College grad wants a lacto-ovo vegetarian diet because it’s cheap, healthy, and more environmentally friendly. What’s your most important piece of advice?
I’ve recently been thinking about moving to a lacto-ovo vegetarian diet for a few reasons: because I’ve heard it’s cheap, healthy, and more environmentally friendly.
I just graduated University and during that time I picked up some pretty awful eating habits that include LOTS of Pepsi and other sugary items, which I know are not good for me (and may be harder to give up than meat!).
Assuming I’m being aware of getting a balanced nutrient diet as I slowly transition away from meat eating, what would be your biggest piece of advice as I move towards a veg lifestyle? Thanks! – J.W.
Savvy Vegetarian Advice:
You only want one piece of advice? Don’t know if I can do that, but I’ll try.
I guess the most important thing is to make every calorie count, nutritionally. Yes, that does mean weaning yourself off the sugary junk food, laden with empty calories – which not only make you fat, but actually cause malnutrition.
This is not scientific at all, but my pet theory is that since these calories are empty, they pull nutrients from your body on the way through your digestive system, replacing the good stuff in your cells with toxins and fat.
For most people on a typical North American fast food diet, that’s all that holding them together. That’s why I recommend that people transition gradually to a veg diet, to give their bodies a chance to detox slowly. If you’re going to continue eating garbage while going veg, you increase your risk of malnutrition considerably.
I don’t know if that’s ‘good science’, but it works for me!
I don’t mean you should never have a treat – you have to reward yourself for all that virtuous behavior. Maybe once a week you could eat a cookie and a pepsi.
Judith Kingsbury, Savvy Vegetarian