Hey hey hey! So I am super excited to write this post and share these tips with you, because honestly, nothing makes me happier than helping people to get healthy. Lately I have been missing health coaching a tad but staying at home with Jack is my #1 priority right now, plus I get to reach SO MANY of you through the blog and share all the healh love I can.
It is in my professional and personal opinion that if you are going to cut meat from your diet, you should do it gradually, especially if you are a huge meat eater. This, I feel, is the best way to have success that sticks!
Now before you think, “omg is she fucking nuts? How am I going to get my protein?”. I have heard this before, and I know it won’t be the last, but I run on a 100% vegan diet and I do just fine and I am in the best and HEALTHIEST shape of my life. THERE are tons of PLANT-BASED sources for protein. Was the all caps back there kinda aggressive?? Well, I’m serious about this topic, ok!? LOL Tofu, tempeh, beans, lentils, quinoa, and broccoli are just a few of the places you can get tons of plant-based protein.
Here are your 5 ways to help you cut meat from your diet.
- Pick 2 nights a week that you will eat a vegetarian dinner. The following week increase it to 3 nights a week and so on, until you are fully meat free or are to a place that is comfortable for you. Remember, slow and steady wins the (long term) race.
- Once a week have a meat free lunch. Order or pack something from the vegetarian menu, and no, that doesn’t mean just salad. Instead of a chicken burrito get a veggie burrito with beans, or a veggie sandwich with avocado instead of turkey. Avocado is an awesome healthy fat!
- Experiment with meat substitutes. Look up a few recipes and pick 1-2 that sound good and try them. There are tons to choose from, some staples in my house are tofu, tempeh, and veggie sausage. My favorite tofu “bacon”BLT recipe is HERE.
- Educate yourself, on the reasons why meat isn’t the healthiest option because if you don’t have a reason or a purpose it’s easy to revert back. Two movies I suggest watching are Forks Over Knives and What The Health.
- Plan your meals! THIS is success. You have to have a plan in the beginning until you get the swing of things, it makes it that much easier to adopt new habits.
My husband and I went vegan/plant-based (whatever you want to call it) 4 years ago and I have never felt or looked better. My skin completely cleared up, I was able to lose weight and keep it off, and eat carefree. My husband lost weight and we both have so much more energy. The movie, which is a documentary, that did it for me was Forks Over Knives. Food has the ability to harm us or heal us, so eat from the earth as much as possible.
I hope you are a tad inspired and picked up a few useful tips to slowly fade meat out of your diet.