I have been vegetarian for many years of my life and I love it. Vegetarianism has become really popular around the world in recent years and more non vegetarians are changing their regular diets to vegetarian diets. Most of the popular vegetarian diets remove any type of meats and focus more on fruits and vegetables. Our main protein source comes from beans and soy. Many of my family members have taken up the vegetarian diet because they were looking to improve their lifestyle and overall health. Because our bodies adapt fast to change, you will feel great in no time and will start enjoying the benefits of a better type of diet.
There are thousands of vegetarian diets, but I like to stick to eating fresh vegetables, fruits, and whole grains. Vegetarian diets tent to be low in protein, zing, and vitamin B12, but you shouldn’t worry because we can find all these nutrients in soy products such as milk, soy cheese, and soy beans. They are a great source of calcium, vitamin B12, iron, zinc, and more.
If you are a body builder I wouldn’t recommend you to follow a vegetarian diet, as your muscle won’t grow enough to achieve your goals due to the low protein and carbohydrate intake. I will recommend a vegetarian diet to persons with high cholesterol and fats, that are looking forward to lose weight in a healthy way.
I have prepared a small list of the benefits of being vegetarian:
1. You don’t get sick easily
Vegetarians consume a lot of fibers, vitamins, and minerals that help our body fights against viruses. Our immune system improves a lot and our body feels better every day. You will have more energy and won’t get tired easily.
2. You will live longer
Many studies have shown that the risk of dying of a heart related disease increase by 50% when you have a diet that is high in meat intake. On the other hand, vegetarian risk can go as low as 4%. This can be translated as a longer live with your relative and love ones. No heart problems mean a more active life. Your kids and your grandsons will enjoy it.
3. You will save more money
When compared with meat eaters, vegetarians do not spend too much money when buy their food. In recent years the price of meat has increased more than 50% and this has made meat eaters spend more money every month.
Overall, being vegetarian can bring a lot of benefits to your life. Don’t get complicated, go step by step. Start by eliminating one meat from your diet like beef, and stick to it for one week. You need to think these are small steps you will be taking before you can be full vegetarian. For the next week, remove another meat (maybe chicken), and then keep removing another meat every week. By the end of the month you would have stop eating 4 types of meat. Replace those meats with vegetarian meals and keep a record of what vegetarian meal you like the most. This will help you to know your body and your taste.
If you have any questions, don’t hesitate to contact me.