Healing Foods

While I was browsing Vegetarian Times, I found another wonderful resource! I’ve shared the reasons to become a vegetarian, detox foods, and several other stories from Vegetarian Times with you but I found one that is even more interesting and helpful than the others!

There is not question that some foods harm your body while others heal your body. Luckily for us, Vegetarian Times takes some of the guesswork out of it! They released a list of healing foods that include:

  • Acai
  • Almonds
  • Avocados
  • Blueberries
  • Cabbage
  • Coffee
  • Cranberries
  • Garlic
  • Mushrooms
  • Soy
  • Walnuts

The list goes on and on. Included in the list is also what these healing foods help heal. Whether they help fight gum disease or help digestion, it’s all there!

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Why Go Vegetarian?

In case all my rantings about health the past few weeks hasn’t convinced you yet, Vegetarian Times released a long list of reasons to make the switch to a vegetarian diet. This list of reasons includes those such as:

  • To ward of disease
  • Keep your weight down
  • Longer life
  • More energy
  • Less chance of being exposed to toxic chemicals
  • Save money

In case those reasons aren’t enough, there are several more reasons to eat vegetarian. Along with this list of reasons, Vegetarian Times also includes information on how all of these reasons are valid.

I found it extremely interesting and I’m looking forward to sharing it with some of my friends who are on the fence but haven’t quite made it over yet!

Detox Veggies

Lately I’ve been feeling a little blah so I thought I’d do a detox. Some people choose to drink the detox drinks or fast for days at a time but I took the more natural approach.

Although all veggies are good for you, Vegetarian Times says these 8 veggies target key areas such as the liver and gallbladder and clean them out.

Not only did this article help point me in the right direction for my detox but it also provided delicious recipes for all of the foods that were listed! I’m off to try some now!

 

How to Avoid Nutritional Stumbling Blocks

While doing some research, I came across the website for the North American Vegetarian Society. I intended to just look through the website quickly and come back to it later on… Several hours later, I had read all that I could at the moment. I would’ve stayed longer but my eyes were going cross!

While I was there, I found this article that I found really interesting. It focuses a lot on what not to do when making the switch from a diet that consists of meat to that of a vegetarian. There are several things on this list that I was guilty of when I first started eating a vegetarian diet. It took me a while to figure out what I should be doing and what I shouldn’t and I really wish I’d had this article to refer to when I was first starting out.

Unfortunately, I wasn’t lucky enough to have found this article yet so it was a lot of trial and error. I wanted to share it in case there are those of you who make the transition and are finding it hard. I hope you find it helpful!

The Most Nutritious Vegetarian Diet

I know that I’ve been preaching the benefits of eating a vegetarian diet a lot lately but it’s not always an easy thing to do. When I first started, I was worried about being malnourished because I was afraid that I would be missing out on something important. It turns out that I’m not the only one who has these concerns. Luckily for me and others who have the same concerns, The Mayo Clinic laid out a very detailed description of everything that a vegetarian needs and also included some examples of how to get these nutrients.

 

If you’re having trouble figuring out where to get the nutrients that you need, you should definitely check out what the Mayo Clinic has to say about the nutrients that vegetarians need.

 

Beefless Benefit

As you all know by now, I’m fairly new at eating a vegetarian diet. It hasn’t been too long since I started but I felt the difference almost immediately. Once I cut meat out of my diet, I was sleeping better, I was more functional, and I just felt better.

Since becoming a vegetarian, I’ve had to argue with many of my friends about the benefits that I’ve noticed. They think that I’m imagining that my body feels better. Now, FINALLY, there’s a study to back up what I’ve been saying all along!

Last month the Harvard School of Public Health (HSPH) released a study that found that the consumption of red meat increases the risk of cardivascular disease and cancer.  While this study does not say that cutting all meat out of your diet is the best way to go, it does state that by substituting red meats with other healthy protein sources, there is a lower risk for mortality.

I hope you all take a chance to read what HSPH found in the study. The findings are extremely interesting and now I have some hard evidence to back up my argument with friends!