Going vegetarian for one day a week for dietary or religious reasons is a small change in your diet that can improve your health and the environment.

Eating no meat one day a week is not only about subtracting from your diet, but adding to it. Eating more whole grains, beans and lentils and vegetables on your meatless day offers many health benefits.

Whole-grain, unprocessed carbohydrates — such as whole-wheat bread, whole-grain pasta, brown rice, oats, buckwheat, quinoa and millet — can help prevent heart disease, certain cancers and diabetes.

Experimenting with a new grain choice on your next meatless day can provide fibre for normal bowel function, along with a variety of vitamins and minerals that contribute to the nutrient density of your diet. Vegetables are nutrient powerhouses and add colour and texture to your meals. Contact me for expert nutritional advice on healthy eating or to treat or prevent heart disease, cancer prevention and diabetes.

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