Tip 1: What kind of vegetarian are you?
There are different degrees in vegetarianism. From flexitarians, vegetarians who occasionally eat meat, to vegetarians who eat meat but are not so bothered about a piece of fish in its time, the pesco vegetarian. Lacto vegetarians do not eat meat or fish but use dairy products, honey and egg. Finally, vegans are the strictest in the doctrine, they do not use and eat any animal products, fish, meat, cheese, honey, egg or dairy. Moreover, they do not wear leather.
Which form suits you best? Making a choice makes it easier to comply with it.
Tip 2: Prepare your favorite food, but then vegetarian
When I became a vegetarian, there were only a few types of meat substitutes. Although the possibilities are still not endless, there is a wide and more and more tasty choice. Replacing your portion of meat with a vegetarian option is becoming easier. So what are you looking for? Vegetarian minced meat for your favorite pasta? Vegetarian chicken for your tandoori chicken? Vegetable tuna for your tuna salad? Or would you prefer a hamburger with the fries?
Switching to a vegetarian lifestyle should not feel like you are short of yourself. That would be terrible. So go and investigate. In the supermarket they often have a full shelf full of meat substitutes, also for sandwiches, and at the health food store and a number of supermarkets they also sell products from ‘The Vegetarian Butcher’. Try it, you can email me if you could taste the difference!
Tip 3: Think healthy
Being a vegetarian is not just scrapping your daily piece of meat. It is the first step to a healthier and more conscious lifestyle. Vegetarians run the risk of not getting enough of certain vitamins, minerals and fats. An iron deficiency is a well-known example, a deficiency of vitamin B12 or Omega 3 fats is another. Being aware of what you eat is therefore necessary. The fact that you can only supplement the deficits with healthy products is an extra incentive to build in a healthier diet.
So what do you eat as a healthy vegetarian? First a lot of green vegetables. Spinach, broccoli, kale and legumes are full of much needed iron. Nuts and avocado are also a good source of fats. An additional advantage: these products do wonders for your skin, hair and nails!
Finally, it is important for vegetarians to take supplements. Choose what suits you, a supplement to everything in the form of multivitamins or targeted individual supplements. Just what you want.