Hey guys, if you haven't been keeping up to date about my diet, I have given up meat since Lent. At first it was something I was going to do for only 6 weeks. However, I have had a change of heart, and have decided to go vegetarian for as long as I can.
Honestly, I am a HUGE meat fan (especially when it comes to Latino food). I LOVE churrasco, pernil, arroz con pollo. I am huge foodie and was always known as that girl who digs cheeseburgers (except now I have it vegetarian!)
I seriously thought this change was going to be impossible, but I am doing it. :-)
Here's what I learned that help going veggie easier.
1) Ease into it slowly
My transition into vegetarianism was gradual. Although I wasn't sure at first if I'd ever want to be vegetarian, I though it was a good idea to slowly reduce my meat intake.
I went from eating meat at every meal, to having once a day, to having it only once a week. And then I quit cold turkey. It was easier that way for me because it wasn't such a shock to my cravings or body.
Another way you can ease into it is by stripping away certain meats little by little. You can start with getting rid of red meats, then chicken, then fish.
2) Try out vegetarian food substitutes
When you go veggie, you realize how many vegetairan meat substitutes, it'll blow your mind. I've tried different products from Morning Star, Gardein, and Boca, and a lot of them area really freaking good. Especially the chicken stuff! I'd say start trying new things and see what sort of food substitutes your prefer. My favorite is definitely the chickn strips from Gardein. SO GOOD!
3) Learn your way around the kitchen
If you know how to cook, being vegetarian will be EASY for you. I found myself experimenting more in the kitchen, especially with the meat substitutes. I've cooked and tried new things. Another great thing is that I have been adding more vegetables, which I am sure is doing great things for my health!