Vegetarian since 2015. In addition to the fact that at first you will have a breakdown for the usual goodies, otherwise this is a very correct step. But there is an important BUT - your personal perception by the body. With the help of vegetarianism, I forgot about gastritis and (sorry) constipation, but I have friends who, having tried vegetarianism (not even strict), began to feel bad (malaise, problems with the gastrointestinal tract, etc.). My advice to you - try to hold out on a vegetarian diet for a month or two, do not immediately completely exclude animal food - dairy products and eggs will help you. If you feel bad, it's best to stop. If you like your state of the body, continue. The main thing is to do it gradually and with a positive attitude.
Personal example: I gave up meat and fish immediately and still feel - it couldn't be better, but for four months I tried to become a vegan, and to no avail - not for my body. I felt that I was getting weaker and problems appeared. It is different for everyone - some people accept veganism with ease.
Everyone chooses their own path. I would not say that straight animal eating is so harmful. Like getting sick, getting old. I'm 53, I look 37-42 years old in the opinion of strangers in the gym. Height 168, weight 78 kg (was 84 when he went to eventing competitions). Work experience 37 years, of which 27 years in the mine, 4 years in the oil industry, 2 years of hot work experience. Several injuries in the mine + pulmonary emphysema, varicose veins, osteochondrosis in two places. Sport helps + rational nutrition + optimism + travel (mountain hikes up to 14 days) on every vacation + surrounded myself only with positive people. Three children, five grandchildren. The last time I was on sick leave was 12 years ago. What do I eat? 200 g of fish, 150 g of white meat, 100-150 g of cottage cheese, 5-7 eggs without yolks, 30 g of nuts, cereal bread, cereals, sour milk, matured cheeses 50 g, lots of greens, vegetables and fruits - daily ... Vegetarianism is a good thing, but where can a mobile person with a lot of physical activity get 3500-4000 kcal? Yes, you can temporarily consume less. In my solo hike for 9 days, the calorie content was 2200 kcal. It could not be less, and so 700 grams of food per day for three feedings. Some days there were loads - 27 km on foot with a 30 kg backpack. He lived off internal fat. For 9 days, I brought home a belly with obvious abs cubes.
do not forget that vegetarianism is a business ... so you need to approach this issue wisely ... in any case, corpses are harm .... read Ugolev "Species nutrition ..." and everything will become clear .. ..from personal experience I was convinced that it is better without meat ...
Useful, based at least on the fact that the diet is officially approved by the American Dietetic Association, and the opinion of the World Health Organization is in short: a properly balanced vegetarian diet is suitable for people of all ages (yes, including breastfeeding / pregnant women, old people, etc. children). It has now been proven that there are no special amino acids in meat, all of them can be found in vegetables, and they are completely absorbed by the body.
When I, almost 5 years ago, decided to become a vegetarian, the thought came: "And I won't die from such a diet at all? :) maybe all vegetarians take special vitamins, or there are some other secrets ...." I began to study information, and, although there are a lot of opinions on the Internet in the style of "vegetarianism opens the chakras and gives strength earth "or, conversely," you will be bent and turn black from a lack of protein / iron / B12 / ... "There are also well-reasoned articles, thanks to which I, without any doubt, made a decision. I must say that from animal food I occasionally use eggs (as before, you need a special "egg" mood :), rarely - milk and dairy products, regularly - butter and cheese. Of the changes, the weight now does not change at all, it has settled at an average mark for me of 54 kg (with an increase of 168) and now it is always comfortable in the stomach. I have never suffered from diseases of the gastrointestinal tract, but before, periodically there were some indigestion, seething, severity and so on. Now, even with overeating or a late "night out" there are no such consequences.
So, following nutritionists, I advise vegetarianism, but there is one thing; you need to mature up to vegetarianism and switch to it consciously, so as not to lick your lips on the sausage and not harass yourself, or, worse, one day so break down on kebabs that it would be better to eat them in regular portions all the time you were a vegetarian.
For four years I have not lived on vegetarianism, but as a vegan.
Vegans are strict vegetarians who exclude animal products from their lives (!). No milk, no eggs, no meat, no fish, and with them no cosmetics and household chemicals that contain animal ingredients or have been tested on animals. Of course, wearing fur and leather is taboo.
My decision was deliberate and quite reasonable. I was one of those who became a vegan for ethical reasons.
I must say that eating alone (in the family they understood my decision, but did not support) is quite difficult. I can't say which is much more expensive, but there is always an option to try many, many new things. Thus, for myself, I discovered a wonderful dish HUMUS :)
The health benefits were parallel, but not too noticeable then. Yes, I lost weight, and when I ate incorrectly (rarely and monotonously), I even lost a lot of weight. And then everything went back to normal. And weight, and everything else.
To malicious haters I can say that problems with potency have not been observed in any period of time.
The first impression (after a month, probably) - forces come from nowhere ... Energy appears, it becomes very easy to do everything and keep up with everything. Good sleep.
For 4 years I have never had colds. There was not even a runny nose. Moreover, I have never been in good health and two or three times a year ARI / ARVI, or even angina - easily.
Oh, yes, I refused such a cool idea for medical reasons. After one operation, the immunity was very weak, and I needed a diet, which I did not dare to argue with (after all, my father is a doctor, and I know that arguing with them is more expensive for themselves, they are not trying for themselves). Meat was introduced into the diet from the liver.
The doctor who prescribed this diet for me quite adequately reacted to my eating habits, even approved, with one proviso: "It's all really healthy and healthy. But not in St. Petersburg Somewhere in the south of France, for example. In St. Petersburg, too, of course, you can. But only under the supervision of a nutritionist, and it may not be affordable. " That's how it all stopped.
I don't give up the idea of eating right.
Half of the vegan period (2 years) I studied at the agro-technological university, where I successfully defended animal husbandry. This I mean that I am not a stubborn fanatic, but nevertheless I get to the point with a sense. And on biotechnology they taught us to understand what we eat. So if you have questions about nutrition (like why beans in a jar are not worse than dried beans) - I can tell you :)