by Pastor Lenny
There are three type of plant-preferring diet consumers (vegetarians, vegans, and plant-based). These individuals have decided to drop the meat off for a lifestyle that some people call a rabbit diet.
Vegetarians don't eat definitive meat like fish, pork, chicken, or beef. They do, however, consume derivatives of animals, items like eggs, cheese, and milk. Vegans will not eat anything that pertains to an animal in any manner. While there are extremes and middle-ground to each of the above described diet decisions, at the end of the day most vegetarians choose the lifestyle from a healthier mindset surrounding what's placed in their bodies.
I became a vegetarian over 18 years ago. During that time, I have had drop-off moments, yet I’ve consistently been vegetarian now for the last 10 years. I am not one of those types of individuals that scows down a person placing a hearty, all-beef patty in their mouth. To be honest, there are times when I've thought about how good one might actually be after all these years, although, I haven't been bold enough to act on it.
If you're thinking about taking the shift from your carnivorous ways and attempting the vegetarian lifestyle, let me share a few tips to get your going:
1) Exchange one meal per day with nothing but veggies. Eventually you want to make your largest meal of the day the exchange meal.
2) Prepare your mind to acquire new tastes. Most meat eaters are not big on beans and greens; therefore, you have to learn how to enjoy the taste.
3) Don't over compensate with potatoes, starches, and sugar. This is the worst way to live your new vegetarian lifestyle. You still need essential nutrients as a plant eater, so read #2 again and again!
4) Take one meat group out of your diet at a time until you condition yourself not to want any of it. Retire beef and pork first and eat only chicken and fish.
5) Youtube, order cookbooks, and challenge yourself to become a vegetarian / vegan cook! Enjoy experimenting with tofu, tempe, and other meat alternatives. You'd be surprise what you've been missing and how similar the texture of these alternatives are to meats.
The apprehension many have with the lifestyle is really not so bad once you make a formative decision to start a healthier eating plan. Vegetarianism, and most notably veganism, have both been attributed to natural body cures from common colds all the way to cancer. Consult with your doctor before making any drastic dietary changes.
May your new veg-life be enjoyable and make sure fall in love with those beans and greens!