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Hey everyone!

So if you’ve been paying attention to anything and everything nutrition, health, and wellness, you must know by now that reducing your meat intake is not only healthier for you but also the environment! Growing up in a Haitian household  you pretty much had  meat with every meal of the day. Have you ever seen that scene in the movie “My Big Fat Greek Wedding”, where the main character’s boyfriend meets her family and he’s a vegetarian. The lady’s aunt and mom where like “what do you mean you don’t eat no meat? Ah, it’s okay, I’ll just give you lamb.” Yeah, that’s kinda the same way I grew up.

After considering giving up meat plenty of times, going to vegetarian and vegan festivals, etc I decided that I ……… will still be a meat eater! (LOL I beat you thought I was going to write that I’m going vegan!) I love meat and seafood so much. I also don’t like the idea of having dietary restrictions. I like to be able to embrace all food cultures and personally feel like I can’t do that while being a strict vegan or vegetarian.

However, I’ve decided to eat a more plant-based diet and reduce my meat and seafood intake. This reduced meat/meatless transition can be quite challenging. (Sometimes you don’t realize how much of a big role something plays into your life until it’s gone.

Here are some tips I’ve found helpful in aiding me during my Meatless Transition:

1: Define What Exactly Is It You Want?

First step in the Meatless Transition is to figure out what do you want to do and why?  For example, “I’m going to be meatless only on Mondays”, or “I will only eat meat for one meal of the day.” It’s important to know this so you can set more concrete goals or have a guide to follow.

  1. Plan Ahead!

“If you don’t plan ahead…then you plan to fail.” This is my biggest challenge. Whenever I don’t plan ahead, I fail in my meatless mission. I get to work extremely hungry.  I go on the prowl searching the deep ends of the earth and usually end up eating meat without even realizing it! Knowing your barriers and surrounding environment can be a huge factor in how successful you are. Planning ahead gives you an opportunity to know where you can shop for cheaper vegetables or even unique vegetables. Planning ahead can also help prevent over-eating or binge eating. They key to this is to know yourself. If you know that planning a whole week’s worth of meals is not going to work, that’s okay. Take it one day at a time. What’s important is that you aren’t diving into this transition blindfolded!

  1. Find Support!

Once you have your Meatless goal in mind you need to find a support system. You’re going to have some stumbles along the way. Tell your family and friends what it is that you are trying to do. This way they can either join in on your movement or they can know not to invite you to Bacon Fest 2016. If you have family and friends who are not supportive of you on this journey you can always find help and support through blogs and other social media websites. Hopefully your family and friends will be down for the cause and even join in on the fun!

  1. Become A Veggie Hunter!

For me one of the biggest challenges with following Meatless Mondays the healthy way is choosing foods that will give me enough of the protein and iron that my body needs. Sometimes when you remove one food group from your diet you end up eating more of another food group. When I remove protein at times I unknowingly end up eating way more carbs than I should be eating.

So it is important to do some research and find out what are some plant-based proteins that you can eat in order to get enough of protein and iron. Spinach, quinoa, beans, lentils are some examples of protein rich plants. Beets are a triple threat; they contain protein, iron, and also have a chewy texture.

  1. Live A Lot & Experiment in the Kitchen!

One of the best things about doing something different is that it pushes you out of your comfort zone. You can use your kitchen experiments as an excuse to meet with friends and bond with them. (Why not have a try out these new zucchini flowers with your best friend?) You can also use this as a way to get closer with your partner. What’s more romantic than the scent of cooked food!?) The more you explore and try out different things the more confidence you get in the kitchen, and let’s be honest… Everyone deep down inside wants to be a Food Network Star.

Whether it’s for health reasons, environmental reasons, and just looking to switch up the foods you eat, good luck and enjoy the “Meatless Transition”

Whether it’s for health reasons, environmental reasons, and just looking to switch up the foods you eat, good luck and enjoy the “Meatless Transition”

 

Feel free to share your meatless creations on our instagram or facebook page.

 

Until next time,

 

Salut!

2 thoughts on “The Meatless Transition…..”

  1. Hi! I have been a vegetarian since I was 7 and definitely have been eating way too many carbs. Pasta and pizza are my life. But I am hoping that with the support from blogging I can try newer, healthy recipes. I’m a very picky eater but your post makes me excited to try new things! Great read!

    1. Hi Bri! Yes it can be hard. Have you tried quinoa? It’s a grain that’s also protein packed. People put it in salads. Good luck!

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