Vegetarian Diet

Vegetarian Diet

Vegetarian Diet

The Vegetarian Diet Plan focuses on eating healthy fruits, vegetables, grains, beans, nuts, seeds, and a small amount of fat, while reducing animal products in the diet substantially. Ovo-lacto vegetarians continue to eat eggs and milk products, while lacto vegetarians only milk products in addition to their vegetarian food. This diet works for long-time vegetarians as well as those completely new to vegetarianism.

The vegetarian diet is often implemented because of an individual's religious observance or personal political statement. The vegetarian diet avoids all forms of animal flesh, but it is often suggested that those interested in “converting” to vegetarianism give up meat gradually, which allows them (and their bodies) to steadily adjust. People who are worried about not getting enough protein will be glad to know that there is plenty of plant protein out there to keep you well nourished.

The Vegetarian Diet and sources of protein

One of the biggest sources of plant protein comes from seeds. One cup of pumpkin seeds alone has 78 grams of protein. Soy products are also a great source of protein. In fact, soy products are traditionally viewed as an adequate counterpart to meat products in general, so you don't have to worry about not getting the right kinds of protein. Rice chick peas and oats round up some other delicious meat alternatives. Those who participate in this diet should get a cook book to get ideas for new, interesting, and tasty recipes. This will help to increase the variety of foods you eat and help to keep you from getting bored on the diet.

Learn about the Vegetarian Diet

It is very easy to leave out essential nutrients if you're not aware of what your body needs and what you are giving it, which could be detrimental to your health. Participants are advised to consult a doctor or chart in order to educate themselves on the necessary proteins that they must consume. You may also want to take supplements in order to ensure that they get all of their vitamins.

For children see also "Safely raising a vegetarian child".