Vegetarianism is defined as “the practice of abstaining from the consumption of meat – red meat, poultry, seafood and the flesh of any other animal”. (1)
In my experience ‘going veggie’ can be a double edged sword.
It can lead to massive health benefits – when its done properly.
I have vegetarian meals and entire vegetable days myself and they help me enormously.
The biggest benefits from a plant based diet are:
Raw food is good for you because of the enzymes and we need to eat more raw food than cooked.
Digestive problems can go away (because of the prebiotics found in vegetables)
Increases antioxidant intake via fruits and vegetables.
Strict diets may help to promote discipline and self control (and insanity;-) )
Other times I’ve seen it lead to health problems when followed incorrectly, nutritional deficiencies and mental health problems such as depression (all via a B12 deficiency).
Other health problems typically associated with vegetarianism are anemia, pallor(a pale colour),…