Spiritual Growth for Meaning and Interconnections

To grow spiritually in a world defined by power, money, and influence is a Herculean task.  Introspection goes beyond recalling the things that happened in a day, week, or month. You need to look closely and reflect on your thoughts, feelings, beliefs, and motivations. Periodically examining your experiences, the decisions you make, the relationships you have, and the things you engage in provide useful insights on your life goals, on the good traits you must sustain, and the bad traits you have to discard.

Religions that believe in the existence of God such as Christianism, Judaism, and Islam suppose that the purpose of the human life is to serve the Creator of all things. Several theories in psychology propose that we ultimately give meaning to our lives.

Whether we believe that life’s meaning is pre-determined or self-directed, to grow in spirit is to realize that we do not merely exist. We do not know the meaning of our lives at birth; but we gain knowledge and wisdom from our interactions with people and from our actions and reactions to the situations we are in.

As we discover this meaning, there are certain beliefs and values that we reject and affirm. Our lives have purpose. This purpose puts all our physical, emotional, and intellectual potentials into use; sustains us during trying times; and gives us something to look forward to—a goal to achieve, a destination to reach. A person without purpose or meaning is like a drifting ship at sea.

Certain religions stress the concept of our relatedness to creation. Thus calling other people “brothers and sisters” even if there are no direct blood relations. Moreover, deity-centered religions such as Christianity and Islam speak of the relationship between humans and a higher being.

On the other hand, science expounds on our link to other living things through the evolution theory. This relatedness is clearly seen in the concept of ecology, the interaction between living and non-living things.

In psychology, connectedness is a characteristic of self-transcendence, the highest human need according to Maslow. Recognizing your connection to all things makes you more humble and respectful of people, animals, plants, and things in nature.

It makes you appreciate everything around you. It moves you to go beyond your comfort zone and reach out to other people, and become stewards of all other things around you.

Growth is a process, thus to grow in spirit is a day-to-day encounter. We win some, we lose some, but the important thing is that we learn, and from this knowledge, further spiritual growth is made possible.

Secrets of Astrology

The Secret of Astrology

Since the beginning of man, the stars and sky have seem to spark some sort of intriguing feel. The search for answers in the sky has taken place for a really long time. The History of Astrology is important as it goes back to prehistoric times, back to the early days of the human race. Some of the well-known civilizations of the world used this field extensively. Astrology is relevant because of the Babylonians. The ancient Chinese civilization, the Egyptian civilization, the ancient Indian civilization, all practiced astrology. Arabs practiced Astrology before the advent of Islam. Arabs were quite advanced in the field of Astronomy.  These cultures define astrology and they also have built astrology with the use of nature and the Gods to help them into their heavens.

The American Heritage Dictionary defines Astrology as the study of the positions and aspects of celestial bodies in the belief that they have an influence on the course of natural earthly occurrences and human affairs. Planetary observation is the basis of Astrology. The ancient Babylonians were probably the first to use Astrology. They were the first to name the days of the week after the Sun, Moon, and planets. They were also the first to set out the twelve houses of the horoscope. Baghdad and Damascus were known as centers of Astrology and Astronomy in olden times.

Greek astronomer Ptolemy was the first ever person to write a book on Astrology. He codified the sun sign astrology that we know today. Ptolemy tried to predict the positions of celestial bodies relative to each other and the earth through knowledge of their orbital motions. During his time, astrology was a part of astronomy. Later, astronomy became an exact science and Astrology remained a part of Theology.

Chinese astrology stresses on the five elements, metal, wood, water, fire, and earth. Even the zodiac signs used by them are also different from other forms of astrology.

India has a rich history of Astrology. Astrology was practiced even in the Vedic times in India. Astrology is one of the six disciplines of Vedanga. Ancient Hindu Scriptures give a lot of importance to the various aspects of planetary motions and its effects on humans. Astrology continues to be studied and practiced by many in India today. It is vital in Indian culture. It is used to make decisions about marriage, starting a new business, and moving into a new house.  The Hindus believe that human fortune or misfortune in life is due to karma and karma is believed to be influenced by the movements of the planets. Among the Hindus, Brahmins are considered to be the best authorities on astrology. The astrologers in India claim that it is a scientific method to predict the future. They still club this field of study within the parameters of Hinduism. Hindus almost unanimously believe in astrological predictions. In fact, Hindus cannot imagine life without Astrology. More and more Indians have started to build their houses according to the principles of Vastu Shastra. This ancient Indian tradition is also governed by astrological implications. Hindus believe that the overall prosperity and benefits of the occupants is dependent on the Vastu principles while building the house. Indian Astrologers claim that they can prove that astrological predictions are indeed scientific.

