“I am now a Vegetarian!” Very familiar words spoken to me by my sister just days ago, five very unexpected words. Keep in mind, this was the person who often accompanied me to eat very rich, delicious meats but now she was swearing off, meat and possibly dairy for the foreseeable future. Needless to say I was shocked but slightly excited. As I have spoken about in earlier posts, through the journey to healthier living I have discovered how helpful it is to be surrounded by others that are making great choices to also grasp their healthiest self. So as I was greatly surprised of her quick transition, I was also thrilled about the discovery of new vegetarian and vegan recipes that we could discover together.
My sister who is very studious and a bit of book worm fortunately did not take on this new eating lifestyle lightly. She has quickly checked out every book on converting to a vegetarian lifestyle from the University library and has surely read thirty vegetarian articles in the past few days. These actions would be something I would suggest to anyone who is looking to make a drastic change to their diet or exercise routine. Research is the best support for anything that you are not familiar with but interested in trying. A new eating plan or workout routine can be dangerous or impossible for some but also worthwhile and beneficial for others but there Is no way of knowing unless you yourself do some credible research.
In the little research that I have done in the past few days and my basic understanding from studying the diets of Vegetarians, Pescatarian’s and Vegans in my college courses I want to give you some very shallow need to know information about what it means to be a Vegetarian, as well as what precautions must be made to ensure that you receive all of your required nutrients that you usually intake form meat. A Vegetarian is a person who does not eat meat, and sometimes other animal products, for many different reason. Vegetarians receive nutrients primarily from fruits and vegetables, in necessary cases you will also require supplemental nutrients through the consumptions of vitamins. Vegetarians often experience a lower cholesterol level, more energy, lower risk of food borne illnesses, stronger bones…
The list goes on and on.
Frequent things to keep in mind when switching to a Vegetarian diet:
– Try new fruits and vegetables
– Your body still requires calcium and protein, find non-animal foods that supply it
– Learn how to read nutrition labels
– Don’t binge on Potatoes
– You can always substitute other goodies for meat in your favorite recipes
– Do your own research on new plans
Being a Vegetarian, Bodybuilder, and or avid Yogi is an exciting new journey that you may embark on. Remember that you are making amazing changes to your lifestyle for your body and must take the appropriate precautions to make sure you don’t set yourself back or discourage your marvelous new lifestyle. Do research about all new programs you want to try, look at reviews of workouts, read articles about the advantages and disadvantages, and generally figure out if this change is what is best for you in the long run. If the change is not for you don’t beat yourself up not everything will be designed for your goals and your healthy living journey! This week I challenge you to research a workout and or meal plan that you’ve become interested in, you don’t have to do it unless it is a good fit, remember to do what feels best for you! ❤
“Look inside yourself for the answers – you’re the only one who knows what’s best for you. Everybody else is only guessing.” –Charles De Lint
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