeses, and I have nothing more polite to say than "Ick, nasty-tasting!" As for the ice cream substitutes, such as "Rice Dream," they taste ok, but just don't cut it for being rich enough, nor can you make "milkshakes" from it. I don't drink milk--I don't like it, but I do use it for milkshakes and in cooking. I mostly eat my breakfast cereals dray, as if it was chips--or I use rice milk--again, can't stand the taste of soy or almond "milks."

So, Lacto-ovo vegetarian is as good as it gets for me.

This, however, was a well-done, interesting and informative hub--you hit all the main logical and ethical reasons for not eating meat, as well as the fact of our digestive tract (and our teeth!) not being suited for meat-eating. Good job on that--not many people realize that.

Voted up, intersting, useful and shared.


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travel_man1971 4 years ago from Bicol, Philippines

I'm in danger of those preservatives, since I'm not a total vegetarian person.

Thanks for this warning. I have to renew my diet ASAP.


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poojasd7 4 years ago from India

very informative... I being an Eggetarian, don't know if the eggs(hen's) are good or bad for health.

Also, can you tell me if the transfer of that extra Adrenalin from animals to human being causes any harmful effect?


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rasta1 4 years ago from Jamaica Author

Respect Lizzy, Thank you for carefully evaluating the article. I see that you analyse things for facts. Milk is very dangerous. It causes more sickness than meat. Lacto-Ova Vegetarians need to purge their body of the toxins in the system. A 12 hour watermelon fast should do the trick or any other fruit that almost tastes watery. 100% Cranberry is a good complement since it coats the stomach and protects it.

I also experiment with other diets other than vegan such as macrobiotic or fruit diet to name a few. Keep up the lifestyle. The most important thing is that you are aware.


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rasta1 4 years ago from Jamaica Author

Respect Travel, The preservatives is in fine print and they never mention it in the commercials. The FDA does not test for that. The effects that preservatives on the body is relatively unknown. For example, Ice cream contains crude oil derived products. However, the FDA does not require labelling of all the contents of ice cream.


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rasta1 4 years ago from Jamaica Author

Respect poojasd7, Only if the hens are yard hens. The hens that produce Commercial eggs are under a lot of stress, sick and are fed hormones. Eggs should not be eaten every day unless your very physically active and detox regularly.

Hormones cannot be destroyed by heat or digestive juices. It goes straight into the blood. There was once an experiment where they forced some prisoners to become vegans. The vegans were a lot less likely to fight or get angry compared to their meat eating counterparts.


chrisinhawaii 4 years ago

What a fascinating article, Rasta1. You've got all kinds of great titles, and a nicely focused niche.

I've been having some health issues lately - physical and mental - and I think that my typical crappy American diet has a lot to do with that. I also have no medical insurance or tons of extra money for docs and meds, so I was considering a more natural/alternative approach to improving my health. (Isn't it odd that choosing foods and medicines that occur in nature over concentrated, toxic levels of artificial foods and medicines is considered "ALTERNATIVE" and sometimes "CONTROVERSIAL"? What the heck?)

Anyways, voted up, awesome, and shared. You have a good day, sir! Aloha!


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rasta1 4 years ago from Jamaica Author

Respect Chrisinhawaii, Your right, it should be non-natural foods that should be called controversial.


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Au fait 3 years ago from North Texas

A very interesting hub. I have long said that eating the necessary food before running it through another animal is more efficient, more healthful, and less expensive. I also believe the growth hormones fed to animals affects not only their meat, but in the case of cows, their milk and milk products, which in turn affects the people who drink it. I have thought for several years that the milk with growth hormones plays a big part in early puberty.

While I am not 100% vegetarian, I do prefer to avoid meat, fish, poultry, etc., and so I eat far less of it than people who don't make a conscious effort to eat less of it. My daughter reads all the ingredient lists on products and refuses to eat any that contain animal product.

Clearly something has changed in our environment to cause so many diseases like diabetes, thyroid disease, and autism, (and others) to proliferate to the extent they are now doing. It makes sense to me that one of the causes would be all the additives to our diet, either through meat (growth hormones, antibiotics, etc.) or directly onto the plants (pesticides, herbicides) and also preservatives and genetic engineering. I really think the emissions and other side products of petroleum based fuels are playing a big part too.

You have a very good description of the digestive process and the differences between carnivores and herbivores. Thank you for this very informative hub.


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rasta1 3 years ago from Jamaica Author

Respect Au faith. I also read all the ingredients before buying a product. Seeking nutritious food is indeed an uphill battle. I try to grow as much simple foods as possible like okra and tomato because I do not want to worry about pesticides. I keep reminding myself that farmers, distributors and supermarkets are trying to turn a profit and are competing. This is why they use pesticides to prevent crop loss, preservatives to improve shelf life and growth hormones to improve yield. They have no interest about the health of the user.


