Welcome October, with your dusky evenings and chilly mornings. The first of October every year is World Vegetarian Day. First started in 1977 by the North American Vegetarian Society (NAVS), it aimed to “promote the joy, compassion and life-enhancing possibilities of vegetarianism.
Today is all about promoting vegetarianism, and discussing the positive benefits it has on your health and our environment. I even learned that each year about one million people become vegetarians in the United States.
Vegetarianism is so much more than tofu! Discover different vegetarian lifestyles and new recipes to love. Vegetarianism includes many different philosophies. A vegetarian diet can include four options:
- Lacto Vegetarian: This group eats a plant based dairy and add dairy products to the diet. They do not eat eggs, meat, or fish. This is what I am.
- Vegan: This is the strictest group. They eat only plant based food. In addition they do not use any animal products, such as leather, wool or silk.
- Ovo Vegetarian: This group supplements a plant based diet with eggs and does not eat dairy, meat, or fish
- Lacto-Ovo Vegetarian: This group eats a plant based diet plus dairy products and eggs but does not eat meat or fish
Being Vegetarian people always ask me do you get proper nutrition. The key to any healthy diet is to choose a wide variety of foods, and to consume enough calories to meet your energy needs. It is important for vegetarians to pay attention to these five categories in particular Protein, Calcium, Vitamin D, Iron and Vitamin B12. Vitamin B-12 is produced in animals, fortified foods and by bacteria in the soil. Vegetarians who consume dairy products and/or eggs and /or fortified food usually get enough B-12 since it is found in these foods.
According to the ADA, vegetarians are at lower risk for developing:
- Heart disease
- Colorectal, ovarian, and breast cancers
- Hypertension (high blood pressure)
Whether you are interested in being vegetarian or not it is always a good idea to explore the different option in your daily diet. Journey towards the vegetarian lifestyle is a journey into a healthful, nutritious pattern of eating. With a little planning and education people can make good choices about their diet and lifestyle.
Try going meat-free for a day even if you are not vegetarian. See how it feels to eat only veggies, fruit, and grains for a day. Be supportive of the choice of vegetarian family members and friends about you. Mahatma Gandhi, Indian Leader; Albert Einstein, Scientist; Ellen DeGeneres, TV personality, actor; Yasmin Le Bon, Supermodel ; Natalie Portman, Actress; Hank Aaron, Baseball Player; Brad Pitt, Actor and many more were or are vegetarian / Vegan. So you’re in good company….. So before you cringe at the thought of cutting out meat from your diet, think off all the wonderful benefits you will be adding to your life!
If you don’t know how to cook vegetarian food there are bunch of Vegetarian blogs/websites. Check it out. I love to visit and found them to be really inspiring and visit them whenever I can.…...ohmyveggies, veggiebelly. herbivoracious, thelazyvegetarian, veggiebyseason, versatilekitchen, vegetarianmedley, veganosaurus , veganricha etc