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Author: Renata Kazin

The Benefits of Eating Vegetarian

There are countless misconceptions about those who choose to stick to a vegetarian diet, but despite what some say, it is possible to be well-nourished on a meatless diet. In fact, provided that they don’t just live on peanut butter and jelly sandwiches, most vegetarians reap the benefits of improved health over time.


  1. Lower Blood Pressure

According to Men’s Health Magazine, vegetarians tend to have lower blood pressure than their meat-eating counterparts. Some have even determined that giving up meat could be a legitimate treatment for those with chronic high blood pressure.


2.  Less Risk of Cardiac Events

In recent studies, vegetarians were found to be 25% likely to die of heart disease. Some of the best foods to combat heart disease are legumes (like peanuts) and grains that are high in fiber.


3. Maintain A Healthy Weight

It’s no secret that bacon isn’t necessarily the key to shedding a few extra pounds. A health study conducted from 1986 to 1992 in Sausalito, California found that overweight people who followed a low-fat, vegetarian diet lost an average of 24 pounds in the first year and kept off that weight 5 years later. And unlike countless other diets, participants reported that they lost their weight without counting, measuring, or feeling very hungry.


4.  Reduced Risk of Food-Borne Illness

According to the CDC,  food-borne illnesses of all kinds account for 76 million illnesses per year. By avoiding red meat, pork, poultry, and seafood, your risks for becoming a part of that statistic are decreased significantly.


5. Less Likely To Develop Cancer

Meat (and dairy products, for that matter) have been proven to contribute to the development of many different cancers, including breast, ovarian, colon, and prostate cancer. Vegetarian tend to be naturally lower in saturated fat and high in fiber, which both of which help prevent cancer. Studies in England and Germany have shown that vegetarians are about 40 % less likely to develop cancer than non-vegetarians. For example, breast cancer rates are significantly lower in nations that tend to have more plant based diets, like China.


Secondhand Shopping in Ithaca

If you’re looking for a simple way to change part of your impact, thrifting is a great place to start! Not only is it a great way for someone’s pre-loved stuff to find a new home, it’s a way to eliminate the need for buying new material. Not to mention, it tends to be easy on the wallet. And remember – secondhand shopping works both ways! If you’ve got some perfectly usable clothes or other things, think twice about tossing them, and instead give them a new life by selling them back or donating them.


Finger Lakes Reuse, Inc.

Located right in the Triphammer Shopping Center, Finger Lakes Reuse  is a non-profit secondhand store that doesn’t focus on clothes. Instead, they’re stocked with items for the home (like furniture, lumber, antique goods, wall art) and tons of electronics (refurbished laptop and desktop computers, TVs, printers, cameras, cables and cords). And if you can’t make it down to the store, they also have some of their things listed on their eBay and Craigslist pages. They provide  a reasonably priced computer repair and tech help performed by interns and volunteers.

They also provide free training programs in computer technology, customer service, and construction. And if you needed another reason to check it out, Finger Lakes Reuse believes in paying their employees a living wage.

Finger Lakes ReUse
Triphammer Marketplace
2255 N. Triphammer Rd.
Ithaca, NY 14850
(607) 257-9699




Plato’s Closet

Plato’s Closet is a place that makes thrifting seem glamorous. With several locations, it’s a great place to get clothes, shoes, and accessories at a good price. Although seemingly feminine when you step foot in the store, Plato’s Closet trades both ladies and men’s merchandise.

It’s not unusual to find a designer/name brand pair of shoes or shirt when you explore the racks, so it’s a great place to be sustainable even if you have somewhat expensive taste! To top it all off, Plato’s Closet will pay you in cash for your gently used clothes, shoes, bags, even phone cases.

Plato’s Closet Ithaca

106 Fairgrounds Memorial Parkway, Suite 500

Ithaca, NY 14850





Mimi’s Attic

Mimi’s Attic combines antiquing with home decorating by providing an eclectic collection of antique pieces for the home! They have unique couches, chairs, kitchen gear, cabinets, lamps, and more. They also have a regularly updated Instagram account (@mimisatticithaca) where you see some of these cool items just as they come into the store.

Mimi’s Attic

430 West State St.

Ithaca, NY 14850




Art ReStart @ SewGreen

Got any old art supplies laying around? SewGreen wants them! Their new program, Art ReStart, takes donated art supplies and turns them into beautiful  new creations that are sold right in their store. The proceeds of these newfound items goes to supporting SewGreen’s jobs and apprenticeships for teens/young adults.


112 North Cayuga Street

Ithaca, NY 14850




This one isn’t a specific store, but it’s where you can find stores. It’s basically a directory for secondhand shopping in Tompkins County. They not only have a list of lots of cool secondhand places in and around Ithaca, they also have a “Resources” tab on their website that offers up even more ways to step up your reuse game.

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