Anyone who has experienced becoming vegetarian or transitioning to a plant-based diet will know that this change is not always easy.
So if you're on the same boat and need a little help pushing through with the change, here are some quotes about becoming vegetarian to give you the extra encouragement you might need.
"We are not looking at it from a moral standpoint. We are just looking at what is suitable for the system – we try to eat foods which would make you comfortable in the body. So, the kind of food with which your body would be most at ease and would not struggle to get nourishment out of, that is the kind of food we should eat.
When we cook the foods, it destroys the life in it. Eating foods after its process of destruction does not give the same amount of life energy to the system. But when you eat live foods, it brings a different level of aliveness in you.
If one eats lots of sprouts, fruit, and whatever vegetables that can be eaten in a live condition, if you bring in at least thirty to forty percent live food – things that are alive – you will see, it will sustain the life within you also very well."
2. David "Avocado" Wolfe
"A 100% raw plant food diet IS the greatest discovery in the history of the world. It is THE path which will lead humanity out of the present chaos into a bountiful future.
I have always been health conscious, being the son of two medical doctors. I saw ill people my whole life and naturally wanted to avoid going down the same path. So, I stopped taking medicine at 10 years old against my parents' wishes, and stopped dairy products at 19.
Then I gradually cut out the dead animal muscle (meat) and was a vegan for a time, until exposed to the raw-food idea by reading Bircher-Benner's Nutritional Diseases which we had in my home. After which, I became a raw-foodist overnight."
3. Russell Simmons, The Happy Vegan: A Guide to Living a Long, Healthy, and Successful Life
“When you become more mindful of what you put in your body every day, that mindfulness will seep into everything you do.
Instead of sleepwalking through your life, you’ll be more adept at living in the present moment. And the present, as I like to say, is the only place where good things can happen to you in life.”
"Those of us who are doing Sadhana should take care to eat only plain, fresh, vegetarian food. It is the subtle essence of what we eat that becomes our mind."
5. Carl Lewis
“I’ve found that a person does not need protein from meat to be a successful athlete.
In fact, my best year of track competition was the first year I ate a vegan diet.”
6. Queen Afua
"I have the power to create in my life what I want and need. Purification of mind, body and spirit is the key.
Within this natural way of living and being, I choose not to cut, nor radiate, or drug my disease away. Instead I wash, pray, fast and bless my dis-ease away."
7. Thích Nhất Hạnh
“By eating meat we share the responsibility of climate change, the destruction of our forests, and the poisoning of our air and water.
The simple act of becoming a vegetarian will make a difference in the health of our planet.”
8. Albert Einstein
“Nothing will benefit human health and increase the chances for survival of life on Earth as much as the evolution to a vegetarian diet.”
“One should not kill a living being, nor cause it to be killed, nor should one incite another to kill.
Do not injure any being, either strong or weak, in the world.”
10. Russell Brand
“Even as a junkie I stayed true to vegetarianism – ‘I shall have heroin, but I shan’t have a hamburger.’ What a sexy little paradox.”
11. Mohandas Gandhi
“I hold that the more helpless a creature, the more entitled it is to protection by man from the cruelty of man.”
12. Woody Harrelson
“Raw food is the best way to have the cleanest energy.
We take so much care about what kind of fuel we put in our car, what kind of oil.
We care about that sometimes more than the fuel that we’re looking at putting in our bodies. It’s cleaner burning fuel.”
Are you vegan or a vegetarian? How was your experience shifting to a plant-based diet? Share your thoughts below!