There are many reasons why people convert to vegetarianism. I converted because of two people I was travelling in Australia were vegetarian for a period of time and I was intrigued to know:
- Why would someone chose to eradicate meat from their diet?
- Are there different types of vegetarianism?
- Can you literally live without eating meat?
- Is there any health benefits?
- does it get boring?
- Could I still have an active lifestyle?
Are there different types of vegetarianism?
I never knew that there was different types of vegetarians, I first though all vegetarians were just tree hugging activists and complete weirdo’s that don’t eat animal products for no reason but, there is so much more to it.
- Lacto-ovo-vegetarians eat both dairy products and eggs; this is the most common type of vegetarian diet.
- Lacto-vegetarians eat dairy products but avoid eggs.
- Ovo-vegetarian. Eats eggs but not dairy products.
- Vegans do not eat dairy products, eggs, or any other products which are derived from animals.
- There is also a pescetarian; who eat fish but not any other type of meat and still refer to their diet as vegetarianism.
Experimenting with my diet I have found that I am a Lacto-ovo-vegetarian but, I have reduced my intake of dairy hugely having asked a fairly vital question about my previous dieting habits. Why do I consume what I consume?
Why do I eat what I eat?
Understanding why we choose to eat certain diets is not as simple as, it tastes good and you need food to survive.
Primarily we eat certain foods because of the food choices our parents ate while we were children and then we grew up with those eating habits. so, if you look at it from a different angle you are eating a diet someone else has shown you to eat and you haven’t made the conscious decision. How do you know your parents made the right decisions?
Why would someone chose to eradicate meat from their diet?
I’ve done allot of research on what animal meat does to the human body and there is huge amount of data collected to say that meat is the leading cause of many diseases but, particularly heart disease.
If you look back in time to our primal era we would hunt animals when the seasons changed and fruit and veg was scarce. Once the season changed we went back to being collectors when fruit and veg was abundant and we would hunt less- this is the foundation of our diet. Majority of the human diet should be vegetation as, this is how our digestive system has been developed through evolution so, it is possible to live without meat.
More recently in history if you look at the periods of when the world wars were happening many of the human resources and finances were put into developing weapons and technology and food became was scarce as, agriculture production was low. Meat products became a luxury to have on a dinner plate and with the decline in meat products as was the decline in heart disease.
Once the war was over animal agriculture increased and so did the rate of heart disease. The scientific evidence is there to back up that meat in large quantities is not good for the human body.
Is there any health benefits of being a vegetarian?
The scurvy disease is a condition which, was common in the old days before vitamins were discovered in 1912 and it was commonly found amongst sailors. Sailors would go long periods of time without any fruit or veg within their diets due to the ship not stocking perishable products. Vitamins and minerals are essential to our health.
There are many studies proving certain vitamins are associated with helping to cure diseases and clinical disorders. Vitamin C alone is associated with curing and preventing over 30 different types of disease and disorders. I don’t agree that one type of pill will cure a medical issue as, I don’t believe one vitamin cures all different type of diseases and disorders such as Vitamin C claims it does but, I do believe that it is a contributor in a mix with other vitamins and minerals to eradicate disease and disorders as the body works as a whole and there is emerging evidence of this.
We may get certain vitamins and minerals from animal products but, this is because the animal has eaten the vegetation which contains these vitamins and minerals.With any exchange of energy; some of it is lost and by eating the animal that contains the vitamins and minerals it is never as great as the source in which it originally came from. so, by eating meat you have absorbed less vitamins & minerals and absorbed any negative impurities which may have been in that meat.
There are huge amounts of evidence which, suggests that meat in large quantities is harmful for you but, there is not a single piece of evidence which suggests that too much fruit and veg is harmful for you.There are a number of emerging studies which, is showing that being on a purely plant based diet can reverse the effects of diseases and even prevent and cure cancer but, it is not largely publicised as there is no financial gain in people that are healthy and do not need medication.
Many medicines are derived from chemicals which, are found in plants and then changed into a more concentrated state. Essentially medicine is just plant products manufactured together and sold at a higher rate than which it was sourced. The UK pharmaceutical industry is worth £60.1 Billion and growing.
Does being vegetarian get boring?
I have been trying a lacto-ovo-vegetarian diet for 8 weeks now and the beginning of it, like anything, is the most difficult because, I am changing my habits and my way of thinking. I never thought I would be able to last as long as this but, I have completely changed my way of thinking about food.
Surprisingly I thought I would get bored of the diet but, I have been proven very wrong as, I have noticed that food has more taste than before. I try to continually switch things around and consume different meals to not get bored, It can be rather exciting creating a meal and discovering new things.
Do I still live an active lifestyle?
This was the first question I was asked by one of my mates who is very gym orientated when I told him I was converting to vegetarianism. One of my first worries was would I be able to consume enough protein and calories I would need to build and sustain muscle mass.
The answer to this question is yes! I done allot of research on the essentials the body needs to build and sustain muscle; Carbohydrates, protein, Sugars and fats.
- Foods with high carbohydrate content are attainable from products such as rice, potatoes, couscous and many more..
- Foods with high protein content can be attained by eggs, almonds, oats, broccoli, Quinoa and many more..
- Foods with high sugar content can be attained by fruits and raisins and many more..
- Foods with high good fats content can be attained by Nuts, avocadoes, eggs and many more..
Converting to vegetarianism has been the best life decision I have ever made. I have more energy throughout the day and I feel healthier.
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