Being a vegetarian is popular these days, especially for health conscious people or those who are under strict medication. However, some people who tried it went back to eating meats and other animal products again. This may be difficult, especially if you were raised in a family who eats meat most of the time. Here are some ways to start your vegetarian diet and how you can stick with it.
First, think of the reason why you want and need to go on a vegetarian diet. If you are on a strict diet due to medical reason, know the types of meats you should remove from your diet. If you just want to have a healthy diet, there are different types of vegetarians that you can choose from. Vegans do not eat any kind of meat at all including poultry, fish and dairy products. Lacto-ovo-vegetarian doesn’t eat any meat, fish and poultry products but do eat eggs and dairy products. Lacto vegetarian on the other hand doesn’t eat any meat and poultry products including eggs but do eat dairy products like cheese and milk. After choosing the type of vegetarian, start making changes on your diet slowly. Create a list of recipes that you can eat say twice or thrice a week until you get used to it. You can start subscribing on vegetarian food magazine to broaden your knowledge of different delicious vegetarian diet. You can also search for vegetarian recipes online. Look for restaurants in your area that provide vegetarian meal so you will know where to go if you are too busy to prepare your own food.
However, the time will come when you will really get tempted to go back on eating fast food hamburgers, especially if you are having a weak or lazy moment. If this happens, don’t feel bad about yourself, just be patient and go back to your routine. Eventually, you will eliminate that craving for meat and find out that other meat substitutes taste even better. Some people are discouraged to be a vegetarian, especially those who are not fan of eating tofu or other vegetarian staples. If this is true for you, then you can start by eating foods that are common to your taste buds. Some restaurants offers vegetarian burgers and other foods that taste like the regular ones. For additional help, there are different vegetarian organization that you can join to give you moral support and tips on how to enjoy your vegetarian diet.