would it be ok to eat fruit/veggies for a week?
to kind of do a detox. just have fruit, veggies, and water for a week. if it's not a good idea, could someone suggest something?
- 1 decade agoFavorite Answer
Vegetarian diet is a good way to detox.
Saving our health, One Bite at a time
As rates of obesity, heart disease, cancer, diabetes, hypertension, and other life-threatening health conditions skyrocket in the United States.
Many researchers and medical professionals have come to the conclusion:
A vegetarian diet can help promote good health and even reverse some diseases, including the most common one-- heart disease.
What nutritional experts say #about vegetarian diets?
“According to the American Dietetic Association, An appropriately planned
vegetarian diets are helpful, nutritionally adequate, and provide health benefits in the prevention and treatment of certain diseases. Well planned vegetarian diets are appropriate for all stages of the life cycle, including during pregnancy, lactation, infancy, childhood, and adolescence.
A vegetarian diet offers a number of nutritional benefits, including lower levels of saturated fat, cholesterol, and animal protein as well as high levels of carbohydrates, fiber, magnesium, potassium, foliate, and antioxidants such as vitamins C and E and Phytochemicals.
Vegetarians have proven in reports to have lower body mass index than non vegetarians, as well as lower rates of death from ischemic heart disease; Vegetarians also show lower blood cholesterol levels; lower blood pressure; and lower rates of hypertension; type 2 diabetes, and prostate and colon cancer.”
“Appropriate planned vegan, lacto-vegetarian, and lacto-ovo-vegetarian diets satisfy nutrient needs of infants, children , and adolescents and promote normal growth. Vegetarian diets in childhood and adolescents can aid in the establishment of lifelong healthy eating patterns and can offer some important nutritional advantages.
Vegetarian children and adolescents have shown to have lower levels of cholesterol, saturated fat, and total fat and consumed higher levels of fruits, vegetables, and fiber than non vegetarians.
Vegetarian children have also been reported to be leaner and to have lower serum cholesterol levels.”
Fighting heart disease
In the average American diet, animal products are the main source of saturated fats, and the only source of cholesterol. By removing animal products off our plates, we can greatly reduce the amount of saturated fats and all of the cholesterol that contribute to heart disease. In one study, a low fat, high fiber, nearly vegan diet combined with stress reduction skills, smoking cessation, and moderate exercise actually reversed atherosclerosis, the hardening of the arteries.#
Obesity is the number one epidemic in the United States.
A low fat vegetarian diet with moderate exercise can take off and keep weight off. In fact, on average, vegetarians are leaner and weight less than omnivores.
Breast cancer in the United states is on the rise. As for the countries, that follow plant-based diets, breast cancer rates are dramatically lower. But, when that same population include more animal products in there diets, cancer rates increase.
Typically, vegetarians have lower rates of colon cancer than non- vegetarians , #and a recent study found that a low fat, vegetarian diet with moderate exercise can help stop and even reverse prostate cancer.#
Strengthening the Immune System
Approximately 80 percent of all factory farmed animals receive
antibiotics to promote growth and to minimize illnesses common to intense confinement. #As a result, antibiotic resistant bacteria strains, such as salmonella and E coli, are increasingly found in animal products, jeopardizing the ability of antibiotics to treat human infections. The World Health Organization, The American Medical Association, and many of other health advocates are all calling for the reduction of the use of antibiotics.#
Common Myths about Protein
Some people worry about how easily a vegetarian diet can provide all the protein we need.
The fact is, you don’t need a degree in nutrition to have a well balanced
vegetarian diet. Eating an adequate amount of calories per day made up with any normal amount of plant-based foods gives our bodies all the protein we need to stay fit and active.
There maybe potentially less protein in a vegetarian diet, this is actually an advantage.
Excess levels of protein has been linked to kidney stones, increased calcium excretion (which can lead to osteoporosis)
some cancers and possibly heart disease.
A diet centered on beans, whole grains, and vegetables contains adequate amounts of protein without the “over dose” most carnivores get.
Basic Nutritional Information
Merely removing animal products from your diet doesn’t automatically ensure good health. As with any diet, it is important to know basic nutrition.
Staying physically fit and active, avoiding foods high in saturated fats, cholesterol, and eating lots of fruits and vegetables is good advice for anyone vegetarian and omnivores alike. Good thing this isn’t hard to for many vegetarians.
The key things to look out for are:
Essential Omega-3 Fatty Acids
Fatty acids are important for various reasons--including maintaining good heart and cardiovascular health-- and its essential to have a reliable source.
Vegetarian foods with omega 3 fatty acids include walnuts, ground flax seeds, flax oil, hemp seed oil, canola oil, and other supplements.
When we consume animal products, we also ingest this vitamin that is made up of bacteria from animal bodies.
In a vegetarian diet we can take a common multiple vitamin or B-12 supplement, or enjoy fortified cereals or soymilk to get a reliable source of B-12.
Vitamin D is more important than calcium for good bone health. Our bodies also make the vitamin when we are exposed to the sun. Spending time outdoors everyday and during the winter months, eating vitamin D - fortified foods or taking a supplement is a good idea for any kind of diet vegetarian or not.
Sources Of Protein, Iron, and Calcium
Almonds, black beans, brown rice, cashews, garbanzo beans ( chick peas), Kidney Beans, lentils, lima beans, peanut butter, pinto beans, seitan, soybeans, soymilk, sunflower seeds, textured vegetable protein (TVP), tofu, vegetarian mock hot dogs, and burgers.Black Beans, bran flakes, cashews, cream of wheat, garbanzo beans (chick peas), Grape Nuts, Kidney beans, lentils, navy beans, oatmeal, pumpkin seeds, raisins, soymilk, spinach, sunflower seeds, tofu, tomato juice, and whole wheat breads
Almonds, black beans, broccoli, calcium fortified orange juice, collard greens, great northern beans, kale, kidney beans, mustard greens, navy beans, orange juice, pinto beans, soymilk textured vegetable protein (TVP), tofu
What do Vegetarians Eat?
Suggestions for meals and snacks
Cereal w/ soymilk or rice milk
Oatmeal with cinnamon and maple syrup
Tofu scramble and soy sausage
Toast w/ peanut butter
Soy yogurt w/ raisins or granolaVeggie burger
Mock meat sub
Black bean burritos w/ soy cheese and salsaBBQ tofu/ corn on the cob
Spaghetti with mock meat balls
Veggie lasagna w/ mock ground beef
Vegetable soup with sourdough breadFresh fruit
Sweet potato chips
Baked pita wedges with hummus
Chips and salsa
- Anonymous1 decade ago
Its fine, thats all my sister eats. But you do need to make sure you have complete protein in you diet. Think beans and rice for example. Also Iron from greens.
- 1 decade ago
I'm a vegetarian and eat fruits/vegs all day everyday and haven't had serious illness or died yet, so I guess it's gotta be good.
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- 1 decade ago
i do it all the time. its good for you.