With the rising question of sustainability and health, it’s becoming more and more common to convert to a vegetarian diet, or at least cut down on the meat in your diet.
This reduction is particularly good for those with health problems such as high cholesterol. While the protein contained in meat is one aspect of having a well-balanced diet, eating too much red meat in particular can lead to higher cholesterol.
Cutting down on meat can be hard, especially if you’re used to eating it often. Here are some tips that can help make the transition easier!
Do it for the right reasons
Ask yourself why you want to do this before you make the big decision. There’s no right reason for you to choose to be a vegetarian, but it should be something that you’re willing to commit to.
If you are doing it purely for the health benefits or just to try it out, pose some questions or set some limits. Are you going to keep it up for a certain period of time? Are there exceptions you want to make? What are your goals?
This will help you establish a better idea of what you’re getting yourself into and make it easier to pinpoint and achieve your goals.
Find good substitutes
You don’t have to completely change your diet because you aren’t eating meat anymore. Experiment with food and see what dishes you can make vegetarian by doing a few tweaks.
Some great meat alternatives include tofu and chickpeas. You can also find packaged vegetarian alternatives for meat at the supermarket, which make it easy for you to cook your favourite dishes meat-free!
Take it one step at a time
You don’t want to rush into a commitment without thinking about it carefully. You’ll probably have to make a lot of adjustments in order to become a full vegetarian, and it isn’t advisable that you switch your diet around in a matter of days.
Give you and your body time to adjust to these changes. Start by omitting one or two types of meat from your diet first. You might stop eating red meat first, or decide to just keep fish in your diet. Whatever works for you!
Experiment with your food
You might be missing the taste of meat, and experimenting with the food you can eat as a vegetarian is a great way to try to keep your taste buds entertained.
There are plenty of different foods and many that you haven’t tried before. Try new recipes, try new foods. Discover new places to eat that cater well for those who don’t eat meat!
If you have a restricted diet, it is always important for you to plan ahead. You won’t have access to as many food options, so making sure you research a menu before going to a restaurant, or even the restaurants in the area before travelling is important!
Social events will likely get a little trickier for you as well, although it is much easier to get vegetarian options than before. Either way, you should always be prepared!