When people go vegetarian/vegan, remarkable things (both ‘good’ and ‘bad’) happen. This Meatless Monday post follows our recent trend of making top 3 lists.
Faux-pas. The following may cause one to feel tired and lack energy after adopting a vegetarian/vegan diet.
- Quitting cold turkey:
Some people think becoming vegetarian/vegan is as simple as renouncing the consumption of animal products. To be a successful vegetarian/vegan, one must become acquainted with a variety of foods and how to best extract their nutrients.
- “It’s healthy, right?”
Some people assume a vegetarian/vegan diet is automatically healthier. This is not necessarily so. One must think about and plan meals well in order to savour the health benefits of being meat-free.
- “Not like mom used to make.”
Some people lament the fact that vegetarian/vegan food doesn’t taste the same as the carnivorous diet to which they had become accustomed. The palate may take some time to adjust to a life without pork renderings and cheese as major flavourings.
When in doubt, check it out.
- There is a wide array of vegetarian/vegan cookbooks and guidebooks out there.
- Consult your local vegetarian/vegan society for support and guidance.
- ‘Ethnic’ cuisine seems to have mastered the art of food combining for nutritional optimization. (E.g. Complete proteins = Mexican beans & rice or Middle Eastern hummus & pita)
“Good vibrations”. Here are popular comments often heard from the converted:
- “I have more energy.”
- “I feel good.”
- “I am less bloated.”
Clearly this list is very brief. There are a myriad of other comments out there as numerous as the individuals who make them. Feel free to comment on this post and put in your (meat-free) two-cents’ worth.