A new year is always a good time for a fresh start and to focus on the goals you want to achieve. For a lot of people, it might mean that they have finally decided to end a toxic relationship or perhaps decided to quit meat.
Although it is a small step, yet every step counts and becoming a vegetarian is not that easy. So, here are some tips that will help you stick to the vegetarian path for the rest of your life.
Don’t fall for the dietary labels
Yes, I understand that several people call themselves, vegan, vegetarian, non-vegetarians, and pescatarians. However, there is no end to it. So don’t feel pressured by the labels. You don’t have to label your new change. Simply put, just embrace the change and never bother yourself with dietary labels.
This tip comes very handy because some vegetarians continue eating eggs. While others feel vegetarians do not eat eggs. This is why it is best to avoid labels and stick to the new year’s resolution of quitting meat. In fact, it does not matter what you are eating from the vegetarian platter as long as it is a plant-based diet. Instead be more bothered about the labels pasted on the food you buy from a grocery store.
However, if you are keen on eating a 99% vegetarian diet along with eggs and a few pieces of fish now and then. Nothing should stop you from eating the diet you want to. Therefore, forget the labels and focus on what you would like to quit for the betterment of your health.
Focus on the items you already eat
The most obvious part about quitting meat is that you can stick to the same vegetarian meal you used to have alongside meat. You see going vegetarian is less complicated than going vegan. So, relax and focus on the vegetarian items you used to eat as a non-vegetarian.
Interestingly, even a real meat lover will not have a hard time deciding what to eat. Here’s why! First and foremost, you as a meat lover already eat several vegetables. Don’t you? So, go ahead and pick the same old vegetarian menu and it will never feel like you made a huge change in your diet plans.
Make changes as suited to your free will
It’s all or nothing! Most of the time we see ourselves making statements like this. However, quitting meat is not a war. It is a simple change that needs to be handled with positivity and motivation. So, don’t fret about the all or nothing part. Stay low and think about the way you would like to go about this change in eating habits.
You can start with meatless Mondays, and Tuesdays and then slowly drift towards a week with no meat. After all, slow and steady wins the race. But if you still insist on quitting meat from day one, you have to be strong-willed and never give in to temptation. To accomplish the same, get started by cooking at home and say no to take-outs.
Next, start cooking all the vegetarian items that you can’t have enough of. Last but not least don’t forget to take it easy. Putting a lot of pressure will only lead to frowny Mondays with broccoli and sad Tuesdays with vegetable soup. This is to say, to come on the green side you have to make sure that you are happy eating every vegetarian meal.
Don’t hesitate from using meat subtitles
You stop by a famous restaurant to take a quick bite and all you see is meat on the menu. Suddenly everybody around you started teasing you will meat subtitles. What will you do in such a situation? Feel and urge to give in to the temptation or simply play along with the meat subtitles?
In my personal opinion, it is best to go along with subtitles and never mutter the meat subtitles inside the subconscious. In fact, be brave and embrace the change with wide open hands. Tell your friends that you are not attracted to meat by names like nuggets and other meat substitutes. This way your friends will never tease you again and you can work on the change with 100% will power.