“How do you get your protein if you just eat broccoli and salad?”
That age-old question we humble Veggies get on a daily basis…
With so many debates kicking about the world of fitness , it is hard to know what is true and what is myth when it comes to plant-based diets. The media is full of people spouting extreme opinions one way or the other; it seems vegetarianism is either the only way we should eat, or the root of all the world’s evil. In light of this, I thought I would try and write as impartial an article as possible on vegetarian eating for performance.
Now, before we go into the nuts and bolts, one thing we should establish is the fact that I myself am a vegetarian, so take of this what you will. However, I do not promote entirely meat-free diets as the only way to eat healthily; this narrow-minded approach from people in the vegetarian and vegan community is ultimately the reason why so many people are opposed to such diets. I firmly believe that eating meat can very easily fit into a healthy diet, and I am keen to promote healthier eating in general rather than just vegetarian diets. Anway, here’s how I see the wonderful world of plant-based nutrition for performance…
You have to take everything you read on social media with a pinch of salt, and the content that people who one would describe as RLV’s will almost always be rooted in exaggeration and hyperbole that renders it completely useless when trying to develop your own opinion on plant-based living. My advice would be to try and read articles from credible sources on the internet so as to give you a balance of rational opinion and legitimate evidence!
Instead, go for the ‘ugly’ veg, which is usually displayed loose instead of in its own packaging; these aesthetically imperfect veggies taste just as good, but do not meet the expectations in terms of how they look. In my opinion, they taste better anyway, and you might get a cheap laugh out of an amusingly disfigured carrot…
The Final Word
However, I am not saying it works for everyone; each individual has their own formula with regards to diet, and a plant-based approach is just the way I myself choose to eat. I just thought it would be useful to share my experience of the significant benefits I have seen from switching to a diet centred around plants.
PS Enjoy the snazzy infographic below for more information….
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