Easing into Plant-Based Eating

by Delilah Newton | Jun 30, 2022

If you’re thinking about giving up meat, what should you do: gradually transition or transform overnight?

You’re more likely to embrace your new diet when you take the first approach. Adding more plants to your plate slowly allows you to find foods you enjoy, making for a more pleasant—and tastier—experience.

Why Go Meat-Free?
Some people switch to plant-based diets to:

  • Conserve natural resources like water
  • Lower cholesterol, protect against cancer, prevent heart disease and manage diabetes
  • Save money, given that meat usually costs more than other protein sources

4 Tips to Start Your Journey
Ready to move into the world of the willing vegetarian? Here’s how to get started:

  1. Make Mondays “meatless.” Replace beef with beans in your chili or add spinach, not bacon, to an omelet. Whatever you choose, stick with it and then add on.
  2. Rethink meal planning. Instead of having meat be the center of your plate, put the emphasis on vegetables, fruits, whole grains and beans. These are great building blocks to give you protein, fiber and other nutrients.
  3. Keep health at the forefront. Quitting meat doesn’t mean you should turn to sweet treats, chips and overly processed meat substitutes. Look for foods that are low in sodium, added sugars and saturated fat.
  4. Mind your nutritional needs. Vegetarians should make sure to eat enough calcium, iron, vitamin B12 and vitamin D. Fortunately, you can find good non-meat sources for all of these.

HEAD DOWNTOWN FOR FRUITS AND VEGGIES
Stock up on local produce on Saturdays from 9 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. through September 17 at the Columbus Farmers Market located at 123 Washington St.

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