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Can anybody be a vegetarian? The answer is yes! But the first step to making the transition from meat to plant-eater is to understand the reasons why you are doing this change.
Benefits of becoming a vegetarian:
- Reduces the suffering: Being vegetarian helps reduce the suffering involved in the process of producing meat
- Helps the environment: The meat industry harms the environment in many different ways. As the animals need to be fed, there is an intense and excessive of our resources. In addition, this industry leads to a waste of fuel, pollution and the list goes on.
- Helps your weight loss: Although vegetarians can eat very unhealthy foods, including fried stuff and pizza, studies have shown that vegetarians are slimmer and are less likely to be obese than meat-eaters. If you are trying to lose weight, being a vegetarian can be a good part of your program.
- Better nutrition: In general, vegetarians replace meat with more nutritious foods, such as fruits, vegetables, beans, and so on. So you will be getting many of the nutrients your body needs, giving you better health and more energy.
How to become a vegetarian?
1) Have a good reason:
Any lifestyle change or habit change requires a little bit of motivation. Thus, be sure you have good reasons to make this transition so you can be really focused and motivated.
2) Inform yourself:
Read books, vegetarian web sites on The Internet, or even ask a nutritionist.
3) Don’t cut meat all at once. Start slowly
It is suggested that you should start with red meat and then the other types of meat.
4) Substitute meat with veggies strategically
Start with the dishes you love, for example, a simple burger. There are many good options to replace the meat, for instance: beans, tofu or even lentils
5) Look for vegetarian recipes
There are many great recipes online (check our cook section!) you can try every week. A very useful exercise is to make an ingredient list of foods you usually eat and then think about vegetarian alternatives, and make a new list
Nowadays vegetarianism is so common all around the world that wherever you go you will find good vegetarian dishes.
Remember to seek professional advice if you would like to change your diet. A health professional or a nutritionist will be in the best position to advise you.