7 Quick Tips for Vegetarian Health
Most of these tips really apply to everyone, not just vegetarians. They may seem trite, but they are
tried and true and you will notice the difference in your health and energy levels.
- Eat a dark green vegetable (broccoli, spinach, kale, collard greens) at least three times a week.
These nutritional powerhouses are packed full of vitamins such as calcium and iron.
- Take a vitamin supplement that contains B12 or include nutritional yeast in your diet regularly,
especially if you're vegan or mostly vegan.
- Water water water! Itís been said over and over again for a reasonóbecause its true!
Most people donít drink nearly enough. Bring a water bottle with you wherever you go
and invest in a simple filter for your home. Water is especially important when adjusting
to a new way of eating, as it will help curb any cravings you may experience.
- Make it a goal to eat at least one piece of raw fruit or a handful of raw vegetables every day I try
to eat an apple first thing in the morning to get it out of the way.
- Reduce your refined sugar intake. Iíve got as much of a sweet tooth as anybody, but
I try to keep it under control by using such sugar replacers as maple syrup, stevia and
agave nectar whenever possible (such as in coffee and tea) and indulging in the refined stuff only occasionally.
- Keep your favorite salad dressings on hand. I find that Iím much more likely to eat my greens
or some raw veggies when my favorite salad dressings are in the fridge. A little variety is great
too -- I try to keep at least two kinds, either store bought or homemade on hand at all times.
Some of my favorites are homemade goddess dressing, Thai peanut sauce from my local Asian grocer
and rasberry vinaigrette. A vegan ranch dressing was helpful as well when I was trying to wean myself off dairy.
- Eat the rainbow! Fruits and vegetables all contain different nutrients. A simple way to remember to eat
a range of vitamins and minerals is to vary the colors of the vegetables you eat. Of course,
greens are always good, but try eating a rainbow of tomatoes, yellow squash and purple cabbage!