By Abigail Carroll. Vegetarian Lifestyle. At Friday, May 03rd 2019, 20:53:52 PM.
My diet is personally about 70 percent plants and 30 percent animal‐derived foods. I usually consume about 70 percent raw plant-based foods, and 30 percent of my diet is organic grass-fed beef, organic pastured dairy, wild-caught fish (wild-caught salmon is my favorite), and free-range organic poultry and eggs. I’ve tried a number of diets, including vegetarian, vegan and Pescatarian, and have found I really feel the best following this ratio. I call this ratio the healing foods diet and have also found this to have the best results with my patients, as well. Here’s the new, updated healing foods shopping list so you can have an extensive food guide to follow. If it’s on the list, it’s good to go.
Benefits of a vegetarian diet include obtaining more antioxidants and fiber, better protection against obesity or weight gain, and lowered risk for heart disease, diabetes, autoimmune disorders and metabolic syndrome. It may not be necessary to completely exclude all animal proteins from your diet. To prevent issues like vitamin B12 deficiency, iron deficiency anemia and low protein intake, it may be best to still consume some eggs, dairy or fish. A well‐balanced vegetarian diet should also include lots of raw and cooked veggies, limited processed foods, low amounts of added sugar, and little refined grain products.
Replacing the flavors, textures and nutrition of meat, poultry, fish and seafood is one of the major challenges of beginning a vegetarian lifestyle. Gradually reducing your intake of these foods while substituting nutritionally similar vegetarian foods can ease your transition from meat-eating to pure vegetarianism. Although the challenges of a vegetarian lifestyle do not end with abstaining from meat, poultry, fish and seafood, the nutritional benefits outweigh the minimal costs.