I know absolutely nothing about nutrition!
Posted by J corb at 04/06/2013
So, this is probably going to sound very strange, but I know literally nothing about nutrition. Through some very unusual circumstances, I actually never really attended school growing up, and as such, I just never learned anything about what a "healthy diet" should consist of.
Well, I'm 26 years-old now, and I really feel like I need to start taking care of my body. Thing is, it's kind of hard to come up with a healthy diet, when I know nothing about what I'm supposed to be eating.
Basically, I'd like to make the change to becoming a vegetarian. I don't necessarily want to go completely Vegan, as I'm worried I'll have a hard enough time just adjusting to not consuming meat of any kind, but I also want to make sure that I'm actually eating healthier, as opposed to just eating tons of bread and cheese.
If there are any articles or books you could point me to, or even just friendly advice, I'd really appreciate it. Thanks!
Back to your specific question, this link gives very thorough information on going vegan. Even though you only want to go vegetarian, it's a great guide to follow. As a vegetarian, you'd feel free to throw a slice of cheese on the burgers or fry up an egg with the breakfast items, etc.
Here's the link:
It also has tons of links about health and nutrition so you can read to your heart's content. : )
So happy to read your post. You can do it! And know that there is a whole community of vegetarians and vegans here to support you if you need it.
Your body needs to get used to the idea of simply not eating meat, not necessarily eating nutrient rich meals. You need to eat healthy in life, but you shouldnâ€™t expect to eat only salads and healthy meals right away, especially if youâ€™ve been eating unhealthy and fattening foods all of your life.
So donâ€™t worry about eating healthy right away. Gorge on cheese. Eat pastas. Enjoy foods that are simply delicious, and donâ€™t focus so much on the health of the meal. Once youâ€™ve gotten used to delicious foods without meat, thatâ€™s when it's time to make the switch to eating healthier.
(If you're someone with tremendous will power and self control, forget this advice. You'll be able to dive right in and make the change. For most people though, the gradual approach is the most successful.)
J corb04/07/2013 21:36:14
I might eventually try to go vegan, though. Not sure I could ever commit to it 100%, though, as I really want to eat healthier for my own sake, but still be open to going out, without having to stress about where I might take a date (anymore than usual, anyways :P).