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Vegetarian Eating Habits
I am a smoker 6..7 fag a day.Not able to quit.Anything to improve my lungs condition to avoid canser.Any exercise any food habits to change.Vegetarian?
No: Living a healthy life style including smoking cessation, balanced diet and regular exercise helps but smoking is the worst risk factor. Certain medications like buproprion, nicotene replacement and varenicline can help quitting. Some of these medications like buproprion and varenicline need close physician supervision. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Healthy starches: The best way to lose weight is to avoid starchy carbs, so the best way to gain is to eat lots of starches, but choose relatively healthy ones like whole grains and organic potatoes. Foods high in fat pack calories too, so nuts are also a good choice for gaining weight. Also, eating later in the day tends to cause weight gain. ...Read more
Be informed: Vegetarianism is a moral, not a health choice. A huge british study am j clin nutr in 2009 showed no measurable difference in any major health measure between vegs and omnivores; ped clin na 2009 showcased how easy it is to make your children sick on a vegetarian diet if you do not know exactly what you're doing. Ask your Dr. for help, or consider exercising hard instead of "going veggie." ...Read more
Am trying to become vegetarian, but do not feel my hunger is satisfied without meat so i end up eating more food.
OK to eat more food: Meat is a concentrated source of fat & calories. It's ok & typical to eat more food on a vegetarian diet. For example, 100 calories of steak has 6.5 grams of protein vs.100 cal. Of kale having 6.8 gr. However, 100 cal. Of steak weighs 1 oz. While 100 cal. Of kale weighs 12.6 oz. Thus you can/should eat 12 times more kale! the kale has many more vitamins, minerals & phyonutrients. Please see comment:. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
You must supplement: The moral benefits are obvious; anyone who's aware of the realities of today's factory farming will see this. A huge british study am j clin nutr in 2009 showed no measurable difference in any major health measure between vegs and omnivores; ped clin na 2009 showcased how easy it is to make your children sick on a vegetarian diet if you do not know exactly what you're doing. Your doctor can guide. ...Read more
I have irregular eating patterns and do not like to eat.Also my blood count is very low. What can I do to increase my blood count(i am a vegetarian)?
Forgive my frankness: You're only sixteen. This is your growth spurt. Despite what you may have read in vegetarian literature, it's basically impossible for you to get adequate nutrients, beginning with iron. You are going to need to supplement. If you do not like to eat, I'm worried. If the veggie diet simply doesn't appeal to you, reconsider your decision -- it's a moral choice rather than a health-promoting one. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
I've recently switched from a vegetarian diet to eating meat again. What can I can expect to feel?
Introduce meat into: Your diet slowly. Your body is not used to digesting meat and it may take a while to be comfortable w/that. You may feel a little stomach upset at first but you will gradually transition and eating meat will not be an issue. We westerners eat large slabs of meat. In asia small pieces of meat are used a flavoring in a dish. Peace and good health. ...Read more
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