By Abigail Carroll. Vegetarian Lifestyle. At Friday, May 03rd 2019, 20:53:45 PM.
The Dietary Guidelines state that most people should replace at least two servings of meat per week with fish and seafood. Replacing all meat and poultry in a semi-vegetarian diet with fish and seafood helps to accomplish this. In addition, this serves as your second step toward adopting a fully vegetarian diet. With only one animal food group remaining, you can now drop the "semi-vegetarian" label and identify yourself as a "Pescatarian" or "pesco-vegetarian." This step has the added benefit of reducing your fat and caloric intake, as fish and vegetable protein sources are generally leaner than meat and poultry.
To make sure you're eating enough protein and calories in general, don’t skimp on plants that offer amino acids and healthy fats. How much protein should you aim to eat each day? While it might be possible to get away with less, I personally think it’s best to divide your body weight in half and eat about that many grams of protein per day. Some of the best plant proteins include natto, Spirulina, Tempe, nutritional yeast, green peas, lentils, quinoa and amaranth.
Dairy produce normally provides zinc, but fortified cereals, dried beans, nuts and soy products can make up for this. Zinc is an essential nutrient that plays a role in cell metabolism and immune function. Becoming a vegetarian will not guarantee good health or a healthy diet. Anyone is at risk of poor health if they consume too many calories, unhealthy snack foods, too many refined carbohydrates, whole milk dairy products, and junk foods, whether meat-based or not. Following the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) guidelines can help vegetarians maintain a balanced diet. The guidelines offer assistance for people with different calorie-intake targets.