Think you’d like to cut meat from your diet but not sure where to start? We asked holistic nutritionist and wellbeing expert laura holland for her guidance…
Decide between vegetarianism or veganism There is overwhelming research that confirms the health benefits of any plant-based, rather than animal-based diet. Vegan is stricter than vegetarian, so all dairy and eggs also get taken off the menu. For those with dairy intolerances, a vegan diet has amazing health benefits, but for those that don’t, a vegetarian diet is still providing lots of health benefits.
Choose the right foods The main mistake we make when we stop eating meat is then we don’t substitute it with a rich variety of vegetables, nuts, seeds, lentils, beans and legumes. Your diet has to expand, not get narrower. This means eating perhaps even more types of food than you’re used to.
Reject the bad foods Just because it’s vegan or vegetarian doesn’t necessarily mean that it’s healthy, but the problem is most people assume that it does. In reality, many vegetarian or vegan diets are incredibly narrow and therefore unhealthy. I have had many a vegetarian client come to me literally living on a diet of cheese sandwiches!
enjoy trying new things In reality there are many delicious vegan and vegetarian friendly foods and dishes, it just means that you have to explore a little more and try new things. This can be part of the fun of it, whilst saving your waist line and the environment in the process.
Don’t panic about protein We actually don’t needs as much protein as we think, and we don’t absorb it very well from animal sources anyway, plants are much better for providing us with protein. Foods like quinoa and chia seeds are full of protein that is easy to absorb. Remember, the famous quote relates to us eating the beef to become as strong as an ox, forgetting that the ox eats grass.