The Horoscope is a part of Astrology. Reading daily horoscope has become a trend even in developed countries of the West. The Western mind has always put everything subject to scrutiny and tends to rely solely on scientific facts. However, that is not preventing the western people from being obsessed with their horoscopes. Suddenly, the western world has woken up to the possibility of understanding and improving their future with the use of astrology. More and more westerners have started to believe in the powerful effects of the planets and stars. Astrology was never been scrutinized and researched ever before in the way it has been done over the last couple years.

There are many secrets to astrology and many people do not even realize what they are. The Egyptians, would use the star of Sirius and its position to see when the Nile would flood. Every time the star rose with the sun, the Nile would flood. The Greeks and the Romans would use astrology to not only foresee the future, but also to give hints of what to do in the present and also to help them understand the past.

How Astrology works. You are born on a certain day for a reason and many of us do not realize this.   Everything is about a science and this includes the day of your birth and your sign.  Many people are not aware that they are born on a day for reason.  Most of the time people do not know that everything is about a science and this is including the day of their birth and what their sign is.  Learning your sign and knowing what it all means can help you better understand the world of astrology and where you belong in life.

The more you learn about astrology the more you will find it to be realistic about what it really means. You are going to learn secrets and still be amazed at what it is all about. The feeling that you get when you read your horoscope and see what life has in store for you that day is going to be one that you keep reliving day after day because of your horoscope.

It has been stated that answers in astrology are only given to those who seek the answers. With understanding, one will gain an understanding that a tragedy could be part of a plan that is written in the stars.  The rhythm and rhyme of your life will not be completely understood unless you seek out astrology.  Once you began to comprehend astrology it will lead you to understand the connection that humans have with the Energy of the Cosmo, a true understanding of YOU.

Create Wealth

Create Wealth

A famous billionaire once said that even ordinary streets are paved with gold if only one will spend the time to see why. Everyone could make wealth but the problem is that often, a person is too preoccupied with negativity that the eye fails to see.

The following are misplaced blinded belief systems that are firmly established in the human psyche that blinds the eye hindering the possibility of creating wealth.

The creation of wealth is directly proportional to the amount of hard work that a person is willing to do.

There is no substitute for hard work.  After all, the person that desires to create more wealth will have to conceptualize, experiment, study and will, on many occasions be willing to make mistakes to learn more. Once the hard part is over, (for the most part it takes only a while) the person could hire hands to do the working for him. There is no one person on earth who is a depository of all knowledge after all. When that happens all that the entrepreneur has to do is provide directions based on lessons learned.

Blinded Belief 1

To accumulate wealth, you have to be in the right business.

Truly, what is the right business and what is not? This principle drives people crazy. When the internet café for example was just starting, everyone scrambled to dip their fingers to have one. The result is to slice the pie thinner every time that ultimately results into weakened earning potentials for everyone concerned. Instead, start a business from things that you love most doing. This creates a constant interest needed to be sustained when encountering rough times. Even when a craze is started because of that, no one will do it better than the person who started it.

Blinded Belief 2

You cannot start a business without enough capital.

Again what is enough capital? Many businesses started from nothing. Capital is needed whenever its available but when the idea, the enthusiasm and the energy is there, that is capital enough. No successful businessman today started with a large capital. In fact, most of them started with almost nothing. Most of the time, big businesses are inherited, but often times we find that they too started from almost nothing.

Blinded Belief 3

The idea has to be right.

This is true in a sense, but with persistence in seeking, a good idea will come somehow from somewhere.  The best person and place to look for ideas is the self.  The things that we love doing, the use of the imagination, and what was enjoyed as a child is sufficient material for an idea.

Blinded Belief 4

Education is needed to start a business.

This is completely Wrong. Education is necessary when we seek employment. When starting a business, goodwill is good enough. All successful businessmen for the last two hundred years were dropouts, have little education, or are simple sturdy people who refused to be satisfied with whatever chance and fortune came their way.

Blinded Belief 5

I am too old.

