Every year we look at new diets that have more or less reach among young women. Not all diets are praised by specialists, including nutritionists. Very healthy, and at the same time safe, is a semivegetarian diet. Let’s find out what it is.
What is semivegetarianism?
Semivegetarianism is a variation of the vegetarian diet. In this variant, it is allowed to eat meat and products derived from animals. Semivegetarians, however, exclude red meat from their diet, and treat animal products as part of the diet, rather than its main component.
Semivegetarianism is very popular among those people who want to convert to vegetarianism, but are not completely convinced to completely reject meat. On the other hand, they want to take better care of their figure and health, so they include more vegetables and fruits in their diet. It is also practiced among active people.
Semivegetarianism can be divided into two varieties:
- Pollovegetarianism – allows the eating of poultry meat
- Pesco-vegetarianism – allows the eating of fish
Semivegetarianism allows the eating of animal products such as milk and its products, honey, and eggs.
What are the good things about semivegetarianism?
Semivegetarianism can bring us unexpected and very positive results, including:
- improving our health,
- an improvement in digestion,
- reduction of body fat,
- lowering the level of bad cholesterol,
- cleansing the body of toxins.
Simply giving up meat and eating less of it is not enough. Proper portioning of vegetables in relation to protein is important.
What are the main principles of semivegetarianism?
Semivegetarianism, in order to bring us adequate results, should be introduced gradually into our daily functioning. It is very important to remember a few rules, so that this type of diet provides us with all the nutrients that are important for us.
- Vegetables and fruit must make up at least half of the meal.
- Remember about nuts and nuts, as they are an important source of microelements, which are necessary for the proper functioning of the nervous system.
- Dairy products should be included in the daily menu at least twice a day.
- Avoid highly processed, unhealthy food, especially fast food.
Semivegetarianism is supposed to help people who are undecided about vegetarian and vegan diets. Many psychologists, but also dieticians, advise to introduce a diet poorer in meat at first, and only later to give it up completely.
With this approach, it will certainly be easier to convert to vegetarianism or veganism. Semivegetarianism is also a good way to see if this diet is right for you.
For whom is semivegetarianism intended?
Semivegetarianism will be suitable for people who want to take care of their figure. First of all, it should be used by people who:
- have digestive problems,
- suffer from kidney failure,
- are being treated for diabetes or digestive disorders,
- want to eat easy to digest,
- have a doctor’s prescription for a diet low in cholesterol.
A momentary fashion for a new way of eating can be a great excuse for us to change our eating habits. Semivegetarian diet has many advantages, mainly that it helps to increase the amount of vegetables and fruits eaten every day.
Should we really avoid meat?
Opinions of nutritionists regarding the consumption of meat are very divided. Many of them state that man is an omnivorous creature, so a small amount of meat in the diet does not preclude a healthy lifestyle. Others, on the other hand, recommend a completely plant-based diet, which should mostly meet our nutrient needs
Converting to vegetarianism or veganism has many positive effects on our health, but it should be remembered that with this style of eating, you should supplement vitamin B12. It has a positive effect on the development and functioning of the nervous system, but it is only available from animal products.
Before making any changes to your diet, it’s a good idea to do some basic medical tests and consult with a clinical dietician. After all, too restrictive a diet can do more harm than good.
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