By Abigail Carroll. Vegetarian Lifestyle. At Saturday, May 04th 2019, 22:13:35 PM.
"Raw foodists” believe that because raw plant foods contain bio-photons, or “sun stored energy,” they contribute to important processes in the body. If your diet provides adequate calories overall and is balanced, then the more bio-photons you consume the more you should experience having higher levels of energy and improved moods.
"Appropriately planned" is the operative term. Unless you follow recommended guidelines on nutrition, fat consumption, and weight control, becoming a vegetarian will not necessarily be good for you. A diet of soda, cheese pizza, and candy, after all, is technically "vegetarian." For health, it is important to make sure that you eat a wide variety of fruits, vegetables, and whole grains. It is also vital to replace saturated and trans fats with good fats, such as those found in nuts, olive oil, and Canola oil. And always keep in mind that if you eat too many calories, even from nutritious, low-fat, plant-based foods, you will gain weight. So it is also important to practice portion control, read food labels, and engage in regular physical activity.
Does this mean that everyone should give up all animal‐derived foods in their diets? Not necessarily. Overall I believe it’s possible to be healthy as a vegetarian, or better yet a Pescatarian, but for reasons I’ll explain more about below, when it comes to the pros and cons of being a vegan (meaning giving up ALL animal foods), in my opinion it’s usually not ideal. What can you eat on a vegetarian diet? While there are many versions of vegetarian diets, most consist of eating plant-based foods along with moderate amounts of eggs and dairy (but no meat). The staples of a balanced vegetarian diet include a variety of plants like fresh or cooked veggies, fruit, nuts, seeds, whole grains and legumes.