For those of you who have yet to venture into a meat-free lifestyle, think about it this way: If you normally consume meat 6 out of the 7 days of the week, try changing it to 5 days, and then 4 and so on over a few weeks span. It doesn’t have to be overnight. Take it one day at at time! Once you decide to reduce your meat intake, you’ll be more likely to explore your other options-because you know you need to compensate for nutrition such as protein and iron.
People always ask me “What do you eat? Salad?” To be quite honest, I don’t even like salad that much. My diet actually is so versatile! For breakfast, I’ll have oatmeal with fruit (bananas or berries) or toast with peanut butter. For lunch/dinner, I like making a vegetable stir fry with a grain (rice or quinoa.) The veggies I love using the most are cauliflower, broccoli, mushrooms, carrots, and spinach. I always use garlic or ginger to give them some flavor! I’ll usually incorporate tofu or beans too. For a snack, I enjoy having hummus with some raw veggies, edamame, almonds, pistachios, granola, or fruit. Every day is different when you stop eating meat. You are exposed to more options and your plate becomes colorful and, well, lively (no pun intended.)