Going on a diet can be tough on anybody, but when that diet consists of all vegetables then things could get even tougher. However, there are ways to help you get through a no-meat diet no matter what vegetarian diet you choose.
Whether you have decided to go pescetarian, which eliminates meat and poultry but allows fish and sometimes eggs and dairy products or vegan and eliminating meat, fish, poultry, eggs and dairy products there are ways to avoid consuming foods that will be bad for your diet.
When starting a vegetarian diet you should always make sure to include a diverse mix of fruits, vegetables, grains, healthy fats and proteins in your diet. Though you will no longer be getting your protein needs from meats, you can find those same nutrients in protein-rich plant foods like nuts, seeds, legumes, tempeh, tofu, and seitan.
Eating nutrient-dense whole foods like fruits, vegetables, and whole grains will supply a range of important vitamins and minerals to fill in any nutritional gaps in your diet. Other foods you that should be in your everyday diet include: quinoa, flaxseeds and many other fruits and vegetables.
It goes without saying that when deciding on your new veggie-dominant menu foods like red meat, chicken and pork should remain off of your shopping list. However, depending on what veggie-focused diet you have chosen there may be foods like eggs and dairy that you aren’t allowed to eat. When it comes to the vegan diet, eggs, dairy, and all animal products must be avoided.
A balanced vegetarian diet with nutritious foods like produce, grains, healthy fats and plant-based protein may offer several benefits, but if you don’t properly plan your meals it may increase your risk of nutritional deficiencies.