Three Things to Consider While Being A Vegetarian
Choosing a vegetarian lifestyle seems to be a common path for some of our clients. Whether you decide to avoid meat because of environmental or animal concerns or because you simply don’t like the taste, there are some important things to consider for optimum health.
1. Eat Your Protein
As you are probably aware, meat acts as a major protein source for most Americans. Once meat is eliminated from your diet it is important to supplement it with other complete proteins. These include:
-beans and rice/tortillas
-peanut butter and whole wheat bread
-milk and whole grain cereal
-lentils and rice
-hummus and pita
-yogurt with nuts
-edamame and grains
You can also try experimenting with meat substitutes such as tofu, tempeh, seitan, quorn, and soy based sausages or veggie burgers. Egg whites are a great source of protein too!
2. Be Aware Of Iron
It is important to maintain good iron levels and avoid anemia; this is especially necessary for women. Meat is very iron-rich but there are other sources too. Vegetarians should eat plenty of dark, green leafy vegetables such as kale and spinach. Other good sources of iron include soybeans, lentils, seeds, nuts and tofu.
3. Evaluate How You Feel
As a vegetarian it is important to periodically evaluate your energy levels. Fatigue can be a symptom of anemia or protein deficiency. Examining and being aware of your well being is an easy way to make sure you’re practicing healthy vegetarianism. If you do feel like something isn’t right, be sure to consult your doctor or contact our team of nutritionists. We’d be happy to help!