Again another fallacy. Many businesses have been established and made successful from retirement money. Age though has obvious limitations, but the limitations depends on you. The person may not be able to enjoy most of the fruits of the labor but who cares. When the desire to succeed is there, success has no limitations.

They key is the desire and will to do well.  That is what successful businesses are anchored on.  It is the desire to make a change for the better. To spot a need and to fill that need, that’s easy.  To create wealth from filling the need, that’s easier.  To maintain goodwill that aligns us all with every ideal that is best in us, that’s not easy.

Wealth creation is yours.

Journey of the Soul

Journey of the Soul

As we grow through the years, we accumulate a series of experiences. Our tendency is to evaluate and simply reflect on what we have been through and what we have learned. We sense and know the possibility of true prosperous living, but our old patterns of thinking, old teachings, and traditions, gets rid of the true guidance we need to take truth to our spiritual ideas to transform our lives. We need a means of finding our way through the day to day perceived “reality” of living in order to support our Soul’s expansive desires. It is an inward site into what we can no longer see with our eyes that allows us to see through them, through our soul.

This Higher Self is the voice of the Soul.  By creating a “best friend” relationship with your Higher Self, you can provide immediate and insightful help for the challenges of everyday living.  The journey of the soul creates a movement and a synchronistic  pattern between our heart and our mind through the inner visions of our soul. As our heart and imagination binds into connection, we look forward and deepen our awareness of who we truly are, our authentic self.  No longer are we confined to limitations as we are able to see beyond the limits of our personalities and experience a transformation in the world around us. This results in joy, peace, and love.

With our Higher Self as navigator we can deepen relationships with others through Soul to Soul communication.    A deep expansive communion with the Self will create one of the most powerful and direct ways to access the Soul’s ability to help with choices.  This experience exudes exquisite beauty and profound intimacy, one that is more intimate than any human relationship.

The impossible becomes possible, previous unsolvable problems and conflicts in relationships are healed and solutions are present.   Personality differences are accepted through the transcendence of the love connection between souls. The Higher Self also sees all opportunities for growth, allowing you to utilize your experiences in a more loving and joyful way.

It has been said that “our hearts will not rest until we rest in thee.” This is our journey in life. It is our journey home. It is the journey into the special quality of existence that brought us into this world. It is the journey of what is leading us through this life. It is the journey back to where it all began. This intimacy with the Higher Self is what so many are seeking in a “Soul Mate”.  The innate longing for completion, to be with your other half, the one that was created for you at the beginning of time, the one you were meant to be with – forever.  Your own Soul.

Open you heart and allow this call to flow into your heart, embracing it.   A profound trust, a rise in the recognition of your Soul’s energy. Now in the realization of this connection and familiarity, from the light, from the source.  Pierce deeply into those ancient eyes and see only the truth of love shining back at you and know that this wise one has been with you always.  Feel the strength, beauty, power and love of this ancient one flow through you. Remembering mysterious memories. At last, the feeling of temperatures that bring warmth and safety, Ah.   Listen quietly, breathe……your Soul is now speaking.

Encouragement, hope, love, peace, draws you closer.  This delighted astute being is your peer, a dazzling fluorescent glow of colorings and light. The search for you has ended, the awaited union has merged with you at last.  You have come home. The years of separateness has drifted away and you are now in the realm of true love.  Your heart knows the truth; you know who this is… your Soul.

This is an amazing gift to allow your Self to experience as this is a great service to our precious planet.   We can all learn to focus in and commune with the Self. The rewards are astonishing.  With practice, the heart continues to open, the healing process quickens, life becomes more joyful and the world around us begins to change.  Intimacy with the true Self purifies the heart allowing you to experience your own true abundant nature.

We spend a great deal of time learning to develop independence from infancy only to lose it again as we die. It is the journey from innocence to grace. The human expression is a journey with many ups and downs. What keeps us on tract and often sane in an insane world is the “journey of the soul.” The journey of the soul gives us strength to do the impossible and give us hope when there is none.

Color Healing Therapy

History of Color Healing Therapy

Color Therapy is a way to help restore balance to your body by applying certain colors on the body.  Dating back to the beginning of humankind, stones and crystals were used in healing.  The use of amulets and talismans were organic bead objects carved of mammoth ivory, shell, and fossil shark’s teeth.

The oldest amulets of Baltic amber date back to 30,000 years ago and amber bead from Britain, 10,000 years.  Jet beads, bracelets, and necklaces have also been discovered in gravesites in Belgium and Switzerland. In 355 AD, Christian churches banned amulets, but gemstones continued to be widely used by the Ancient Egyptians for protection and health.

