By Alane Stieglitz, ND, CNC
Let’s think about the health benefits of trying to eat vegetarian for a day. Most days, most Americans eat highly processed boxed foods and one or two fresh fruits and vegetables per day. Most days are just not filled with a healthy and balanced diet full of vitamins and minerals.
So by spending just one day a week or even one day a month trying to eat Vegetarian or a plant-based diet, you are choosing to eat live, healthy, colorful produce for an entire day!
Fruits and vegetables are inexpensive, easily attainable, filling, and versatile! They can help reduce heart disease, help people lose weight, reduce inflammation, and much more.
Suppose your vegetable selections don’t have much flavor to savor. In that case, it could be a sign of nutrient deficiencies in the produce. When you eat vegetarian, consider going to a farmer’s market to purchase your food and choose organic.
One of my favorite quotes is, ” You are what you eat!” This goes for both plants and animal products. If your diet is composed of consistent processed food, you eat meat too often; it is heavy on gluten grains, your system will need and enjoy taking a break! Enjoying a day learning to eat vegetarian or vegan can be genuinely life-changing.
These changes of going meat-free for a day will add up over the weeks, months, and years.
Another reason to go Vegetarian for the day is to introduce new bacteria to your microbiome (your gut). Think about what you eat; if there is no diversity = there is no bacteria diversity to help fight infections and disease. There is a direct correlation from how you feel, sleep, and participate in life to the bacteria in your gut.
Live foods help you maintain your gut diversity!
If you want to get healthy, you need to start with food!
Replace cancer-causing, fat, pesticide, and hormone-laced meats with cancer-preventing, anti-inflammatory, cholesterol-lowering foods like apples, broccoli, blueberries, carrots, flax, garlic, leafy greens, nuts, and sweet potatoes.
Here are a few tips on how to eat vegetarian.
1: Start with a plan! You can shop and plan your day, so there are no surprises.
2. If a whole day isn’t your jam, start with one meal a day for a week or your snacks for a week.
3. Think about plant protein powder. There is plenty of options for protein if you eat vegetarian or vegan. I drink a delicious plant protein powder with extra greens every day for breakfast. It helps me stay focused, clear, and full all morning. There is also a source of protein in pasta that is from beans. And try a delicious plant alfredo sauce on top of the pasta with a side of broccoli.
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