Quick question: would you believe that you can reap the benefits of a vegetarian diet (or even a semi-vegetarian diet) without a lot of hassle and also without giving up everything that tastes good? You can actually begin that process with just a few dietary modifications.
Name one? A no-brainer: simply eat more fruits and veggies...like Mom and Granny suggested. If you poke around here, you'll find simple ways to prepare those and also some crafty ways to sneak more of them down the hatch.
However modest and gradual, such changes really can lead you to a better-balanced diet. They can also help you maintain your health and fitness benefits with mindful but uncomplicated plant-based eating, if that's the route you ultimately choose.
Either way, you'll benefit, because fruits and veggies can do good things for your body.
First, a cautionary note: if you're relatively new to vegetarian eating, try tackling your transition
by degrees. For example, live it up with the fruits and veggies, the grains and legumes, but don't
attempt a dietary one-eighty in a single week. If you do, your body might find that onslaught of fiber "challenging," to say the least. (Oh, the pain!)
Instead, begin with a simple modification: eating one more vegetable every day, for example. Then gradually begin cutting back on meat, moving as quickly or slowly as feels right to you and also buddying up to flexibility and compromise.
For example, let's say you have this huge letch
for meat today. No problem: build your next meal around some kind of "faux" meat, or perhaps eat only half the meat you might otherwise do. For example, instead of a steak,
pork, or sausage dish, perhaps make (or order) a chicken salad.
Wondering about that, perhaps? Again, no worries. You will have So Many tasty ways to build protein into your diet: not only "faux" meats, but also umpteen grains and legumes.
you're not vegan, you'll have the whole spectrum of dairy as well. And
don't forget that vegetables themselves contain some protein. [For a discussion of other proteins available to you, check out this page.
Because any healthful change in your eating habits is a cause for
celebration, please don't beat yourself up for any "timeouts" you take. (But keep the fruits and veggies!)
If you do decide to give some of this another shot, just get back on whatever path feels right to You. And, yes, it really can be as simple as that. Cool, no?
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