To date, many tribal cultures have continued the use of gemstones in healing.  The Zuni tribe in New Mexico make stone fetishes, which represent animal spirits. These were ceremonially ‘fed’ on powdered turquoise and ground maize. Aborigines, Maoris, Chinese, and Aztec, and Mayan civilizations continue with the use of turquoise for strength and health.

Johann Wolfgang Goethe started studying the effect of colors on the psyche about one hundred years after Newton made his color wheel in 1704.  Goethe divided the colors into two different groups – the plus group and the minus group.  The Plus group had red, orange, and yellow.  The Minus group had green, blue, indigo, and violet.  The plus group caused excitement and brightness.  The minus group caused depression and sadness.

Modern color therapy has been pioneered by Neils Finsen of Denmark.  In 1877, he discovered the bactericidal action of energy from solar ultra-violet rays.  Finsen also studied how wounds healed somewhat faster when hit with visible light.

Edward Babbitt was the founder of the principles of color therapy.  He treated a variety of illnesses and ailments from burns to colds.  He found that by placing a jar of water in the sun, the water would become medicated by the seven color rays.  His principles of Rainbow Healing are followed by some people who drink the colored, solarized water to stay healthy and fit.

In 1897, Dinshah Ghadiali, MD, saved a woman from intractable dysentery by shining indigo light on her body.  By the third day, she was out of the bed walking.  By 1920, Dinshah invented the Spectro-Chrome.  He deduced certain physiological aspects of each color and how they led certain behaviors.

In 1932, two Californian psychologists, Gerrard and Hessay, established that red has a stimulating effect, while blue is calming.

In 1985, Darius Dinshaw concluded everything on earth contains some form of color.  These colors arehighly beneficial to keep people healthy and for healing purposes.

BLUE:

The Throat chakra is powered by blue energy.  Blue represents spirituality and is a great healing power.  It can help you calm you mind, help you sleep, help with a fever or when you have a major shock in your life.  Its calm nature is to keep us connected with the universe.

RED:

The Root chakra is governed by this color.  It represents our ties to the earth and always shows a positive outlook.  Red gives strong qualities of courage, security and self-confidence.  It stimulates and energizes the wearer.  It can help when you are tired, are anemic, need courage, or just need some renewed energy.

YELLOW:

The Solar Plexus chakra is under this color.  It is often referred to as the brain of the nervous system.  When the chakra is balanced, we shouldn’t have any abdominal problems.  It helps to cleanse the pores in the skin and stimulates the brain.  Yellow is compared to joy and brightness.  It may help when you are tired, depressed, have skin or weight problems, or suffer from ulcers.

ORANGE:

The Sacral chakra is governed by this color.  Orange is stimulating and helps us in times of depression and loneliness.  Orange also has the love from red and the wisdom from yellow mixed into it.  This color will help the wearer to increase their appetite, help with nerves, asthma, and allergies.  It also helps when you lack the energy to do the work you need to get done.

GREEN:

The Heart chakra is ruled by this color.  Green is a harmonizing energy and helps with balancing.  It has a very strong tie to nature and can help the wearer become peaceful and have more harmony in life.  Green can also help you calm your nerves, when you have migraines, have a need for peace and tranquility, and need positive and happy feelings.

 

Varied Vegetarian

Varied Vegetarian

Being a vegetarian has many health benefits and comes with a variety of food options to incorporate into your diet.

Why choose to be a vegetarian.

It is economical.  A meat-based diet can be very expensive.  Fresh produce bought in season can be very affordable, and can be prepared (dried, canned, frozen) so that it can be enjoyed later in the season.

It is ethical. Did you choose not to eat meat due to the method of meat processing techniques and incredibly cruelty to animals? Do some research on the internet or the library, visit the PETA website, and you’re very likely to find more credible reasoning that affirms your choice.

It is environmental.  A vegetarian lifestyle is more environmentally friendly. Large ranching operations cause topsoil erosion. Coyotes and other natural predators are being destroyed routinely to protect herds of cows which are slaughtered later on. Commercial fishing operations are damaging the ocean’s ecosystems.

