You want to stop eating meat, improve your health, and feel better about the food you’re putting in your body? Maybe you want to cut back on eating meat, or maybe you want to go full-on vegan. Whatever the case may be, these tips for going vegetarian will help!
Find your reason. Whether it’s compassion for animals, your desire to improve your overall health, or something else entirely – find your reason! Having a reason makes the transition much easier, and makes it easier to stick with, too! Zen Habits does a great job of talking about why you should become a vegetarian.
Start small – or don’t. You can go “cold turkey” (pardon the pun), or you can slowly start cutting meat out of your diet. If you want to start slowly, first start by getting rid of red meat and pork. Then, cut out turkey and chicken. Last, get rid of fish (or keep it – some vegetarians do). If you’re going vegan, now’s the time to start cutting out milk, eggs, and other animal byproducts.
Read up! Follow amazing blogs such as No Meat Athlete, to read about day-to-day life as a vegetarian from someone who is doing it in an awesome way! It’s inspiring to read about people doing great things, becoming healthier, and living active lives.
Eat the right foods. Be sure you’re getting all the nutrients you need by choosing lots of leafy greens, nuts, and legumes to fill your diet. There are so many options for vegetarians nowadays, you’ll never get bored!
Avoid the crap. Do not replace meat with pasta! I repeat: do not replace meat with pasta! Don’t start adding cheese to every dish you eat, just because you can. At first, it can be tough to come up with meal ideas that don’t include pasta. Lacking inspiration? Check out this Vegetarian Meal Plan to give you tons of ideas.
Be prepared for arguments. When you first become a vegetarian – or even for years after – you will get constant arguments from meat-eaters that simply could never understand how you could give up bacon. Or how in the world you could skip a steak dinner. Or can’t wrap their minds around the fact that you’re still eating plenty of protein to fuel your body – without eating chicken or fish. As long as you have your reason, as long as you have your goals in mind, dealing with arguments isn’t too bad. Soon enough, they’ll “get it” and most will leave you alone about your food choices.
Are you a vegetarian? Any tips to add? Leave them in the comments!