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Hey Kurt M! What's A Vegetarian?

Food for Life distributes food on an internati...
Food for Life distributes food on an international basis produced solely from vegan and lacto-vegetarian ingredients. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)
(*Please keep in mind, I am not a physician, nor do I claim to be. I am only providing my own or some other expert's opinion on the matter. Remember, a trained medical professional should ALWAYS be consulted prior to initiating any alternative therapies or dietary plans.*)

Here on KurtMIND I always try to provide you with a variety of content either directly or indirectly associated with healthy living. I have recently received some feedback from some of you about me not focusing on specific healthy lifestyle choices. 

A lot of the feedback I received was nice and some not so nice (more on that in a later article)....

Well, fret no more. This article will assist in clearing up some of your concerns.

As you know, there are numerous ways to achieving a healthy lifestyle.

Vegetarianism is an option you may have explored some on your own. There is a well-established cultural movement dedicated to this option for health. In general, there are four classes of vegetarians. Here is a brief description of each type:

1. Lacto vegetarians- Their diet consists of no animal flesh, or eggs, but may include dairy products, such as milk, cheese, yogurt, etc.

2. Ovo-Vegetarians- Their diet consists of no animal or dairy meat products but will eat eggs.

3. Lacto-ovo vegetarians- As you may have already guessed; don’t include any animal products in their diet but do include dairy products and eggs.

4. Vegan- This diet consists of only plant-based foods, which means it excludes everything that has come from an animal, including: meat, dairy, eggs, honey, etc.

If you haven't decided what kind of vegetarian you'd like to be don't worry! Not everyone knows exactly what kind they want to be at first, but by experimenting with different recipes you'll eventually figure out what type of diet you'd like to try.

Going vegetarian can be as easy as you make it. Whether you enjoy preparing delectable, delicious meals or choose quick and easy ones, vegetarian meals can be very satisfying. If you keep some of these suggested foods on hand, meal prep will be a breeze:
English: Uncooked bulgur wheat
English: Uncooked bulgur wheat (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

  • Ready-to-eat, whole-grain breakfast cereals, and quick-cooking whole-grain cereals such as oatmeal, whole-grain breads and crackers, such as rye, whole wheat, and mixed grain and other grains such as barley and bulgur wheat.
  • Canned or dry beans, such as pinto, black beans, and garbanzo beans.
  • Rice (including brown, wild, etc.) and pasta (available in whole grain, spinach, tomato and other flavors) with tomato sauce and chopped veggies
  • Vegetarian soups like lentil, navy bean, or veggie minestrone
  • A wide variety of plain fresh or frozen vegetables, and fresh, canned, or frozen fruit
  • Fortified soy milk and soy cheeses, should you choose not to eat dairy
  • Of course, a wide variety of fresh fruits and vegetables, which should be the core of any diet

Vegetarianism is Good for the Planet
Vegetarianism is Good for the Planet (Photo credit: cgulyas2002)

As you learn to experiment with foods and learn that a meatless diet doesn’t have to lack variety, you’ll find your decision for vegetarianism was not only wise, but easy and fun come mealtime.

Have you tried going vegetarian or are you currently vegetarian?

Tell us about your experiences in the comments below.

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