You see it all around you; on the news, from your relatives, from restaurants, from fitness nuts, from your kids, from everywhere: the pitfalls of a meat-heavy, western diet.
Increased risks of heart disease, stroke, high blood pressure, cardiac arrest, cancer – the list goes on. Wouldn’t it be great to know that your worries over these things would be lowered dramatically, if only there were a secret weapon to combat it?
You see those fruits and vegetables that you’re passing up in the supermarket on your way to that giant package of ground beef? How about those beans and legumes the isle next to the old, slaughtered lamb? Or those frozen greens you can pick up just as easily as those frozen chickens delivered from God-knows-where, if only those greens tasted good?
Those are your solutions. It’s no coincidence that better health, longer life, and age-related disease is related directly to your diet.
It seems like at least once a week, a new study is released emphatically pronouncing that a vegetarian or vegan diet the way to defeat illness, increase quality of life, and lessen your number of hospital visits especially later in life. Do these look familiar?
American Dietetic Association, 2009 – It is the position of the American Dietetic Association that appropriately planned vegetarian diets, including total vegetarian or vegan diets, are healthful, nutritionally adequate, and may provide health benefits in the prevention and treatment of certain diseases. Well-planned vegetarian diets are appropriate for individuals during all stages of the life cycle, including pregnancy, lactation, infancy, childhood, and adolescence, and for athletes.
USDA Nutrition Evidence Library – Rosell et al, (2006) reported on five-year changes in weight in the EPIC cohort by dividing participants into groups based on their eating patterns. Specifically, they examined whether participants maintained the same diet (e.g., vegan) over time, or reverted from a vegan or vegetarian diet to a diet containing meat, or converted from eating meat to a vegetarian or vegan diet. Among those who had not changed their eating patterns over time, the largest weight gain was seen in meat-eaters. The smallest weight gain was observed in participants who converted to a vegetarian or vegan diet, and the highest weight gains were among participants classified as reverted, but mean weight gains were not different than weight gains in meat eaters.
Vegetarians ‘cut heart risk by 32%’, BBC News, January 30, 2013 – A study of 44,500 people in England and Scotland showed vegetarians were 32% less likely to die or need hospital treatment as a result of heart disease. Differences in cholesterol levels, blood pressure and body weight are thought to be behind the health boost.
Vegetarians have lower heart disease risk, study finds, ABC News, February 4, 2013 – Dr. Peter McCullough, a cardiologist at St. John Providence Health System in Michigan, agreed it’s not about what’s in the vegetarian diet that makes it so heart healthy – it’s about what the vegetarian diet leaves out: saturated fat and sodium.
A vegan diet (hugely) helpful against cancer, Huffington Post, December 9, 2012 – A 2012 analysis of all the best studies done to date concluded vegetarians have significantly lower cancer rates. For example, the largest forward-looking study on diet and cancer ever performed concluded that “the incidence of all cancers combined is lower among vegetarians.”
Take a close look at what you’re eating tonight, or think back on your last meal, and ask yourself honestly: Am I going to regret eating this tomorrow? If I don’t consciously, is my body going to regret it? Is my waistline going to regret it?
If what you ate is typical American fare – fried, processed, lots of preservatives – then the answer is probably yes to all three (if you’re on a vegetarian site, reading about vegetarian foods, you probably are consciously aware that it won’t be something you’re proud of eating tomorrow). If what you ate left you feeling bloated, or too full, or just plain nasty – just because it’s ethnic doesn’t mean it’s good for you either – you might be candidly wondering if anything you just ate is something that someone with your ideal health would bother to ever pick up.
A decade ago, a Congressional Budget Office estimate suggested that as much as 75 percent of all illness is diet-related – a staggeringly high number for something that can be so easily controlled as what you put into your body. Obesity rates over that same 10-year span have only risen; the likelihood that you or someone you know has experienced significant weight-gain is very high, and it probably has a lot to do with their diet.
But aren’t there a whole bunch of problems with being a vegetarian?
MYTH: Without animal protein, you won’t receive all of the nutrients you need to be healthy!
Not even vitamin B12, which is found in many meats, and which vegan diets lack, is at risk because it is found in eggs and cheese – both of which vegetarians would be happy to eat. Omega-3 fatty acids are another nutritional element not found in some vegan or vegetarian diets, but flaxseed oil and raw walnuts will both provide those acids. Iron can be a bit iffy for folks who aren’t keen on eating beans and spinach, but otherwise, there are no major deficits in nutrition.
MYTH: I won’t be able to eat any of my favorite foods!
When people think of what their plates would look like without their favorite foods, they sometimes imagine only raw salad leaves and nuts remaining. However, more foods than people think are vegetarian, including foods that are exceptionally hearty and filling. Macaroni and cheese, quesadillas, pastas, pot pies – tons of foods that people want when they’re really looking to chow down and get a great meal are all vegetarian. Heck, there are even vegetarian versions of meat that many folks don’t know are synthetic. They’re that good.
MYTH: A vegetarian diet is boring and restrictive!
