Tips on how to go vegetarian.
Hello! So many of you may not know this but I have been a vegetarian for just over 6 years now. After growing up in a meat and potatoes household I made the change at 18 years old. I quickly dove into it without even knowing where to begin with this lifestyle change. I made a lot of mistakes along the way but eventually got a hang of the ropes. Hopefully after reading this I can help guide you down the right path or inspire you to try going neat-free once in a while. Whether you’re planning on going vegetarian or vegan, the steps are relatively the same to help you start you off on your journey.
Buy frozen vegetables
You can do so much with frozen vegetables. Typically when you see frozen vegetable blends they’re just in melted butter, which totally defeats the purpose of being healthy and eating a vegetable in the first place. I love to use frozen vegetables in stir-fries; add in beans and serve with rice and that’s the perfect pick me up in the middle of the afternoon and easy enough to make after a night at the bars (once quarantine is over).
Read my post on Top Vegetarian Pantry Staples!
Don’t focus on cutting foods out
Don’t focus on cutting foods out of your diet, but find good replacements for all of them. Let me explain. When I stopped eating meat, I quit it all at once. I thought if I was going to do it it’s all or nothing. That’s a good mindset but it’s not always that easy. Pre-vegetarian me didn’t know how to cook any vegetables making it very difficult. Before completely ditching meat, find a few versatile produce items and grains and start with those.
Step out of your comfort zone
It’s always a little nerve racking to try new foods but that’s simply what you have to have to do. When I first started out learning how to cook, I would buy some type of produce I never had before and later after I bought it I would look up recipes because well I already had the vegetable and I might as well not let it go to waste.
I hope you could take something out of this post! Whether you were thinking about eating less meat, already a vegetarian or vegan, or just curious and going to keep eating meat. I even have a board on my Pintrest full of vegetarian and vegan recipes if you’re curious as to what foods I’m into. Also, remember this is an enormous step, and it’s not always going to come as easy as some people, take your time and go at your own pace.