You’ve weighed your options carefully, studied the pros and the cons, and decided that the vegetarian lifestyle is right for you.
Vegetarian Diet Requires Change
But where do you start making the changes?
Do you go ‘cold turkey?’
Do you adopt a more gradual approach to transitioning to vegetarianism?
However you choose to make the change, you can begin to achieve the health benefits of vegetarianism by significantly cutting down on the amount of meats consumed, and making vegetables, fruits, legumes, and whole grains the focus of your meals.
Your New Vegetarian Diet
Choose whole-grain products like whole wheat bread and flour, instead of refined or white grains.
Eat a wide variety of foods, and don’t be afraid to try vegetables, fruits, grains, breads, nuts, or seeds that you’ve never tried before.
Experiment and explore! You may discover a new favorite or two in your new vegetarian diet , and learn fresh new ways to liven up more traditional vegetarian dishes.
Many vegetarian foods can be found in any grocery store.
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Specialty food stores may carry some of the more uncommon items, as well as many vegetarian convenience foods.
When shopping for food, plan ahead, shop with a list and read food labels.
And if you decide to eat dairy products, choose non-fat or low-fat varieties, and limit your egg intake to 3-4 yolks per week.
Becoming a vegetarian can be as easy as you choose to make it.
Whether you enjoy preparing delectable, delicious meals or choose quick and easy ones, vegetarian meals can be very satisfying.
If you get in the habit of keeping the following on hand, meal preparation time will become a snap:
- Ready-to-eat, whole-grain breakfast cereals,
- quick-cooking whole-grain cereals
- whole-grain breads and crackers,
- rye, whole wheat,
- mixed grain and other grains
- barley and bulgur wheat.
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- Canned beans, such as
- black beans,
- garbanzo beans
- Rice (including brown, wild, etc.)
- pasta (now available in whole wheat, spinach, and other flavors)
- tomato sauce and canned beans and/or chopped veggies
- Vegetarian soups like lentil, navy bean, or minestrone
- A wide variety of plain frozen vegetables, and canned and frozen fruit
- Fortified soymilks and soy cheeses, should you choose to not eat dairy.
- A wide variety of fresh fruits and vegetables, which should be the core of any diet
As you learn to experiment with foods and learn that a vegetarian diet doesn’t have to lack variety, you’ll find your decision for vegetarianism was not only wise, but easy and fun come mealtime.
Your Vegan Nutritionist Help Is Here
If you’re struggling to find balance with nourishing plant foods and an eating pattern that allows you to go out to eat and enjoy celebrations, work with Wanda at Nutro Vegan for personalized guidance.
Wanda is a professional vegan nutritionist who will help you change your dietary needs to a healthier Plant-based way of life