Did you know today is World Vegetarian Day? Now you do! First things first, go hug the nearest vegetarian around you, we kid, we kid! According to the North American Vegetarian Society, World Vegetarian Day “was established as an annual celebration to promote the joy, compassion & life-enhancing possibilities of vegetarianism.” In other words, it’s a day to celebrate the vegetarian lifestyle & its impact on the community & environment. Naturally, Katie & I are all for this day, we are both passionate about the vegetarian lifestyle & it all it has to offer. That said, you don’t have to become a full-fledged vegetarian today if you’re not ready to. We understand giving up meat is hard & it’s not for everybody. We are firm believers that every change, be it big or small, can have an impact. Here are a few ways you can reduce or eliminate meat consumption:
- Meatless Monday. There’s a world-wide movement to cut out meat one day a week, it’s called Meatless Monday. Join the movement by making all your Monday meals meat free; you can use the recipes here or check out the Meatless Monday site for delicious recipes.
- Make a gradual change. Eat vegetarian as much as you can & enjoy meat only as a treat. This will help you discover more vegetarian meals & hopefully help you fall in love with what you’re eating. Quitting meat cold turkey may be hard & make you go back to your old eating habits. Start by cutting out red meat, then move on to pork, chicken, fish & so on. If you give up one meat a week you’ll be meat-free before you know it.
- Have a support group. Tell your friends & loved ones that you want to cut back on meat a few times a week, it’s a lot easier to do so if those around you are aware of the change. Make it a fun activity to discover new meals together, especially if you’re cooking for more than yourself.
- Find delicious recipes. Part of the fun of becoming a vegetarian is discovering an array of new vegetables, ingredients & things to try. Both Katie & I love finding recipes online & trying them a home, it’s part of the reason why we created this blog. To share delicious recipes that will satisfy vegans, vegetarians & meat eaters because fresh, delicious food has no labels.
- Grocery shop like a vegetarian. Don’t head straight to the meat aisle, instead, browse the perimeter of the store. Most vegetarian staples can be found at the perimeter; check out this post for further details. Trust us when we say vegetarians eat a whole lot more than just salad, we eat healthy fats & grains, you’ll have plenty of options!
Here are some other awesome resources on the vegetarian lifestyle. We hope today, or maybe even next Monday, you’ll play with the idea of trying out vegetarianism. Even just one day a week can positively impact the environment, you can feel good about that! Happy World Vegetarian Day!