Q. Is it hard or boring to be vegetarian?
A. It is not a sacrifice to be vegetarian as you will surely enjoy wider variety of tasty dishes and discover many new food items you were unaware of before.
Eating vegetarian food does not mean taking away the meat from your meal and stay with the side vegetables. There are so many recipes that you can enjoy, and above that you will have more satisfaction by knowing that your diet has not involved the killing of animals.
You can find many different ways to cook your food for cooking can be so simple and fast and yet enjoy your meal. Some of the ingredients you can find in the nearest supermarket and some you can find in a health food store, go there and be surprised to discover a wide variety of healthy food.
Q. How to make the move into vegetarian diet?
A. That depends on the individual. Some people just decide to do it and never look back, that is what I did myself when I became vegetarian, while others might prefer to make gradual changes to their diet.
If you decide to become vegetarian gradually you can stop taking the flesh of big animals and big fish and stay with the flesh of smaller animals and small fish until you finally become pure vegetarian! Don’t take much time, ok! as it is not good at all to survive on the cost of animals life whether big or small, but the fact about small animals is that their flesh is less tamasic than the big animals. It is still tamasic and harmful but less in degree.
Q. How to face my family and friends? What should I say to them?
A. Let your vegetarian recipes say for you! Invite them to some fancy recipes you like and let them know how pure vegetarian food could be so tasty. They will definitely ask you to share the recipes with them!
It is very good for you to gather some information about the reason to be vegetarian and be confident in your points.
Show an example on how vegetarian diet can have great influence on health and peace of mind.
Don’t compromise on your diet for the sake of pleasing someone invited you. If you are invited it means that your host should be caring to please you and to provide you with the food which you like, he/she should not push you to take food you do not want.
If you go with your friends to restaurants try to choose the restaurants that offer vegetarian food as you will find many of them, otherwise try to select from the menu or ask specially to get something without meat, egg, onion, garlic and mushrooms.
No need to feel shy or strange or abnormal because of being vegetarian.
Now you have already knownwhat is normal for humans when it comes to food choices and what is not normal. Be sure, confident and firm in what you are doing, and your family and friends will eventually come to accept and respect your choice. After all, it might have been hard only in the beginning.
Q.I am an athlete; can I go vegetarian?
A. Athletes require a tough physique for sporting moves. It’s a myth that people who eat meat are much stronger than vegetarians. Vegetarian diet is all about eating healthy food from plant origin and dairy based products. The food is highly rich in nutrients and essential for nurturing a strong body. The vegetarian diet for athletes is mainly rich in carbohydrates. Proteins and fats are vital for carrying out proper metabolism. Vegetables and fruits are also rich in vitamins and minerals that act as co-factors for a variety of enzymatic reactions going inside our body.
There are a number of world class athletes who consume and healthily survive on a vegetarian diet. It helps them to remain active and maintain agility.
And after all remember how horses are full of energy, strength and endurance.
Q.Is vegetarian diet safe for children?
A. It is absolutely safe. Children raised on a vegetarian diet eat more fruits and vegetables than their meat-eating counterparts. They are sick-less often, and don’t have as many food allergies as others have.
According to the American Dietetic Association, vegetarian diets satisfy the needs of infants, children, and adolescents and promote normal growth. However, one must know how to be vegetarian and to make sure to get the vitamins, minerals and protein needed. Here are some of the nutrients of concern: Iron, calcium, zinc, vitamin B12, and folate. Adding foods to diet that contain these nutrients will minimize low nutrient intake.
Many people are concerned about protein but there are many foods that supply all of the essential amino acids that can be included in a vegetarian’s diet — soybeans, textured vegetable protein, peanut butter & bread, beans & corn, are just a few examples. This type of diet can be very effective in maintaining a good quality of health.
Putting your children on healthy vegetarian diet can greatly improve their health in both short and long term. It can also reduce their exposure to animal products that contain hormones and preservatives, which have been linked to developmental problems and cancer. If you concentrate on compensating for all of these common nutritional deficiencies, you can absolutely put your child on vegetarian diet without any negative health consequences. Just ignore the mythology surrounding vegetarian diets and instead focus on research and meal-planning.
Q. Is vegetarian diet safe in pregnancy or during breast feeding?
A. During pregnancy it is vital to maintain a healthy diet for the safety of the developing fetus. Pregnant vegetarians have a tremendous advantage since their diet is naturally high in vitamins and minerals the baby needs. As long as her diet is varied a vegetarian woman can be reasonably sure she is meeting her daily requirements. And later on during breast feeding, the breast milk of vegetarian mother is refreshingly void of many toxins and pesticides that are found in the breast milk of meat-eating women. This affords the baby an even better chance for short and long term health. But remember the key is well varied and balanced vegetarian diet.