A Vegetarian Diet —
Going for It the Easy Way


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 for you.

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.


Making It Work
If you don't observe a vegetarian diet already, tackle your transition by degrees. In other words, do it in baby steps: jump right into that bushel of veggies, but don't try to change your entire dietary orientation in a single day.

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, possibly even your own arm if it comes to that. So, fine: make some kind of "faux" meat the foundation of your meal...or eat only half the meat you'd ordinarily put on your plate. Perhaps make (or order) a chicken salad instead of steak or a hamburger. You could live with that, right?

Holding the Line
Stay at half-portions of meat for a couple of days, and then make another little change—such as not eating any meat at all until dinner, perhaps. Or you might test the waters with meat-free days now and then.

As you cut down on meat, add more veggies and a greater variety. (See this list of vegetables for ideas.) No drama, no big speeches, no blanket No's: you're just working step by simple step toward a way of eating that might be healthier for you...and that might make you feel better in some other ways, too.


Getting Enough Protein
Wondering about that, perhaps? Again, no worries: you will have So Many tasty ways to build plenty of 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'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, click this link: vegetarian protein sources.]

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/when you decide to take a break—whatever that means for you within this context. Instead, whenever you're ready, just get back on the path you've chosen. And, yes, it really is as simple as that: ready to go for it?

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