October is National Vegetarian Month. This month, we learn what it truly means to be vegetarian, and we (should) take steps toward a healthier body. I’m not talking about going from one extreme to the other here, I’m just saying, as a lover of red meat and of salad, there has to be some sort of happy medium in order to maintain a healthy diet. If you’re having trouble getting started or don’t know where to begin, here are a few tips that might help you to start eating better:
1. Take baby steps. You don’t have to go all in and stop eating anything with a face. Just substitute one hot dog for a salad or some fruit every now and then. Once you’ve gotten the hang of this, you can graduate up to making one day of the week a “meatless day” (ex: Meatless Mondays), where you eat only fruits, vegetables and grains.
2. Think of the money you’ll save! Whenever I go food shopping, the most expensive thing in my cart is the meat. This goes for restaurants as well – what’s the most expensive thing on the menu? Not the salads, that’s for sure!
3. Eating the right food helps with weight loss. When the body doesn’t get the right nutrients, it wants more food and that’s why most people over eat. When the body gets all the nutrients it needs, it doesn’t ask for more food.
4. Choose the colorful fruits and veggies. Eating a “rainbow” of fruits and vegetables every so often can be a great break for your body. The brighter and deeper colored fruits and vegetables often contain higher concentrations of vitamins, minerals and antioxidants.
5. Shop the perimeter of the grocery store. Most of the time, the healthier ingredients can be found around the outer edges of the grocery store (where are the cookies? Right in the middle!). Try to concentrate on keeping to the outer ring of the store, and your shopping cart will be a lot healthier.
These are just a few little tips to a healthier body, and a healthier body gives you more energy and a longer, happier life.