It's a New Year! A time to make changes in your life for the better. From eating better to exercising, getting healthy is at the top of the list for 2010!
A vegetarian diet, free of red meat and growth hormones is a great place to start! It is more simple than you think to remove meat from your diet. And if tofu isn't your thing, don't worry there are a wealth of other possibilities!
Challenge yourself to stop eating meat for the month of February (come on, it's only 28 days!) and when March arrives you may find you don't even miss it that much.
There are many types of vegetarian out there. At their core most vegetarians are choosing not to eat an animal, be it hooved or gilled. But there is much more to being a healthy vegetarian.
There is such a thing as an unhealthy vegetarian, those that live on cheese pizza and oreo cookies.
Making a choice to eat healthier, and adopting a vegetarian lifestyle in the process, has to be about the big picture. Giving your body all the vitamins and nutrients that it needs each day and leaving out the additives and toxins that it doesn't.
There are a wealth of sources for protein that don't come from an animal and you don't have to give up your favorite dishes. Vegetarians have been enjoying chili, burgers and takeout chinese food for years!
Do your body a favor and give it a try! You may find that at the end of your vegetarian month you are feeling so good from all the healthy stuff going into your body that you keep the vegetarian base as your normal diet.
Some vegetarians choose to eat chicken or fish and leave out red meat and pork when they are missing animal protein. If you choose hormone free chicken and healthy fresh fish you will still be getting all the healthy stuff minus the toxins that generally come with.
Even if you choose to add meat, in moderation, back into your diet challenge yourself to start omitting other items that are not good for you such as color dyes and high fructose corn syrup. Replace your sugar in your coffee with agave or raw turbinado sugar.
Making small changes can make a huge difference in how you feel each day.
Happy Healthy Eats in 2010!