Taisiya Birch 2 years ago

Wel said. Sometimes i consider to become a vegan but it can be hard because i love meats immensely


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rasta1 2 years ago from Jamaica Author

Respect Taisiya, If you have to eat meat, it is best to grow the animal yourself. Doing this can be a way to establish a connection with the animal and probable even become a vegan


QueenDee 2 years ago

I've been doing a lot of research about the rasta way of life

And I must say I love it all

I've always been drawn to Jamaica and my african roots and I want to visit both one day

I love how they teach black empowerment

Positive speaking

The clean living and your body is a temple and truly treating as such

I've even researched the nazarites vow

I don't no if I can be a rasta but I want to live by your clean living ways

I've been natural for 2 years

After my grandmother died of cancer

She was a big natural no chemicals or makeup kind of women

I went natural because I wanted to be myself naturally and love me for who I am not what I should look like or want to be

I no she would be proud

I'm going to lock next year and continue my journey but also start a vegan diet

I came to ur page to learn more about the diet

I don't now where to start but I feel like I've finally found what I've been looking for

I'm really excited about this journey and I can't wait til I can come to Jamaica and Ethiopia where my roots are

OneLove

QueenDee


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rasta1 2 years ago from Jamaica Author

Respect QueenDee. It sounds Like you are already a Rasta by far. There is nothing else needed. As long as you in love with nature then everything else comes after.


Sheila 2 years ago

Interesting read. I don't know much about the culture, but I like what I read in this article. It's our responsibility as an intelligent species to be accountable for our actions to those who can't speak for themselves.


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rasta1 2 years ago from Jamaica Author

Respect Sheila, That's exactly what humanity should try to accomplish.


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Kathleen Odenthal 2 years ago from Bayonne, New Jersey

Can you be considered rastifarian if you are not a vegan? This was a very interesting hub and I thoroughly enjoyed it!


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rasta1 2 years ago from Jamaica Author

Respect Kathleen. You do have some Rastafarian that eat small sized fish in moderation. I even know a Rasta man that grows his own chicken which are fed soy.


David. 2 years ago

I am vegan again and gaining the spiritual benefits that are spoken about here. Thank you. I am noticing that worldwide religious populations applaud vegan life.

A recent article stated that 70 percent of our countrymen (us) are on prescription medication, up from 40 percent in the 2000s. Could you tell me, what is the view of rastafarians regarding medication? Thank you for your kind attention. David.


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rasta1 2 years ago from Jamaica Author

Respect David. The original function of a doctor is to take the patients off medication by curing their sickness. Modern day doctors just put people on medication that treat the symptoms and have side effects that is treated by another medication making the patient worse than before.

Prevention is better than cure. Try not to get sick by living a clean lifestyle. Only use pharmaceutical if it is completely necessary and their is no natural alternative available.


David. 2 years ago

Respect, rasta1. And thanks for your reply. This is what many of us believe. You must be glad to know rastafari have friends all over the world. Thanks for sharing some wisdom.


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rasta1 2 years ago from Jamaica Author

Respect David. Rasta global and international.


Yohannes 22 months ago

The Ethiopian Orthodox church also promotes Veganism as a way to connect to God. If you add up the fasting days, they add uo to 3/4th of the year. When one is fasting they are not allowed to consume any flesh or animal products like dairy


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rasta1 22 months ago from Jamaica Author

Respect Yohannes. That makes a lot of sense.


Sharon Azar 20 months ago

Just discovered the Rastfarian philosophy of not consuming animal products. I gave up animal products because of the suffering of the animals and was interested to find that Rastas also consider the suffering of those who cannot defend themselves. And the Rastafarian music!! I am deeply touched by the softness and love. Although I cannot see that the rest of the world will follow this beautiful example, it gives me hope.


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DzyMsLizzy 20 months ago from Oakley, CA

A most interesting perspective indeed. I have heard of Rastafarians, but knew nothing of that culture.

As a non-religious person myself, I had my own reasons for going vegetarian, but many of my reasons mesh with those you have presented. In fact, I wrote my own hub on why humans should not eat meat, and it includes much of what you stated about how our digestive systems are designed. You went into much greater detail.

Although I am a vegetarian, I have yet to be able to make the leap to being vegan. I'm afraid I do like cheese and ice cream a bit too much, even though I am fully aware of all the logical, health, and ethical reasons for eliminating those foods as well.

Voted up, interesting, useful, shared and pinned.


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vocalcoach 20 months ago from Nashville Tn.

I'm a vegetarian and working to go all vegan. Thanks for introducing me to the Rastafarian way of life. I agree with these principles and it hurts me when I think of the animals and the suffering. Voted up and useful.


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rasta1 19 months ago from Jamaica Author

Respect Sharon. Animals and are closely related to humans. Therefore, some people are not comfortable eating meat.


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rasta1 19 months ago from Jamaica Author

Respect DzyMsLizzy. Vegetarians can be as healthy as vegans. Being vegan is more spiritual though.


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rasta1 19 months ago from Jamaica Author

Respect vocalcoach. the Rasta way of life does require some form of dietary discipline. Food is the staff of life.

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