By Abigail Carroll. Vegetarian Lifestyle. At Friday, May 03rd 2019, 20:54:27 PM.
The semi‐vegetarianism dietary movement, also known as flexitarian-ism, is rapidly growing. There is no strict definition of a flexitarian diet, but it typically involves eating at least one vegetarian meal a week. Introducing vegetarian meals -- and entire vegetarian days -- into your diet is a good first step toward vegetarianism. This also helps you to gradually become comfortable with replacing meat with vegetarian protein sources, such as soy products, and beans. The federal 2010 Dietary Guidelines for Americans recommend eating a variety of protein sources each day, so this first step toward vegetarianism is also a great way to immediately improve your diet.
Scientists have shown that one specific vegetarian diet can lower cholesterol almost as well as treatment with medication. Levels of Low-Density Lipoproteins (LDL), the "bad" cholesterol that causes clogging in coronary arteries, fell by almost 30 percent in participants who followed the diet. This was only slightly lower than those who used Lovastatin alongside their usual diet.The diet consisted of almonds, soy proteins, high-fiber foods such as oats and barley, and a special margarine with plant ergosterols, found in leafy green vegetables and vegetable oils.
Once you become comfortable with eating no meat or poultry and regularly having fully vegetarian days, you should start to eliminate fish and seafood from your diet. An easy way to do this is to drop one serving of fish per week. However, you can move more quickly if you make sure to continue eating sources of all essential nutrients. To ensure that you do not simultaneously eliminate some essential fatty and amino acids from your diet, replace fish and seafood with plant sources of these nutrients. You can accomplish this by eating soy products instead of fish and regularly adding flax seeds to your meals.