Anne Collins’ Vegetarian Diet for Life is a practical way to start eliminating meat from your diet. Just follow the recommendations and you’ll soon be living a healthy and sustainable way of life. Anne Collins is a professional diet consultant and nutritionist. She has been working to help people shed unwanted pounds for 25 years.
Why Eliminate Meat?
There are many sensible reasons for eliminating meat from your diet. If you struggle with high cholesterol, following a vegetarian way of life is a great way to eliminate at least one source of saturated fat from what you eat. Eating red meat puts you at risk for a number of health problems, including high blood pressure, atherosclerosis (hardening of the arteries), cancer and stroke.
Saying no to meat may be better for the planet. According to Worldwatch Institute–an organization that analyzes environmental data globally–the population of livestock has increased by 60 percent. It takes nearly 5 pounds of grain to produce one pound of beef. As the world population grows, if the demand for meat increases, it will become more difficult to sustain the animals raised for food. Agricultural experts claim a 10-acre farm could feed sixty people growing soy, but only two people by raising cattle.
Many who advocate eliminating meat from your daily fare also believe it is kinder to animals, who suffer greatly in the mass production required for feeding a hungry, meat-eating population.
The principle behind the diet is to help you get healthy and lean. Anne Collins believes that learning what and how to eat is the key to long-term success. The diet requires that you follow 12 easy rules.
- Always eat three meals daily: breakfast, lunch and dinner.
- Follow the meal instructions.
- Always include the following foods in your daily diet: legumes, seeds and nuts, green leafy vegetables.
- Use only very small quantities of hydrogenated oils such as margarine.
- Use as little fat as possible when frying.
- Use only low-fat dairy.
- Eat no more than 6 egg yolks per week.
- Never go hungry. It’s better to eat something and go over your calorie limit than feel hungry. Hunger is the number one diet spoiler.
- Avoid foods not listed in the diet, such as pastries, cookies, etc.
- Limit your intake of alcoholic beverages.
- Take care while dining out and watch for dietary traps such as hidden saturated fats and refined carbs.
- Make sure to eat more if you’re breastfeeding.
Foods to Consume
Since this is basically a diet for life, there is no day-to-day menu plan. The diet provides lists of things you can eat and ideas for preparation. The eating plan provides guidelines for daily-recommended fruits, vegetables, proteins and whole grains. For example, for breakfast you can have fruit, yogurt, whole-grain cereals or smoothies. Lunch includes cheese pizza, vegetarian BLT or vegetable soup. Dinner ideas include Spanish omelet, stir-fried veggies with brown rice, or pasta with tomatoes.