Vegetarian Food Pyramid
I have been a vegetarian since birth, and my father who is an acupuncturist, and mother, a nurse; raised my sister and I in Ashrams, where we traveled, practiced bhakti yoga, and cooked lots of vegetarian cooking. Traveling and living in both Mexico and India I grew up eating plenty of Indian and Mexican cuisine. This vegetarian pyramid is an example of how we grew up balancing our vegetarian diet with beans, grains, vegetables, nuts, dairy..etc.
In many cultures, like Indians and Mexicans, we eat a lot of rice and beans, or rice and dal, and we usually accompany it with a vegetable dish or subji (indian vegetarian vegetable dish), along with a tortilla, bread or roti. All these dishes can use a bit of oil, (to cook or dress a salad), and mix cream, butter, or cheese on any dishes or just simply enjoy on the side or as garnishes. Soy products are a great daily protein too, like tofu scrambles for breakfast or grilled tofu slabs for sandwiches. Then we have nuts, those are awesome to make into creams, that you can also use as a substitute for dairy creams. You can also roast them and mix them in your salads or vegetable dishes. And then we have eggs and sweets in the very top for weekly. I don’t consume eggs, but I do eat sugar sweets every once in a while (I’m more of the savory type of gal). Eating too much sugar can have harmful effects on your body and slow down your metabolism. So remember to walk or do some type of exercise for 30 minutes everyday and drink plenty of water and your blood, and Qi (physical and mental energy) will be great and healthy!