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From a health standpoint, there is good reason to consider plant-based eating. Vegetarian diets are associated with a number of health

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advantages, including lower cholesterol and blood pressure levels, compared with meat-based diets. Vegetarians are less prone to cancer, hypertension, and type 2 diabetes, according to the American Dietetic Association. On average, they also have a lower body mass index.

Even in the city of Chicago, famous for its Polish sausage and Italian beef sandwiches, government officials extol the health benefits of eating less meat. For the past three years, Terry Mason, MD, Chicago's health commissioner, has given up meat for the month ofjanuary, encouraging residents to do the same. Last year, Mason, a urologist who suffers from high cholesterol and had a coronary stent implanted in 2005, went even further and gave up meat for seven months —and is now working toward giving it up for good. "I'm going to focus on eating a healthy and delicious variety of fresh fruits and vegetables," he says.

As awareness grows about the personal health benefits of eating less meat, so too do concerns about the ethical and environmental implications of a meat-based diet. The average American consumes an astonishing 31 land animals per year, and at least that many crabs, lobsters, and fish, according to the Humane Society of the United States.

"Most farm animals are raised in factory farms, industrialized large-scale facilities where they suffer immensely," says Paul Shapiro, a spokesman for the organization. "To the extent that we reduce the consumption of animals, we reduce an enormous amount of suffering."

Many yoga practitioners are taking that to heart. "I can't even imagine going back to eating meat," says Diana Rein, 32, who lives in Los Angeles and has been a vegetarian for more than two years. After a few months of practicing vinyasa yoga daily and listening to her teachers talk about ahimsa, meat became unappetizing. "Somethingclicked," she says. "It was strange, but I haven't wanted it since."

Some say that this kind of shift in awareness about the connection between what's on your plate and its impact on the world around you is common when you commit to a regular yoga practice. "The

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