A lot, actually. Especially if you've been eating meat all your life. While some folks might scoff at the idea of sticking to only vegetarian food, there are some reasons why people do this ranging from religious reasons all the way to just deciding to cut out all the "bad" from their lives, and making a fresh start even if it means starting off with your diet.
While I'm not necessarily convinced that becoming a vegetarian is the ideal thing to do (as meat is tasty, and we need to live a little at least!), being accommodating is perhaps the least I can do for my fellow being by not judging their lifestyle choices and motives…
However, I will admit that it isn't too bad to try, especially if it's cooked simply and very well, and therein lies the catch. (My mom did the a bang-up job the last we resorted to trying this!)
Portion control plays a big part here too, and overeating no matter how healthy can fatten you up as well, although to a lesser degree. And ever since the food pyramid has become a popular way of knowing how much is enough, you shouldn't be surprised that there's one for those who have decided to stick to vegetarian food.
The Vegetarian Food Pyramid
As the name suggest this food chart (or pyramid) consists of only vegetarian foods while clearly omitting fish, meat and poultry, which is a prominent features of the Food Pyramid in general.
And while some of you are aware of the structure of the food pyramid that not only categorized each food group but also informed users of which groups to eat more of and which ones to be careful of, the vegetarian food pyramid also follows the same structure as well.
Mind you that the element of portion control also plays a significant role in both structures, and something that people who are either on a vegetarian or non-vegetarian diet should be cognizant of at all times.
The best part about following the food pyramid, in my opinion, is that it isn't one of those 21-day diets after which you go back to whatever you were doing earlier but have to apply what is explained in the chart in your day to day life.
However, there's one more thing that one must take into consideration when following the vegetarian food pyramid is the fact that it is not designed to one's specific needs, and so one has to either meet a dietitian or even log on to websites where in entering a set of personal details, one can actually get a detailed food pyramid breakup of what and how much one should eat daily.
There's no harm in trying both if you wish…
For some folks who can't think of turning into an authentic vegetarian, thanks to their allegiance to meat and poultry, the truth is that it isn't as hard as it sounds. And when it comes to variety, you have so many vegetarian dishes to pick from spanning salads to cooked meals as well!
One word of caution. If you are a strick vegan and are pregnant or thinking about getting pregnant you have to be aware of vitamin B12 deficiency. This can cause neurological damage to infants that is quick to manifest itself after birth and unfortunately is not reversible. It is wise to speak to your doctor about this.