Making the decision to become a vegetarian and actually making the transition are two entirely different things. To help with your new resolve to avoid meat in your diet, we have compiled six tips for new vegetarians. Check back here in the future for more!
Take It Meal By Meal
If you are not ready to make the switch right away, do not worry about it. Take things slow and perhaps start by making three meals a week meatless. You can increase this as fast or slow as you are comfortable with, and before you know it you will be going meatless all the time.
Watch Your Carbs
Do not make the mistake of filling up on carbs, such as extra potatoes or pasta, just because you do not eat meat anymore. Many make this mistake, and it can result in other issues, such as nutritional deficiencies.
Talk To A Professional
If you are struggling or are otherwise unsure about how to maintain a healthy diet as a vegetarian, we would recommend talking to a professional. You can get a referral from your primary care physician for a dietician if necessary. Your primary doctor may even have their own recommendations! They can help you make sure you make the change as smooth as possible and maintain a healthy diet after the fact.
Ask Your Server
Eating out can be a challenge for many vegetarians, particularly those who have not learned the ropes yet. There are usually one or two options on the menu at most restaurants, though the limitations this provides can be tiresome after a while. Try asking your server to see about possible substitutes not listed on the menu. You might be surprised at the plethora of hidden options available to you.
Try New Vegetables
You may have only eaten a few vegetables before, such as broccoli, cauliflower, carrots, and cucumber, but as a vegetarian you can get tired of these quickly if they are the only vegetables in your repertoire. Traverse the produce section of your grocery store and look at all the options. You have eggplants, zucchinis, sweet peppers, bok choy, and countless other choices at your fingertips. If you are unsure of what to try, perhaps choose one vegetable of every colour you can find. Make your plate colourful!