I’ve heard time and time again how people have tried to go vegetarian or vegan but haven’t felt full enough or satisfied without the meat aspect. Well, first of all, I commend anyone and everyone for taking even the smallest of steps towards eating less animal products. Every little change counts.
Secondly, I know how hard it may be, because before I started eating the right things (and the right amount of things, mind you), I thought it wouldn’t work out for me either. But, after learning what to do and what not to do, I want to share advice on some small changes that’ll make a huge difference.
- Slow and Steady
If you are a die-hard meat fan who savours pork and the likes, then perhaps going cold-turkey or diving headfirst into veganism may not be the way to go. Making smaller changes is more sustainable and beneficial if it means you will stick with it for the long term.
2. Making Switches
Start with a simple change, such as switching to oat milk in your cereal instead of cow’s milk. It may not seem like a big deal to you, but cow’s milk has three times the environmental impact than plant milk, so every little bit helps!
Other simple switches include trying vegan protein sources, like tofu or soy products and even simply ordering a vegetarian meal when getting takeout.
3. Meatless Mondays
This idea is great if you live with others, as the whole house can take part. Having a family dinner, minus the meat, makes a huge impact in the long run. Plus you can experiment with new and interesting recipes and maybe you’ll even find a new favourite meal!
4. Do Your Research
If you want to make sure you’re getting all your necessary nutrients, it is helpful to do research on the benefits of different foods. Make sure to include lots of legumes and beans, as they are a great source of protein and very fulling.
5. Plan Ahead
Planning future meals and snacks mean that you won’t resort to your usual meat recipes by default, especially after a long and busy day. Coming home to a fridge full of healthy and meat-free food will make it easier and more convenient to omit the animal products!
6. Satisfaction Factor
When deciding to eat less meat and animal products, you need to make sure you’re eating enough food and feeling satisfied. Instead of resorting to what everyone believes vegan food is (only vegetables and fruit), make sure to have hearty meals and include your personal satisfaction factor. This could be a dessert if you’re the sweet type, like myself, or something savoury like crisps (my mom’s favourite). Including these every so often will keep you happy and healthy at the same time!
And most important of all, don’t try and be perfect. After all, a million people doing their best is better than a thousand people being perfect.