The basic definition of a vegetarian is a person who excludes animal products from his or her diet. That means no beef, no chicken, no turkey and definitely no pork. While the idea of becoming a vegetarian may be scary (imagine a world without bacon) there are various “levels” of vegetarianism. Some vegetarians consume dairy products, some eat fish and some are part-time vegetarians, cheating every now and then. There are many health benefits to removing meat from your diet, such as lower rate of heart disease, diabetes, obesity, and cancer, as well as increased energy, improved digestion and healthy skin.
Vegetarianism isn’t for everyone, but if you want to give it a try here are a few things to think about:
- Consider vitamin supplements.
- Look for protein replacements.
- Revolutionize your grocery list.
- Embrace tasty substitutes like veggie burgers and almond milk.
- Weight loss is a possibility.
- Easing into it and not converting all at once is perfectly fine.
- There is plenty of information and an abundance of recipes at your fingertips.
- Many restaurants offer vegetarian dishes.
- You may feel good about yourself and many animals will be happy.