How to Make a Smooth Transition to Vegetarianism

Apr 23rd 2015 at 2:00 AM

Planning to switch over to a complete plant based diet?

Well, it is a great decision indeed. But this is a major change and your body will certainly take some time to get adjusted to it. While dealing with the symptoms of fatigue and craving can be daunting, understanding and planning your meals to meet your nutritional requirements is also important at this point of time. Thus getting help from a plant-based nutrition coach can be the best way to deal with the situation and make the transition smooth.

Here are some tips on how to switch over from meat to plant:

  1. Prepare mentally:In all likelihood, you have been eating meat based products all your life. Thus, preparing your mind to accept the changes is very important to go vegan successfully. Spend time with your vegan friends, find out the best vegan restaurants in the town and book yourself a lunch or a dinner there. Prepare some yummy vegan recipes at home. All these will help you prepare your mind to accept the change more easily.

  1. Deal with the craving: Changing eating habits can make you crave for meat. Understand that craving is normal and your body does not need the item it is craving for to survive.

  2. Do not neglect nutrition: If all your life you have been on a non-veg diet, chances are you know little about the nutrition factors of various veggies and fruits. Not planning your meals properly will ruin your health. Thus, get help from a Plantrician, a nutritionist specialising in plant-based nutrition. They can help you understand the nutritional value of various legumes, grains, veggies and fruits.

  3. Seek out proper medical support: Many times traditional medical practitioners discourage you from opting for a plant-based diet. This can be a serious setback when you are already struggling to stick to your decision. Thus, seek consultation from a experience vegetarian doctor, who’ll understand your mindset well and give you proper medical advice to help you make the switch.

  4. Drink plenty of water: As vegetables and other plant based food have a lot of water content in it, you many not feel thirsty while on a plant-based diet. But, make sure you do not skip on water. Plant based food are also rich in fibre which requires more water to be digested properly.

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