The benefits of a vegetarian lifestyle can change your prospects for the better, of a long and healthy life. Doing nothing about your health and vitality is like expecting a miracle 'health fairy' to swoop down from the heavens and wave her magic wand to make you feel better. It won't happen. The good news is that it's never too late to get started on a healthier lifestyle.
Making healthy food choices that are good for your heart can dramatically reduce the risk of heart disease. Thousands of Americans die each year from obesity related diseases the most common being heart disease and diabetes.
It's going to be difficult for you to make an immediate and sudden break from the western red meat diet you are currently supporting, however, with some patience and a strong will, it certainly is possible. If you have recently been diagnosed with a heart problem it is not only possible but absolutely essential you make some changes to your diet.
Here are some guidelines for a heart-healthy diet:-
* Buy fruits, vegetables, whole grains, legumes, and fat-free milk products
* Buy snacks like popcorn, fresh fruits and vegetables, rice cakes and pretzels
* Buy whole grain breads and cereals that are high in fiber
* Buy fat-free or low-fat milk instead of reduced fat or whole milk
* Use nutrition labels to identify foods lower in saturated fat, cholesterol, and fat.
There are many factors in a vegetarian diet that contribute to better health. There is two to three times more fiber in a vegetarian diet than there is in a meat-eating diet. This has been shown to reduce cholesterol and blood glucose levels which in turn decreases the instances of heart disease and possibly diabetes and cancer.
One of your priorities is to educate yourself on the ingredients and preparation of healthy, nutritious and scrumptious meat-free meals that you and your family will thoroughly enjoy. There are so many delicious recipes available for your selection. Start by choosing the ones that your family have enjoyed previously as red-meat meals and substitute the meat content with simple replacements such as mushrooms in the marinara sauce to take the place of meatballs or textured vegetable protein (TVP) in the lasagna recipe. As you research the variety of vegetarian recipes you will find many other examples.
Good luck in your endeavors to create healthier hearts and healthier, more energized bodies for you and your family.