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The Joys of Being a Vegetarian

Written by Sebastian Pole

Although not for everyone, the vegetarian world is a colourful, nutritious and exciting place; perhaps more than you might think. Read on to discover more.

I love being vegetarian. It tastes good, makes me feel good and helps me feel a part of a caring world. Its in my blood. My grandparents were pacifist vegetarian Quakers. My Mum had a brief relapse which meant I did too but then, after visiting India and living in America for a while I fell back within the fold. I am not saying it is the right choice for everyone but secretly believe it is. In my early days of recently converted over-zealous youthful enthusiasm I verged on the side of extremist. I even asked my most red-blooded Alpha male friend to not cook bacon in his own house. Not a good move! I am more accepting now. A bit……

When I am asked why am I vegetarian I say ‘for every reason that there is to be’; environmental, moral, health, financial, spiritual and (now I know how to cook) because its so utterly delicious.

Sebastian is a registered member of the Ayurvedic Practitioners Association, Register of Chinese Herbal Medicine and the Unified Register of Herbal Practitioners. He qualified as a herbalist with the aim of using the principles of Ayurveda (the ancient art of living wisely) to help transform health. He holds a Licentiate in Herbal Medicine, a Diploma in Oriental Herbal Medicine and is an Ayurvedic Health Counsellor.

Sebastian Pole runs his own herbal practice in Bath and has been in clinical practice since 1998. He is also an organic herb expert and is passionate about supporting the sustainable supply of organic herbs. Fluent in Hindi, a registered Yoga therapist and passionate about running a business that brings benefit to everyone it connects with, Sebastian is on a mission to bring the incredible power of plants into people’s life.

Sebastian lives on an amazing two acre forest garden farm in Somerset with his family, where he grows over 100 species of medicinal plants and trees. His favourites are licorice, chamomile, echinacea, motherwort, valerian, tulsi and marigolds.

Author of Ayurvedic Medicine, The Principles of Traditional Practice (Elsevier 2006).

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