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What do you eat?

by Darryl Grima

Many people who consider switching to a vegetarian lifestyle ask the question, what do you eat? I can assure you that vegetarians are not dying of hunger! And be certain that vegetarians have an ample choice of food. Whilst a vegetarian (and vegan) diet is healthier, it does not mean that it is less fun.

Vegetarian diets usually include grains, pulses, nuts, seeds, vegetables, fruit, diary products, eggs and soya based products. Many studies show that a plant based diet is a healthier way of life. This lifestyle leads to less obesity, heath diseases and type 2 diabetes. The typical vegetarian will eat less saturated fat and more fibre and antioxidants. It is important to balance your diet between carbs, protein, cheese and dairy, nuts and seeds, savouries and bakes.

For those who believe that vegetarian lead a boring life in terms of  food, think otherwise. First of all, some of the best cuisines in the world are vegetarian based. Even our Mediterranean cuisine is rich in vegetarian food. The choice of Mediterranean vegetarian food comes from all around the Med. Given that a substantial part of India is vegetarian by faith, Indian food is very rich in vegetarian choices. But you can find interesting vegetarian dishes from all over the world.

For those who still cannot imagine, and need to see to believe, let me share some links with some international renown chefs.  To start, I am attaching here a link to a choice of healthy and  vegetarian recipes prepared by world renown chef Jamie Oliver. Interestingly, a number of Jamie Oliver’s dishes are actually Mediterranean inspired meals. You can also visit the site of Chef Chloe, which offers vegan recipes. And if you need more ideas you can also visit Candice Hutchings’ site, where you can find a variety of vegan recipes.

Asking a vegetarian “what do you eat?” is not the question you should be asking!


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