As you are well aware, it is not always easy to switch from one habit to another. This goes the same with someone who decides to stop eating meat and become a vegetarian. By the end of this article, you will be equipped with some tips that you can apply to make your transition smoother and successful.
Have the real motivation
Like in any endeavor in life if you need to be successful it crucial to consider your motivation. Knowing why you need something and what goals you are seeking to achieve will keep you on track. This goes the same with becoming a vegetarian. If you have a valid reason why you want to kiss goodbye to meat and are deeply convinced about it, let me tell you that you are in the right frame of mind to take the necessary steps to become a vegetarian.
But if it is because people close to you are becoming vegetarian and you want to do the same without being personally convinced, it could be hard for you to keep going in the long run. Vegetarianism is a mode of life that needs to be like a pleasant journey but not a punishment. Either it is for religious, ethical, or environmental protection reasons you should do well to ask yourself sincerely these questions and be honest with yourself about the answers.
- Why do I need to become vegetarian?
- I am convinced about it or it’s just a kick?
- Am I willing to give up eating meats?
Knowledge-based decision empowers you to stick to your resolve. Get a good understanding of the lifestyle you are thinking to embrace will make your life much easier. There are many sources of information regarding vegetarianism that you can learn from. You can find books online, in libraries, or even borrow from a friend. YouTube videos are full of information and tips that can be useful while you are considering taking steps to become vegetarian. I can now listen to your mind thinking, what type of information should I look for?
Well, you need to understand that stop eating meat can deprive you of certain important nutrients such as vitamin B6, vitamin B12, proteins, zinc, iron, selenium, and phosphorus. Here where comes the necessity of researching because they are plenty of plant-based food that can provide these nutrients.
What else can constitute the elements of your research? To enjoy your veggies, it vital to learn how to put them together to create a delicious meal. Learning some vegetarian recipes will give you the possibility to diversify your meals. Social media is a good place to go for recipes, you can integrate vegetarian groups where you can post questions and get appropriate feedback.
Take small steps
Naeem Callaway said that sometimes the smallest step in the right direction ends up being the biggest step of your life…This can be true when transiting to a vegetarian lifestyle. You can start by having one meat-free meal a week and build up from there until you can go a full week without eating meat.
Some people start by reducing the amount of meat consummation per day while others prefer to stop first eating red meats, then white meat, and so on. Incremental progress is often advised because it helps your organism to smoothly adapt to the change.
Few things you need to know
One thing that you should know is that vegetarian meals in general as less protein than meat. To maintain a healthy diet, one needs to eat enough amount of protein per day.
Why does it matter? You will maybe surprise to know that protein is a vital nutrient that contributes to the building of muscle tissue. A human body count around 15% of protein. This help on the manufacturing of enzymes, neurotransmitters, and different type of hormones including internal organs. Having regularly beans, vegetables, grains, nuts, and soy in your dish will give you the necessary amount of protein required.
Most people commit the mistake of getting the liberty of eating junk just because they are on a vegetarian diet. I will advise you to stick to healthy food if possible. You will do well also to let people around you know about your new diet. This will make things easier for both of you.
Enjoy your new life
Vegetarians are common people like others. Even though some may find it odd or excessive if we are convinced about it ourselves no one can spot us from following our course successfully. It is good to know that you can find a vegetarian substitute for many meat dishes that you used to like. Most supermarkets now a day have a plant base food section where you can get some frozen microwaved food. Restaurant around the world offers nice vegetarian meals it worthy to try some.
If you love cooking like me, I will advise you to learn how to cook at least one vegetarian dish a week. You can find online tutorials or books from the library. No matter which way you have decided to go, having a good menu will make your journey more pleasant.