By: Nutritionist and Wellness Coach, Princess Carey
Vegetarian diets are a big deal among this generation. You read about them in magazines and even see programs that put vegetarian diets on a pedestal.
Is being a vegetarian really worth the hype? I would say yes. I believe a vegetarian diet is very health effective.
As with any diet, it is simply a matter of knowing what nutrients your body needs and finding variety.
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There isn’t one single food that can provide all the nutrients your body needs. The more options you eliminate from your diet, the more challenging it becomes.
In many cases food boredom is the number one reason why so many people revert back to former dietary habits. Fortunately, there are different types of vegetarian diets--and you just might find what you're looking for.
Types of Vegetarian Diets:
Vegan- This diet includes Grains, nuts, seed, legumes, oils fruits and veggies. Animal foods of any kinds are excluded.
Lacto-vegetarian- This diet includes the same food as a vegan diet but milk and other dairy products are consumed. Meat, poultry (no eggs) and fish are excluded.
Lacto-ovo vegetarian- Very similar to a lacto-vegetarian diet but eggs is included. Meat, poultry and fish are excluded.
Semi vegetarian or flexitarian- This diet is primarily plant based but includes meat, poultry, eggs and other animal products in small quantities or occasionally.
*As with any diet, there are issues and concerns.
There are nutrient concerns with vegetarian diets. Vitamin B12, vitamin D, Zinc, calcium and omega- 3 are all major nutrients that are sometimes lacking in vegetarian dieting.
These nutrients are essential to bodily function and overall human health. It's important to eat a variety of fruit, veggies, legumes, seeds, (dairy products if desired), to ensure an adequate diet.
Along with a healthy diet, vitamin supplements may balance your nutrient intake. Consult with your local nutritionist and physician before purchasing supplements or making any drastic diet changes.
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Princess Carey is a Nutritionist and Wellness Coach from New Jersey. She is an active member of WEGO Health and The American Nutrition Association. Being effective in the health and wellness industry for over six years, her experience and continuous education has allowed her to properly inform her audience. She can also be found on Twitter: @Bananasocial or @CoachPCare.