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Some people might view adopting a vegetarian or vegan diet in terms of loss. They focus on giving up their favorite foods, losing the option of quick and easy cooking, or not fitting in at a potluck supper. Rather than focusing on what you might be missing, think of all you have to gain from a plant-based diet. There are many benefits to enjoy, including improved health, more creativity in the kitchen, and the knowledge that you’re helping protect the environment.
A lot of people think that to be healthy we need milk, or meat, or lots of protein. The fact is, we don’t need to consume animal protein. We really can get all we need by eating a balanced, whole-food diet that includes lentils and beans, nuts, soy, grains, and seeds.
Our society tends to accept that high blood pressure or heart disease naturally come with age. The fact is that what we eat can have a major impact on our overall health, including our heart health. Even as you age, eating a plant-based diet will help you:
You don’t have to make a drastic change all at once, but small steps will take you in the right direction — toward better health. Then continue to gradually add in more vegetarian meals.
Some think that planning a vegetarian diet is complicated and time consuming because you have to cover all the nutritional bases. The truth is, once you learn the basics and get accustomed to a new way of eating, it’s just as easy as planning for any other meal.
Here are some tips to help you get started on your new approach to food:
You can always find helpful resources online. If you have a craving for a certain dish, browse the internet for a vegan recipe. Also, the Nourishing section of our Lifespan Living health and wellness blog offers a selection of recipes, including vegetarian chili.