Tips for Going Meat Free

Dec 14th, 2017 | By | Category: show tips, the show
Still from Disney Propaganda Film

Still from Disney Film

  1. Baby steps. If going meat free is something that’s been on your  mind, but you’ve been omnivorous your entire life, it could be difficult to remove animal protein from your diet cold turkey (no pun intended). So don’t try and go from meat eater one day to vegetarian or vegan the next—you could be setting yourself up for failure.  You might try giving up red meat first, then poultry, then fish; and if you want to go all the way, eventually exclude eggs, dairy, and even honey from your diet. Consider removing meat from your diet one day a week, such as during Meatless Monday. When you are comfortable with that, add another day, and then another until eventually every day is meatless.  You have to do what works for you.
  2. Try new things. Oftentimes people are leery of becoming vegetarians for fear of getting bored with the lack of variety in their diet. You don’t have to worry because in truth, nothing is as varied as a vegetarian way of eating.  In addition to all the fresh vegetables and fruits, there are grains, legumes and a diverse array of spices to make them taste even better than they do without the spices. In addition, when you start shopping with “new eyes” you’ll see the shelves of your local supermarket and health food store in a new way. You’ll see the variety of vegetarian options,  including meat alternatives like sausages made from soy, tofu, crumbles, couscous and all sorts of vegetables.
  3. Spend time in the kitchen with a good vegetarian or vegan cookbook.  Whether you need simple step by step instructions or gourmet dishes to impress your friends, there are literally hundreds of vegetarian and vegan cookbooks around. A new book with delectable vegetarian and vegan recipes, and tips for hosting a vegetarian dinner party (which apply to any dinner party, really), is Vegetarian Dinner Parties: 150 Meatless Meals Good Enough to Serve to Company,  by Mark Scarbrough and Bruce Weinstein. Molly Katzan’s New Moosewood Cookbook has been a staple of many vegetarians since it was first published in 1977! Hearty Vegan Meals for Monster Appetites, by Celine Steen and Joni Marie Newman, and Vegan  Holiday Kitchen, by Nava Atlas both have tasty recipes in them that can satisfy even those with strong carnivorous tendencies.
  4. Read labels. There are fat and unhealthy vegetarians and vegans just as there are fat and unhealthy omnivores and carnivores. Just because you cut out animal products doesn’t mean you’re automatically going to be healthy and fit.  Many of the products labeled safe for vegetarians and vegans to consume are chock full of artificial ingredients and high amounts of simple carbohydrates and saturated fats.  A healthy vegetarian or vegan diet isn’t difficult, but it takes planning, reading labels, and more home cooking than you might have done before.
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