14 Practical Tips For Anyone Thinking About Becoming Vegetarian

    You don't have to go ~cold turkey~.

    1. Try going vegetarian for one day a week.

    2. Once you're ready to take it to the next step, try going without meat on weekdays.

    3. Or take it one meal at a time, starting with breakfast, then moving on to lunch, then dinner.

    4. Once you've eaten all the meat in your fridge and freezer, stop picking it up in the supermarket.

    5. Pick a vegetable that's popular in vegetarian recipes — like mushrooms, eggplant, or cauliflower — and experiment with a few recipes.

    6. Find a quick go-to recipe you can make in a pinch, and always have the necessary ingredients on hand.

    7. Follow vegetarian blogs or Facebook groups for recipe inspiration and support.

    8. Do some research about how a vegetarian diet can affect your health, and learn about vegetables that have high levels of iron, protein, and calcium.

    9. Get into the habit of checking menus online when you know you're going to be eating out.

    10. And see if your regular takeout spots have a good vegetarian option; if not, try some others in your area.

    11. If cooking just vegetables in every meal makes you feel overwhelmed, try meat alternative products.

    12. Prepare vegetarian snacks if you're going somewhere that you think might not have any options for you.

    13. If you're going to someone's house for dinner, offer to bring a vegetarian dish.

    14. And most importantly, remember to be easy on yourself.