Eat Healthy Now! Why I am a Vegetarian
By John W. Adams
I became a Vegetarian over 45 years ago. I made this move after experiencing digestive problems for many years, and never finding a lasting solution. I was influenced then, by a friend who was a vegetarian and by the example set by Charles and Myrtle Fillmore, founders of Unity School of Practical Christianity. At that time, I was already an ordained Unity Minister and had spent quite a lot of time at Unity Village, home of Unity School. While going to school there, I ate at the Unity Village Cafeteria which, at that time, was totally vegetarian. The meat-less food agreed with me, enjoyed it, I had plenty of energy and I was more mentally alert.
It was in the 1970s, while minister of Unity-In-The-Olympics Church in Port Angeles, WA. that I made the decision to give up meat. One of the things that motivated me was the fact that, with a wife and four children to feed, hamburger was too often a more inexpensive way to feed my family. My wife learned how to make a dish with tater-tots, hamburger and Campbell’s Cream of Mushroom soup. It was layered in a baking dish and put in the oven until ready to eat. At first, it was rather tasty, but after becoming too much of a regular main dish, I got real tired of it!
Add to that, I had thought and prayed about becoming a Vegetarian for two or three years. That baked dish helped push me over the edge! I’ve never eaten it again! It’s been all veggies, fruit, plus dairy since then. I’ve been on Mother Earth for a long time and people sometimes express amazement to me about how healthy I am. Of course, I give a lot of attention to spiritual things, and use alternative healing modalities, but being a Vegetarian is a big part of my healthy condition.
Although my early motivation for becoming a Vegetarian was mostly physical and health wise, I soon began to realize the spiritual aspects of this way of life. I discovered that it was easier to meditate and to be at peace when I had eaten only food that didn’t have to be killed. When you think about it, fruit and vegetables grow very peacefully. They draw nutrients from Mother Earth and just wait for us to harvest them and partake of their luscious and healthful goodness.
It is interesting to note that animals mainly eat vegetables and then humans kill and eat the animals instead of just eating what the animals eat. It doesn’t make much sense. Picture, if you will, a horse. Horses are big, strong and beautiful! They are vegetarians. So are huge elephants.
I am grateful for the inspiration and guidance, many years ago, to walk the Vegetarian pathway. I trust that this, and other Vegetarian articles presented here will guide you to join with me in this peaceful way of being alive and healthy now.