5 Steps to Becoming a Vegetarian

So you’ve made up your mind to stop eating meat and become a vegetarian. Good for you! Vegetarianism is a much healthier form of eating but in the beginning it may be difficult to find enough variety to stop you getting bored. I’ve listed a few ideas that may help as you take your first steps to becoming a vegetarian.

1. Do your research
Buy vegetarian cookery books and magazines. Surf the net for vegetarian websites and join forums where you can get advice and swap recipes.

2. Build a portfolio of your favourite recipes
Try out recipes and if you like them paste them into a folder or scrapbook. Soon you will have a list of about 15 to 20 of your favourite recipes which you can cook on a rotation basis. Find ones you can freeze too for a quick fix when you’re in a hurry.

3. Eat out!
That’s right, I said eat out. Find where your local vegetarian restaurant is and go, simple as that. You don’t have to go on your own either many mainstream restaurants have great vegetarian selections these days. Just ask when you book. If you find something you really like ask if the chef will let you have the recipe. They’re not all Gordon Ramsey so you won’t get shouted at.

4. Take it easy!
Don’t go cold turkey (if you pardon the pun). Ease yourself in to the vegetarian lifestyle. A good way to start is by replacing some of your favourites like burgers and sausages with the vegetarian substitute kind. All supermarkets stock these nowadays. In the UK Quorn and the Linda McCartney ranges are very popular and very tasty.

5. One day at a time
This is a big lifestyle change for you so take it slowly. After you have integrated your substitute items into your diet why not and you’re feeling OK with this, why not have one day a week that is totally vegetarian with no substitutes at all. Slowly build this up to every other day until you’re finally totally vegetarian.

Vegetarian Weight Loss Plan – Eating Out VS Home Delivery

Things could possibly get interesting when you wish to go out for a meal of have some food delivered to your home. Since you must be willing to order appropriately to get the types of food that fit your diet program.

Not all your friends are vegetarian right?. So learning to find good vegetarian alternatives in all of the restaurants is important to be able to go out and enjoy dinner without surprises. The good thing is that you can choose more often than you might think. For example Chinese restaurants often have some great meatless offerings already on their menu so you can order vegetarian already.

Before going out to dinner you ought to locate and try all of the different vegetarian restaurants in town. This list will come in handy when enjoying some social time with like minded vegetarians or to eat on the way back home. Also these are the sorts of restaurants where you can learn what kinds of recipes to look for and what you like in a vegetarian meal.

When your program is also vegan you must also avoid milk, eggs, cheese or anything cooked in chicken or meat stock. The good news is that the vegetarian movement has become so large and wide spread that many eating houses want to accommodate their vegetarian clients.

Let your waiter know of your diet restrictions, he or she can guide you to the items on the menu that it fits your requirements. It is not uncommon to see the manager or chef of the restaurant come to the table to help you make a choice. Eateries are in the business of satisfying clients so they want to make sure you are happy with their menu.

However there is a new diet plan available on the market that allows you to sit back and relax at your house while gourmet chefs prepare your specially fresh home made vegetarian dinner. And you have it delivered right at your home. All you have to do, is select something from an on line customizable menu and exclude what does not fit in your vegetarian diet. No more lists, no more waiters you have to describe your diet to and you can order something completely non-vegetarian for your buddies when they come over for a nice dinner.

Vegetarian Weddings

Vegetarian weddings are the latest fad afflicting modern couples. Planning a vegetarian wedding is labor intensive but exciting. Wedding couples veering from conventional customs are highly common.

Vegetarian diets contain no poultry, shellfish, fish or meat. Most vegetarians are comfortable with both eggs and dairy products. Strict vegetarian weddings also shun refined sugar and honey.

Vegetarian wedding is the same as other weddings, except that it involves more labor and plenty of choice.

Coping with Non-Veg Guests

Offer regular vegetarian foods to non-veg guests such as sweets, pasta bars, breads, soups, salads, potatoes and cheeses. These are familiar items and would make the guests comfortable. Better inform the guests in advance about the vegetarian reception.

Find good caterers who are experts in preparing vegetarian food. Vegetarian cuisines come in wide range. So, there is no reason to settle for stir fried veggies or pasta primavera.

Another option is to book at a vegetarian restaurant to host and cater to the wedding reception. Couples who have eaten at a restaurant would be sure of the food quality. Limit exotic ethnic dishes to accommodate the guest’s palate.

Vegetarian cake

Ordering a large vegan cake is the most difficult aspect of vegetarian wedding. Many bakers unfortunately don’t know how to prepare a delicious cake without milk, butter and eggs.

If you are unable to find a vegan cake, prepare your own. Use flaxseeds as substitute for eggs. However, some people are allergic to flax. For such cases, use EnerG egg replacer available at various departmental stores.

Many vegetarian cookbooks have simple and easy to make recipes for white cake and vegan chocolate cake. You can even try applesauce cake, vegan carrot cake or tofu cheesecakes. Little effort and time pays off and you would be surprised in the end when guests would leave the hall with a long lasting smile on their faces.