Some people are afraid of commitment when it comes to relationships. I’m afraid of commitment when it comes to my diet. I’ve toyed with the idea of going vegan, or its less scary cousin, vegetarian, for a while now, but just can’t seem to commit. See, I like pizza, late night egg and cheese sandwiches and Korean bibimbap with beef. I love ice cream and, oh, did I mention, like, 95% of kinds of cheese? It would be hard to cut these things completely out of my life, but I am intrigued by the health benefits of a vegan or vegetarian diet and want to give it a shot.
Here are some easy ways to introduce a vegetarian or vegan diet into your life even if it’s just one day a week or one meal a day. Remember: baby steps!
- Meatless Mondays is a growing program that makes it easy to start living vegetarian, even if it’s just for one day a week. Check out the website or follow the #meatlessmonday hashtag on twitter for great meal ideas and support from other Meatless Monday participants. A 24-hour commitment is much less scary than 24/7.
- Make it fun! If you like challenges, look for books like The 30-Day Vegan Challenge by Colleen Patrick-Goudreau. With a ton of delicious looking recipes (Seriously, the macaroni and “cheese” on page 134) and really easy tips on grocery shopping and nutrition, this book makes going vegan more manageable than you might think. You don’t have to be perfect, just give it a shot!
- Try a new cuisine! Take a look at the menu of your local Indian restaurant. Chances are you’ll find a ton of vegetarian and vegan dishes that still pack flavor and spice. And it will give you an excuse to try that new place on the corner you’ve been meaning to check out.