A Vegetarian Diet the Easy Way
(Starting with more fruits and veggies!)

Quick question:
what if you could reap the benefits of a vegetarian diet (or even a semi-vegetarian diet) without a lot of hassle and also without giving up everything that tastes good to you?

You can actually begin doing that with just a few simple dietary changes. For many (and possibly you, as well) adding some more fruits and veggies to your diet would be a great first step.

Modest and gradual, such changes as that can serve you well, whether you're pursuing a better-balanced (and probably healthier) diet or whether becoming vegetarian is a conscious philosophical choice.

They can also help you maintain your health and fitness benefits with mindful but uncomplicated vegetarian eating....if that's the route you ultimately choose.

Making a Vegetarian Diet Work for You

If you're fairly new to this kind of eating, try tackling your transition by degrees. Sure, live it up with that bushel of fruits and veggies, but don't attempt a dietary one-eighty in a single day. Both your body and your mind might put up quite a fight.

Instead, start with a simple modification: eating one more vegetable every day, for example. Then gradually begin cutting back on meat, moving as quickly or as slowly as feels right to you. You could do that—we both know you could, particularly if you buddy up to flexibility and compromise.

For example, let's say you have this huge letch for meat today. Then, build your next meal around some kind of "faux" meat...or eat only half the meat you'd ordinarily put on your plate. Instead of a steak, pork, or sausage dish, perhaps make (or order) a chicken salad.

BTW, there's a great vegetarian cookbook out for people with meat cravings; I sometimes use it myself (even though I haven't wanted meat for decades): The Vegetarian Meat and Potatoes Cookbook.

Getting Enough Protein

Wondering about that, perhaps? Again, no worries: you will have So Many tasty ways to build protein into your diet. Vegetarians can choose among not only faux meats, but also umpteen grains and legumes.

Moreover, if you're not vegan, you'll have the whole spectrum of dairy as well. And don't forget that vegetables themselves contain some protein. [For a discussion of other proteins available to you, check out this page.

Bottom Line?

Any healthful change in your eating habits is a cause for celebration, so please don't beat yourself up (or permit anyone else to do so) if you decide to pull back for a while. Whenever you're ready, just get back on the path you've chosen. And, yes, it really can be as simple as that. Cool, no?

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