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Is A Vegetarian Lifestyle for You?

By Virginia Laird

Diet and nutrition is a lifelong battle. You may even change your ideas and opinions several times about the diet you choose to implement. One diet that seems to be gaining ground is the vegetarian diet. But what exactly does it mean to be vegetarian? It can be super intimidating to hear that word. Don’t let the ideas you have about vegetarianism scare you away. Although this lifestyle is not for everyone, educating yourself before turning a nose up can be helpful in decision-making. A few things you should know about being vegetarian include:

  • What does it mean to be a vegetarian
  • What extras have to be given up on the vegetarian diet
  • Are there any benefits of being vegetarian

What Does it Mean to be a Vegetarian

Following a vegetarian diet does not mean you have to give up everything you enjoy. Vegetarian, in layman's terms, is giving up meats from animals. Animal byproducts are fine to continue using. Milk, eggs, cheese, and other dairy products that you love can still be a part of your diet if you choose. Proteins on the vegetarian diet are met by including legumes, beans, nuts and seeds.

What Extras Have to be Given up on the Vegetarian Diet

Like any other diet, fast foods and sodas are not recommended while following the vegetarian lifestyle. It is best to select organic items when possible. Although some vegetarians choose to be more strict and avoid dairy completely, it is not necessary. Vegetarianism means consuming a plant-based diet. You should include as many fruits and vegetables as possible. When prepared correctly a few cookies and even ice cream can fit into that lifestyle. Obviously you would not want to overdo it with sweets, but in moderation it would be OK.

Are There Any Benefits of Being Vegetarian

Typically vegetarian diets are geared toward lowering the fat intake. It also helps those living the lifestyle to avoid the harsh chemicals put in foods for processing and preservation. Some research shows that a vegetarian lifestyle can help those with diabetes to maintain a balanced blood sugar level. Another benefit can be a decrease in your grocery bill. Let’s face it, if you are a gardener and choose the vegetarian lifestyle, you can be very self-sufficient. Weight loss, although not guaranteed with this diet, can also be another benefit of choosing to eat vegetarian.

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