I loved meat. I would order steak and eggs for breakfast. After, my freshman year of college throughout my studies I noticed the relationship between red meat and heart disease. Then I went to Smashburger (my fave burger joint) and ate a disgusting burger, I was ready to cut the meat. Four years later I follow a plant-based diet and eat fish once or twice a week. Again, I was the girl who ate steak for breakfast, If I can do it so can you. These are the 3 tricks I did and to be honest, I don’t miss meat.
Give It a Day
If you follow me on social media then you know I am a big supporter of meatless Mondays. This is a global movement that promotes one day for people to go meatless. It seems crazy when you first start out. When I was living in the dorms, the dining hall did meatless Mondays and I hated it. I keep noticing in all my classes that red meat was linked to heart disease, type 2 diabetes, and obesity. I didn’t really give Meatless Mondays a try. So, I did and it wasn’t that bad. It was like Fridays during Lent. I think the biggest challenge is us getting over the fixation. When we know we can’t have something, we want it more. I had to change my mindset from what I don’t have to what I can have. I started to look forward to Meatless Monday because I would go to my favorite coffee shop and get a bagel.
Find New Recipes
It’s crazy what people can do with vegetables. There are so many recipes thanks to Pinterest and bloggers like me who make plant-based taste amazing. When you find new recipes to make, it will help change your mindset and make this diet change more motivating. The upside of making meatless meals is the price. Meat is expensive, so not only will you be helping your health, but also your wallet. In recent years, it seems everyone is going vegan. There is not a restaurant that doesn’t have some type of meatless dish. I feel if you want to cut meat from your diet go to a plant-based restaurant. You can still go out to eat and not just order a salad.
Plan Your Meals
When you decided to cut meat from your diet, it’s will be a smoother transition if you plan your meals. I remember a friend told me your hungry because you haven’t eaten not because you are not eating meat. It clicked for me. When people change their diets to plant-based, they can often feel hungry and blame it on their new diet. It is an adjustment, but you are hungry because you haven’t eaten, fruits and veggies have more energy and fewer calories. Therefore, in theory, we shouldn’t be hungry, we just need to be organized and figured out what to eat. Planning your meals will make your life easier and make cutting meat from your diet a breeze.
Cutting meat from your diet can be done. Even if you come from a culture where meat is heavily eaten. I come from an Italian family and instead of Chicken Parmigiana, I make an eggplant version. Just give it a try for a day and see how it goes. One day without meat can help your health and the environment. If that is all you can do, it’s a start and more sustainable than waking and going completely vegan. Also, the guac is free at Chipotle if you order a veggie bowl, if that doesn’t motivate you to drop meat then I don’t know what will.