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Change your diet for a healthier lifestyle

Are you thinking of making slight or drastic changes to your food regimen but like many, you are confused and don't know whether you should become a vegan, a vegetarian, try intermittent fasting, keto diet or become a flexitarian? Read more to find out about three of the most known but misunderstood diets.



Vegetarianism

A vegetarian diet consists of eating vegetables, fruits, grains, nuts, and sometimes eggs or dairy products”. There are many types of vegetarian diets. Such as, semi-vegetarians or Flexitarian who avoid meat, poultry, and fish most of the time. There are the Pesco-vegetarians or Pescatarians who avoid meat and poultry but eat fish.


Advantages of this diet:

  • Reduced risk of disease

  • May increase food variety

  • Can help weight control

  • Can help reduce food costs

  • Less environmental impact

  • Ethical treatment of animals

Disadvantages of this diet:

  • Possible nutrient deficiencies (such as vitamin B12, vitamin D, omega-3 fatty acids, calcium, and zinc).

  • Reduced satiety

  • Less convenient

  • Not enough choice (especially when eating out or during family dinners)

  • Not always healthy (processed food fiber, antioxidants, and beneficial plant compounds. They also appear to be richer in potassium, magnesium, folate, and vitamins A, C, and E)

  • Not enough choice (especially when eating out or during family dinners)


Veganism

The vegan diet can be seen as the strictest form of vegetarianism. A vegan diet not only excludes the consumption of meat, but also dairy, eggs, and animal-derived ingredients such as honey, gelatin, leather, or even shellac. Vegans are against any form of animal exploitation, therefore, they are very conscious of the food they eat and also what clothes they wear and what products they use. The advantages and disadvantages of this diet are very similar to those of vegetarianism.


Plant-based diet

A plant-based diet focuses on foods mainly from plants. This diet includes fruits and vegetables, nuts, seeds, oils, whole grains, legumes, and beans. The consumption of processed foods, including oil, white flour, and refined sugar is also not part of this diet. Eating a plant-based diet does not necessarily mean that you are vegetarian or vegan and never eat meat or dairy. It just means that you are eating more foods that are from plant sources and adding meat as an add-on instead of the centerpiece of the meal.


If we want to be healthier, one of the main things to look at is our food regimen. What we eat or don't eat is a big part of our identity and lifestyle and making the right choices will not only make us healthier but also define how we live our lives.


Here are some tips on how you can adopt a healthier eating habit without having to change everything at once.

  1. Start with a Veggie Thursday or No-meat Monday.

  2. Choose one meal of the day to try out a vegan, plant-based or vegetarian recipe

  3. Be more conscious of the products you buy. (buy from local stores or shop at farmers markets)

  4. Adopt a slow cooking day (take the time to cook and enjoy home-cooked meals)

  5. Increase the portions of vegetables in your meals. (half of your plate with veggies)

  6. Plan your meals ahead.


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