You can’t deny that JLo’s new body is rocking! She credits her weight loss success to the 22-Day Vegan Diet. The same diet Beyonce and Jay Z popularized by posting food photos on Instagram. But is cutting out all animal products a healthy way to lose weight?
When I switched cold-turkey from a meat-eating to vegan diet, I was pleased to see I could still eat fries, chips and salsa, and my secret guilty pleasure, Swedish Fish (it’s not realfish, so it’s OK!). But I quickly realized I'd stumbled into a common veggie pitfall -- eating junk food in place of fresh, whole, plant-based foods. Here are some other vegetarian mistakes.
Whether you're a committed vegetarian or vegan or just want to try something new, meatless meals provide great variety to your dinner table meal line-up -- They can be both delicious and healthy (foregoing meat isn't an excuse to eat cheese pizza every day!) We chose 25 tasty recipes covering all of the major food groups vegetarians should be eating (these are healthy picks for meat-eaters, too): fruits and veggies, whole grains, beans/legumes, nuts, and seeds.
Foods that sound like they be meat and dairy free, like vegetable soup or non-dairy creamer often contain ingredients you're not expecting. Be sure to check labels and ask your server at restaurants what foods contain, especially for the foods on this list.