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Going Vegetarian? Remember These Simple Truths

Going Vegetarian?  Remember These Simple Truths

Thinking of adopting a vegetarian diet plan? More and more people are starting to make the switch from eating meat to choosing vegetarian-friendly foods instead.

For some people, it’s just a matter of cutting out meat once or twice throughout the week, while for others, they choose to go vegetarian because of their own personal beliefs.

Whatever the case, if you are thinking about going vegetarian, there are going to be some important points that you must remember before you do.

Those who go vegetarian without a game plan are not going to structure their diet properly and may be setting themselves up for long-term damage.

1. Vegetarian Does Not Mean Carb Loading

The very first thing that you absolutely must know about going vegetarian is that this doesn’t give you free rein to choose as many high carb foods as possible.

This is perhaps the biggest mistake people make. They think that, since they’re vegetarian, they should now be eating plates of pasta, bagels, bowls of cereal—basically anything that is a “whole” grain.

This isn’t the case at all. If you do this, there is a very good chance you will start to gain body fat as your body will consume far more calories and energy than it needs; not to mention, you’ll be on a roller coaster ride of hunger all throughout the day.

A proper vegetarian diet is actually quite low in all those foods just described. Instead, it’ll have you turning to ample amounts of fresh fruits and vegetables, seeds and nuts, beans, lentils, and legumes, along with smaller amounts of rice, quinoa, barley, oatmeal, and whole wheat pastas.

This will provide far greater nutritional balance in your day and help to prevent energy highs and lows over the 24 hour period.

2. You’ll Need To Plan Your Day Properly

Next, you need to start doing some planning if you are going to adopt the vegetarian way of eating.

Since you won’t be taking in nearly as many “complete” sources of protein, which animal proteins provide, food combining is going to be more important for you.

Food combining will allow you to get your protein needs met because you will get specific amino acids from both of the foods that you’re eating; the combined foods together will complete the full spectrum.

This is important because if you aren’t getting the full spectrum of amino acids, you are not going to maintain your muscle mass as well and may not recover from workouts as quickly either.

Whenever you are eating grains such as brown rice or barley, try and combine them with some beans and lentils as well to complete the protein source.

One exception to this rule is quinoa, which is a complete grain itself and perfect to consume on a vegetarian diet plan.

3. Your Risk Of Nutritional Deficiencies Goes Up

The next thing that you need to know before starting a vegetarian plan is that your risk of nutritional deficiencies may also go up.

Vegetarians are going to be at risk for experiencing nutritional deficiencies in a number of different vitamins and minerals, including calcium, iron, phosphorus, and zinc.

It’s going to be very important that you are either making sure to choose vegetarian friendly foods that are complete in these nutrients, or alternatively, supplementing with a multi-vitamin.

If you are going to choose to supplement with a vitamin, see if you can find one that is specifically designed for vegetarians.

This will ensure that you are getting as many of the nutrients you need as possible. Just always keep in mind that it is better to get your nutrients from whole foods whenever you can, so don’t think that just because you’re using a supplement, you don’t have to pay attention to your diet plan.

4. There Will Be An Adjustment Process

Finally, the last thing that you need to know and remember is that there will be a strong adjustment period when you first start up on a vegetarian diet plan.

You may find that it does take some time to get used to and at first, your energy levels may be low.

This will largely depend on just how well you structure your diet and if you are taking care to get the nutrients that you need.

Those who are paying good attention to proper vegetarian nutrition and use this right off the bat are less likely to find that they are dealing with energy slumps or related issues, so spend some time getting the proper concepts in place before you get going. It will be well worth the effort.

As you get started on the vegetarian diet plan, you may also want to consider using a vegetarian friendly protein supplement as well to make sure that your protein needs do get met.

Both hemp powder as well as soy protein powder can be used by those who are using the vegetarian diet and will offer high quality protein for few calories.

At times when you are trying to get your protein intake sufficiently met from beans, lentils, and other vegetarian sources such as tofu or tempeh, it can get harder to keep your calorie intake down as these foods, while they do contain protein, also contain quite a higher amount of fats and carbs as well.

By using the protein powder, which is almost entirely protein, you’ll avoid this problem.

So there you have the vital points to know about going vegetarian. Make sure that you fully research this way of eating so that you are prepared for all the challenges possible with a vegetarian diet plan.

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Last Updated on May 15, 2019

How to Tap Into the Power of Positivity

How to Tap Into the Power of Positivity

As it appears, the human mind is not capable of not thinking, at least on the subconscious level. Our mind is always occupied by thoughts, whether we want to or not, and they influence our every action.

“Happiness cannot come from without, it comes from within.” – Helen Keller

When we are still children, our thoughts seem to be purely positive. Have you ever been around a 4-year old who doesn’t like a painting he or she drew? I haven’t. Instead, I see glee, exciting and pride in children’s eyes. But as the years go by, we clutter our mind with doubts, fears and self-deprecating thoughts.

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Just imagine then how much we limit ourselves in every aspect of our lives if we give negative thoughts too much power! We’ll never go after that job we’ve always wanted because our nay-saying thoughts make us doubt our abilities. We’ll never ask that person we like out on a date because we always think we’re not good enough.

We’ll never risk quitting our job in order to pursue the life and the work of our dreams because we can’t get over our mental barrier that insists we’re too weak, too unimportant and too dumb. We’ll never lose those pounds that risk our health because we believe we’re not capable of pushing our limits. We’ll never be able to fully see our inner potential because we simply don’t dare to question the voices in our head.

But enough is enough! It’s time to stop these limiting beliefs and come to a place of sanity, love and excitement about life, work and ourselves.

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So…how exactly are we to achieve that?

It’s not as hard as it may seem; you just have to practice, practice, practice. Here are a few ideas on how you can get started.

1. Learn to substitute every negative thought with a positive one.

Every time a negative thought crawls into your mind, replace it with a positive thought. It’s just like someone writes a phrase you don’t like on a blackboard and then you get up, erase it and write something much more to your liking.

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2. See the positive side of every situation, even when you are surrounded by pure negativity.

This one is a bit harder to put into practice, which does not mean it’s impossible.

You can find positivity in everything by mentally holding on to something positive, whether this be family, friends, your faith, nature, someone’s sparkling eyes or whatever other glimmer of beauty. If you seek it, you will find it.

3. At least once a day, take a moment and think of 5 things you are grateful for.

This will lighten your mood and give you some perspective of what is really important in life and how many blessings surround you already.

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4. Change the mental images you allow to enter your mind.

How you see yourself and your surroundings make a huge difference to your thinking. It is like watching a DVD that saddens and frustrates you, completely pulling you down. Eject that old DVD, throw it away and insert a new, better, more hopeful one instead.

So, instead of dwelling on dark, negative thoughts, consciously build and focus on positive, light and colorful images, thoughts and situations in your mind a few times a day.

If you are persistent and keep on working on yourself, your mind will automatically reject its negative thoughts and welcome the positive ones.

And remember: You are (or will become) what you think you are. This is reason enough to be proactive about whatever is going on in your head.

Featured photo credit: Kyaw Tun via unsplash.com

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