Transitioning to a Vegetarian Diet

Transitioning to a Vegetarian Diet

Many people in America today are discovering what actually goes on with the production of their food. Consumers and producers are now aiming to avoid foods that are being sprayed with pesticides, as well as the use of genetically modified (GM) crops. Many people were unaware of the dangers of ingesting these toxic chemicals for years because the Federal Department of Agriculture (FDA) approved of them. The meat industry has been hit the hardest due to the use of arsenic and antibiotics being found in homogenized and (GM) Grain-fed meats. If you are looking for the best ways to improve your overall health or just a way to save cash on the shopping list, here are four healthy steps to cut meat from your daily diet:

1. Ditch the refined grains

When you buy your grains, check the back and try to avoid bleached and refined products as they cause demineralization and loss of nutrients. One great way to start your transition is to slowly combine unrefined versions with the refined and wean off the toxic grains over time. Try to avoid white sugar, white bread, pasta, pastries and intoxicants (alcohol). It is recommended to try and incorporate the use of seaweeds in your diet as well, mainly because they are rich in the complete spectrum of minerals and nutrients.

2. More Veggies Less Meat

A quick and easy change that will have lasting effects is to use more vegetables with smaller amounts of meat. Many vegetables like broccoli and kale are high in nutrients and proteins, which nourish and satiate the body. Soups and broths are greats ideas as well because they add a beneficial dispersing quality to the concentrated nature of meat. First, try to reduce your intake of red meats (maybe even try to avoid mammals altogether) then fowl and last, fish.

3. Avoid GM eggs and dairy products

Try to avoid milk products and eggs, particularly if they are poor in quality. Many people find that dairy and eggs tend to not mix so well with grain-based diets resulting in constipation and a feeling of heaviness. Also, when eaten in abundance, dairy, eggs, and grains can cause excessive mucus accumulation.

4. Don’t rush — Enjoy life’s changes

Changes come more easily with gradual transitions. Aim to make the transition smooth and, if applicable, try to avoid binges. It's healthier to consume smaller amounts of meat-based food regularly than large amounts occasionally. Once you reach mental and physical stability only small amounts of meat-based foods may be sufficient. It can take years to transition fully from a meat-based to a whole plant-based diet but anything worth doing takes time and practice.

 


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