When we think of a vegetarian, or even a vegan diet we automatically think “healthy” but is it? In reality, being a “healthy” vegetarian/vegan takes considerable effort to ensure we’re getting all the nutrients we need.
I’ve been a vegetarian for many years, my entire adult life in fact. Plus, I’ve raised my thirteen-year-old daughter as a vegetarian, instilling values of compassion that I’m hoping she will take forth with her into adulthood. That said, I’m in no way a neurotic veggie and I would never force my daughter either way – she’s free to make an informed choice and I fully support whatever she chooses. My husband, however, is in the “meat club” as our daughter calls it, and I regularly cook meat for him and respect his personal dietary choices.
When I’m asked why I choose not to eat meat, my answer remains the same, my compassion towards animals won’t allow me. Based on my values I can’t see myself ever eating meat again…
It’s all too easy to see prepared meat on the supermarket shelves and lose the association as to how such foods started life.
I’ve always included lots of Quorn products to replace the protein in our diets as well as Linda McCartney foods. However, these foods are highly processed and actually, aren’t particularly healthy when you get down to the grassroots as it were.
After some consideration, I’ve recently made changes to both myself and my daughter’s diets and cut out any soya-based such as Linda McCartney foods and also, cut right back on Quorn in an attempt to avoid overly-processed foods. Soy or Soya as we know it in the UK is known to disrupt hormonal balance which may lead to an irregular menstrual cycle. In turn, this could affect fertility. With a teenage daughter, I need to be sure her vegetarian diet isn’t harming her body in the long-term. Looking into alternatives, I discovered Paneer (Indian cooking cheese) as a healthier option. It’s high in protein, absorbs flavours well and tastes great. I use it in my recipes now, instead of Quorn.
In terms of going a step further, I’ve tried veganism along the way but it wasn’t for me, I love pure butter, as well as cream and can’t see myself living without these “healthy fats” The vegan way of life has certainly become “trendy” more recently, but such a restricted diet means you can quite easily become nutrient deficient, if you’re not careful…
If you’re Vegan or considering it as a lifestyle choice, always do your research to safeguard your health.
Recent studies tell us that butter is in fact, a healthy fat and doesn’t contribute towards heart disease, contrary to popular belief. However, always choose pure butter and Leave those tubs of “so-called” butter on the shelf. If there are any added extras then they’re not a healthy option at all. Pure, or traditionally prepared, unprocessed foods are the way to improved health and well-being.
Did you know… Butter from grass-fed cows is a major source of heart-healthy nutrients, it’s also much higher in Omega-3 fatty acids and vitamin K2, compared to butter from grain-fed cows. *source – healtlline.com
Since we don’t eat fish, I like to include a cod liver oil supplement as this is crucial in any diet, particularly for my daughter, her growing teenage brain needs those all-important omega oils along with the heart-health benefits. We could call ourselves pescatarians on that basis, I imagine. We also top up with a daily vitamin supplement, with my daughter’s specifically formulated for the needs of a teenage girl.
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What’s your take on veganism? Are you vegetarian and thinking of going vegan? I’d love to know!
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