So you want to become a vegetarian.
Are you ready for the change? I think you are. Maybe you have heard about the benefits of a vegetarian diet and want to make the change or maybe your doctor has told you that to improve your health you must change your diet. Maybe you are just curious about this whole vegetarian lifestyle business that you have been hearing so much about.
Whatever your reason, welcome to the Vegetarian Lifestyle site.
Here we will talk about Vegetarian Lifestyle for Beginners and I will share with you the reasons why choosing a vegetarian lifestyle might be the best health choice that you’ll ever make. I will give you information about vegetarianism and the nutritional advantage/benefits of a plant-based diet. I will walk you through steps you can take to make the transition.
Are you ready for Vegetarian Lifestyle 101?
Hang on and let’s go.
So Who Exactly is a Vegetarian?
A vegetarian is a person who does not eat any type of meat or fish. Their meal is typically plant-based.
Some vegetarians are lacto-ovo which means they do not eat meat or fish but they eat dairy products and eggs.
A lacto vegetarian will eat dairy products but not eggs.
An ovo vegetarian will eat eggs but not dairy.
A vegan is the strictest type of vegetarian and will eat no animal products whatever.
The most common type of vegetarian is the lacto-ovo vegetarian.
Many persons who eat a mainly plant-based diet but who occasionally add fish are called pescatarians and not vegetarians.
You Might be asking Yourself;
What really are the benefits of becoming a vegetarian?
The health benefits are fantastic.
Did you know that more and more medical authorities are recommending vegetarian diets for the prevention of many diseases including coronary heart disease, diabetes and cancer.
- Heart disease. Studies show that vegetarians were, on average, 25% less likely to die of heart disease.
- Vegetarians tend to consume less saturated fat and cholesterol and more vitamins C and E, dietary fiber, folic acid, potassium, magnesium, and phytochemicals (plant chemicals), such as carotenoids and flavonoids.
- As a result, they’re likely to have lower total cholesterol, lower LDL (bad) cholesterol, lower blood pressure, and lower body mass index (BMI), all of which are associated with longevity and a reduced risk for many chronic diseases.
- Type 2 diabetes. Research suggests that a predominantly plant-based diet can reduce the risk for type 2 diabetes. In studies of Seventh-day Adventists, vegetarians’ risk of developing diabetes was half that of non-vegetarians
- Cancer. Hundreds of studies suggest that eating lots of fruits and vegetables can reduce the risk of developing certain cancers, and there’s evidence that vegetarians have a lower incidence of cancer than non-vegetarians do.
Who wouldn’t benefit from some extra savings?
In addition to the health benefits, a vegetarian diet offers financial advantages as well. Many vegetarian foods cost far less than animal products, allowing consumers to cut their household expenses.
Vegetarians will also see a saving due to the reduction in medical expenses
There is still more…..
Apart from the fantastic health benefits and economic benefits, vegetarians also enjoy the following;
- Aging of the skin and hair is less noticeable in vegetarians.
- This diet supports a healthy body weight.
- Many have experienced a clearer mind and a deeper spiritual life on a vegetarian diet.
Will my nutritional needs be met if I stop eating meat and fish?
Recent research has shown that a plant-based diet, properly combined, contains all the nutrients necessary for optimal health and happiness.
Now comes the big “HOW”
HOW can I stop eating meat. I have been eating it all my life.
How am I going to make the switch to a vegetarian diet.
What will I be able to eat?
Hey, don’t panic. Guess what? Apart from meat and fish, you will be able to eat everything that you have always eaten……..Yes….everything.
Think about it. Do you have only a hunk of meat on you plate when you are having your meals. I think not. Also on the plate there might be some potatoes and broccoli, or pasta and spinach, or rice or squash or cauliflower or yam or carrots. You might have snacked on an apple or a banana or some grapes or peaches or plums or a peanut butter and jelly sandwich, even ice cream and pizza……………and the list goes on and on.
There is no need to worry. There is more than enough to eat.
And no. Your meals will not be boring and tasteless. Far from it.
You will find out that there is a greater variety of meal options when you are on a vegetarian diet as opposed to a meat diet. You might be thinking that you can’t cook vegetarian meals but you might be very pleasantly surprised. Just put on your scientist hat, get into that kitchen and experiment, experiment, experiment.
For help making this change you can check out The Vegetarian Mastery Program.
How to make the switch
To cut meat from the diet some people might decide to stop cold turkey (pun intended).
This is an option although it is not the easiest method.
Here are some tips as to how best to transition from a meat diet to a non-meat diet.
( This is not a race, it is a lifestyle change, so take your time when going through the following steps.)
Find some good vegetarian recipes and try at least one per week
Incorporate more peas, beans and nuts in your diet e.g. three bean salad as a side dish or snack on nuts
Cut out all red meat
Make vegetarian substitutes of your favourite meal e.g. vegetable lasagna instead of mince meat lasagna and lentil loaf instead of meatloaf.
Substitute at least three meals per week with a vegetarian recipe.
Reduce the amount of white meat to no more than three to four times per week.
Cut out chicken
Cut out fish
Enjoy delicious, wholesome vegetarian meals
You will soon find yourself developing a taste for vegetarian foods. Even items that may taste strange at first will begin to taste good over time.
If you are not always up to cooking you can Click here for delicious tasting vegetarian food options.
If you can make the complete switch over in a week or two, good for you. If it is taking a month or two don’t worry. Take your time. Remember it is not a race, it is a Lifestyle.
Wishing you a long and healthy life.