Vegetarianism, which has been popular lately, has generated a lot of controversy and is gaining both supporters and opponents. Many people who want to give up eating meat, are not quite able to find themselves in a new diet and implement new eating habits, abandoning and discouraging a plant-based diet.
Where to start?
There is a misconception that you should give up eating meat and follow a full vegetarian diet overnight. This is troublesome for many people because it is difficult for us to exclude something that we simply enjoy.
In 2011, Matt Cutts argued in a lecture to a TED group that if we’ve always wanted to do something but for some reason haven’t, we should try it for 30 days. This is an excellent idea to get you familiar with the ins and outs of a vegetarian diet. If you survive, you can create new resolutions and implement them for another 30 days. It doesn’t matter that you won’t convert to vegetarianism right away. What matters is that you want to and you’re trying, and that’s a great accomplishment!
Ask yourself some questions and find out your motives for going vegetarian. Are you doing it for your health? Maybe for the environment? Do you not want to kill animals for meat? Perhaps you are looking for a challenge? Remember, any goal is valuable and will get you closer to the finish line and even help you in times of weakness and give you a motivational kick.
Speaking of literature, here we mean of course cookbooks. They will allow you to see what vegetarians actually eat and how varied vegetarian cuisine is . In addition, you will see that vegetarians do not eat only lettuce and other raw vegetables, and this is quite a common stereotype. The meals must of course be well balanced, because even here with inadequate nutrition you will start to gain weight. You should also read numerous studies conducted by specialists from all over the world.
We are often discouraged not by ourselves, but by other people. Often you will hear among friends or at the family table many unfavorable words. The most important thing is not to worry about the biting remarks, and calmly listen and explain. Remember that despite all these misconceptions, a vegetarian diet is healthier than a diet that includes meat. According to the American Dietetic Association, a U.S.-based organization of food and nutrition professionals, properly planned vegetarian diets, including total vegetarianism and vegan diets, are healthy, nutritionally adequate and may provide health benefits in the prevention and treatment of certain diseases
Also, don’t go on an anti-meat crusade and forcefully convince others to convert to vegetarianism. Let them make that decision as you did, and if anyone asks you what it’s all about, answer like an expert
According to the article, published by Harvard Medical School, vegetarianism has numerous benefits which include:
- Reduced risk of heart disease, such as heart attack, and reduced risk of death from cardiac causes. Analysis of data from five studies involving a total of 76,000 people shows that vegetarians were as much as 25% less likely to die from heart disease
- There is also a slight decrease in the risk of cancer. The greatest decrease is seen in the incidence of colon cancer, mainly by excluding red meat from the diet.
- Research shows that a vegetarian diet significantly reduces the risk of type 2 diabetes. In a study conducted on members of the Seventh-day Adventist Church (about 40% of the members of this religious group are vegetarians), it was shown that the risk of type 2 diabetes is 50% lower than in people who eat meat.
Research, study, experiment
As you can see, there’s more behind vegetarianism than just the foods. It is also a lot of literature, publications, research and studies. Learn about the vegetarian diet and don’t be afraid to be wise in this area, and when necessary, teach others. Experiment in the kitchen and don’t let food become monotonous and be thought of that way, because it can be tasty and above all healthy. Vegetarianism is also an interesting lifestyle and is worth exploring!