By Abigail Carroll. Vegetarian Lifestyle. At Saturday, May 04th 2019, 22:14:45 PM.
Benefits of a vegetarian diet include obtaining more antioxidants and fiber, better protection against obesity or weight gain, and lowered risk for heart disease, diabetes, autoimmune disorders and metabolic syndrome. It may not be necessary to completely exclude all animal proteins from your diet. To prevent issues like vitamin B12 deficiency, iron deficiency anemia and low protein intake, it may be best to still consume some eggs, dairy or fish. A well‐balanced vegetarian diet should also include lots of raw and cooked veggies, limited processed foods, low amounts of added sugar, and little refined grain products.
Some people find relying on vegan alternatives and convenience foods very helpful in easing the transition to vegan‐ism. They’re often high in protein, fortified with lots of vitamins and minerals, quick and easy to prepare, delicious, and familiar. However, some veggie burgers, veggie dogs, vegan delicious slices, etc. are highly processed. Once you begin to feel comfortable with your vegan lifestyle, the use of these products can be lessened. There's nothing wrong with eating the products in moderation, but they shouldn’t be used as your main source of vitamins, minerals, and protein for the long-term.
Remove any animal products that you won't miss in your diet. If you haven’t already, incorporate more whole grains, beans, legumes, tofu, nuts, and seeds to your diet while simultaneously cutting down on the animal products that you’ll miss the least. You can gradually cut down on all animal products or remove one food/food group at a time. Remove barrier foods after you feel comfortable with all of the other changes in your diet. Pay attention to ingredient lists, you may find it easier to begin avoiding the less obvious animal derived ingredients one at a time. You can also choose to overlook them until you’ve removed all obvious animal products (meat, seafood, dairy products, eggs, etc.) from your diet and you feel comfortable eating mostly plant-based foods.