How to Keep a Sustainable Vegetarian Diet

by Elizabeth Welz

One of the most common misconceptions about being a vegetarian is that you don’t get enough vitamins. However, cutting out meat doesn’t necessarily mean that you won’t get the vitamins that your body needs to thrive. By being very diligent and careful, you can successfully be a vegetarian while receiving the proper nutrition. Here are some tips to get you through the vegetarian lifestyle.

Don’t be a junk food vegetarian.
It’s very easy, as a vegetarian, to go down this path. For example, some restaurants don’t have vegetarian options on their menu and you end up eating fries for dinner. Just because some fries and chips are vegetarian, it doesn’t mean that this has to be your breakfast, lunch and dinner. Besides that, it’s extremely unhealthy for you, chips don’t give you the proper nutrition that your body needs. At this point, I even consider pasta a “junk food.” Pasta seems to be the backup food for all vegetarians, especially at restaurants. I think it goes without saying that too much pasta is too many carbs.

Don’t eat too much soy.
Soy meat substitutes are fantastic. Making soy “chicken” tacos is definitely one of my favorite meals to make in a rush. However, eating too much soy isn’t good for you. According to the Scientific American website, too much soy could lead to harmful side effects in the female reproductive system and reproductive health. The Men’s Health website also notes that soy mimics estrogen and can lead to body altering symptoms in the male body.

Take your vitamins.
In order to ensure that you are receiving the proper nutrition, it is wise to put yourself on a multivitamin. This way you are positive that you are receiving all of the vitamins that you need to thrive in a healthy manner.

Don’t be too worried
about the protein.
Many bodybuilders and athletes are vegetarian. In fact, most Americans eat more protein than what is recommended for a healthy adult. Protein is found in many different types of non-meat foods. This includes: beans, nuts, lentils, and many high protein smoothies. Just because you cut out meat, doesn’t mean that you are not receiving enough protein. In fact, you may be actually receiving the perfect amount.

Try new dishes.
If you’re new to being vegetarian, one of the best advices is to try new dishes. This way, you are not only eating soy, junk food and pasta. There are cultures where most of the people are vegetarian. This means that you will be able to find healthy, sustainable recipes that will help you receive all the nutrients that you need. Besides that, you may find your new favorite food!