Becoming a vegetarian 3 tips to do without meat smoothly

If slaughterhouses had glass facades, everyone would become vegetarian." It was this phrase from Paul McCartney that motivated Fleur to give up steak tartare for good ten years ago. 

Becoming a vegetarian 3 tips to do without meat smoothly

For Lucas, it was Should We Eat Animals, Jonathan Safran Foer's book that made him become a vegetarian. For Yasmine, it was a documentary on the environmental impact of production methods that prompted her to stop consuming meat.

While their clicks or thoughts are different, they all agree on one point: the transition has not always been easy. Neither for them nor, sometimes, for those around them. To help the growing number of people who want to adopt this diet, Gentside shares some easy-to-follow tips.

A step-by-step transition

Becoming vegetarian means changing your lifestyle and giving up old habits. This is why it is advisable to take it gradually. Some may start by adopting "Green Monday", which consists of no longer eating meat or fish every Monday. Others will prefer the 30-day method.

The 1st month: Beef is completely eliminated from its diet;
The 2nd month: We remove the pork (in addition to the beef);
Each month: One meat is deleted in order to arrive, for those who wish, as far as seafood. This gradual elimination facilitates the transition.

We replace

It is recommended, on average, to ingest 0.83g / kg/day of protein in adults. But these needs may increase in pregnant or breastfeeding women, in very athletic people, elderly people who are losing muscle mass and decrease in people with kidney failure or who are overweight.

To avoid dietary deficiencies, it is, therefore, advisable to replace animal proteins with vegetable proteins. They are found in good concentration in legumes (lentils, chickpeas, beans ...), cereals, pseudo-cereals (chia, quinoa, buckwheat ...), seeds, oilseeds, starches or even in algae (especially spirulina). To guide you, the Yazio application lets you know the nutritional value (including their protein content) of foods.

We try new recipes

No really, do you think you'll have a hard time doing without a burger or sausage? Try (with an open mind and taste buds) the vegetarian wheat-based salami or soy steaks, which are readily available in stores - but don't overdo it, as they are processed products. You will be surprised!

Above all, don't hesitate to embark on culinary experiences with vegetarian recipes. Treat yourself to The simplest vegetarian recipes in the world in the Simplissime collection, Hachette editions. And download the Vegg'up app for free. A must for cooking according to your food preferences, possible intolerances, and the equipment available.

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