My Name Is Tori, and I Will Be a Vegetarian

29 Apr

I have never been a very conscious eater, and it’s catching up with me. After years of bad eating habits, I have decided to take a plunge this summer and go vegetarian for two months. I’m hoping that by not eating meat, I’ll learn to prepare more vegetables and fruits and, therefore, entice myself to eat them more often when school starts again. This way, when I go back to eating meat, I’ll do so in moderation and make better choices – not the super nutritious dinner from last night that included a Culver’s burger, cheese curds, and a coke. (Although I suppose the cheese curds are vegetarian…)

Whatever diet you have, make sure you’re getting enough nutrients and supplementing as necessary. You’ll feel more energized and focused if all your nutritional needs are met.

Have you ever wondered what the difference between a vegetarian and a vegan is or how to create a balanced diet with such restrictions? Look no further!

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Lacto-ovo Vegetarian – These vegetarians abstain from eating all animal flesh, but will still eat animal products like milk, eggs, and honey.

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Pesco Vegetarians – These vegetarians are just like lacto-ovo vegetarians, but also include fish in their diets.

Semi-Vegetarian – Just as the name implies, these veggies mostly adhere to a vegetarian diet but may occasionally eat meat products, and may even limit that to just chicken or fish.

Vegan – Vegans do not eat any meat or any animal products. They may also avoid other non-food animal products like silk and leather.

Macrobiotic Diets – This diet consists mostly of grains like rice and some beans and fruit.

Bottom line, if you are considering restricting your diet in any of the above ways, make sure that you are supplementing your diet with vitamins and minerals if you cannot fulfill nutritional requirements through diet alone. Be particularly aware of iron and calcium deficiencies. Protein may also be a problem if you completely eliminate meats from your diet.

Campus Health is a great resource if you’re looking for ways to eat healthier. They have a wealth of information and handouts, and you can even meet with a nutritionist!

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