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Thinking About Going Vegetarian? Here's How to Start

If you’re thinking about cutting meat from your diet, you may believe that it will be an easy transition, or you may know that it’s going to be a very tough journey. Either way, those thinking about going vegetarian should be aware that it isn’t as simple as avoiding burgers and chicken, as it’s essential for vegetarians to have a wholesome diet filled with the necessary nutrients. At the start of your new diet, you should be planning out your meals and be researching what foods will work best for you.

Gradual Transition

For many people, cutting out all meat at once can be hard. A gradual transition to vegetarianism often works much better and allows people to test out what they like and what they don’t. As red meat is typically the most unhealthy, try eliminating all red meat first to see how you feel. Then you can remove more meat from your diet over a few weeks, while eating vegetarian for a day each week to gradually transition to your new diet.

Balanced diet

Even though many people assume that vegetarians already eat healthily, there are plenty of foods that are vegetarian and extremely unhealthy. When we think of a vegetarian diet, we probably think of a lot of fruits, vegetables, and salads. While these foods should be eaten regularly, people need more variety in their diet. Instead of turning to unhealthy junk food, vegetarians should also eat whole grains, rice and quinoa, and heart-healthy fats such as olive oil and nuts. One thing that is especially important for vegetarians is that they are getting enough protein, so be sure to include foods like tofu, beans, and lentils into your diet.

Tell Friends And Family

Once you decide to make the diet change, it’s important to let those around you know that you are no longer eating meat. You want to let the people closest to you know about your decision since eating is a big part of our social lives. Giving a polite heads up about your new diet allows them to prepare a meal for you or be mindful of the menu of the restaurant they chose for dinner. Also, as with any lifestyle change, it can be hard to stay motivated, and having your family and friends support is important.

Making a Healthier Choice with Hearn Kirkwood

Hearn Kirkwood is a privately held Food Service Distributor specializing in produce, meat, poultry, dairy, and fresh seafood. Located within one mile of Route 295 and I95 provides easy access for delivery to Baltimore, Washington, and Virginia. For more information on services and available products, call Hearn Kirkwood today!

Allison RouseHearn Kirkwood