13 Important Lessons For Every New Vegetarian

These will make your life so much easier.

1. Check if the veggie burger on a restaurant’s menu is homemade.

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Hint: If the burger is the only vegetarian option on the menu, it’s likely to be a store-bought, slightly defrosted bland slice of hell. It’s best to just skip it.

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2. Make sure to keep up with your vitamins, especially B-12.

Cutting meat out of your diet means eliminating certain vitamins and nutrients as well; just make sure you eat the right foods to give you what you need (or take the right supplements).

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3. Carry hot sauce with you everywhere. You never know when it could totally save a meal.

Hot tip: Tiny packets of hot sauce are a girl’s best friend.

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4. If people give you crap for being a vegetarian, take it with a grain of salt.

Your energy will be better spent on other things besides worrying about the foul attitude coming from other people. You do you.

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5. Keep hummus in your fridge at all times, because you should be putting it in and on everything.

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Use it as a spread on sandwiches. Use it as a fancy dip at parties. Use it as a not-fancy dip when you’re home alone and need to use up the last of your weird pretzels.

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6. Yes, people will remind you of this all the time, but: Make sure to get enough protein.


Nuts, beans, tofu, yogurts, eggs. Ya gotta lock it down.

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7. Pizza can be sneaky, so maybe check under the cheese for any meat that tries to surprise you.

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8. Check. The. Ingredients.

Some vegetarian “meat” products aren’t vegan, so please be careful if you’re full veg and double-check it all. You might be surprised.

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9. Bring a snack with you everywhere, especially when traveling. And especially when traveling through non-vegetarian friendly locations.

Some well-placed trail mix can be a real lifesaver.

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10. Always, always ask about the broths and bases that make up soups in restaurants.

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If you don’t, then be ready to apologize to your butt immediately.

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11. If you’re trying new cuisine and have NO idea what something is, be sure to google any words or dishes you’re unfamiliar with.

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Knowledge is power! And sometimes what you learn will be great news.

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12. You’ll really want to, but try not to just load up on pasta all the time.

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Pasta is both easy to cook at home and find on a menu, but try not to rely on it as an entire food group. Carbs and more carbs don’t make a balanced diet.

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13. Just find the foods that work for you and make you happy!

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Unlike your shitty boyfriend, Todd, who won’t stop criticizing you over your new lifestyle.

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Do you have more awesome tips for beginning veg heads? Let us know in the comments!

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