One of the things I’ve been learning about is the vegetarian lifestyle. This blog and next week’s blog will focus on this lifestyle. Today, I want to dispel some of the myths surrounding it. There are many, but I’m only going to talk about 6 and answer 3 questions about it.
Myth: You can’t get enough protein from plants.
Fact: lentils, beans, nuts, seeds and almond milk are excellent sources of protein.
Myths: Your workout routine will suffer
Fact: A vegetarian diet will give you the energy you need if you keep your protein and vitamin B12 levels high enough. And my friends Dana Arcuri and Shannon Cleary have told me that they have excellent B12 levels. Both very much die-hard vegetarians.
Myth: It guarantees weight loss
Fact: Being a vegetarian does not guarantee weight loss, if you are eating processed foods the odds of you losing weight is slim. Weight loss occurs when you follow a healthy diet without processed foods.
Myth: Only liberals are vegetarians.
Fact: I have friends who are liberals, conservatives, and in the middle who are vegetarians.
Myth: It costs too much!
Fact: Meat is expensive! And if you eliminate meat from your diet, you will save money.
Myth: It must be all or none
Fact: Trimming your meat habit even a little can cut your risk of cancer, diabetes and heart disease. On my previous entries on the Mediterranean Diet I talked about this. We would all be healthier if we cut meat (especially red meat) to 2 or 3 times a month.
Questions I have been asked, or I asked myself regarding this:
- With the quality of our food today how does one eat healthy enough to actually nourish ones body?
Answer: when the vegetarian lifestyle is followed correctly, you can get all the nourishment you need from it. Next Thursday I will show a 1-week meal plan based on the vegetarian lifestyle.
- What about B-12? Can I only get that from meats?
Answer: No, you can get it from fortified foods or from a supplement. There are times and lifestyles where a supplement is absolutely needed. This is one of them.
- Doesn’t the vegetarian lifestyle get boring? I don’t want to eat just salad all the time.
Answer: I’ve been looking up recipes to develop a week-long eating plan, I’ve been surprised to see all the choices available! This lifestyle is anything but boring!