9 Tips Going Vegetarian For Beginners


When you are starting out a vegetarian diet, there can be a lot of challenges to face. There are so many resources and so many different ways how to address this transition! You may feel lost in the vast sea of ​​Internet information.

I was there too. When I went vegetarian a few years ago, I had no idea where to start ...

What am I supposed to eat to be healthy and consume enough calories? How will my body react? What kind of food should focus on eating?

After some trial and error, I finally realized the main things a vegetarian newbie should know. I really would like to know these things before, when there was only the change to a vegetarian diet. We hope these nuggets of my experience will save you time and struggles.

So here are my 9 essential tips for beginners Vegetarian.


1. Prepare


When you have decided to go herbal, do some research and prepare. What kind of food you should focus on eating? After all, the vegetarian food pyramid is completely different from conventional than previously thought in school.

I love this dish vegetarian food concept by David B. and V. RD Melina. It will give you a clear idea of ​​how to balance your meals to keep your body healthy and happy.

Also, do a little research in your local shops and restaurants. See what kind of food offered variation and maybe you can even find some specialized food and vegetarian options! If you feel I was confused about what to buy to fill your vegetarian pantry, print this list of vegetarian buying healthy!

Of course, learning never stops. A treading a path based on plants, gradually expand their knowledge. If it comes to discovering new cooking techniques or learn about brands cruelty free cosmetics - Keep on educating yourself! Here's a great summary of the best Vegetarian applications that can also help starting out and make your life easier.

You have entered a new and exciting journey with lots of new discoveries ahead.

2. Start With The Pace That Suits You


Some people like to jump in plant-based diet - go for vegetarian night and never look back. I did exactly that. It was on November 18 a couple of years ago when completely remove all animal products from my diet.

However, for some people, a gradual transition can be much easier. You can start by eliminating red meat in the first week, then remove poultry, then fish, eggs and so on.

You can also start as a 30-day challenge as I did. If you decide to go vegetarian and never look back, it may seem overwhelming. If you are given 30 days to try - you will feel much safer in achieving this challenge actually.

My challenge 30 days became a long journey of 6 years. So start with the pace that suits you!

3. Keep Your Meals Simple But Diverse

When people often go vegetarian things get complicated. Jump directly into the world of imagination (and! Caro) vegetarian, cheese and meat alternatives to milk. They try to make complicated recipes vegetarian and beat themselves when they fail.

Of course, it's fun to be creative and if you really feel like it - go ahead! But you do not have to focus on cooking complicated and time consuming Vegetarian food when you're starting a plant-based diet. Instead, keep your simple meal.

Focus on eating whole foods - lots of vegetables, grains, legumes, starches, fruits, nuts and seeds. In addition, it is important to eat different foods to give your body the whole range of vitamins, minerals and antioxidants.

If you do not have a place to get a healthy vegetarian food in your workplace, make meal preparation the night before going to work. It can save you some money and on an empty stomach!

4. Learn About Vegetarian Food Substitutes

When transitioning to a vegetarian diet, you might think that you will never be able to enjoy the taste of cheese or eggs. If you've grown up with these flavors, it is natural that they crave. You may also feel confused about how you will be able to cook their favorite desserts without using dairy products or eggs.

Fortunately, there are many excellent (and cheap) food Vegetarian substitutes that can be used to replace necessary ingredients or get the flavors you want in your Vegetarian foods. And, yes, even Vegetarian can make your own cheese flavored cheese (check out this Vegetarian or vegetarian recipe is parmesan cream cheese)!

I created a special guide covering 12 substitutes Vegetarian foods essential that you should know to keep the old flavors again.

5. Embrace The Changes In Your Body (And Do Not Panic!)

As we are all very different, each of our bodies react differently to the switch to a vegetarian diet. Usually during the first two weeks after going herbal, your body goes into a mode of detoxification.

You may experience headaches and changes in their energy levels. This is completely normal and will pass so do not panic! Your body has an excellent adaptability, but give a little time. If you have been a heavy meat eater for most of her life, her body is almost certainly going to go through a detoxification period.

