FAQs 4 vegetarians

When I began my journey as a vegetarian, it wasn’t so easy to let everyone know about it. I felt insecure and somewhat terrified of being questioned and stared down at by my closest friends and family members. And, I came to realize that most of the disapproval that came from my biggest support system because they did not understand exactly what it means to be a vegetarian.
Eventually, I laughed about the fact that 8 times out of 10, people asked me the same questions; which made me realize that we have been genuinely misinformed or just not interested in looking for the right answers.

So here is a list of FAQs that I got a chance to answer:

Where do I get my protein from? (THIS ONE IS HUGE) I get my protein from legumes, nuts, some whole grains and, believe it or not, a lot of vegetables are higher in protein that animal based proteins and lower on the carb side.

Can you dine out? Yes!! What do I eat? Pretty easy, anything that has veggies (the more the better), Chees, Nuts, legumes… everything except poultry, fish or any other type of meat.

Can you exercise? Of course!!! Some of the best athletes in the world are vegetarian or vegan. Including Serena Williams, Mike Tyson and Lizzie Armistead, first athlete to achieve Olympic success on a non-meat diet.

 Is vegetarian diet the same as a vegan diet? No, it is not. A vegan diet is also a plant based diet but it omits other animal by products such as honey, eggs, dairy and the use of leather, fur, cosmetics and soaps derived from animal products. A vegetarian diet is a plant based diet that includes fruits, nuts, vegetables, legumes, whole grains and honey.
Do you feel like crying when your friends are eating the good stuff?? Meaning chicken, pork or beef?? I don’t feel like I am being deprived of something. Rather, I see it as an opportunity to try new recipes, new food that I normally would not have tried out.  As for crying, no.
Do you lack energy? Only if I am not eating the right food. It’s very easy to be a vegetarian and eat the wrong kind of calories (pizza, sandwiches, meatless sushi) because you could actually be mal nourished (notice I used the word mal not under), you might also want to take into account who is following this diet. For that, we would have to considera blood type, lifestyle, exercise regimen, etc. In my case, no. I do not lack energy.
 Vegetarianism is just one type of diet. There are hundreds of them out there. I will cover a few more of them as I go along. Please email me if you have any further questions.


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