Sunday, 19 July 2015

Top Tips for Going Veggie.

If you're a regular reader or follow any of my social media accounts, then you may well have noticed that I recently took the plunge and switched to a vegetarian diet. I've posted a couple of updates on my blog which you can read here and here. I'm genuinely really enjoying my new veggie diet, I don't miss meat at all and I'm kind of wondering why I didn't make the switch sooner, in fact I'm even considering veganism. So if you're thinking of making the switch, here's some of my top tips to make the transition a little easier. 

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1. Find alternatives.
One way of making the switch a little easier is to find alternative foods or recipes for your favourite dishes. I love a good stew or casserole, particularly sausage casserole, but I now make a mean mushroom stew that could rival beef and I've discovered Linda McCartney's red onion and rosemary sausages that are also vegan friendly.

2. Don't worry about what others will think.
This is a big one for me as I was really worried that others perceive me as a bit 'weird' for going veggie. But do you know what, it's your choice and something that you're doing for you, so sod what everyone else thinks. If you think you'll be able to live a happier, healthier life as a veggie then go ahead, you'll thank yourself for it. I'm far too much of a people pleaser and it's something that I'm trying to let go of.

3. Don't be afraid to try new things.
Since going veggie my diet has been more varied than it has ever been. My mind is also more open than it is has ever been. Previously, I would have never considered vegetarian options in restaurants, I would have never got excited over an edamame bean salad and I certainly didn't believe I could live a life with no meat. But guess what, I've done all those things and more and I feel so much better for it. 

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4. Take time to educate yourself.
As with any major lifestyle change (and stopping eating meat when it's been a staple part of your diet your whole life is pretty major), It's important that you take the time to educate yourself. If a vegetarian diet is something that's important to you then don't set yourself up to fail by not being prepared. Do your research, think about why it is you want to make the switch and what you want to get out of it. Look into potential foods and recipes and ensure that you have plenty of veggie friendly foods in the cupboard to set you up.

5. Have fun.
I think this is my most important tip. What is life if we're not having fun? Embrace your new lifestyle and really try to get the most from it. Find things you enjoy, experiment, try new things, share your passion and enthusiasm. Life as a veggie is what you make of it.

If you're stuck for different foods to try, why not click here to see some of my veggie related posts.

This is not a post intended to push anyone towards a veggie lifestyle, because that's about personal choice, but I do hope that if  you're considering giving it a go then these tips might just help you along the way. Do you have any tips you could add to this list? Why not share them either in the comments below, or drop me a tweet @mygenerallife.

While you're here, why not check out my previous post: Recipe | Kale Pesto.



6 comments:

  1. Hi Jordan,

    Congrats on sticking with the vegetarian diet! It's been over a year and a half for me now, and there's definitely no going back. I'd say one tip I'd add is not to worry too much about protein - it's a question I was constantly asked when I first converted (you can work out exactly how many grams you need in your diet here: http://www.curiouslyconscious.com/2014/10/how-much-protein-do-you-need-in-your.html ), so I did my research and found there are so many plant-based alternatives (here's a list of the best ones: http://www.curiouslyconscious.com/2014/10/22-of-best-complete-plant-based-proteins.html ).

    Also, supportive people such as you and your blog definitely make it easier!

    Besma (Curiously Conscious)

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  2. That is so great! I love vegetarian food, so I did the same thing last year and stopped eating meat. I have not missed it much (only sausages). Recently when I was on holiday it was close to impossible to eat vegetarian some days, as all they ate were meat and rice. When I got back home I realized how much I missed the vegetarian diet. Now I definitely do not want to go back. And your post definitely helped me a little bit with that decision. Thank you :)

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  3. I went veggie for 7 weeks this year, and then just stopped for no reason. :P
    But you know what I am glad of the experience as I eat a rake of vegetables now and small bits of meat. :)

    Ellen
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  4. I've been considering going veggie for a while now, its usually a common thought that pops into my mind a couple times a month, but i've never taken the plunge yet. I really like this blog post, i look forward to your next one too!

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  5. I made the switch to vegan about 6 months ago now and I'm loving it. Well done to you. Mushrooms are such a great substitute for meat I use them in almost all of my meals I think I'm addicted. Lol Anywho good luck with your journey. Xx

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    1. Mushrooms are wonderful, I use them in everything. Since writing this I have also switched to a vegan diet so maybe I'm due to write and updated top tips post! Thanks so much for stopping by Bei :] xxx

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