I've been vegan for 14 years and counting. I eat a wide variety of grains, legumes, fruits, vegetables, nuts and soy products. There's tons of info out there about proper nutrition. Whether you eat meat, dairy and eggs or not, you still need to eat the same variety of fruits and vegetables. I drink soymilk that's fortified with Omega 3 DHA and B12. I also recently incorporate ground flax seed into my diet. I just sprinkle it on an english muffin for breakfast. Occasionally, I take a B12 supplement. I try to eat as little processed foods as I can, and I'm in great health. Whether you're vegetarian or not, if your diet is based on processed, non-nutritious foods, you won't be in good health.
If you look at the environmental impact of the meat industry (destruction of rain forests for grazing cattle, water usage, fecal run off, methane gas, the inefficiency of meat as a source of protein compared with grains and legumes), there's no question—changing your diet is one of the biggest ways that you can impact the environment. In addition, the way that meat is produced may be the cause of serious health issues (drug resistant infections, Creutzfeldt-Jakob Disease).
I've heard many people express concerns of how difficult it would be to go vegetarian or vegan. As with any life change, it takes time to adjust. For me, being vegan is habit, and I couldn't imagine my life any other way. I learned what to questions to ask in restaurants and have my fave recipes. My husband and I experiment with lots of ethnic foods (for example: Indian, Ethiopian, Mediterranean, Thai and all pan-Asian cuisine, Mexican, Italian, etc.). We're never bored with the vast selection of vegan- and vegetarian-friendly foods out there.
| Pounds lost: 33.0