Quick question: would you believe 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 to you? You can, with just a few dietary modifications.
Name one? A no-brainer: eat more fruits and veggies—you know, just like Mom and Granny said. And if you poke around here, you'll find many simple ways to prepare those and also cunning ways to get 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 you ultimately choose that route.
But either way, you'll benefit, because fruits and veggies can do great things for you.
Important note: if you're relatively new to vegetarian eating, try tackling your transition
by degrees. For example, live it up with that bushel of fruits and veggies, all of those legumes, etc., but don't
attempt a dietary one-eighty in a single week. Your body will likely find all of that 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. You could do that—we both know you could, particularly if you buddy up to flexibility and compromise.
For example, let's say you have this huge letch
for meat today. Then, build your next meal around some kind of "faux" meat...or eat only half the meat you'd ordinarily put on your plate. Instead of a steak,
pork, or sausage dish, for example, 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 this another shot, just get back on whatever path feels right. And, yes, it really can be as simple as that. Cool, no?
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