10 Reasons to go Vegetarian Today

Have you been considering it for a while? There’s been so much press recently on the vegetarian and vegan diets that I thought I would write a list of the main reasons in the forefront of my mind, why anyone would change their diet. These are compelling facts. See what you make of them…


More energy

Too much fat in your bloodstream means that your arteries won’t open properly so your muscles just won’t get the right amount of oxygen that they need. This results in you feeling tired and sluggish.

Balanced vegetarian diets are naturally free of cholesterol-laden, artery-clogging animal fats, and because most whole grains, legumes, fruits and vegetables are high in complex carbohydrates, they supply the body with plenty of energising fuel.
 

Lower the risk of cardiovascular disease

Does this run in your family? The mortality rate for cardiovascular disease is much lower in vegetarians. A vegetarian diet is inherently healthfully because vegetarians consume less animal fat and therefore have less saturated fats in their diet so everything in their body has a better chance of functioning at optimum level.


Stronger teeth, hair and bones

Vegetarian diets are really high in absorbable calcium leading to much stronger teeth and bones. Find a healthy dose of calcium from dry beans, tofu, soy milk and dark green vegetables such as broccoli, kale, collards and turnip leaves.


Lower cruelty to animals

Cruelty to animals bred for the meat industry will gradually lower with a lesser demand. Practice love for all living things and let’s not destroy nature.
 

You’ll stem the ageing process

A 12-year Oxford study published in the British Medical Journal found that vegetarians outlive meat eaters by six years. That’s six more years to do everything on your bucket list! The study tracked 11,125 people over 12 years and adjusted for smoking and socio-economic status.

But how?

Plant-based diets are generally rich in fibre, phytonutrients, antioxidants, vitamins and minerals, which in turn strengthens the immune system and slows down the ageing process. Additionally, a vegetarian diet can prevent and reverse certain chronic diseases.

'The Oxford Vegetarian Study found that BMI levels are lower in vegetarians of all age groups and for both men and women'.


The environment

Farming for meat production requires huge amounts of land, energy and water, which quickly leads to habitat loss as more forests are cleared to make way for more animals. This has the knock on effect of greater soil erosion, water depletion, and pollution from pesticides and animal waste.
 

Get trim and stay trim

Lose excess weight and keep it off. On average, vegetarians tend to have a lower body mass index (a measure of body fat) than meat eaters. Today, more than two-thirds (68.8%) of the general public are obese. The Oxford Vegetarian Study found that BMI levels are lower in vegetarians of all age groups and for both men and women.
 

Reduce Global Warming. 

In its 2006 report, the United Nations shared that livestock generate more greenhouse gases than all the cars and trucks in the world combined. Most of it comes from carbon dioxide and nitrous oxide gases generated by manure. So the single most important step an individual can take to reduce global warming is to adopt a vegetarian diet. As per Einstein’s advice…
 

Be kind to your digestive system

You’ll become more regular and ease symptoms of IBS. Eating a lot of vegetables means consuming more fibre, which helps to move waste through your digestive system. Vegetarians typically tend to have fewer instances of constipation,haemorrhoids and IBS.
 

It’s easy to do now

Even 20 years ago to say that you’re a vegetarian would mean tricky trips to the supermarket looking for alternatives. But now there’s Quorn, tofu and soy products for those moments when you want to cook with a meat substitute. Or find your new zen at home in any one of the many vegetarian and vegan cookbooks on offer. I’m going to be reviewing a few of my favs so I’ll share them on here with you.