Want To Become Vegetarian? The 5 Traps To Avoid!That’s it, this time enough is enough! You have come across yet another dreadful video exposing the mistreatment of animals, and you can’t stand it any longer. It’s decided, tomorrow you’re turning vegetarian!
5 mistakes to avoid when becoming vegetarian
Before giving up steak, let’s assess the mistakes often made by people new to vegetarianism.
1. Don’t start tomorrow
Whether you’ve thought long and hard about it or it’s an impulse decision, you don’t become vegetarian overnight. No, you prepare for it, otherwise, your motivation for sport risks disappearing as quickly as it appeared. Our advice: keep your goal in mind, stick to it, but work towards it little by little.
2. Do your research
Don’t jump blindly into vegetarianism. It’s a diet you have to know really well in order to avoid getting (uncommon) deficiencies in animal protein or not compensating for them correctly. A good vegetarian diet needs to include pulses, cereal, starchy foods, vegetable products rich in protein, etc. Don’t be afraid to read the numerous recipe books that are out there, as they will give you inspiration and introduce you to new foods.
3. Be wary of hidden meat
By researching products, you will become aware of those that contain meat or fish. They are sometimes present in foods we would never have even suspected. Sweets, marshmallows, fruit juice, yoghurts, vinaigrette, etc. Keep your eyes peeled!
4. Don’t compensate
When we remove an element from our diet, we often try to compensate it with something else. Be careful of cheese and fast food (even the veggie burger) that we are so often tempted by. This type of food, even vegetarian, leads to the loss of the positive effects gained from its healthy elements.
5. Toughen up
Even though increasingly more people are becoming vegetarian, the vegetarian diet is still likely to get mocked and ridiculed. “You just want to follow the trend”, “you’re going to have deficiencies”, “so you’re just going to eat seeds then?”. There are so many comments that you have to face defiantly, respond to kindly or simply smile and let go.
Remember that a vegetarian diet involves changing your lifestyle and will have an impact on your social life. Think about the next family Christmas or your best friend’s wedding ceremony. There are many situations where you will be confronted with meaty meals. So, make sure you are doing the right thing before jumping into vegetarianism!
Editor’s opinion – Ovo-lacto vegetarian, pescatarian?
Did you know there are several ways of being a vegetarian? You can be an ovo-lacto vegetarian. This means you don’t eat meat but do consume eggs, milk and other dairy products.
An ovo-vegetarian is someone who eats eggs but no other dairy products, whereas a lacto-vegetarian eats all dairy products. A pescatarian is someone who eats fish. Finally, a vegan refers to people who don’t consume any products linked to animals (meat, fish, eggs, dairy products, honey), and ethical vegans don’t use any products involving animal exploitation (leather, fur, beauty products tested on animals).
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