By Abigail Carroll. Vegetarian Lifestyle. At Saturday, May 04th 2019, 22:14:32 PM.
Religious beliefs also can play an important role in vegetarianism. For instance, followers of Jainism practice nonviolence (also called Ahimsa, meaning "do no harm"), and do not eat meat or certain vegetables, such as onions, potatoes and garlic. Hindus also believe in Ahimsa and are the world's largest vegetarian population. They believe in the dietary customs of self-control and purity of mind and spirit. Seventh-day Adventists practice a vegetarian lifestyle, while Buddhists also support the concept of Ahimsa (although some eat fish or meat).
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.
"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.