Switching over to a vegetarian lifestyle is not as simple as turning a switch. It does take some research and educating yourself on the matter. A lot of ‘new’ vegetarians out there fall into a trap and make avoidable dietary mistakes when they start out.
In this piece we discuss these dietary faux pas and shed some serious light on them. And even if you have been a vegetarian for a couple of years already, you may find some of these insights helpful to. Let’s get started, shall we?
#1 Protein Overdose
Everyone knows the importance of including sufficient protein in their diets. But, if you are not eating any meat anymore, it can be difficult to substitute it. A lot of newbies go for overkill and consume way too much protein than is necessary.
Instead of eating meat, supplement your diet with legumes, peas, quinoa and beans. You don’t have to eat loads of it, only 0.8 grams of your body weight per day.
#2 Anytime is Snack Time
Now when you’ve made the switch you may find that you are constantly hungry because your body is not getting all the nutrients it did in the past. A lot of newbies make the mistake of stuffing their faces with chips and cookies, which in turn has no nutritional value.
Instead, fetch a carrot or celery, some hummus or almonds, the list goes on. Ensure your snacks are bringing something to the table and adding value.
#3 Sticking to the Same Menu Day in and Day Out
There is a reason why people change things up in their diets. And it is a pretty good one too. Our bodies need a whole string of nutrients, vitamins and minerals to function optimally from day-to-day. If your unsure about menus and what you can eat, there are loads of inspirational sites and recipes out there.
If you are new to being a vegetarian, be sure to stock up on a couple of vegetarian recipe books. Sign up on educational blogs or start out with this easy 10-day diet.
#4 You Believe Everything You Read
There are of course hundreds of reliable sources out there, but you’ll need to sift through a couple to get to them. For example, if your role model is a vegetarian and a super model, you might want to look for another source. Not following a balanced diet can be detrimental to your health.
Follow our blog and speak to your local dietician for reliable information on changing your diet dramatically.
Being informed is the most important tip of all. A healthcare professional should always be your first point of call before changing your diet. There are of course a lot of benefits to following a vegetarian diet too. We do however urge you to get the facts straight before just sticking to carrots and celery!