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Strategies for Adopting a New Vegetarian Lifestyle

Strategies for Adopting a New Vegetarian Lifestyle

1. Convert dishes that you already are familiar with and enjoy.
• Sloppy Joes with Morningstar crumbles instead of ground beef.
• Spaghetti with “meatballs? made from veggie sausage.
• Tacos with Morningstar crumbles or vegetarian refried beans instead of ground beef.
• Instead of chicken or beef in fajitas, use Morningstar Chicken or Steak Strips. These strips can also be used in stir-fry, salads, or most other places chicken or beef are used.
• Instead of scrambled eggs and bacon with breakfast try Fantastic Foods Tofu Scrambler and Lightlife Smart Bacon
• Add sliced veggie hotdogs to baked beans for beans and franks.
• Ditch the meatballs from spaghetti and add a salad with beans.
• Make a bean chili without meat.

2. Gradually change your meals.
• Most people eat about 21 meals a week. Adopt a vegetarian diet for a few meals a week. Try 7 all vegetarian meals a week for a few weeks.
• Continue working up to 14 meals a week for a few weeks.
• You’re almost vegetarian! Continue adjusting your meals until you are completely vegetarian. Congratulations, you have made a great step and a positive transformation for yourself, the environment, and the animals.

3. Explore new foods and recipes.
• Check out vegetarian cookbooks from the library and search the internet for new recipes. (Check out our recipes section too!)
• Explore ethnic markets and restaurants. Asian markets usually have a large variety of vegetarian foods and mock meats and most Thai, Ethopoian, and Indian restaurants have great vegetarian options.
• Try a new food each week. You will probably end up with a far more varied diet than you used to eat as a meat eater.

4. Tips
• Try not to focus on the foods you don’t eat anymore. Focus on the amazing foods that you are now discovering.
• Remember, being vegetarian is not about trying to fit into a strict label or definition. Some people do not do well with a stringent approach to vegetarianism. Others feel that they have failed if they cannot totally eliminate all animal products and then they abandon a vegetarian diet entirely. Ultimately, the goal should be working towards a long-term lifestyle change that reduces harm done to the animals and the earth and increases the benefits to your health. Think in terms of the meals you can change and keep in mind that every vegetarian meal makes an impact!

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