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10 Things I Wish I'd Known Before I Started Cutting Meat From My Diet

It's totally doable — but there are a lot of ways to make the change easier.

Hi! I'm Emily, and I've been a pescatarian for more than three years.

1. Accept that you probably won't be able to quit cold turkey, because it takes a while to get used to the change.

When you're vegetarian and eat meat and someone calls you out for it

Just like with any other change, it's going to take some time to adjust your habits. If you ate meat almost every day of the week, it's going to be a really difficult adjustment. And that's OK! Just keep it in perspective: You aren't failing, because hey, you're eating less meat than you did yesterday.

2. Instead of trying to go from carnivore to vegan in one fell swoop, ease your way in.

3. Try out a few meat substitutes to keep the cravings at bay.

4. Know how you're going to supplement your nutrition when meat is out of the picture.

5. Check out the menu before you go out to eat.

At a restaurant and realizing there's nothing you can eat #vegetarianproblems

In most cases, it isn't that challenging to find something on the menu that you can eat, but in order to avoid the awkward moment when you end up having to eat the bread basket for dinner, suggest a restaurant you know everyone will like to take the awkwardness out of the experience.

6. Learn how to cook vegetables really well so you aren't overcompensating by eating a lot of refined carbs and dairy.

7. Do this the way you want to do this, not the way someone's telling you you have to do it.

8. Don't feel like you have to justify your decision to anyone — not even yourself.

9. Better yet, just don't talk about it at all.

10. Now, if a friend asks you for honest advice, that's a totally different story.

What are your best tips for making changes around what you eat? Tell me in the comments below!