By Abigail Carroll. Vegetarian Lifestyle. At Saturday, May 04th 2019, 22:14:25 PM.
Many vegetarian products are available for those who are busy or do not feel confident in their cooking skills, including ready meals, vegetarian burgers, and sausages. Most restaurants now offer vegetarian options. However, people who cook their own food can be sure of the contents, and becoming a vegetarian may encourage people to learn new cooking skills.Here are some ideas for meals and snacks without meat, suggested by dietitians: Cauliflower no-crust quiche (with eggs), spaghetti squash Orechietti mushroom soup. The American Diabetes Association offers a number of ideas for main meals and breakfast and some recipes.The American Heart Association (AHA) offers tips for going meatless, especially for people who would like to lower their cholesterol levels and decrease their risk of heart disease.
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.
You can get many of the health benefits of being vegetarian without going all the way. For example, a Mediterranean eating pattern — known to be associated with longer life and reduced risk of several chronic illnesses — features an emphasis on plant foods with a sparing use of meat. Even if you do not want to become a complete vegetarian, you can steer your diet in that direction with a few simple substitutions, such as plant-based sources of protein — beans or tofu, for example — or fish instead of meat a couple of times a week. Only you can decide whether a vegetarian diet is right for you. If better health is your goal, here are some things to consider.