Some said that vegetarian diet is healthier, others do not agree. What is your view?
Contrary to popular belief, adopting a vegetarian diet simply by eliminating meat is not necessarily healthier. Nor is it less fattening. Giving up meat totally does have some beneficial effects on your body. However adopting a total vegetarian lifestyle is more important as it will definitely result in a healthier body & mind.
The first thing to change when one thinks about adopting a healthier diet is to avoid JUNK food. Yes, you have heard me correctly. Everyone knows that junk food is - junk food. Your body is not getting any healthier with those sweets, chocolates, cookies, cakes, fries, pizzas. It also makes vegetarian fat too. So are instant noodles and many other pre-cooked or other fattening can foods. Being a vegetarian does not give you the freedom to indulge in large amount of those, so cut down.
Second, don’t cook with oil. But if you must fry with oil, use as little as possible. You might want to consider changing your style of cooking instead. Stir-fry, bake, steam and eating raw are some of the options available. Most hawker centre food like fried prawn noodles & carrot cakes (the hawker centre uncles and aunties are going to hate me for this) are cooked with large amount of oil. Animal fats are also added to make their food tastier. So watch out for those.
Thirdly, consume a wide variety of food. If you do not eat meat, you must try to consume other plant alternative to replace the nutrients that you would normally get from meat because no single plant is as nutritious as meat. (Surprise!)
Lastly, exercise regularly. You can walk briskly, climb stairs, dance, jog, or even cycle to nearby stores for groceries shopping. The trick is to fit it into your daily routine so that you will not be too lazy to move that body. Any form of regular exercises will help to increase metabolism which results in burning of calories. This in turns helps you to stay in shape.
Remember, nutritious diet and regular exercise is the key to a better, healthier body and mind.