"A vegetarian does not eat any meat, poultry, game, fish, shellfish or crustacea, or the by-products of slaughter"
Vegetarian Society

Tuesday, 19 November 2013

Myths and Facts of Vegetarianism

There are lots of valid reasons to become a vegetarian--it's a great way to get more nutrients in your body,  for one thing.  You can never go wrong with a fruit-and-veggie-based diet!  

Many vegetarians choose their lifestyle to protest cruelty to animals and the way meat is produced; still others are against corporate management of food (Monsanto, anyone?).  Whatever your reasons, you can have diet that's balanced, healthy, and delicious.

 Over the years, vegetarianism has dealt with a bad reputation for not being enough to sustain someone, but that is not the case.  Eliminating meat does not mean you have to get rid of taste, flavor, or feeling full.  Eating seasonable fruits and vegetables, along with nuts, beans, and noodles can be one of life's simple pleasures.  You'll soon forget what it was like to eat that tough steak or greasy burger.

Myth: Vegetarians have to eat gross meat substitutes to get protein.

Fact: Protein is present in many foods, not just tofu, from eggs to beans to nuts.  For those who do not want to eat animal products (vegans), hummus is a great way to pack protein into your diet.  Nature has given us more that enough foods to not get our protein from meat if we don't want it.

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Saturday, 26 October 2013

5 reasons to try a vegetarian diet

Even if you’re not interested in becoming a vegetarian or vegan there are plenty of reasons to up your intake of plant-based meals. In my private practice more of my clients are experimenting with meatless cuisine than ever before, and they’re reaping the rewards. Here are five powerful benefits to embracing your inner herbivore–even part-time. 

Weight loss

In an Oxford University study of nearly 38,000 adults, researchers found that meat-eaters tended to have the highest body mass index (BMI) for their age and vegans the lowest, with vegetarians and semi-vegetarians in between. Another published in the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition compared over 10,000 vegetarians and nonvegetarians, and found that BMI values were higher in nonvegetarians in all age groups for both genders. In addition, weight gain over a 5-year period was lowest among people who adopted a diet containing fewer animal foods. 

The reason? Plant-based meals tend to be richer in antioxidants and fiber, which are both tied to weight loss, and researchers have seen an increase in calorie burn after vegan meals. Just be sure your veggie-derived meals are made from whole, nutrient-rich foods, not processed “junk food” like vegan versions of hot dogs, cookies, and donuts.

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Thursday, 24 October 2013

Vegetarian & Vegan Diet Pyramid

Everyone should try being vegetarian for one day

I don’t eat meat, I don’t enjoy eating meat and I don’t think I need to eat meat.

And although this is a personal choice that shouldn’t matter to anyone but me, I still get criticism for it. “It’s just a fad,” and “stop starving yourself” are just a couple of remarks I receive when telling someone that I don’t eat meat — so here are a few legitimate reasons, and a little responsive criticism, for the people who feel that way.

The United Nations released a statement in 2010 stating that a vegan or vegetarian diet should be a goal for everyone in America, even if it is for just one day a week. 


Because a decrease in the demand for meat and animal products decreases the production of these goods, which, in turn, decreases the amount of carbon dioxide that meat creates with its production.

So, by decreasing meat consumption, you decrease your carbon footprint. In addition, animal waste runoff from factory farms is a major pollution factor in surrounding rivers and streams — another problem that can be remedied by a decrease in meat demand.

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Tuesday, 22 October 2013

7 Charts That Could Convince You To Become A Vegetarian

Even if some of us never want to give up meat, strong reasons exist for sticking with vegetables only.

Global meat production almost doubled between 1980 and 2004, and the upward trend will only continue, according to a 2005 study from the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO). These numbers raise increasing concerns about land and water scarcity, health, and animal welfare.

The following charts lay out some good reasons for a vegetarian diet:

World hunger

Nearly 870 million people suffer from chronic undernourishment, according to FAO. About five million adults and 10.9 million children die from malnutrition every year.
Meanwhile, global food prices have reached near record highs and are expected to remain volatile. Places like India have even seen dangerous inflation. 

Water scarcity

Water scarcity could pose an even bigger problem in the coming century. Already, it affects 2.7 billion people — nearly 40% of the world's population — for at least one month every year, according to waterfootprint.org. Global scarcity will only get worse.

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Friday, 18 October 2013

How cute is this lil fella!!

10 Ways to Help You Stick to Your New Vegetarian Diet

In honor of Vegetarian Awareness Month, and for all of you out there who are taking the 30 Day Veg Pledge, here are 10 things that you can do to help you stick to your new and exciting lifestyle…

1. Spring Clean Your Cupboards – If it isn’t aligned with your new way of eating, get rid of it! Whether you trash it, give it away or donate it to a local shelter, just make sure it isn’t anywhere near you. The transitional phase is always the hardest and out of sight really is out of mind when it comes to food.

2. Don’t go to the Supermarket on an Empty Stomach- If you do, you’re asking for trouble. Research shows that if you go grocery shopping when you’re hungry you’re much more likely to make unhealthy food choices and end up with a trolley full of junk food. Avoid derailing your new diet by having a snack such as a piece of fruit before heading to the store.

3. Get Your Family On Board – Talk with your friends and family about your decision to go veg and express how much it would mean to you if they could join in or at least be understanding. Making multiple meals to please everyone’s palette isn’t much fun so getting them on board will make your life a whole lot easier, even if it is just some of the time!