By Abigail Carroll. Vegetarian Lifestyle. At Friday, May 03rd 2019, 20:51:31 PM.
Transitioning into a new way of eating should be slow and steady. When you make a massive change or go “cold turkey” with something, it’s less likely to last for the long-term. And with any lifestyle change, having a reason why you’re doing it will help further the success. Make a decision to change based on your why and then take the action! With will power, your why, and a road-map to your goal, you can do it! If you want to stop eating meat and adopt a vegetarian diet, easing into it is the way to go. Your body gets used to eating certain foods, and when you stop eating them, you’re naturally going to crave them because that’s what your body is used to. Easing out of a certain way of eating and easing into the new one is best not only for the body, but also for your success! So let's talk about how to ease into a vegetarian diet.
You can only get vitamin B12 in substantial amounts by consuming meat, fish, eggs and dairy. Cutting out all of these foods can sometimes be problematic and contribute to vitamin B12 deficiency symptoms like fatigue, weakness and others. For this reason it’s recommended that all vegetarians and vegans who abstain from eating most or all animal foods take vitamin B12 supplements. Some grains, beans and legumes, such as raw soybeans, lentils and Mung beans, may contain trypsin inhibitors and other “anti-nutrients” that can make digestion difficult and hinder nutrient absorption. These inhibitors can block key digestive enzymes, and One of the most common trends I’ve found from working with hundreds of vegans and vegetarians is that they tend to over-consume carbohydrates and sugars. Eating too many carbohydrates can cause Candida and yeast overgrowth, along with weight gain. There are some who have been able to find better balance, but this can take a lot of work and planning. acid found in grains can keep you from absorbing calcium, magnesium, iron and zinc. However, soaking and sprouting your grains and legumes can greatly reduce phytic acid.
Try slowly introducing vegan alternatives to some of your favorite foods. For some items in particular such as cheese and yogurt you may want to give it a few more weeks before experimenting with substitutions – many people find that the longer it’s been since they’ve had the “real thing”, the easier it is for a vegan substitution to satisfy their craving. I found this to be very true for vegan cheese. As a new vegan, non-dairy cheeses didn’t do much for me but after a few months of having little bits here and there, the flavor of Daiya really began to grow on me. Now I find it does a great job at satisfying a cheese craving!