Victoria Lewis, BSc, BPHEd
Last week I had a chat to the University’s staff wellness group about vegetarian eating, and in the spirit of Nutrition Awareness Month I thought I would share some of the key benefits of a vegetarian diet.
Fills your diet with a range of nutrients
Studies shown that well-balanced vegetarian diets are likely:
With more nutrients come health benefits
Bearing in mind that vegetarians are more likely to lead a healthy lifestyle with more physical activity, less alcohol and lower smoking rates, studies have found that the vegetarian diet is associated with:
Leaves you with a bit of spending money at the end of the week
I did my own little research study on this one and found:
Reduces your carbon foot print
Studies have shown that vegetarian diet are more sustainable than omnivore diets. This is because vegetarian foods do not put as much stress on natural resources. The data suggests:
There we have it, a short summary of the benefits of a vegetarian diet. For anyone that is interested in giving vegetarianism a go why not start with one or two meat free meal per week. There are some great recipes out there, so get experimenting!
Victoria holds a Bachelor of Science in Human Nutrition, a Bachelor of Physical Education and recently completed her Masters in Dietetics. She is now working as a nutrition intern with Chiefs Rugby and a nutrition consultant at UniRec. For more information or to book, contact Victoria - email@example.com or 0276262189