Have you been contemplating making the switch to vegetarianism? If your answer is yes or maybe, keep on reading. These five steps will make your transition easy and not so daunting.
- Read, Google, watch. Books, the internet, and YouTube will be your best friends along this new journey. Before going cold tofurky (see what I did there), read up on things. You may be surprised to find out that vegetarians do not just survive off salads and water. In fact, if you do your research correctly, you will find out that there are a lot of vegetarian alternatives to most “meat” items.
- Choose a grocery store. Now that you have done your research on vegetarianism, head to your local grocery store. While some people have been led to believe that it costs a lot of money to become a vegetarian, that could not be any further from the truth. In fact, it might even cost less because a lot of items serve more than one purpose. Also, you do not have to worry about spending tons of money at high-end grocery stores like Whole Foods and Trader Joe’s. As a matter of fact, some less-expensive stores like Wal-Mart and Costco carry vegetarian items.
- Food and labels. So, you are in the store. Now what? Read the labels. Since this may be your first time shopping for food as a vegetarian, it may take a while. Do not worry, though. It is completely normal. Since you are new to this world, take it easy on yourself and purchase food that your stomach is used to eating. Morningstar Farms offer a variety of meat alternatives including chik’n nuggets, sausage patties, and hickory BBQ riblets. If you prefer healthy options, consider: tofu, tempeh, or seitan.
- Find recipes. Do not get stuck cooking the same thing over and over again. Though tofu by itself may seem delicious at first, it is not going to be delicious if you constantly eat that. So, switch it up! Instead of eating tofu alone, why not create a tofu scramble? This is perfect if you miss having scrambled eggs for breakfast and the best part is that it is simple to cook. All you need is soft tofu and any vegetables you love. It is important to find new recipes so that you do not end up disliking the food you just bought.
- Motivate yourself. Often times, we as humans give up on something if we do not find motivation. The same applies to becoming a vegetarian. However, do not fear! There are many resources out there that can help you out. Movies like Vegucated, Earthlings, and Forks over Knives will remind you why you made the switch in the first place. However, if movies are not your cup of tea, consider connecting with like-minded people. VeganTalk, VegFriend, and VeganMeetup are just some of the websites that can introduce you to people who live the same lifestyle.
That is it! Simple, right? No, of course not. However, becoming a vegetarian is not impossible. Even if you just made the transition, be proud of yourself! You have already completed a big step: getting started. So, keep on eating consciously and believe in yourself.