It improves your health.  Eating a vegetarian diet has been shown to be a very healthy lifestyle, as it helps fight heart disease, reduces cancer risks, lowers cholesterol, helps lower blood sugar and reverse the effects of diabetes, lowers the obesity risk, and reduces the risk of osteoporosis, as meat consumption has been shown to promote bone loss.

Here are food varieties to incorporate into your diet, fruits, vegetables, legumes, whole grains, breads, nuts, and seeds.

Buy organic grains opposed of refined or white grains such as quinoa, spelt, kamut, amaranth, barley, millet, buckwheat, cornmeal, couscous, oat brans, and oat groats.  Experiment and explore! You may discover a new favorite or two, and learn fresh new ways to liven up more traditional vegetarian dishes.

Many vegetarian foods can be found in any grocery store. Specialty food stores may carry some of the more uncommon items, as well as many vegetarian convenience foods. When shopping for food, plan ahead, shop with a list and read food labels. And if you decide to eat dairy products, choose non-dairy products to include nonfat or low-fat varieties, and limit your egg intake to 3-4 yolks per week.

Becoming a vegetarian can be as easy as you choose to make it. Whether you enjoy preparing delectable, delicious meals or choose quick and easy ones, vegetarian meals can be very satisfying. If you get in the habit of keeping the following on hand, meal preparation time will become a snap:

Ready-to-eat, whole-grain breakfast cereals, and quick-cooking organic grain cereals such as oatmeal barley and bulgur wheat.

Use beans such as pinto, black beans, and garbanzo beans.

Healthy rice options should include brown rice, wild rice, red rice, sprouted rice, and wehani rice.  The rice of your choice, tomato sauce or beans and/or chopped veggies.

Make soup with lentils, navy or minestrone beans.

Use a wide variety of frozen, glassed jar, and organic canned vegetables and fruits.

Fruits and vegetable should be the core of your diet as a vegetarian.  As you learn to experiment with foods and learn that a meatless diet doesn’t have to lack variety, you’ll find your decision for vegetarianism was not only wise, but easy, and extremely healthy.

A wide variety of fresh fruits and vegetables, which should be the core of any diet

As you learn to experiment with foods and learn that a meatless diet doesn’t have to lack variety, you’ll find your decision for vegetarianism was not only wise, but easy and fun come mealtime.

 

It’s Cheaper to Be Vegetarian

It’s Cheaper to Be Vegetarian

One of the biggest food expenses is often meat.  So in theory at least becoming a vegetarian should be an outstanding financial maneuver.  Eating rice, vegetables, and fruits will cost way less than purchasing meat. A pound of organic apples is $2, a pound of organic bananas is $.99, and a pound of organic carrots is $1.99 compared to a pound of organic beef at the cost of $8.63 a pound and organic chicken at $4.42 pound.

The concept of living as a vegetarian can be intimidating because of the high cost of eating healthy. The culture of vegetarian living has developed so many high quality foods to fill the gap that has been left behind the by a good steak or a plate of barbecue ribs.  The high cost of living as a vegetarian is not entire attributable to gourmet foods however.

The truth is if you are going to live day in day out and month in month out on a vegetarian diet, not only do you need some high quality foods to substitute for taking a whole food group out of your diet, you need variety.  The quality is needed because it’s your health on the line if you don’t get the proper nutrients.   The diversity is needed because if you get bored with the vegetarian lifestyle, you may quit and give up.  And nobody wants that.

Another reason that the cost of vegetarian eating is often higher than a “normal” diet comes from the fact that vegetarians are still in the minority.  So prepared vegetarian foods and vegetarian only restaurants are rare.  And to be able to make a profit, these specialty stores must charge a lot because they are specialty stores.  Unfortunately, even though we see the vegetarian community as a supportive one, if you are going to be able to afford the vegetarian lifestyle, you are going to have to learn to cut costs.

Cutting costs means eliminating shopping at “boutique” vegetarian markets and no more eating out.  Or at least it means cutting down on the eating out significantly.  You can buy fresh vegetables and fruits at farmer’s markets or grocery stores that are just as valid as vegetarian options as any you get as a specialty store.  Using a good food processor and other means, you can chop, dice, boil and puree just about any kind of vegetarian meal that you might be able to imagine getting in a restaurant.  And at a much lower cost.  Not only that but the leftovers can go into a compost pile to make fertilizer for your garden when you can grow your own vegetables next spring.

