5 Reasons Why a Vegetarian Diet Isn’t Filling You Up

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You're Not Eating Enough Protein Everyone knows that protein is an important way to stay satisfied, but how do vegetarians and vegans get enough protein?? The truth is, it's pretty easy to get protein on a plant-based diet. Foods like beans, spinach, tofu,  broccoli, nuts, seeds and whole grains are full of protein, not to mention fiber!

You're Cutting Carbs You need carbs to fuel your body. In fact, your body depends on carbohydrates for energy! Many people have a misunderstanding about carbohydrates because of the media and diets like Paleo or Atkins. Sure, carbohydrates like processed bread and white rice aren’t good for us, but plant-based carbs, bring em' on! Some of my favorite carbohydrates include foods like quinoa, fruit, wild rice, potatoes and oatmeal.

Your Food Isn’t Nutritious Enough It’s easier now than ever to eat vegetarian or vegan because we have so many substitutions. However, despite the fact that many of these are marketed as healthier options, all you have to do is look at the ingredients to know the truth. Eating packaged food is fine occasionally, but we should all aim to eat unprocessed, real food to give our body the nutrients it needs. Your Not Eating Enough Fiber Fiber is KEY to filling you up. The good news is that fiber is easy to get when you eat nutritious foods that come from the earth. Skins of fruits are filled with fiber, along with vegetables, grains, nuts, seeds and beans.

Your Not Eating Enough, Period. The number one reason I hear people complain about being hungry is because they are not eating enough. With the exception of foods like nuts, seeds and avocados, plant-based diets are relatively low in calories. So, you must make sure that you are eating enough food in order to stay full. In addition, plant-based food is digested much faster than animal products. For instance, did you know that it takes the body 3-6 days just to excrete meat?!

Have you gone plant-based? What are your favorite ways to stay full on a meat-free diet?