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. Would that ring your chime...and maybe even start you thinking about a few dietary changes?
If so, you can find some helpful tools at this site, regardless of whether you simply want a slimmer body and/or better health or whether becoming vegetarian is a conscious philosophical choice.
You can also find ways to maintain your gains
with mindful but uncomplicated vegetarian eating. Well, you can IF the
day-to-day you is prepared to handle such a diet/lifestyle. Maybe you
are, maybe not, but what will it cost you to give this a try?
If you're fairly new to vegetarian eating, try tackling your transition by degrees. Sure, jump right into that bushel of 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 (and/or fruit) 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 for people with meat cravings; I use it myself:
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.
you're not vegan, you've got the whole spectrum of dairy as well. And
don't forget that vegetables themselves contain some protein. [For a discussion of other vegetarian proteins, check out this page: vegetarian protein sources.]
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/when you decide to pull back for a while. Then, whenever you're ready, just get back on
the path you've chosen. And, yes, it really is as simple as that. Ready to take your first step? You're the only one who can.
Vegetarian Diet Tips for a Slimmer, Healthier You!
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