By Staff Blogger
So you have decided that eating meat is just not for you and you want to be a vegetarian. You change your diet and are feeling great about your new eating habits. But after a while you begin to notice that you are feeling differently, but not necessarily better. You are sluggish and worn down. You may have made the common mistake that all new vegetarians make…you forgot about your iron and protein.
When you stop eating meat your protein and iron consumption drops and can cause a lack of energy and fatigue. Here are some steps you can take to avoid making this newbie vegetarian mistake.
1. Do some research. Find vegetarian friendly foods that have protein and iron in them.
2. Make the most of those protein sources and eat lots of eggs, cheese, lentils, nuts, chickpeas, beans, soy, and tofu. All are great sources of protein and can be used in a variety of recipes.
3. Keep an eye on your iron intake. Chickpeas and tofu have a good amount of iron in them. You don’t have to resort to taking an iron supplement.
4. Vitamin B12 is something that is only found in animal products, so make sure that when you stop eating meat you still eat things like eggs, cheese, and milk.
5. Monitor your health and adjust your eating habits accordingly. If you are still feeling run down, try eating a wider variety of these foods.
Being a vegetarian can be tough sometimes, especially when you are going out to eat. Most places have vegetarian options but sometimes they are just limited to salads. Trying different recipes with tofu and other meat substitutes can reduce your meat cravings. Try a new things and continue to experiment with different recipes.