Unless you’ve been living under a rock, you’ve heard of the debate between vegans, vegetarians, and meat-eaters. You may even ask what’s the difference between vegan and vegetarian? Let me give you a run down on the differences and some of the common misconceptions between them.
Vegans don’t eat any animal meat, or any animal byproducts, which includes eggs, milk, etc. A vegan diet consists of fruits, vegetables, nuts, etc.
Vegetarians eat animal byproducts, but do not eat any animal meat. Their diets can consist of fruits, veggies, nuts, cheese, and milk.
Of course there are subsections of both of these where they adapt slightly different dietary choices. For the most part, this is the basic dietary restrictions of vegans and vegetarians.
Here are some common myths:
1) Myth: You have to eat meat to get protein.
Fact: Not true. There are many vegetarian options that are higher in protein than any animal meats.
2) Myth: If you don’t eat meat, your food options are very limited.
Fact: While that may be how it used to be, veganism and vegetarianism is so common nowadays that the options for many different types of foods are no farther than a computer click away. Recipes, information, etc. can all be found very easily now.
3) Myth: If you don’t eat meat, your body will become deficient in some necessary vitamin or mineral.
Fact: Absolutely untrue. If you have a balanced diet, you shouldn’t become deficient in any vitamins or minerals.
4) Myth: A vegetarian diet is automatically healthy.
Fact: Just like any other other diet can have inadequacies, if the vegetarian diet is not balanced, it can’t be automatically healthy.
5) Myth: Going on a vegan/vegetarian diet will automatically make you lose weight.
Fact: Not necessarily. Some people replace the meats with carbs like breads and pasta. This actually makes you gain weight instead of losing.
I became a vegetarian at 13 years old. I thought it would help me keep my weight in check. While I wasn’t exactly overweight, I was the biggest female in my family and was self conscious about that. Not only did I not lose weight automatically because I used breads to fill me up, but I also had to learn just how to develop an adequate diet. I had to learn the sources of protein, iron, etc.
Once I was able to learn how to eat properly, the nutritional value of my dietary choices increased dramatically. With the addition of things like Superfoods, I had more energy, slept better, and was at my optimal weight for years. For anyone thinking of pursuing a vegan or vegetarian diet, I would advise you to do your research before you jump right in. There is a ton of information and recipes online, and easily accessible. Whether you choose to be vegan, vegetarian, or eat meat, you should strive to have the healthiest diet possible to maintain being a Sexy Mom who Rocks!
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