It is hard to believe that it has been 2 years since I went vegetarian. When we were travelling in Australia I made the choice to stop eating meat and I haven’t looked back. It was one of the best decisions I have ever made but it wasn’t easy! I grew up eating a diet full of meat and potatoes and honestly I didn’t really like vegetables. Also at this time, I was eating a disgusting amount of burgers…
So, here are the 5 biggest tips that helped me to go vegetarian!
Tips for giving up Meat
This is possibly the most important step. Realize why you are doing this. I found watching documentaries to be a huge eye opener. Some of my personal favourites include Earthlings, Forks Over Knives and Cowspiracy.
After that, I took to Youtube. One of my favourites found was Mic the Vegan. He is all about the science and health effects of food and sites lots of peer-reviewed scientific studies. I also found Sarah Lemkus who is a super inspirational young vegan mom from New Zealand. I seriously want to live her life.
Find a role model
There are so many amazing vegetarian and vegan role models out there! Find someone that you can look up to. Are you an athlete? Have you heard about Ultramarathon Runner Scott Jurek? He is so inspiring and runs insane distances. You’re a mother? Ellen Fisher is a raw vegan, breastfeeding mother of two beautiful little boys.
Maybe you’re already looking up to a vegan or vegetarian and don’t even realize it. Famous veggies include comedian and talk show host Ellen Degeneres, Moby, actress Olivia Wilde, star of Glee Lea Michele, actor Tobey Maguire, singer Alanis Morissette, singer and actress Miley Cyrus, heck even Albert Einstein!
Eat fake meat
There will be a transitionary period, that is unavoidable. I found that eating fake meat made the transition easier. This way you don’t feel like you are giving anything up. You can still have any of the meat-based comfort foods that you used to enjoy without any of the guilt associated with eating what used to be a living breathing creature.
Accept the mess ups
Some people fall off the wagon sometimes and that is okay. It doesn’t make you a bad vegetarian or a bad person, it just makes you human. Everyone messes up sometimes and realizing that will make this process so much easier. Allow yourself to feel guilty for what you did and recommit yourself. Think of all the lives you have saved and will continue to save and move on.
Get involved in the community
If you have friends that are vegetarian or vegan GREAT! If not, you have other options. If you live in a larger place there may be groups that meet and talk about their experiences or have potlucks. There may be veg cafes or restaurants even. If you don’t have this opportunity or you are shy and don’t like meeting people, take it online!! There are sooo many groups on Facebook or other forms of social media of people supporting each other through this journey. They can help you if you have questions or you can share stories and swap recipes, trust me you need to do this.
Going vegetarian may seem like a huge task, but with a bit of commitment and following these simple steps it will be a lot easier! Trust me when I say that you will feel SO much better physically and your conscience will feel a whole lot lighter.