Vegetarian Eating Habits – 5 Health Tips for Newbie Vegetarians

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Getting into Healthy Vegetarian eating habits isn’t always easy. Today marks the six month anniversary of being Vegetarian for probably the second, third or tenth time around.

A whirlwind ride of emotions helped me to finally be waving the half-year mark flag. The exhaustion that slammed me down during the first three months of meal prep. Is Vegetarianism this complex? Can excluding red meat, pork and poultry from one’s diet be such a life challenge? Is it ok to eat fish? Should I feel guilty? How do I live a normal life? The Pescatarian to vegetarian step is more challenging. It’s a rocky ride with many bumps and slip-ups. But actually it’s OKAY. Well, all have to start somewhere. Conscious eating is the key to every Diet. Whether you’re a herbivore, omnivore or that very large T-Rex that lives up the road. Just be fully aware of what you are putting into your body. For everything you gobble up has an immediate after effect.

I have been lucky enough to join an online diploma course in Nutrition through Shaw Academy. It was as if the internet had read my mind. You know the feeling? Google really does watch your every move. Since turning vegetarian and feeling more hopeless than ever in terms of balancing my diet and feeling that ‘optimal health’. I knew I had to do something. So now I’m one week in and more woke than ever. The body is seriously complex.

What Have I Learnt about Nutrition and Healthy Vegetarian Eating Habits so Far?

You have to listen to and understand your own body. Up until one week ago, I thought acronyms were a millennial kind of lingo. Oh no, in order to fully understand your body you need to also understand your BMI, BMR and PAL. Confused yet? Just FYI there’s no YOLO in this equation. Weighing yourself matters. Your measurements are more important and knowing your waist circumference can help check problematic risk factors that might hound you in the future. I’m no health expert but I must say after just one week of learning at Shaw Academy, my meal prepping has been easy and tasty. I feel more energized throughout the day, just by knowing and briefly counting calories.

Energy & the Dreaded Protein fix for Healthy Vegetarian Eating Habits

Healthy Vegetarian Eating Habits can be challenging for the newbie Vegetarian. Every person has different energy and protein requirements depending on weight, height and how active their daily lives are. It is important to implement this as a Vegetarian. By mastering it, energy levels are already higher than normal and the mood is smiling.

There’s no need to have sleepless nights over meal prepping. Knowing and feeling your body’s cravings and requirements are as easy as buying a cheeky hemp protein bar. After my first week of understanding and gaining nutritional tips, here is what I’ve learnt. Or rather what I’ve put together to help other’s find that old friend we all call balance when converting to Vegetarianism.

Try to incorporate these 5 Healthy Vegetarian Eating Habits – See the Happier you shine through

1. Remember that fats are confusing

Saturated fats are better but mono-saturated fats contain both polyunsaturated and saturated fats. Polyunsaturated fats are not your friend and trans fat is your enemy. Olive Oil is best done cold pressed as this is a mono-saturated fat. Try to avoid heating her up as polyunsaturated oils are sensitive to heat and the double bonds are chemically reactive. Just don’t be a oil slut, stick to extra virgin olive oil for dressings. If all else fails, that coconut oil hype is still the real deal (saturated fat). Oh and  butter in moderation can be your friend too. (saturated fat)

2. Calories are not the enemy

Counting calories can actually help you maintain the energy levels you need throughout the day. Calories provide the energy levels the body needs. Don’t let lethargy suffocate you, maintain your energy through counting calories or at least trying to keep an eye on the intake. Its not easy to keep count but just by knowing your intake and reading the packages you can have a better understanding of why energy levels have spiked or dropped.

3. Ensure you take enough Vitamin C

If you’re not a complete health freak and you smoke like a chimney, double up on your Vitamin C. Vitamin C also enhances iron absorption, this is exceptionally important for all of us on the Vegetarian diet. No faces, no problem. Just add Vitamin C.

4. Again about that Vitamin C

Vitamin C acts as an antioxidant and also helps synthesise collagen-you know the one that keeps you young and fun, the one that smoking is also sucking dry. More oranges, ginger and try drinking hot lemon water in the morning. It alkaline’s the body and is a great extra Vitamin C boost.

5. Dose up on Iron

Eat foods rich in Iron like Spinach or other dark leafy greens. Spinach is great because it’s high in iron but low in calories, so be more like Popeye the Sailorman, toot toot! Include more of these if you are feeling fatigued or lacking iron on your Face Free journey:

  • Legumes
  • Quinoa
  • Broccoli
  • Tofu
  • Dark chocolate

And so the story of the face free diet comes to an end. Make with it what you wish. I hope to enlighten those that are on their journey through conversion from Carnivore to Omnivore and one day Herbivore. To all those Pescatarians out there, you’re good, you’ve got this. May your body feel fresh and rejuvenated as you consciously become aware of the ethicality behind food. Through learning more about how nutrition works and what the body needs. May you gracefully learn how to balance your diet as you take up a somewhat Vegetarian diet.

Still not convinced? Read 9 Health Benefits of a Vegetarian Diet.

 

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