Lesser Steak For Higher Stakes!

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Lesser Steak For Higher Stakes!

In 1977 The North American Vegetarian Society coined the World Vegetarian Day. It was established as an annual day to celebrate and promote the joy, compassion and life enhancing possibilities of vegetarianism. The day was further vetted by the International Vegetarian Union in 1978 and with tradition, October became the World Vegetarian Month and November began with World Vegan day.

While the non-vegetarians snigger away, its high time we thought about our food choices and its impact on the environment and economy. The population at large are suffering from severe lifestyle disorders like diabetes, obesity etc apart from life threatening diseases like cancer etc. The closer you stay to nature and include fresh vegetable and fruits in your diet, the lesser vulnerable you are to these ailments. Here are a few reasons listed by the NAVS to consider shifting to a plant based diet:

  • Reduced risk of heart disease, stroke and cancer
  • Long-term commitment to more efficient use of world food supplies
  • Avoid financially supporting unethical treatment of animals
  • Environmental factors including reduced greenhouse gases and nature conservation

Why harp about lifestyle and eating patterns on a blog like this? Well, do read our article released last week, “Poker’s Newest Battle: Obesity”. Poker, a sport that could easily lead to a sedentary lifestyle is slowly beginning to change as players are making lifestyle changes to help improve their game.

The Poker Pro who needs no introduction and could safely call the vocal pioneer of this movement is none other than Daniel Negreanu. Learning the benefits of a plant based diet, he went one step ahead and turned vegan. That’s 18 years of being a vegan!

Poker players are smart and to stay on top of this mind sport they’ve realized physical fitness is also key. “Poker has changed,” he says in his Vice piece. “In the past, high profile players were obese, now they’re fit. They’ve swapped their moobs for pecs. Players now are educated people, they’re smart, they do the research, and they care about their health. It’s not like the old days.” He said the changes has certainly made him a better player as well.

Due credit needs to also be given to other pros on the felts who also embraced meatless ways. High-stakes cash crusher Prahlad Friedman has also settled for the vegan life. Cyndy Violette needs a special mention as she began her own restaurant called Violette’s Vegan to make vegan food more accessible. Cyndy is a former WSOP bracelet winner from 2004.

We write this article today with the hope that the poker community at large can begin to make lifestyle changes. Here a bunch of documentaries that might help, happy binge watching! (Hopefully with a vegetarian healthy snack)

  • Cowspiracy
  • What the health
  • Earthlings
  • Forks over Knives
  • Live and Let Live
  • The Ghosts in our machine
  • Lucent
  • Vegan Everyday Stories

Well there is a lot lesser at stake being a vegetarian, what are you waiting for!