Vegetarian Myth Busters!


Vegetarian diets have always been a healthier
and more beneficial option than those diets that include meat or any other
animal product. Meat and fish are alright but not necessary for a human being
to live. Vegetarian diet primarily includes all sorts of plant based food, as
in leaves, roots, barks and the list goes on. However there are several
different kinds of vegetarian diet patterns that can be followed: 
  • The Lacto-ovo diet pattern – This is the most common
    vegetarian diet pattern that includes eggs and dairy products. 
  • The Lacto diet pattern – In this diet, dairy products
    can be consumed but not eggs.
  • The Ovo pattern – In this diet pattern, eggs are
    allowed but no dairy products.  
The above three vegetarian diet patterns are the
ones that are mostly followed by people. Apart from these three, there are
Veganism – Probably the
strictest form of vegetarian diet that only focuses on plant derived foods
excluding all sorts of meat, fish and even honey.
Semi-Vegetarianism –
Also known as Flexitarianism (flexible + Vegetarianism), is a kind of diet that
primarily focuses on plant based food with occasional inclusion of fish and
Pescetarianism – A
vegetarian diet that depends on seafood as the only source of meat and
otherwise focuses on vegetables, fruits etc.
Following a vegetarian diet does not necessarily
mean that you have to constantly compromise with taste. There are countless
dishes that you can enjoy without any regret. I remember, I was staying in
Noida for work and craving some yummy dinner, but couldn’t have any home cooked
food because my family was in Kolkata. So I looked up the
best restaurants in Noida and got plenty of options. I chose to go to a vegetarian place
because I come from a pure vegetarian family. My boyfriend and I went to this
roadside dhaba and had some delicious paneer tikka (cubed cottage cheese cooked
in a tandoor with vegetables), paratha (Indian flatbread), and chana batura
(chickpeas cooked in a red sort of onion and ginger-garlic sauce). We were
overwhelmed by taste, flavour and love. Our stomachs and hearts were literally
dancing. If you live in Noida or just visiting, you should definitely check out
sectors 18 and 32 as they are literally food paradises on earth. From fine
diners, expensive eateries to shabby shacks and roadside dhabs, these two
places tell their stories through food. Apart from these two places, the city
is filled with numerous restaurants and joints where you can get hearty
Every diet pattern has its own pros and cons and
the vegetarian diets are no different. Eating vegetables is definitely healthy
but there are things that one has to keep in mind:
  1. Limited eating. Don’t go crazy, keep measuring. 
  2. Calorie intake. Keep tracking how many calories are
    getting inside your body and what they are capable of doing. 
  3. Drink a lot of water as it not just aids in hydration,
    but is considered to be one of the greatest detoxifying agents. 
  4. Exercise on a regular basis as this practice is
    beneficial for everyone. Yoga is another great option.  
  5. Learn about nutrients and eat accordingly. 
  6. Follow websites for recipes and health benefits.
    Consult a dietitian or nutritionist if required. 
  7. Mix and match while cooking.
  8. Never stop your research. 
So, keep eating good food and stay healthy!

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