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There are misconceptions when the word vegetarian is thrown around in conversation.
A vegetarian is defined as someone having a plant-based diet. But what the definition fails to state is just because someone doesn’t eat meat doesn’t mean they qualify as a real vegetarian.
Being a true and healthy vegetarian means having a well-balanced diet by incorporating nutrient-rich foods.
Healthy dietary habits are not limited to a single lifestyle of eating. There are a set of nutrients and vitamins essential in balancing a diet, and the consumption of these nutrients comes in a variety of foods and drinks.
Those who have chosen to stray away from meat products benefit by reducing the risk of chronic degenerative diseases such as obesity, coronary artery disease, high blood pressure and diabetes.
Michael F. Roizen, MD, author of “The Real Age Diet: Make Yourself Younger With What You Eat,” said consuming four-legged fat will shorten a life span and slow down an immune system.
But eliminating just the meat isn’t going to cut it.
Just as any unbalanced diet, having an unbalanced vegetarian diet filled with fried foods, sweets and junk food, can result in obesity, diabetes and cardiovascular problems.
A balanced vegetarian diet is comprised of four servings of fruit, four servings of vegetables and six servings of grains each day.
This should be accompanied by 6 ounces or less of tofu or a protein that isn’t meat and three servings of low-fat dairy products.
Listed below are amazing food plants that add a variety of tastes, textures, colors and can balance out any diet in moderation.
If a vegetarian diet is something you’re accustomed to and you want to challenge your diet, try going vegan. Being a vegan means eating a plant-based diet, without any animal products, this includes dairy.
If a vegan diet interests you read Vegan For Life for nutritional requirements and the blogs of the two authors of the book, Ginny Messina and Jack Norris.
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