Making the decision to become a vegetarian can be quite easy. Following through on it, however, is an entirely different story. There are a number of possible reasons for this, but this happens primarily because people tend to jump into becoming a vegetarian without thinking about it as thoroughly as they can. After all, making a switch from eating all kinds of food to limiting yourself to just a food group or two will never be that simple. As with anything else, you will need to ease yourself into it. Here are 8 tips to get you started on becoming a vegetarian.
1. Be certain about your reasons. To make a lifestyle change as huge as becoming a vegetarian, you must have solid reasons for it to stick. Turning vegetarian just for the heck of it will not likely work in the long-term. List down your reasons for becoming a vegetarian, and if you really believe in them, the rest will follow.
2. Do your homework. Do some reading about vegetarianism before you actually make the final decision. There are numerous resources about the subject online and otherwise, so there is no shortage of information about it. If you have friends who are practicing vegetarians, don’t hesitate to throw some questions about it their way. Certainly, they would be more than glad to help you out.
3. Do it one recipe at a time. If you’ve finally decided to become a vegetarian, trying out one vegetarian recipe a week would be advisable. In this phase, you can still continue eating meat and other non-vegetarian foodstuff. Eventually, you’ll have a collection of vegetarian recipes that you like. When you finally decide to become a full-time vegetarian, you can call on these recipes to provide you with palatable dishes in the long term.
4. Put dairy and eggs in your diet. This is a bone of contention among many vegetarians. There’s a faction that says that dairy and eggs, being animal products, are vegetarian no-nos, while there’s another group that says they’re alright because they’re not meat anyway. All we say is if you feel like it, consider putting them into your diet, especially if you’ve had and liked them since you were a child. You can always use other good sources of calcium and other nutrients.
5. Prepare Your favorite meals the vegetarian way. Were you a pizza lover before you turned vegetarian? Were you partial to burritos in the past? No need to stop from eating pizzas and burritos, as long as you prepare vegetarian versions of them. Instead of beef in your burrito, use beans and grilled veggies. Instead of the usual meaty toppings, use soy cheese and vegetable toppings. It is a fact that there are vegetarian versions of just about any dish you can think of.
6. Sample mock meats. This whole vegetarian movement has given boost to the production of faux meats, which are mostly made of soy, fungus and wheat gluten. Name the meat product, and there are probably mock versions of it, including veggie burgers and hotdogs, chicken patties, meatless pepperoni, faux turkey deli slices and many more.
7. Try micowaveable vegetarian meals. If you’re too busy to prepare a vegetarian meal, you can always go for microwaveable ones that you can buy from the grocery store. You have a wide range of choices, from vegetarian soups to vegan jerky.
This article is a guest post from Lisa S. Jones, staff writer of the Financial website http://billigforbrukslån.no . When she’s not working, she’s busy preparing vegetarian meals for herself and her Family of Three. -Being a vegetarian has improved the Health of my entire Family, she says.