Many people are skeptical about vegetarian eating, so we are breaking down the top 7 myths about this way of eating.
1. You’ll have less energy:
It’s quite the opposite in fact. Most people have reported having more energy after switching to a plant-based diet. The only reason your energy level may drop, is if you aren’t getting enough vitamin b12 or iron. Although these are common in meat, it’s also found in dairy, eggs, and there are plenty of non-animal products that are filled with B12. The best iron-rich foods you can eat are foods such as spinach, lentils, chickpeas, beans, and cashews. If you pair these with vitamin C foods like oranges, tomatoes, and broccoli, your body will be able to absorb more iron.
2. Your workouts will suffer:
There are many vegetarian athletes that stay on top of their game such as Venus Williams and Carmelo Anthony. Just as long as you plan correctly, you can have a great workout by just eating vegetarian style. A vegetarian diet fuels your workout just as well as a meat-based diet, just as long as you find a way to get your protein and B12 intake.
3. It guarantees weight loss:
Not all vegetarians are skinny, or even healthy. You have to make sure you’re not replacing meat with highly processed foods otherwise there will be no positive changes in your weight.
4. Meatless diets aren’t safe for pregnant women:
We don’t recommend changing your diet right when you realize you’re pregnant, but if you do decide to follow a healthier plant-based diet, it is proven you are less likely to gain excessive baby weight, as well as reduce your risk for gestational diabetes and high blood pressure. Pregnant vegetarians do need to gain a little weight for the baby so they should try eating more nuts, nut butters, dried fruits, soy beans, and bean dips.
5. You’ll always be hungry:
The only way you’ll be hungry on a no meat diet is if you are doing something wrong like not having enough fiber, fat, or protein in your diet. Fiber is the indigestible part of a plant, which in return will continue making you feel full and stabilize your blood sugar levels. When your blood sugar is level, it helps prevent cravings. If you start to feel hungry, just try to eat a handful of nuts. They have a perfect combination of fiber, protein, and healthy fats.
6. You have to eat fake meat:
You would think these by products would be good for you but actually they are often full of sodium, preservatives, and additives. So, its almost just better to eat the real thing (because remember, vegetarianism doesn’t have to be all or nothing). It is not impossible to find healthy meat substitutes , just make sure to read the labels.
7. You can’t get enough protein from plants:
There is not a monopoly of protein on meat. Actually, almost all foods except alcohol and sugar, contain some. In fact, a half cup beans has about the same amount of protein as one ounce of meat! In order to give your body the essential amino acids, you should eat numerous amounts of protein packed plants. These plants can be lentils, beans, nuts, seeds, and milk. Another bonus is that a vegetarian diets tend to have higher levels of fiber, magnesium, potassium, folate, carotenoids, flavenoids, and vitamins than people who eat meat.