Becoming a vegetarian is primarily, a matter of choice. Vegetarian diet has many health benefits. Vegetarianism helps in lifestyle diseases like diabetes, high BP, obesity etc.
Should not be a forceful exercise – Do not think of becoming vegetarian, just because of the advice. You need to be really motivated to turn into vegetarianism.
Apart from total vegetarianism, there are few other types of vegetarianism.
Chose your level of vegetarian transition – The extent to which you decide to adopt vegetarianism. You may choose –
- Total vegetarianism – complete avoidance of all sorts of non veg sources.
- Abstaining from a few non veg food that are high on cholesterol.
- Limiting non veg diet to only to fish, milk, egg etc.
- Defining your limit and level of commitment is essential for the success of the whole process of becoming a vegetarian.
Mental readiness is as important as physical preparedness. It is more a game of mental control than anything else.
Main organs involved – Stomach, liver, intestines and the brain. These organs need to reset themselves to the new diet style.
Pace of Transition
Ayurveda recommends that any change in diet (or lifestyle) should be gradual. Once a particular set of diet becomes congenial (Satmya), it takes time for the body to re adjust to a new regime. Transition can be designed by – Reducing the days of non veg diet gradually, from one week to the next. Leaving out particular types of non veg food one after the other.
Food that you should take more after becoming a vegetarian –
The food should be ideally rich in protein, Vitamin B 12. Because, non veg food are rich in these two diet components. Hence turning into vegetarianism may make the body slightly deprived of protein.
What should you avoid?
At least for the initial six months of the transition, avoid fasting, skipping meals, avoid excess of spicy food, which may cause increase in hunger, thereby straining the stomach.
Avoid oily foods – If you are taking too much of oily food, it may beat the purpose of becoming a vegetarian.
Yoga, Pranayama or any other form of physical activities would fortify the health benefits of vegetarian diet.
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