Crunchy Kickoff Mozzarella Sticks: Game-Day Goodness
Vegan Maple Sesame Game Day Cauliflower “Wings”
You’ve Gotta Try this in February 2024
Choosing Connection: A BC Family Day Pledge to Prioritize Presence Over Plans
Embracing Plant-Based Living this Veganuary and Beyond
Heal Your Gut, Naturally
Inviting the Steller’s Jay to Your Garden
6 Budget-friendly Holiday Decor Pieces
Dream Home: $8 Million for a Modern Surprise
The People’s Open Just One Reason to Visit Some Classic Scottsdale Golf Courses
Scottsdale In the Fast Lane
Why You Need to Make Penticton Your Next Winter Getaway
10 Places to See Holiday Lights in Metro Vancouver
Vancouver Adventures: Our Picks for December
What to Watch This Week: December 3 to 8
Are you getting the most from your expertly cultivated and perfectly aged wine collection?
The Ultimate Holiday Gift Guide for Him
The Ultimate Holiday Gift Guide for Her
Which vegetarian diet could you most easily incorporate into your lifestyle?
Adding more plant-based foods to your diet has proven health benefits
While you might not be a full-fledged vegetarian, you may be moving toward eating more plant-based foods. If so, you’re not alone. Increasing numbers of Canadians are adopting a flexitarian diet – one that’s flexible enough to allow some meat, poultry and fish, but also includes more fruits and vegetables as well as a wider variety of plant foods such as beans, lentils, chickpeas, soy foods, nuts and seeds.
A well-balanced flexitarian (or vegetarian) diet – one that delivers adequate nutrition and calories from a healthy mix of carbohydrate, protein and quality fats, along with plenty of vegetables – offers many health benefits.
In general, even semi-vegetarians weigh less than non-vegetarians. This weight difference has many positive effects on overall health, including a reduced risk of heart disease, stroke, diabetes and cancer, largely due to the lower intake of saturated fat and cholesterol. There’s also a decreased risk of bone loss. Even longevity may be affected – on average, semi-vegetarians live 3.6 years longer than non-vegetarians.
A flexitarian diet that incorporates a modest amount of meat while dramatically increasing the emphasis on plant foods is an excellent approach to nutrition. It can also be a transitional step to following one of the vegetarian diets, most of
which fall into one of the following categories:
Diet tip: Start down the road to achieving a more plant-based diet by making one dinner a week a vegetarian meal (e.g., meatless chili, vegetable lasagna, vegetable and tofu stir-fry). Try this Meatless Monday recipe for Moroccan Chickpea and Vegetable Stew to get you started.
Originally published in Wellness Matters, Canada Wide Media’s quarterly newsletter on health and wellness.