I never thought I’d do it, but recently I “converted” to vegetarianism, for health reasons, of course. I had always thought about giving it a try, but for various reasons – or excuses, really – I never got around to it. It just seemed to hard, like I wouldn’t be able to stick with it, mostly because of the food I was used to eating. But I did it, and here are some tips to sticking with it.
Good food is still allowed. When some people think of becoming a vegetarian, they’re afraid that it will greatly reduce the type of food they’re allowed to eat (partially true), and that there won’t really be any good kinds of food left to eat (not really true at all). Pasta, pizza, sushi, grilled veggies, and best of all – fish! These foods, and more, are party of my weekly menu, and they are all delicious. I have fish every night basically: shrimp, flounder, scallops, tilapia – the options are endless. And because of that, I never get sick of it, because there’s always something new and fresh to try out.
Embrace the juicing craze. Juicing has taken the health industry by storm recently, and for good reason – it’s a delicious habit to have, and it’s incredibly healthy for you! (Oh, and it’s also vegetarian to boot). Here’s my morning routine: bust out my favorite blender, a razor sharp knife, and a whole bowl of different kinds of fruits, and get chopping that fruit up into pieces – strawberries, mangoes, blueberries, raspberries, bananas; the options are endless. Add a little juice (not too much, most juice has a lot of sugar), toss it all into the blender, and mix – and there you have yourself a delicious, nutritious breakfast to go. It’s my go-to breakfast, unless …
Eggs every day. … I am having eggs. Actually, most days I will have both eggs and a fruit smoothie, since they’re both so healthy and tasty. That’s right, don’t believe the negative press – eggs are one of the best things you can put into your body, and vegetarians can enjoy them without any guilt at all! I’m not an Atkins guy per se, but I do believe in the nutritional value of a “good fat” like a nice fried egg in a little butter, it’s as natural food as you’re going to get, and it will fill you up for a while too. I’ve been eating eggs forever and am in great shape and in great health – so go ahead, don’t be scared!
Eat fresh. One of the best parts of being a vegetarian is that it really encourages you to eat fresh, delicious foods. I find myself always out at the farmer’s market, seeing what kind of new, fresh food I can try. All kinds of fruits, veggies, fish, eggs, and homemade pasta – I am always on the hunt for those kinds of foods. A new habit I’ve gotten into is that I’ll now go to the grocery store every single day after work, because I like my food to be super fresh, and I buy it a mere couple of hours before I cook it. I rarely even use my freezer any more.
Mix it up. Variety is the spice of life, and it’s also an important factor in keeping up with being a vegetarian. While I do eat eggs nearly every day, I only do it because I REALLY like eggs. Other things, though, it’s easy to get sick of – and if you find yourself getting sick and tired of certain foods, you’ll want to give up on eating vegetarian, and go back to your old habits. Don’t allow that to happen! The key is to always be mixing up your menu, so that you are trying new things all the time. Just perform a simple Google search for new types of recipes, and you will find a whole lot of new kinds of foods to try. And new foods will keep you going strong.