- Find Variety – If you become bored, you will be more likely to grab something that’s not on the menu. Strive for variety by adding a new food or recipe to your menu each week. Make sure that you are open to trying new things. If you have dietary limitations, health issues, or food allergies, there are recipes and cookbooks out there for you.
- Prepare Comfort Foods – You don’t have to live without comfort foods; you just have to change them up a little. Make a list of a few of your favorite dishes and find comparable vegan and vegetarian recipes. There are thousands of them available for free online and tons of cookbooks.
- Fight Cravings – If you have a craving, there’s bound to be a vegan or vegetarian alternative that will satisfy it. The key is to try different options until you find what works. Have a craving for cheese? Try several non-dairy cheeses until you find one you love. Want some fried chicken? Try an un-chicken option. There are choices.
- Connect – Research shows that connecting with others or participating in a support group helps you stay focused and on track. Whether you connect with other vegans and vegetarians online in places like Meet up.com and Facebook. Take a few community cooking classes. Surround yourself with people who share your lifestyle and goals. Seek out local vegetarian societies.
Going plant-based doesn’t have to be difficult. With a little research, planning, and support, you can find the tricks that will make your lifestyle transition smoother. Remember, most obstacles can be avoided by having a solid plan in place. When it comes to going vegan or vegetarian, there’s no such thing as being too prepared.