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Within recent years an increased number of health conscious adults are adopting meatless diets to their lifestyle and feeling healthier as a result of these dietary changes (Harvard Health Publications, 2016). Recent documentaries highlighting the effects of meat eating habits on health and the environment have inspired less animal consumption and helped to promote diets containing higher numbers of fruits, vegetables and whole grains.
There is a lot of truth in the benefits associated with vegetarianism, significant research data points to the fact that meat consumption is not essential to good health. It has been proven that avoiding meat decreases the risk of cancer, diabetes, obesity and cardiovascular disease (Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics, 2009).
If not feeling ready to completely eliminate meat from your diet, why not try going meatless at least twice to three times per week? You should experience an improvement in your cholesterol levels and a boost in energy if consuming more fruit and vegetables.
Plenty of online and printed published materials provide meal ideas that will keep your options interesting and easily accessible. Ask Dr. Jennifer about her experience with vegetarianism and some tips on making it an enjoyable experience!