Can vegetarians play the nagasvaram?

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nandhu
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#1 Can vegetarians play the nagasvaram?

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Can vegetarians play the nagasvaram? Yes, if they want to and go for a protein-rich diet, say docs
https://inmathi.com/2018/10/22/14653/

Sachi_R
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#2 Re: Can vegetarians play the nagasvaram?

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Without meaning any disrespect, this article richly illustrates the huge quantity of bovine excreta that fills the media:
Can vegetarians play the nagasvaram? Yes, if they want to and go for a protein-rich diet, say docs
by Aarvalan | Oct 22, 2018

My own feeling is that this guy was precommitted to linking nagaswaram and meat, and went ahead to put that spin despite all the evidence he did NOT gather.

Some extenuating facts:
Djokovic, Virat Kohli and a few other meat eaters have switched to vegetarian/vegan diet. These are huge fitness freaks and models of stamina.

As the article itself says, no one told the respected author one should consume meat. No one told him nagaswaram is about nonvegetarianism or otherwise. No one told him that the nagaswaram has animal parts that may be ingested during playing.

Perhaps I should write an article,
"Should a vegetarian want to write GRE? Yes, if they want to eat phosphorous-rich food like fish, crabs and oysters.
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vgovindan
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#3 Re: Can vegetarians play the nagasvaram?

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Maybe irrelevant, but true. The same kind of question used to be asked about wrestlers. In North India, majority of famous wrestlers are Jats and Punjabis. And Jats - mostly from Haryna - are Hanuman bhakts and pure vegetarians. But they take lot of ghee. It is a fallacy to associate food type with body strength. btw, monkeys are - excepting rare cases - are vegetarians.

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#4 Re: Can vegetarians play the nagasvaram?

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@Sachi_R

"Perhaps I should write an article,
"Should a vegetarian want to write GRE? Yes, if they want to eat phosphorous-rich food like fish, crabs and oysters."
:lol: :lol: :lol:

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#5 Re: Can vegetarians play the nagasvaram?

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Here's my take - speaking from personal experience. Actually vegetarian and vegan athletes do exist : https://greatveganathletes.com/

Some other well known names on the list are Novak Djokovic (ok, he's not vegan now, but he was one when dominating), Virat Kohli. Of course veggies don't give you stuff like Vitamin B12, which comes only from milk products. A B-Complex pill can fix that.

I think rshankar ought to confirm this for me, but if I were an athlete, given my body weight, and lean muscle mass (minus fat) I would need to get around 125-150 g of protein a day by one means or another depending on my work load. For that a vegetarian's diet has to be extremely strict. The typical South Indian brahmin vegetarian diet is high in carbs and fats - it would fatten you rapidly with the amount of calories required to get this much protein.

These athletes on the other hand are counting every gram almost. Now it does not matter what source of food you get protein from as long as you get enough of it along with all other nutrients as long as your body can accept it.

The WHO recommended standards are literally the bare minimum - 55 g is basic maintenance stuff for sedentary people. Only when I really doubled my protein intake, could I actually put on any kind of muscle or play extended sports - till then all attempts failed rather miserably.

And, eating such highly dense protein food vegetarian wise might be a load on the stomach for many. I recommend Jeera Alpha Galactodisase in such a case (if you're not diabetic). There's a reason why we use a lot of spices - most of them are digestive aids.

Personally I now want to take milk cold, or first thing in the morning. If I take hot milk later in the day, it does make me sleepy and lethargic. Yet, with the diet as it is, Milk is my best bet for protein right now. A litre of it without sugar can give me about 40g, but even that is somewhat loading on my stomach.

So, I added a scoop of whey protein to my diet of late just before bed when my body really needs some repair - it's expensive but totally worth it. The protein value is incomparable to anything else out there per 100g. Nothing comes even remotely close.

Finally after many years I wake up without pain in the morning. (And I drink a lot of water to keep the load off my kidneys). I can get by with less sleep as well. My immune system is much better. No more frequent colds or fevers after heavy physical days or strain. No sore muscles. My hair loss and receding (curse those genes) has almost completely stopped as well.

I feel a lot of old age related continuous pains and rapid decline in health are due to lack of sufficient protein in the diet as well.

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