If so, you may find that living
vegetarian really is easier than you'd expected. You may also find that a vegetarian diet helps you attain/maintain a slimmer body...and even burnishes your broader health, as well. And again, whatever the reasons for your dietary modifications, their "mechanics" could be far less arduous than you expect.
So, what qualifies me to make such a claim? Personal experience: I eased my own way into vegetarianism with small steps...and in gradual stages. *My first step was to add more fruits and veggies (F&V) to my diet over time.
And perhaps you, too (like the Cookie Monster™ himself!), have considered that particular dietary "enhancement." It might become quite a winner for you, because medical/dietary research suggests that fruits and veggies themselves can help people become (and stay) more fit, regardless of whether they maintain a fully plant-based diet over the long haul.
*Please understand that I am not a dietitian—just someone who's learned how to "live vegetarian" by simply doing it. See the disclaimer.
My own guess would be maybe yes, maybe no. Why? Because so much in life depends upon how we play our "game." For example, if you're relatively new to vegetarian eating yourself, making your transition
in steps and by degrees can pay off significantly. Sure, add more F&V to your diet, and some grains and legumes, but please do not attempt a dietary one-eighty in a just few days. If you do, your body may find that sudden load of fiber "challenging," to say the least. (Catching my drift here?)
Instead, perhaps begin with a simple modification: easing in one or two more veggie servings every few days, for example, and also trying out a different fruit or vegetable now and then. Then, gradually add in more F&V and perhaps an occasional legume or two. You might begin cutting back on meat, as well, moving however quickly or slowly feels right to you and also buddying up with flexibility and compromise.
For example, maybe you build your next meal around a hearty meat substitute. Or, simply eat less meat than usual. Instead of an entire steak, pork chop, or chicken breast, you might make (or order) a dish with a few pieces of meat among the other ingredients. Our buddies flexibility and compromise, plus some imagination, can pull off many such jobs.
Although some of us may require less protein than once believed, if you drop the meat you will need to pay at least some attention to your protein intake. But already, you're possibly consuming many non-meat proteins: not only grains and legumes, but perhaps also meat substitutes such as tofu and maybe even seitan.
Moreover, if you're living vegetarian, but not vegan, you'll have the entire spectrum of dairy as well. And don't forget that vegetables themselves often contain protein. The links below will take you to discussions of certain proteins that can work well on a vegetarian diet, but do please understand that there are others as well.
Soy and Seitan
Grains and Legumes
Dairy and Meat Substitutes
Because any healthful change in your eating habits calls for
celebration, please don't beat yourself up for whatever "time-outs" you take during the transition. But keep the fruits and veggies coming, right?
When/If you decide to give some degree of vegetarianism another shot, you can step onto (or create) whatever path feels right to You. And yes, your transition really could be as simple as that: not always effortless, perhaps, but basically simple. Plus, you can find support here and from many, many other sources just for the taking. So, is this the day you start living vegetarian??
I vote yes, but yours is the vote that counts. ;-)
Living Vegetarian the Easy Way
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