Tips on Becoming a Vegan or Vegetarian

This is Part 3 on how to become a vegetarian or vegan. Read Part 2 here.

  • Step 6: Make this lifestyle your identity

How do you do that?

Here are 5 tips on exactly how to you can go about creating your identity around veganism or vegetarianism:

Tip #1: Make time to cook healthy meals

Is your health a priority?

Sometimes even I do the ocassional Amy's frozen foods. Or I just don't feel like cooking at home and want someone else to handle feeding me.

However, at least 80% or more of the time I do cook my meals at home. Believe it or not, I actually don't naturally love cooking, but I have learned to enjoy it.

I am a busy mom, I have a man to take care of, and I spend several hours a day working on my various websites.

Economies of Scale In The Kitchen

Taking on any new lifestyle such as becoming a vegan or vegetarian can be quite overwhelming at first, especially if you're like me and just like to take a plunge into things and figure it out as you go along.

Along the way though I have figure out a few things to make my life much easier.

So here are some pointers on how I prioritize cooking healthier meals, by utilizing a concept I learned in business school: economies of scale.

  • i. I shop for groceries only once a week - I have a list of all my groceries in the right quantity for the week. I know that for example I need two packs of spinach and/or green salad for the week.

I have a meal plan for the week, and although I don't always stick to it religiously, I know exactly what I need and how much.

  • ii. Cook large meals that you can eat 2 or 3 times. When I cook chili for example, I make enough to last 3 dinners meals.

I freeze it in size-appropriate food containers. Then on the morning of the day we plan to eat it, I take it out in the morning and let it sit on the counter until it thaws.

That way we just have to re-heat and eat. I've always loved left overs anyway- so any food that tastes like leftovers is scrumptious to me.

I do this with pasta sauces as well, so that all I have to do is make the pasta and and eat away.

I also cook beans in advance and freeze them. These come in very handy for making quick breakfast fajitas. Since I freeze them in zip lock bags, I just toss them in a bowl of warm water about an hour before I have to make breakfast.

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