June 06, 2010
Here's what we read at Environmental Health News:
People who adopted a vegetarian diet for just five days show reduced levels of toxic chemicals in their bodies. In particular, levels of hormone disrupting chemicals and antibiotics used in livestock were lower after the five-day vegetarian program. The pilot study suggests that people may be able reduce their exposure to potentially dangerous chemicals through dietary choices, such as limiting consumption of animal products like meats and dairy.
And whose diet did they follow?
Twenty-five participants lived in a Buddhist temple and adopted the monks' lifestyle – including their traditional vegetarian diet – for five days.
This isn't the first we've heard of a Buddhist diet. Former Zen monk Clark Strand developed the Bhikkhu's Diet, modeled after his good friend Thai Forest monk Thanissaro Bhikkhu's mealtime habits. To hear how Clark brought down the weight, read the Bhikkhu's Diet here.