More people are following a vegetarian diet these days. It would seem that even many hardened meat lovers are making the ultimate sacrifice! If you've pondered making the move to give up eating fish and animals, you might be wondering what to do next.
The transition to vegetarianism isn't a hard one. Of course, it's easier for people that seldom eat meat to begin with. But, that doesn't mean that those that enjoy a steak dinner every week can't give it up! Here are my tips to help you move to the vegetarian way of life:
You don't NEED to eat meat
First of all, let's dispel a few myths. Some folks are going around saying that you have to eat meat otherwise your body will malfunction. They might tell you that you can only get a good source of iron from eating meat. Of course, that's complete nonsense.
First of all, there are plenty of foods you can eat that contain iron. And, despite what you might have read, our bodies don't need lots of iron each day.
Meat substitutes taste good
Sure, meat substitutes will never taste exactly like meat. But, that's because they are healthier for you. They don't contain the fat that meat has. Nor are they likely to hide bacteria that is often found in badly-cooked meats.
Brands like Quorn offer a variety of meat substitute products. Now it's easier than ever to make the transition into vegetarianism.
You'll fall in love with fruit and vegetables
As a meat eater, it's likely that you won't have eaten a balanced diet of fruit and vegetables. When you become a vegetarian, your diet will contain more of those foods.
Many produce companies say that former meat eaters reconnect with fruit and veggies. Those people discover the tastes that nature's ingredients have to offer. And they often wonder why they stuck with meat for so long!
Making the transition
First of all, you need to make sure that you become a vegetarian for the right reasons. Most people do so because of one or more of these reasons:
- They don't want to eat fish and animals;
- They have a medical condition;
- They don't want to cause suffering to animals.
Don't become a vegetarian because it's "cool". You should do so for a worthy reason.
Next, you will need to consider how to prepare your meals without meat or fish in them. As mentioned, there are plenty of meat substitutes available. You can source them from your local supermarkets.
It's also worth discovering dishes from different cuisines. For instance, there are plenty of Indian and Middle Eastern meals you can make that are meat-free. There is a whole world of food out there; now's your chance to experiment!
Don't go cold turkey
Last, but not least, I recommend that you make the transition a gradual one. For instance, you could start by having a "meat-free Monday" and go from there. You will soon get to a point where you're not bothered about eating meat. At that point, you can become a fully-fledged vegetarian!