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October is vegetarian month!

Friday, October 10, 2014 Brittany Lohmann

There are plenty of reasons to take a more plant-based approach in your diet.  Research from the Harvard Health Publication and the Brown University Health Promotion claim benefits of eating a vegetarian diet. Such benefits include lowered risks for heart disease, certain cancers, (such as breast, ovarian, and colorectal cancer) diabetes, obesity, and hypertension.

However, an improved health is not the only thing that one can gain from eating a plant-based diet. A person can also feel better on an ethical level:  vegetarian diets are better on the environment as well as take a stand against animal cruelty.

If you are thinking about becoming a vegetarian or are simply interested in eating a more plant-based diet, here are a few tips to help you along the way:
Grain Fed. When choosing grains, opt for whole grain rather than refined and/or white grains. Whole grains are a source of important nutrients, such as dietary fiber, B Vitamins, and iron, magnesium, and selenium.

Mix It Up. Be sure to eat a wide variety of fruits and vegetables to ensure that you receive a proper amount of nutrients.

Supplement. If you eat an entirely plant-based diet, you may need to supplement in order to achieve a full-range of vitamins and minerals. Vegetarians often supplement with Vitamin B-12, Vitamin D, Calcium, Zinc, and Riboflavin.

Limit and moderate. Just as if you were eating the Standard American Diet, there are certain foods that should be eaten in moderation. Foods that are high in sugar or high in fat should be eaten in limited amounts.

Whether you are looking to become a full-fledge vegetarian or are just wanting to incorporate more plant-based foods into your diet, there are a number of resources online to assist you on your journey, including:

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