Happy World Vegetarian Day! (October 2nd) I am a huge fan of a proper organic vegetarian diet. When done right, this can be a very healthy Indigo Child lifestyle. However, this diet is often misconstrued for a diet with zero meat, lots of snack foods and bread. This leads to the malnourished, pasty vegetarians we often see. There are many common mistakes vegetarians make.
Poor Snack Choices
- Reaching for chips, pretzels and cookies because you’re unsure how to eat.
- Not eating enough vegetables.
- Filling up on bread.
- Eating the same thing every day.Eating generically and not listening to your body needs.
- Not understanding where to get your protein.
Not taking your vitamins (specifically B12). Beyond the actual B12 vitamin supplement, you can find B12 in cheeses, eggs, whey protein powder, milk and yogurt and yeast extract spreads (marmite). As far as protein goes, I found this simple way to calculate how much protein you actually need per day viaThe Huffington Post:
- Divide your weight in pounds by 2.2 to get weight in kilograms
- Multiply that number by 0.8 to 1 for your range
Ex: If you weigh 125 pounds, your protein needs would be approximately 45-57 grams per day.
Great sources of plant based vegetarian protein are:
- Whole Soy
- Peanut Butter
- Black/Red Kidney Beans
Some of the most misleading vegetarian food items are chemical sugars and grain/wheat/carbs. The problem with grain and wheat in America is that they are some of our most genetically altered foods. They then take this grain and feed it to the live stalk (cows). Now, cows are herbivores, they eat grass. Yet 70% of our grain and wheat is going to fattening these cows, leaving them with candida and holes in their stomach. Sick cows are treated with antibiotics, which we are then consuming. As vegetarians we may not be the ones eating the cows, but we are eating the grain used as an internal torture device for the animals. Opt out for a healthy grain like quinoa.
Here are a few ways to decipher if the vegetarian diet is right for you:
- A types: Meat free, fruits and veggies, beans and legumes, organic, whole grains.
- B types: Green veggies, eggs, lean meat, low-fat dairy. Avoid corn, wheat, lentils, tomatoes, peanuts, sesame.
- AB types: tofu, seafood, dairy, green veggies. Avoid caffeine, alcohol, smoked/cured meats.
- O types: High-protein, lean meats, fish, veggies. Less dairy, beans, grains.
Listen To Your Body
- Pay attention to what makes you feel good.
- What makes you feel sick?
- How do you look? More tired than usual or refreshed and glowing?
- A small juice cleanse or alkaline flush.
- Start from zero, after the cleanse or flush begin introducing some foods back into your system and see how you react.
The vegetarian diet has many up sides. My advice is to find whatever diet works for YOU and stick with it. It’s not always easy at first but incredibly rewarding. And remember, everything in moderation!