By Abigail Carroll. Vegetarian Lifestyle. At Saturday, May 04th 2019, 22:14:50 PM.
Almost all plant‐based foods offer high amounts of antioxidants and/or have some anti-inflammatory properties, which means they help stop the progression of disease by supplying nutrients that fight oxidative stress. Diets that are high in vegetables, fruit and other plant foods like legumes or ancient grains provide lots of nutrients, including antioxidants and phyto-nutrients, such as flavonoids, Resveratrol, Quercetin, beta-carotene and more; essential vitamins, such as vitamin C, E and A; trace minerals, such as manganese or phosphorus; and electrolytes like potassium and magnesium. A nutrient‐dense diet is beneficial for gut health, boosting immunity against illnesses, slowing down the effects of aging, protecting against cancer and heart disease, and preventing deficiencies that can lead to many negative reactions.
There are several variations and definitions to distinguish between when talking about vegetarianism. Here are the most common types of vegetarian diets: A “strictly” vegetarian diet consists of plant-based foods, but may also include eggs and dairy. Typically no fish or meat of any kind will be included. When eggs and dairy products are included, it’s called an ovo-lacto vegetarian diet (hence the name ovo, as in “ovum,” and lacto, as in “lactation”). Pescatarian diets include fish and seafood along with a variety of plant foods (vegetables, fruits, nuts, grains, beans, etc.). Most also include eggs and dairy but no poultry, beef or red meat, although it depends on the individual.
Going from a standard American diet (SAD) to a vegetarian diet can be difficult. The SAD contains all forms of animal flesh and animal products—cheeseburgers, pizza, fried chicken, etc. It’s mostly animal-based. A vegetarian diet is primarily plant-based, so making that transition will be easier if you take it step-by-step and meal-by-meal. Here are five tips to ease your way into a vegetarian diet. You don’t have to make the change to vegetarianism overnight. In fact, you’ll feel much better physically if you take it slow. Start with doing Meatless Mondays (as the name implies, go meat free the whole day) for a couple of weeks and then begin to tackle your breakfasts. After a couple weeks of Meatless Mondays and vegetarian breakfasts, you can move to removing meat from your lunches. Going one day and one meal at a time will give you time to adjust to the changes.