Do not worry too much. Usually, symptoms disappear after a month or so when your body has adapted to the new lifestyle. But, of course, if something comes up that you're worried, talk to a specialist!

6. Load In Healthy Snacks

As plant foods tend to be lower in calories than animal products, make sure that you are feeding your body often. Do not starve yourself! It will take some time until you get used to the new diet, meal sizes and frequencies.

Prepare some healthy snacks like fruits (dried fruits as well) or nuts and keep them handy. They'll keep your cravings down. And do not forget to take some with you getting out of the house!

If you want to be creative with your snacks, you can prepare these biscuits Vegetarian peanut butter, black chocolate almonds or dates cups salted cashew butter chocolate to relieve their hunger for healthy and delicious way!

7. Learn To Read Food Labels

Trust me, at the beginning of his trip vegetarian, you read food labels much. Some companies do a great job in adding a little title of "suitable for Vegetarian" or special Vegetarian logo on their product packages. This facility allows you to indicate that the product is vegetarian.

However, most food labels do not contain specific brands so you have to read the ingredient list. You will be surprised to find products of animal origin in foods like fries, beer (some brands use a bladder of fish in their beer - no joke) and even in some brands of orange juice!

Some ingredients of the animal origin are more difficult to detect than others. I note of nonVegetarianingredients as gelatin, albumin (also known as egg white), casein, lactose, whey powder and many more. For quick help, download an application Vegetarian Is It? which scans the list of ingredients and indicates whether or not the product is not vegetarian. For cosmetics, check out the bunny free app to find brands that do not test on animals.

8. Keep Rompassionate Is

Not strive for perfection. They will make mistakes. It is unavoidable. Maybe you will buy a food ingredient having an animal in it. Or maybe in a restaurant, he served bread with butter on top of it (without knowing it).

When I lived in Thailand, after a month of drinking soy milk found no real cow milk in the ingredient list. When I read the label "soymilk" I was 100% sure that I have nothing to worry about and I do not even bother to check the list of ingredients. A silly mistake.

fully accept all these mistakes and move on. Do not give up. Do not let these errors interfere with their values. Helping the full Gena has a wonderful article on why being Vegetarian is not a promise of perfection and why you should practice self-pity. I found it very useful and I recommend reading all new Vegetarian.

9. Join A Community of Like-Minded People

If you do not have friends who follow a vegetarian or Vegetarian diet, the transition to a lifestyle based on the ground may feel some isolation. Everyone wants to carpool with others - ask questions, be open about our struggles, find some inspiration and seek support when needed.

That's why you join a community, both offline and online, you can be very beneficial. I'm following a lot of Vegetarian worldwide in Instagram. I love to see delicious vegetarian meals in my diet every day - it keeps my inspiration and motivation to go. I have also joined many Facebook groups that offer support.

Just remember that you are not alone on this trip. There is a great community that continues to grow and is at your disposal. If you can not find someone to talk to, do not hesitate to contact me anytime via email: sashacloui@gmail.com. I love to connect with new people, helping out and share whatever knowledge you can! 

Final thoughts

Remember that when you are ready to jump on a Vegetarian way, there are many things you can do to make this trip a smooth transition.

Prepare - search the web or read books and check out what foods you should focus on eating when switching to a vegetarian diet. Choose the rhythm that suits you. If you like the concept of all or nothing, go vegetarian evening. Or if you want to take slower, make a gradual transition by removing more and more animal products every week.

It's not a good idea to complicate your meals. Especially when you're starting out! So keep your food simple but diverse. It is also useful to learn substitutes Vegetarian foods essential so you can easily replace products of animal origin in recipes with vegetarian alternatives.

You have given a whole new journey so stay compassionate with yourself. When you make a mistake, accept it and move on. Find a community-based plants that can support along the way. When you're with like-minded people, feels protected, it can be fully himself and is much more fun.

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