Are you feeling virtuous because you ordered the veggie burger and sweet potato fries? Dawn Jackson, author of The Flexitarian Diet says you may be fooling yourself. She warns of common mistakes made by vegetarians, trying to be good:
- Eating usual meals – just without meat. Oops, no protein. Better to replace meat with plant proteins (beans and legumes).
- Sticking to the “beige diet” – bread, rice, pasta – will not get you the vitamins missing from colorful, disease-fighting veggies and fruits.
- Cheesing It: Using only cheese for protein (in sandwiches, on pasta, on crackers) can mean high calories and salt – and saturated fat.
And those veggie burgers? If frozen fake meat is your only concession to good eating, you may be getting too much sodium for the convenience.
No easy fixes to good health; that magic pill isn’t here yet.