Have you considered a vegan diet? Do you think dad does too? A diet rich in phyto-nutrients is associated with many health benefits and research backs this up. Plants foods are known to be high in fiber, low in saturated fats and high in powerful antioxidants that support a healthy life style that slows down the aging process. If you’re not sure you’re ready for a strict vegan/vegetarian diet just yet, consider keeping some of your favorite meats on hand and supplement this with healthy rice or pasta medleys and salads as well. You’ll be glad you did. This is one way to wean your dad off animal protein. You don’t have to go cold-turkey. If you think vegetarian/vegan diets don’t taste good, better think again. These diets make use of herbs and spices that liven up any dish so there is no need to add saturated fats or sauces that are high in calorie. The herbs and spices are also loaded with antioxidants, vitamins and minerals which is an added plus.
If your dad has a weight issue, a phytonutrient diet can help him lose weight. Dieting to slim down can be difficult but with plant foods properly chosen it can be a snap. Vegans/vegetarians generally weigh less so long as they watch their sugar/fat intake. If your just vegetarian, you may have a weight problem if you take in excess eggs and milk products as they can be high in fats. However, these diets should provide all the nutrients you need so you should have plenty of energy to do all the things you want to do. Just think about a healthier weight and how that will make dad feel about himself. Definitely sexier! This will certainly boost dads morale. He’ll be prancing around proud.
According to the medical community, vegan/vegetarian diets are healthy for you and it has been shown that these diets are less likely to generate blood pressure problems, cancer, heart disease, vascular disease or type 2 diabetes simply because you're avoiding saturated fats from animal protein and animal cholesterol. And, remember you’re getting a wide range of antioxidants that slow down inflammation in the body and inflammation is a definite marker for the aging process.
There are all kinds of recipes for vegan/vegetarian meals so I’m going to discuss some general dishes that are made with pasta, rice or general salad vegetables to get you started. All you have to do is mix and match what you want. Later on, you can get fancy and try some exotic vegetables, fruits, herbs and spices when you’re ready.
Cook pasta or rice according to instructions on the package and set aside. Chop the vegetables you have chosen and saute in olive oil and minced garlic. Heat pasta sauce and toss pasta/rice and sauteed vegetables together. Toss in chopped fresh basil and sprinkle cheese or tofu on top and serve. Enjoy!