An unimaginable amount of social stigma has made its rounds on a person-to-person basis that people who adopt a vegetarian diet are restricted in what they eat. Certainly, there are restrictions. But because almost all dishes can still be made without meat, almost 97 percent of the food you currently eat can still be eaten. As long as the main dish isn’t a simple turkey leg, a filet of fish, a steak, or some other dish that consists of just a slab of meat (speaking of boring), you can eat it. And hey, you can still have “turkey” and “meatloaf” – we’ve been over this! Just take a look at the recipes here on VegOnline.org and tell yourself those recipes look boring.
MYTH: You’ll never fill up on all those greens!
You probably won’t fill up on just greens – but that’s only a small portion of the diet. Literally every nutrient is available to vegetarians, which means that a wide variety of foods are ingested. Again, take a look at our recipe list – sign up for our email list to have recipes sent straight to your inbox every few days – and ask yourself which ones look disgusting, or un-filling. You won’t get animal fats, but you’ll certainly get all the stuff that will extend your life!
MYTH: I can’t become a vegetarian because I’m not a hippie!
It’s not all tye-dye, granola, and PETA – but you can certainly support those things if you choose. Being a vegetarian is simply about making the conscious choice to put better things into your body. Without good food, your health deteriorates more quickly, period. If your health deteriorates, your quality of life tumbles, and that’s where the trouble begins.
The good news is it’s never too late to change.
Take a look at some people who’ve made the change and what they say:
Bob Barker, former host of “The Price is Right”: “I became a vegetarian out of concern for animals, but I wasn’t a vegetarian long before I realized there’s something to that. I don’t think I would have worked for the past five years probably were it not for my vegetarian diet.” (Photo: © TVGuide.com)
Clint Eastwood, actor: “I take vitamins daily, but just the bare essentials not what you’d call supplements. I try to stick to a vegan diet heavy on fruit, vegetables, tofu, and other soy products.” (Photo: © RottenTomatoes.com)
Woody Harrelson, actor: “I’ve been vegan for about 10 and a half years. It’s been all good. I’m obviously much healthier.” (Photo: © Wikipedia.org)
Linda Blair, actress: “I have been a vegetarian for about 10 years. And it really was due to the reading that I did. And they explain so that you understand why it’s important for the planet’s survival along with compassion for animals. It certainly made it much easier for me. I lost weight really fast. My mother died from cancer so this is all very personal to me. And I just would like the planet to be a better place. And I think you’ll find a vegetarian diet to be really incredible these days.” (Photo: © imdb.com)
Kevin Nealon, actor: “There’s so many vegetarian foods now that are available at the market. The same with drive-thrus. Now, a lot of them serve veggie burgers just like the restaurants are doing. So, it’s really very easy.” (Photo: © Wikipedia.org)
Dwight Yoakam, musician: “I quit eating red meat a long time ago. I’m a vegetarian, but not by a moral issue or any kind of stand. I still eat dairy. And I quit eating sugar about the same time I quit eating red meat, but I eat fruit.” (Photo: © TheBoot.com)
Amy Smart, actress: “Vegetarianism is a way of living consciously on the planet.” (Photo: © Starpulse.com)
Tobey Maguire, actor: “I’ve been a vegetarian for 14 years now, and a lot of the time I avoid going to restaurants. I eat at home. Actually, I’m close to being a vegan, but I’m not one, technically. I don’t eat eggs, or nearly any dairy—no cheese or milk. I do eat honey and a piece of milk chocolate here and there…. It’s never really been that hard for me. I’ve never had any desire to eat meat. In fact, when I was a kid I would have a really difficult time eating meat at all. It had to be the perfect bite, with no fat or gristle or bone or anything like that…. I don’t judge people who eat meat—that’s not for me to say—but the whole thing just sort of bums me out.” (Photo: © imdb.com)
Lea Michele, actress: “I was a vegan for two years, and I really enjoyed it. Then, I got to a point in my life at which I wanted to do something else, so now I’m a vegetarian. You should make your diet one that best fits you and how you feel. Listen to your body. The most important thing is to exercise, drink lots of water, and take really good care of yourself.” (Photo: © Twitter.com)
Ricky Williams, retired professional football player: “I wouldn’t eat a chicken if it dropped dead in front of me holding up a sign that said, “Eat Me.’” (Photo: © kxl.com)
Okay, that last one was in there mostly for fun, but the points remain:
You can feel better sooner than you realize.
You can achieve your weight loss goals faster than you realize.
You can improve your health faster than you realize.
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- How to ease your way into a vegetarian diet to guarantee success well beyond the short term.
- How to add new foods to your life so you don’t feel like you’re “losing out” on all the good stuff.
- How to replace meat with foods that trick your body – and your taste buds – into believing that nothing has changed.
- How to modify your favorite comfort foods to put a halt to food cravings.
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Remember, this is nothing to toy around with: This is your health, your future, on the line. Without your health, there is no you. No one sees a heart attack coming. But you can stonewall it before it even picks up traction by using our guide to switch to a healthy vegetarian diet.
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