If you’re vegetarian, you may be wondering how to maintain a healthy diet. It is true that as humans, we have evolved to be omnivorous creatures, but in this day and age, some of us choose to be vegetarian.
This could be for a number of reasons, whether it’s compassion for the animals, spiritual or religious reasons, or to avoid chemicals that are sometimes present in meat these days.
Fruit and Vegetables
The bulk of your diet should be fruit and vegetables. It is tempting to fall into the trap of eating a lot of carbohydrates to feel fuller, but carbs are essentially sugars that can cause weight gain.
If you are going to eat carbs, try to stick to whole grains. Processed carbohydrates like white bread don’t contain much fibre or nutrients, hence the popular term “empty carbs”.
Enjoy a few pieces of fruit every day, and have as many vegies as you like. There are a range of ways to consume vegetables, from raw, in smoothies, stir-fried (don’t use too much oil, of course, and consider healthier oils like olive oil or flaxseed oil), steamed, boiled (boiling is not the best way to go, as a lot of the nutrients are lost to the water – although one thing you can do is keep the water and drink it later), roasted, to one of my personal favourites, soups.
Soup is great, to me, because there is so much variety in flavour available, and you don’t lose any of the nutrients of the vegies.
If you eat enough vegetables, you won’t find yourself craving carbs.
It’s important to get enough protein on a vegetarian diet, and this is where a lot of people fall down. Beans are a great source of protein and fibre, as are nuts and mushrooms. Nuts contain a lot of other healthy components like minerals.
Dairy is another major source of protein. If your diet includes milk, cheese, and yoghurt, you will not only be getting plenty of protein but also calcium and probiotics.
Other supplementary things like flaxseed oil can be considered to provide you with your omegas, and for general health and wellbeing, you can’t go past olive products.
If you choose to be vegetarian, and do it wisely, you will enjoy great physical health and feel light. You will also maintain a healthy weight.
Here at Natures Naturals, we hope you’ve enjoyed this blog. Stay tuned for more health information.