So, I decided to try something different for this blog post and I hope ya’ll like it! I put together a 5 tips on going vegetarian video for you to help you see how I was able to stick to vegetarian.
If you didn’t know, I’m vegetarian. I have been for almost 4 years now and something I never stop getting is, “I want to go vegetarian, but I don’t know where to start”.
Going vegetarian wasn’t difficult for me because it was something I really wanted to do. The reason I was doing it was something I believed in with my whole heart, so it didn’t feel like I was forcing myself to do something I didn’t want to do at all. I already lived a lifestyle where I limited my meat intake so it was just cutting out poultry and seafood. Most people grow up eating meat almost everyday. So, I understand why it is so difficult for most to even come up with a starting point.
In the video (all the way to the bottom) I talk talk about 5 tips that I believe will help you in maintaining this lifestyle, but first here is a list of them for you!
Figure out your reason first
Just like anything else you want to do in life, you have to have some kind of motivation. In my video it states I became vegetarian because I didn’t agree with factory farming and how the animals are raised/treated. Later on my reasons branched out, but that’s what got me started and I felt very strongly about this. It was my motivator to make the change in my lifestyle. I believe if I wanted to make the change just to be ‘cool’ or ‘different’ I would have caved. Fast. So, figure out what your reason is.
Change your mindset
It usually feels like a punishment when you tell yourself you can’t have something. So my tip #2 is all about not telling yourself you can’t have this, but to remind yourself you don’t want this. Just like a diet this is a lifestyle, you don’t want meat, it’s not that you can’t have it. Telling yourself you don’t want meat is just going to make you want it!
So, I mentioned these because since more and more people are starting to reduce and even cut out meat intake there has been an increase in meat alternatives options. This is a great way to transition and not make it complicated. You still make your favorite dish but you just substitute! It is so easy and you’ll be surprised at how delicious all the options are!
I can’t stress how amazing Pinterest is!! Once you start searching meatless recipes your feed will automatically start showing more vegetarian/vegan recipes. This is so helpful if you love cooking and just want some ideas to spark your creativity. You can create a folder for all your ideas and save them for later. If you have no idea how to make a veggie patty, you can search it. If you want recipes on how to cook with chia seeds, you can search it. Seriously, anything!
Have fun with it
I love being vegetarian because it is so much fun. You get to be creative with your food, you try so many new vegetables and fruits, and it’s delicious! It doesn’t have to taste bad and you don’t have to eat a salad everyday. I don’t even remember the last time I had a salad, haha. So, yeah, you’re doing this because you want to, have fun with it!
Also, here is the link to my video!