Tips for New Vegetarians and Vegans

 
Photo provided by: Constance Browne

Photo provided by: Constance Browne

 

Choosing to go vegetarian or vegan is an important and difficult decision, but here are some tips to help if you do decide to change your diet.

1. Eat

This part is more for going vegan, but remember to eat lots of whole grains, legumes, fruits, and vegetables. Animal products are very high in calories and fat, so don't expect to eat the same sized meals. Load up on good sources of calories and nutrients, and remember, calories are your friends. As long as you get your energy from good, wholesome, unrefined foods, don't be afraid to eat until you're completely satisfied (our bodies know when to stop eating-so listen!).

2. Don't Worry About Protein

The main concern of anyone who's thinking about going vegan or vegetarian is most likely where they'll get their protein. Protein isn't actually that important to focus on, what you should be focused on is eating at least 1800-2000 calories a day from whole food sources. Eating six-hundred calories of oatmeal will provide as much protein as four eggs, so don't feel the need to focus on protein powders or supplements.

3. Include a Variety of Fruits and Veggies

This is a really important one to keep you healthy (even if you are still eating meat and dairy, you should keep this in mind) In order to get the full spectrum of vitamins and minerals one needs, it's important to eat all different sorts of fruits and vegetables.  For example, leafy greens are a great source of calcium and iron, so eat up!

Sticking to these tips will really help you thrive on a vegan or vegetarian diet! There are also lots of vegan and vegetarian social media accounts with stunning pictures of meatless food to use for inspiration!