Would You Consider Moving Toward A Vegetable Based Diet?

I grew up with my family in the hamburger restaurant business. My grandfather started in the 40’s with a single restaurant, and after some fits and starts, the successful company in the family-style hamburger genre was born! But as I’ve gotten older, and my metabolism has become slower, I’ve seen my personal diet move more toward an 80% vegetable-based plan. I love the seasonal options available and challenge myself by finding creative options for flavor and opportunities to add more vegetables that I may not be familiar with. They aren’t all a resounding success, but it is an adventure (ask my kids).

There are five more vegetable options available:

-The Raw Diet:

Ingredients are not cooked, processed or heated to above 115 degrees. Foods can be eaten in their original form, blended or strained. This diet can include animal protein such as unprocessed or uncooked meats, seafood, eggs and unpasteurized dairy. Alcohol, caffeine, refined sugars and many oils and fats are to be avoided. Many people with digestive issues have trouble digesting such a meal plan.


A vegetarian attitude that excludes foods that evolves from animals, except for eggs and dairy such as milk and cheese. You don’t eat any seafood, poultry or meat on this plan.


This food plan is fish and plant-based. It allows seafood, eggs and dairy.  No meat or poultry are consumed.


Vegan enthusiasts embrace the strict vegetarian plan that excludes any food of animal origin, including meat, poultry, seafood, eggs and dairy without exception. Meat is replaced with alternate protein sources such as tofu, beans, peanut butter, whole grains such as quinoa or farro, nuts peas and veggie burgers. Many people diagnosed with food allergies or cancer chose to eat this narrow food plan.


This flexible vegetarian diet doesn’t forbid meats but encourages you to add in meatless protein in place of meat sources. It includes fruits, vegetables, whole grains, dairy, and eggs. The focus is to gravitate toward a plant-based diet.

If participating in a strict diet doesn’t work with your tastes, schedule or opportunities, take the best parts of a vegetable-based diet plan and integrate them into your cooking. You may find, as I did, that it helps you manage your weight goals, allows you to eat bigger portions and leaves you feeling more energized.

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