Impossible burgers, fresh pressed juices, vegetarianism – it seems like we’re doing all we can nowadays to try and be more health conscious. But while quitting meat can help you achieve a healthier lifestyle – to a certain extent – if you lack the right knowledge on how to eat and maintain a balanced diet, you’ll likely fall into the trap of becoming a “junk food vegetarian”, which is even worse. But fear not, because certified mindfulness life coach and blogger, Living Life with Jen, is here to give us some expert tips on how to eat like a true healthy vegetarian.
1. Quit the White
White bread, plain pasta, and even rice, are all empty calorie foods. Which means all the nutrients, enzymes, and fibres that we need in our diet have been filtered out. Not only do these foods make us feel hungry quickly again, they also spike up our blood sugar level like a rollercoaster, causing obesity and potentially, diabetes.
2. Stay Processed-Free
You may rejoice in the fact that there are still plenty of dining options despite going meatless, but think twice before you pick up those cookies, or take a bite of some imitation chicken. These foods are highly processed and full of hydrogenated oil, GMOs, and refined sugar – all are culprits of poor skin, fragile hair, joint pain, bloated bellies, and even dark eye circles.
3. Keep it Real
Choose organic, fresh, and whole foods. Eat seasonal and purchase from local markets to ensure that you are bringing home fresh ingredients. If you are unsure about how “real” something is, then ask yourself this question: “Would my great grandmother recognise this?”. If the answer is no, then it is likely to be something that has been processed, and therefore, should not be consumed.
4. Eat Nutrient Dense Foods
Dark green vegetables such as beans, seaweed, quinoa, whole grains, and legumes are excellent choices for vegetarians. They are full of nutrients, antioxidants, and enzymes that our bodies need to keep our gut, brain, and skin healthy.
5. Drink Consciously
Avoid sodas, energy drinks, Coke, or anything that is high in table sugar, fructose corn syrup, and refined sugar – that means cocktails, too! These dangerously addictive sugars will only make you crave more, and ultimately cause unhealthy damage to your body.
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