Decide and then go for it. Some say it’s the easiest and kindest way to live. First, why do you want to go vegetarian? Animals? Health? Environmental issues? What ever the answer write it down and put it somewhere you can see it.
Check out websites to get some understanding of the concept of vegetarianism, and the difference between being vegetarian and vegan. Knowledge is power and it’s great to have some answers to family and friends questions. Veggie TV – www.veggievision.com, Viva! – www.viva.org.uk, The Vegan Society – www.vegansociety.com
Check out ingredients to avoid: gelatine, whey powder, animal rennet cheese and more. Don’t worry! This is not too difficult to get the hang of, and remember your personal note – why you have decided to cut out animal products in the first place.
Go through your cupboards, fridge and freezer and decide the best way forward for any non vegetarian products that you have. Maybe you would prefer to give them to someone who ‘needs’ them? A neighbour, family or even a homeless shelter – and if you tell them why you have gone vegetarian they may decide to join you on your vegetarian venture too!
Depending on your financial situation gradually refurbish the insides of your kitchen cupboards with vegetarian friendly goods. Check out for The Vegetarian Society and Vegan Society symbol as well as supermarkets own vegetarian approved food. However, supermarket criteria may not be as strict as your own so do be careful.
Have a browse through your local health shop and speak to the manager. Staff in independent stores are normally very knowledgeable and helpful. Check out Holland and Barrett for loads of veggie goodies too. You will be amazed at the food available such as fishless fingers, vegan sausages and burgers, soya, oat and rice milk, yoghurts & ice cream and all animal free!
Well done! Being vegetarian and vegan is easy, healthy and kind. Stick with it and for moral support maybe join one national or even local vegetarian groups around the UK.
Not only are you likely to now eat a healthy diet, you are saving the lives of around 4000 animals – and being much more environmentally friendly.