The “grower to consumer” market that surfaces as a farmer’s market is a great way to save lots of money. You buy your produce directly from the farmer and you cut the grocery store out of the loop entirely.  One way to make sure you capitalize on every opportunity to buy inexpensive produce is to work as a community.  Get other vegetarians families to work together to lookout for great buys.

One might find a small farmer’s market or roadside stand that is selling produce far below grocery store prices.  Another might find a farmer who will basically give his food away just to clear the field.  With some coordination, you could field an army of vegetarians to grab those bargains while they are fresh and stock everybody’s kitchen with low cost fresh produce.

 

These are just a few of many ways you can find to save money on your vegetarian groceries and still have just as much quality but without as much cost.  By shopping smart and shopping for bargains, you can live the vegetarian life and feel good about it because you are not only healthy, you are smart.

 

Will You Miss Meat?

Will miss meat by becoming a vegetarian?  Your reason for turning toward a vegetarian lifestyle should be a reason that is beneficial to you, health. Even though your reasons are moral, ethical or religious, it is common to miss the taste of meat especially when you first start your walk as a vegetarian.  The first rule to enforce is not to feel guilty about that.  You are making a change and you must give yourself time to adapt.

Loving meat is not a bad thing.  After all, most of us were raised eating pork, chicken, beef and other meats and if our parents did not have scruples about meat consumption, you have that as part of your upbringing.

Here is the good news.  There are lots of substitutes for meat and wonderful recipes you can use to eliminate meat from your diet and not feel like you are “deprived”.  The added benefit is that vegetarian eating is much healthier for your body than a diet where meat is a common ingredient.  Meat carries such a higher incidence of calories and fats that are harder for your body to digest and assimilate. You will be doing your body a big favor switching to a meatless lifestyle or minimizing the amount of meat you consume.

One way to still enjoy some of the aspects of meat but eliminate the actual animal part is to go with meat substitutes in traditional meat meals.  Many restaurants serve veggie burgers where you get the good taste and familiar meal that we all like about hamburgers but you are still staying totally vegetarian.  By shopping at farmer’s markets and grocery stores that are supportive of the vegetarian lifestyle, you can often find other traditional meat meals prepared entirely without actual meat to help you get past missing that source of meat protein.

A staple of vegetarian diet planning is Tofu.  Tofu is made from soy bean curd,  so it is totally natural and a good fit to your vegetarian meal planning.  It is full of proteins and it is a very flexible ingredient for vegetarian recipes because it reflects the flavors of other foods and herbs and it works well in dishes that use sauces so it can almost be mistaken for a meat dish.

As you set about building your library of vegetarian recipes that are designed to take meat out of the equation, you will often find Tofu as one of the ingredients.  That is because it works so well in lots of different recipes and responds well to grilling, baking or any other preparation method.  Just be sure you take the time to dry your Tofu by putting it on a towel and removing the excess moisture before using it.

Tofu is such a great meat substitute and an outstanding nutritional source that you can even use it in traditional egg dishes such as quiches, custard, omelets or any other meals that would emphasize an egg taste.  If you mix pureed tofu with your recipe, you could virtually serve an egg dish even to a meat lover and they would not be able to tell that you had them eating vegetarian.

Another meat substitute is Tempah.  Tempah comes from a soy bean that has been fermented.  Tempah works well once you braise it in a sauce for about an hour.  Once prepared it can be fried in flower and served with a sauce for flavor and be very satisfying. You can also explore Seitan, an Asian meat alternative which looks like duke meat, but taste like chicken.

If your commitment to vegetarian living also meals the elimination of animal products such as milk and cheese, almond milk, coconut milk, and rice milk has become increasingly popular in the last few years with vegetarians and meat eaters alike because they are healthier and more beneficial.  These milk substitutes can also be used in cooking and baking recipes.

To eliminate animal based cheese from your diet, you might try products such as Tofutti, Daiya, and Teese Vegan Cheese made by Chicagoveganfoods.com.  They offer many varieties of vegan cheeses including cheddar and mozzarella so you can enjoy that flavor with a clear conscience.  You can even find good substitutes for yogurt by So Delicious that is made from coconut, almond, and soy milk so you don’t have to cut popular tastes from your diet entirely.

One of the big projects of making the change to a vegetarian lifestyle is learning ways to substitute healthy alternatives such as those discussed in order to take meat and dairy products out of your diet.  It will take some learning but that learning can be fun as you reinvent cooking and shopping to fit your new passion for vegetarian, healthy eating.