Hi guys, thank you for stopping by my website. Hopefully you will learn something which will help you lead a healthy life on a vegetarian diet.
So you may have already visited my site and seen that I have written a blog on what you need in your diet to have a healthy life. In this blog, I am going to look at some common mistakes people make when they decide to turn to a vegetarian diet.
Mistake number 1: Not eating enough!
Yes, that is right, the most common mistake people make when going vegetarian is that they do not eat enough. Most people realise that eating more fruit and vegetable is a good thing, the health benefits of a vegetarian diet are well documented however, you need to realise that when you eat meat it can take some time for the meat to be digested and broken down in you body. This process (of meat breaking down) means that your body is continually absorbing whatever it can break down.
On a vegetarian diet you will find that the body will break down fruit and vegetable much quicker. This means that some people may find themselves feeling tired and sick, they may even think that their new diet is the cause! The truth is, eating more fruit and vegetable will not make you sick but not eating enough will certainly affect your mood, your ability to focus and you may decide to quit! Stop! Read on to find out the solution.
Good planning will ensure that your stick to your new diet. Make sure that you include plenty of ‘whole-foods’ in your diet. I have included a list of whole foods to make things easier for you:
Whole foods: These include the following – Grains (included rice and quinoa), beans (including lentils, kidney beans and chick peas), nuts and seeds (unsalted) (including peanuts, cashew nuts, almonds, sunflower seeds)
The above list is not exhaustive there are plenty of whole foods available to you as a vegetarian and don’t forget fruit and vegetables are also whole foods. Think about including healthy snacks in your diet too, I always have dried fruit available in case I have a sugar craving and peanuts. Also, make sure you include carbohydrates in your meals. Carbohydrates provide you with energy and are essential to a healthy body. I have listed some sources of carbohydrates for you:
Sources of carbohydrates: Bread, beans, milk, popcorn, potatoes, pasta, sugar.
Mistake Number 2:
Mistake number 2 is eating too much junk food. Don’t get me wrong, junk food is good and has its place. However, try not to relay on junk food as your ‘go-to’ meal. If you do fancy junk food consider making your own that way you are aware of what is going into your meal and ultimately your body.
Many foods which are vegetarian (chips, crisps, sweets, biscuits) are not good for you.
Try to limit these in your diet. When I first became vegetarian, eating out was a problem. I found myself picking all the unhealthy menu options as I didn’t want to make a fuss about the lack of a vegetarian option. I would have fries/chips and then slather on the ketchup! Today most restaurants offer a vegetarian option so this is no longer an issue. I’m certainly not saying don’t eat junk food ever again but do watch your intake. Try to plan you meals and do you best to ensure you have a healthy and balanced diet.
Mistake Number 3:
Mistake number 3 is eating more processed foods ie meat substitute products. Instead, try to include complete foods (milk, cheese, eggs) and whole foods (grains, bean etc) Eating too much processed food is not good for you. Meat substitute foods are good and convenient to use but try not to rely on them too much. Again, planning your meals in advance should see a reduction in your use of meat substitutes. The more you adapt to your new diet the easier it will become.
So, I have highlighted some common mistakes people make when switching to a vegetarian diet. Try to avoid these by expanding your range of products – try different beans, whole foods. Experiment with herbs and spices so that you can focus on the many flavours you can add to dishes. Becoming vegetarian means you have increased your dietary range – there are other things to eat besides salads! Salads should be an addition to any meal as opposed to the main part of the meal. Remember to ask vegetarian friends and family (use google!) to come up with new and exciting ideas you can easily try yourself at home. Stick to your new diet, go at your own pace but do remember to enjoy the experience.
If you have any questions or you are aware of any other mistakes then feel free to leave these below.