If a vegetarian diet is better, why donít I feel better?
Despite all the positive intentions that lead people to adopt a vegetarian diet, some vegetarians do not experience the good health they expect. It is true that eliminating meat from a diet naturally results in health benefits. However, people who simply remove the meat (and perhaps dairy and eggs) from their diet and make no other changes will have a nutritionally deficient diet. The truth is that a significant number of vegetarians do not experience the good health usually associated with a vegetarian diet. Overweight, underweight and low energy are not uncommon among vegetarians. The reason is simple. They have adopted a nutritionally deficient diet.
To create a healthy vegetarian diet, you need to understand (and follow!) the principles of vegetarian nutrition. Eating a healthy vegetarian diet is not complicated, but first you need to learn the principles.
If you are concerned that your diet may be compromising your health, the problems is probably not a vegetarian diet, it more likely your vegetarian diet. Call us. We can help. Itís a conversation worth having.
I feel fine, but itís hard to know just how good my diet really is
Symptoms are a fairly unreliable basis for assessing oneís health status. Just as the early stages of diabetes and atherosclerosis are symptomless but none-the-less real, the effects of nutritional deficiencies and indulgences can be symptomless and just as serious. For people who eat an admittedly poor diet, being symptomless is not necessarily a sign of health. For people who try hard to eat a healthy diet, even for you it can be hard to know how good your diet is. It should not require a degree in nutrition to put together a healthy diet, but with all the information, misinformation and confusion out there, it is difficult to know what to do.
So, whether you know your diet is in trouble and want help improving it or
whether you try to eat well but just donít know how well you are doing, we
can help. Weíll assess your diet and put you on a path to great nutrition.
Give us a call.