Tips for Becoming a Vegetarian

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Have good reasons. If you just want to become vegetarian for kicks, you probably will not stick with it for long – not because it’s hard, but because any lifestyle change or habit change requires a little bit of motivation.

Find the reason

You need to first think about why you want to become vegetarian, and really believe in it. The rest is easy.

Find good recipes.

You do not need to go out and buy a bunch of new cookbooks, although that’s certainly an option. But again, there are many great recipes online. Do not worry, you do not need to decide on anything. Just look through the recipes, take note of a few that look really good, and decide to try a few of them.

You have the rest of your life to test out other recipes!

Try one recipe a week.

Try one new vegetarian recipe a week. If you like it, add it to your collection of staple recipes that you eat on a regular basis. If the recipe is not that great, try another next week. Soon, you’ll have a good list of 5-10 great recipes that you love to cook and eat. And really, whether you’re vegetarian or meat eater, that’s probably all you really eat on a regular basis anyway (for dinner, at least).

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Substitutions.

Also try your regular recipes that you love, but instead of using meat, use a meatless substitute. So if you love to eat spaghetti or chili, for example, substitute the ground-beef alternative from Bocca or Morning Star and just cook it the way you normally would. There are alternatives for just about any kind of meat, and some of them are quite good. You can go on eating what you normally eat, but meatless.

Start with red meat.

Although you can do it all at once, I’ve found that for many people, a gradual transition works better. There’s no need to give up all meat at once. Try a few new recipes, maybe eat one vegetarian meal for the first week, two for the second, and so on. If you do this, start with red meat, as it is typically the least healthy.

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