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Know your nutrition. Take time to learn what your body requires and what food provides what nutrients. Read labels paying close attention to salt, fat and sugar content.
Mix proteins. Beans and tortillas or rice, Egyptian foul and pita, peanut butter and whole wheat bread, soy and rice. Make sure you are getting your lysine.
Eat sufficient calories. That’s right. The real problem with the vegetarian and especially the vegan lifestyle is eating enough calories not getting sufficient protein.
Know your herbs and spices and look into growing your own on a windowsill.
Raw vegetables have their vitamins intact but because of our difficulty in breaking down cellulose stir frying very quickly in a minimum of olive or canola oil may actually be better for you.
Frozen vegetables are often better than fresh. This is because nutrient content degrades over time and many veggies especially in winter are shipped from South America. Frozen veggies are flash frozen right off the truck.
Learn to love quinoa. Quinoa is not a true grain in that it is not from the grass family but it has a pleasant flavor and can be used anyplace you use rice. It is a complete protein providing ALL the essential amino acids.
No processed foods. They are all about salt, fat and sugar and for the same reasons no fast food.
Advance preparation makes cooking much easier. Cut your veggies, even prepare your quinoa or rice in advance.
Buy a wok, blender and food processor of some kind and know how to use them.