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Becoming Vegetarian: "Life" Without Meat

Updated on August 30, 2017

Turning Over A New Leaf With A Vegetarian Diet

"Becoming vegetarian" is oftentimes more than a diet change. If you are feeling drawn to a life without meat because of ethical, moral or spiritual reasons, your desire to embrace vegetarianism is no doubt part of a larger spiritual quest or renewal. Congratulations!

One of the most delightful surprises you will enjoy when you embrace the lifestyle of a vegetarian will be the number of others who will join you in your quest for a cleaner and more spiritual way to treat your body. The vegetarian community is a large one and it will welcome you warmly with all the help they can provide. But even from the community of those who are not vegetarians, you will often find friends and loved ones very supportive of the change of life you are going through and they will seek to help you all they can.

Becoming Vegetarian and Meal Prep

What to Expect

Life without meat will mean a new approach to meal preparation, which means new recipes and new ways to shop for the foods you need. This becomes additionally complex if you are living with those who have not made the choice to become vegetarians.

For example, if you are charged with meal preparation, that means two menus per night. If someone else is the primary cook of the house, that means you will need some accommodation so you can have a vegetarian meal while others are eating meat. As you can see, this will take some relationship building and some tolerances by you and by the meat lovers in your home.

Getting Use To Life Without Meat

During The Transition

Being a vegetarian in a world of meat eaters may be one of the biggest adjustments you'll be making. But also be prepared for some meat cravings as well. Especially if you've been a heavy meat-eater.

Some say, that it might be wise, at first, to ease into vegetarianism so you still get some meat protein while your body gets used to a lowered intake of that food group. I'm not quite certain how true that is but it is important to note that it will take a few weeks or longer to find a diet that has adequate nutrients and vitamins your body needs. By leaving meat in your eating schedule for a short time, you are less prone to feel run down or endure vitamin deficiencies during the transition to a full vegetarian eating regimen.

Becoming A Vegetarian Can Be As Fun As You Make It . . .

A Transition To Vegetarianism Doesn't Have To Be Boring

Becoming a vegetarian or vegan can be as simple, easy and as fun as you choose to make it. Whether you enjoy taking the time to prepare mouth-watering meals or . . . you choose quick-fix ones, vegetarian meals can be very satisfying.

Get into the habit of keeping the following items on-hand and meal prep can become a snap:

  • A variety of
  • fresh fruits and vegetables
  • , which should be the core of any diet by the way
  • Canned
  • beans
  • (e.g., pinto beans, black beans, garbanzo beans)
  • Vegetarian
  • soups
  • (e.g., lentil or minestrone)
  • Rice
  • (e.g., brown, basmati, wild, etc.)
  • Pastas
  • (e.g., whole wheat, spinach or other flavor combinations)
  • Tomato sauce
  • A variety of
  • frozen vegetables
  • Quick cooking or ready-to-eat
  • whole-grain cereals
  • (e.g., oatmeal)
  • Whole-grain breads and crackers
  • (e.g., whole wheat, rye, mixed grain)
  • Soymilks and soy cheeses
  • , if you decide to not eat dairy
  • Herbs and spices

You'll learn to experiment with different foods as you go along. Soon you will discover that a meatless diet can be fun to make and best of all . . . doesn't have to lack variety.

An Essential Guide To Becoming Vegetarian

The New Becoming Vegetarian: The Essential Guide To A Healthy Vegetarian Diet
The New Becoming Vegetarian: The Essential Guide To A Healthy Vegetarian Diet

One of many 5-star reviews: "This is book is absolutely necessary for anyone transitioning into a vegetarian or vegan diet and a great reference for those of us already there. It goes through all of the nutrients that vegetarians and vegans might have trouble getting enough of and explain why it's important and the best ways to incorporate that nutrient into your diet. It also gives dietary advice for prenanct women, children, and the elderly. There is so much information, I find myself constantly referring to this book as a reference guide." By Sara G. (Mamou, LA USA)

 

Are you in the process of becoming a vegetarian? - If so, what else would like to see here to help you on your journey?

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      Riana 2 years ago

      Alright Brianna, I'm coming out of lokrdum for this one. (I'm a missionary kid who was born in Ethiopia. I found your blog when my husband and I were thinking about international adoption. I dream about adopting a sibling group from Ethiopia.)Anyway, menu planning...Here's what I do:1. Go to . (There are tons of recipes, a very helpful rating system, easy menu planning tools and it's free!)2. Type in search terms in the search box (like "vegetarian") or add more keywords to make it more specific (like "vegetarian beans").3. Once the list comes up, click on "Rating" in the "sort by" menu. Now you've got the highest-rated recipes (i.e. the most-liked by the masses and therefore the best bets) at the top of the list. (By the way, is their list of vegetarian recipes, sorted from the highest-rated to the lowest-rated.)4. Once you find a recipe that sounds good, click on it.5. Now click on "Read Reviews" and then sort that list by "most helpful." Now you'll find reviews like "This was a good recipe, but be sure to double the sauce, otherwise it's too dry."There's so much more...sign up for a free account and add recipes to your "recipe box" or add them to your "shopping list." So, menu planning is simple. Just browse through the recipes in your recipe box, add the ones you want to have that week to your shopping list and print. Now you're ready to go to the grocery store and you can print out the recipes you'll need too. Easy peasy. I'm an internet geek...I live for free stuff on the internet!...hopefully I have not totally overwhelmed you. :) By the way, I have no connection to allrecipes.com. It's just a personal favorite.

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      Gayle Dowell 4 years ago from Kansas

      I don't feel called to drop meat from my diet altogether, but would like to decrease amount and add more veggies. I'm one of those heavy meat eaters.

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      I'm still a meat eater but enjoy vegetarian foods, not quite ready for that big step but you sure have a good guideline for those going in that direction, I do notice that I don't eat as much meat as I sued to and many of us are cutting down....well done! :)

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      I am pure vegetarian. I don't eat non veg because it cause destroy spirituality

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      Ecomum 7 years ago

      It is nice to be vegetarian, by your lens at least, but I'm still love a juice steak too :)

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      Linda Jo Martin 8 years ago from Post Falls, Idaho, USA

      Wonderful lens! I'm going to recommend it on my cooking blog!

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      religions7 8 years ago

      Great lens - you've been blessed by a squidoo angel :) [and thanks for the feature]

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      anonymous 8 years ago

      Great info on your site. For the transition was no problem, I became vegan when I was 18 years old.

      Cary Ellis

      Healthy Diet and Lifestyle expert