Many People Think Of Vegetarians As One Homogeneous Group That Just Doesn’t Eat Meat.
But Nothing Could Be Further From the Truth.
There are different categories of vegetarians as diverse as the reasons for going vegetarian in the first place.
Who are Vegetarians
Vegetarians are generally defined as someone who doesn’t eat meat.
But someone who is vegetarian could conceivably eat dairy products such as milk, eggs and cheese.
A lacto ovo vegetarian doesn’t eat meat, fish or poultry, but does consume eggs, milk or cheese.
A lacto vegetarian consumes milk and cheese products, but doesn’t consume eggs.
What is a Vegan
- A vegan is someone who doesn’t consume any animal product or by-product, including dairy food.
- They eat only vegetables, fruits, nuts, grains and legumes.
- They also don’t use animal products, such as leather.
- Vegans also don’t use white sugar because it’s often processed with a substance derived from animal bones that whitens the sugar.
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There are other categories within the vegetarian community.
- Fruitarians, for example, eat only fruit.
- Their rationale is that fruits, including fruits such as tomatoes, are self-perpetuating and don’t need to be planted to create the food source.
- They consider it a way of eating that’s most in balance and harmony with the earth, the most natural.
All of the above will eat cooked vegetables, fruits and legumes.
There is also a growing movement towards eating only raw or living foods.
This based on the assumption that cooking food processes most of the nutrients out of it, and to get all the nutritional value, vitamins and amino acids from food, it’s best consumed raw, or juiced.
If cooked at all, it should only be cooked to slightly over 100 degrees, so the nutrients are still retained.
The more restrictive you become with your diet, however, the more educated you need to become to be sure you’re getting all the necessary proteins and vitamins that you need to maintain good health, especially muscle and heart healthy. Vegetarians eat healthy
Why switch to vegetarianism
If you’ve eaten meat and animal products your whole life, you might think, why switch to a vegetarian diet? You’ve lived your whole life eating eggs, hamburgers, hot dogs, poultry, so why switch now?
There could be many reasons to switch. Start by looking in the mirror. Are you at a healthy weight? Do you look and feel good most of the time? Do you wake up energized? Or do you wake up tired and sluggish?
How is your general health? Is your blood pressure within a healthy range? Are your cholesterol and blood sugar ranges normal? If they’re not, consider what you’re eating on a daily basis.
How do you feel after eating?
- Do you feel energized, as if you’ve fed your body what it needs?
- Or are you tired and dragged out?
- Do you often need a nap after eating?
Is that what food is supposed to do for us, make us tired and sleepy?
Food should nourish and feed the body and leave us energized and refreshed.
The human body is a machine and needs fuel that keeps it running in peak condition.
When we’re fat, with high blood pressure, Type II diabetes, high cholesterol and other unhealthy conditions, it’s like a car engine that hasn’t been tuned or isn’t running on the optimal type of gasoline it needs to run efficiently.
Your body is the same way.
It needs the right kind of fuel to run at peak efficiency, and when you’re eating high-fat meat, or meat that’s been fed antibiotics throughout its life, that’s simply not the kind of fuel the human body evolved to run on.
Try eating vegetarian for a week or a month.
See if you don’t feel different, more mentally acute and more physically fit and energized.
At least reverse the portion sizes you’ve been eating, and make meat more of a side dish, if you can’t stop eating meat altogether.
Even that change can make a big difference in your overall health and well-being.
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