This is Part 2 on how to become a vegetarian or vegan. Part 1 is here.
The most common hurdle that people who trying to become vegan or vegetarian seem to face is the fear that they won't have variety to eat.
I can understand why people think that at first - but it's simply not true.
In the beginning you may have to work a bit harder to plan out your meals in order to eat a healthy and filling diet.
You're probably so used to just grabbing a bunch of lunch meats and sandwiches, or pre-marinated steaks and chicken breasts which you toss in the oven, roast a potato and you have your meal.
Now that you're a vegetarian or vegan, you just have to be a bit more conscious, and develop a new relationship with your food. Get to know your food a little more intimately.
[I created a free 7-day vegetarian meal plan for my readers- gluten free of course]
In my early days after becoming a vegetarian, when I was still doing initial research, I thought that I was basically stuck with legumes and salads.
A couple of my friends were already vegetarians, and every time I was with them and food came up, my main question of intrigue was always, what really do you eat?
Isn't it amazing how our brains have been conditioned to think of meat as the ingredient that brings variety into our diet!
The thing is, meat is mostly a convenience in our modern society. Don't get me wrong, I love conveniences, but not at the expense of my wellness.
So the first thing I was forced to do on becoming a vegetarian was to go through a complete shift in my consciousness, what I call a radical mind shift.
How do you go through this kind of shift?
A 30 day trial is a concept that was popularized by top personal development blogger Steve Pavlina.
The idea of a 30 day trial is that it's a tool to help you instil a new habit. Research shows that it takes us on average 21 days for a new habit to stick.
The other thing is that when people make a decision, they tend to beat up on themselves mercilessly if they fall off the wagon.
Well, the 30 day trial period gives you permission to start over everyday, forgiving yourself and correcting yesterday's mistakes. With a 30 day trial, you don't start over from day 1 if you slip, you keep going!
The other thing the 30 day trial is useful for is that ideally you're supposed to keep a public log - either on your blog or a public forum where you share your results and experiences.
This is what I did when I first got started. I used the now defunct forums at Steve Pavlina's site to journal my 30-day vegan trial.
Step 5: Tweak it to suit your current lifestyle
If you work in an office outside of home, you will definitely need to carry lunch food and snacks with you, at least at first.
When I first became vegan, I was working in an office outside of home. Although this was Southern California, which you'd expect to be well versed in diverse lifestyles, I was surprised to find that I could not find a vegetarian restaurant within 20 miles of my office.
So forget accompanying your work buddies to lunch for a while, unless you really do your research ahead of time and insist on a vegetarian-friendly restaurant.
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