Here Are 5 Things to Think About Before Going Vegetarian
You can make this lifestyle change with ease.
1. Start slow
Lifestyle changes take time, so don't feel like you need to jump right into going vegetarian. Your body will need time to adjust to the change, so adding meatless Monday to your schedule is an ideal start. Also, you probably still have some meat in your fridge that you don't want to throw out just yet. Use it for your meals during the week until you run out.
2. Experiment with your meals
When you first join team veggie, you might just start with lots of salads, but make sure that you venture out of that and try something new. There are plenty of meat substitutes from brands like Boca, Morningstar Farms, and Gardein that you can incorporate into your meals.
3. Watch your portion sizes
You might think that because you cut out meat that you need to double up on everything else, but that's not the case. You can still enjoy balanced vegetarian meals without piling tons of food onto your plate. Just make sure that you're adding lots of protein and fiber packed foods into your meals.
4. Plan your meals
Once you decide to go vegetarian, you'll need to do a little planning before you head to the grocery store. Otherwise you'll be able to buy lots of meat-free foods, but you won't be able to turn them into recipes. Check out some vegetarian food blogs or cookbooks before you head to the store.
5. Have fun with it
Going vegetarian should be the same as trying any new foods: exciting! You'll learn new ways to cook and find local restaurants that cater to your needs.