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