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3 Reasons Why Vegetarians Should Consider a Health Coach

Kayla Sheely , 06/13/2016

Many people choose to become vegetarian for the perceived health benefits or because they want to abstain from eating meat due to animal cruelty. However, often when people choose to become vegetarian or vegan, they get asked questions like:

Where do you get your protein?

Do you get enough B12?

How do you know if you are getting enough calcium?

As a vegetarian, are you able to answer these questions? Do you have concerns about your own diet and whether it is actually healthy, even without meat?

Just being a vegetarian doesn’t make you healthy. As a vegetarian, if you are still eating white bread, pasta, frozen pizza, and Oreos, cutting out meat probably isn’t helping your body too much.

What is a healthy diet?

A healthy diet is made up of nutrient-dense, whole foods. Can you guess what those foods might be? Leafy greens, colorful fruits and vegetables, beans and legumes, nuts, seeds, and whole grains like brown rice and quinoa fit the bill. We recommend a 90/10 rule: 90% of your diet should come from these nutrient-dense powerhouses and 10% can be other foods, including animal products if you so choose.

Why you should partner with a health coach

Whether you are vegetarian, vegan, or a meat eater, it’s important to fuel your body as best as possible. But when you are on the run, busy with family outings, kids’ activities, and trying to squeeze in some alone time, focusing on your health can seem a little unrealistic. That’s where an expert health coach comes in. Through short 30 minute or 60 minute sessions, a health coach can help you prioritize your health (and your family’s!).

A health coach can help you...

Understand your personal nutrition needs.

If you choose to be vegetarian, a coach can help make sure you are getting all the essential nutrients you need (both macro, like protein and carbs, and micro, like various vitamins and minerals!).

Create a nutrition plan that fits with your life.

One of the biggest barriers to eating healthy is often the time it takes. Leave the heavy lifting to your coach -- she can help you create meal plans, find new recipes, and create shopping lists.

Give you encouragement and motivation.

It can be hard to stick with a healthy diet, especially when the rest of your family may not be on board. Regular calls with a health coach can help hold you accountable and give you a pep talk when you need it.


Ready to get started with an expert health coach? Schedule a free first session here!

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