Did you know there are universal benefits to reducing meat consumption in your diet?  From physical, to spiritual, to environmental – men and women have great reasons to discover the benefits of becoming a full-time or part-time vegetarian, a plant-based vegan, or a plant and fish-eating pescatarian.

This time of year, for example, many people abstain from meat for religious reasons.  Across Tampa Bay, and around the world, many Christians are currently observing the season of Lent, which is a spiritual time of repentance, sacrifices, and an abstinence from meat every Friday until Easter Sunday. Years ago, before nearly every restaurant had scrumptious vegetarian options on their menus, the church’s “Friday Fish Fry” and basic vegetable sides at restaurants were the only choices for non-meat eaters.  Today, however, with gourmet vegan entrees at dining establishments and juicy veggie burgers at nearly every place in town, it seems that vegetarianism and pescatarianism hardly feels like a sacrifice.

Personal Health Benefits of Alternative Diets
The physicians at Weight Success Centers LLC in Tampa are constantly touting the healthy benefits of superfoods and explaining the healing power of medicinal plants used by cultures around the world.

For vegans and vegetarians, the benefits of plant-based diets include an increase of vitamins, minerals, antioxidants, fiber, and other nutrients found in fruits, vegetables, grains, seeds, nuts, and herbs.  Some studies show that plant-based diets can help lower risks associated with heart disease, diabetes, hypertension, obesity, and other conditions.

Additionally, pescatarians benefit from the fact that most types of fish are a lean source of protein.  Generally, fish is also low in fat, low in cholesterol, and high in Omega-3 Fatty Acids, vitamins, and minerals. This means eating high-quality seafood can be a healthy way to diversify your diet.

Worldly Reasons for Reducing Meat Consumption
There is an ever-growing population of humans around the world needing more food. This means we are using more and more of our precious land for farming. Overuse of land results in many species around the world losing their natural habitats.

Furthermore, some agricultural practices, including the farming of animals for food consumption, is affecting our environment.  Studies show that vegetarian diets may be more sustainable than omnivore diets because certain vegetable-based crops feed more people with less land, thus, reducing greenhouse gas emissions. Reducing emissions is considered essential to sustainability.  This means that eating less meat and more veggies can provide much greater benefits than just improving your individual health.

Every person has different diet needs.  If you’d like to know how your individual diet might benefit from cutting back on high-fat meat products, contact the experts and physicians at Weight Success Centers.

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