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Vegetarian or Semi-Meat Eater?

Published on March 20, 2012 by jhood

I don't eat red meat too often, if at all. I love chicken and fish. I buy organic foods for myself and my child and she's adjusted well to them. Is it better to be a vegetarian or a semi-meat eater? I know my child needs all the iron and protein for her growing body. Also, I am back to my high school weight after her birth but, lost my derriere, will running and weight training get it back or will I just have to take what I was given?

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Firstly, congratulations for making the commitment to wanting to do what's best for you and your child. The important thing for you is to do what's right for you both as individuals. You may find that you feel better eating a strictly vegetarian diet, or it may be that you occasionally need more concentrated animal protein. Your daughter would also benefit from clean sources of animal protein as she is growing and developing. My recommendation would be to focus your eating on vegetables, proteins from animal and non-animal sources (nuts, seeds, legumes, etc.), some fruits and healthy fats in moderation (butter, ghee, coconut oil, avocado).

I'll leave the question about your body changes to the exercise experts, but I believe weight training would be the most effective way to get your derriere back.

Hi there jhood, Your question is a very relevant one for many of us who are vegetarian, semi-vegetarian, or considering a transition. I agree with Linda's comment below. The New Optimum Nutrition Bible by Patrick Holford will help you plan complete nutrition for you and your family.

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