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Are you thinking about switching to a plant-based lifestyle but don’t know where to start? Don’t worry, I’ve got you covered! Here’s a masterpost of a lot of but probably not all the things someone transitioning to a meatless life should know!

Okay, hold on. What is a vegetarian?

By definition, a vegetarian is “a person who does not eat meat, and sometimes other animal products, especially for moral, religious, or health reasons.” There are many types of vegetarians, and it’s up to you to decide what works for you!

Types of vegetarians? This is getting complicated…

Not really! Think of vegetarianism like a spectrum with different types of vegetarians being different intensities on the spectrum, if you will. Here are some of the types, from one end of the spectrum to the other:

  • Flexitarian. A flexitarian is just what it sounds like: a flexible vegetarian (and no, I don’t mean yoga). Flexitarians follow a somewhat plant-based diet, while occasionally consuming meat products. Many people don’t consider flexitarians to be true vegetarians.
  • Pescetarian. Those who avoid beef, poultry and pork, but still consume fish, are considered pescetarians. For diehard seafood fans, pescetarianism can be a great stepping stone into a full vegetarian lifestyle.
  • Lacto-Ovo Vegetarian. These types of vegetarians are generally what you think of when you think of vegetarians. Lacto-ovo vegetarians abstain from eating animal flesh of any kind, but do consume animal byproducts (like milk and eggs). Variations of lacto-ovo vegetarians include lacto-vegetarians (milk, but not eggs) and ovo-vegetarians (eggs, but not milk).
  • Vegan. Vegans do not consume any animal flesh or byproducts. They avoid anything derived from an animal, and this means avoiding non-food byproducts (like leather and silk), too.

Okay, cool. So why do I want to do this?

People go veg for any number of reasons—for their health, for the environment, for the animals—and none of these reasons is more valid than the other! Here are some articles to read and things to consider when making your decision:

Alright, I’m convinced. Let’s do this. Where do I start?

But what about my health? How do I get all of my nutrients? And what about the protein??

If you know what to eat, you’ll be just fine! It’s completely possible (and easy) to get all of your nutrients—yes, even protein—with a vegetarian diet!

Alright, alright. So what should be on my new, meatless grocery list?

You’re obviously going to want lots of staples: fresh and frozen fruits and veggies (whatever types you like), milk (dairy or non-dairy), bread, pasta, rice, quinoa, canned soups, nuts, seeds, beans—those sorts of things. Check out The Ultimatest Vegetarian Grocery List! for an good idea of what should be in your basket (and bonus: it’s printable). 

Here’s a (by no means comprehensive) list of some veg-friendly brands and products to watch out for next time you’re in the supermarket:

  • Quorn. Meat substitutes made from Mycoprotein.
  • Earth Balance. Vegan butter, mayo, mac-n-cheese, and more! You want it, they’ve got it.
  • Amy’s Kitchen. Primarily dealing in frozen foods (but with plenty of freezer-free goodies, too), Amy’s Kitchen has a little bit of everything. Want vegetarian Thai curry? They’ve got it. What about veggie pot pie? That too. Mexican Casserole? Black bean soup? Tofu scramble? All that, and more.
  • Morningstar Farms. They say it best: “From veggie burgers to meatless breakfast sausage, we have over 30 products that will help you feel good and do the world some good.”
  • Boca Burgers. Veggie burgers of all sorts (bruschetta tomato basil parmesan! chile relleno! grilled vegetable!), chicken patties and nuggets, beefless crumbles and more—you want it, they’ve got it, and it’s pretty darn good. (Go on, try an original vegan veggie burger and tell me you miss beef. I’ll wait.)
  • Gardein. Meatless everything! Fish, turkey, sandwich pockets, and more.
  • Daiya. Vegan cheeses!
  • Nasoya. Really good tofu, shirataki noodles, and other goodies.
  • Lifelight. Tempeh, meatless hot dogs, and other meatless meats.
  • Silk. Soy milk, almond milk, cashew milk, coconut milk, soy yogurt, dairy-free coffee creamer… The list, it’s endless!

Sweet. Got anything else for me?

Google is a valuable asset, and you’ll learn a lot more along the way from fellow vegetarians and vegans, but here’s a parting list of some things you might find useful in your new, plant-based life!

If you’re considering making the switch, congrats! The veg life can be incredibly rewarding, delicious, beneficial, and eye-opening! You might find yourself trying foods you never would have thought of before, learning new recipes, and learning more about the planet we live on. No matter why you’ve decided to go veg, I’m proud of you! If you fall off the wagon (and plenty of people do), don’t feel bad! Pick yourself up and take it one day at a time! You can do it! Good luck, veggie babes! 🌱💕

Made this for dinner today. So unbelievably amazing.

It’s called “The Italian Wonderpot

And I’ve probably eaten ~1/6 of what I made and I’m so full I could explode. Definitely recommend this as a vegetarian/vegan recipe, and if you want to add meat of some kind you totally can.

Recipe & info: http://www.budgetbytes.com/2013/05/italian-wonderpot/

Cabin Pressure Advent: Boston

ARTHUR: Well, goodbye then. I feel someone should, erm, say a few words. Hamilton R. Lehman. Born 1943 in… America, probably. Died 2008 in the sky… definitely. Non-vegetarian option. I didn’t know you for very long, Mr. Lehman, but I’ll always remember you as a shouty man. You loved to shout. Shout and smoke. Those were your twin passions. And so, in a way, I suppose you died doing what you loved: shouting and smoking and covered in foam. I don’t know if you liked that. You probably didn’t. Still. Goodbye. Rest in peace. Thank you for flying MJN Air!

HEADCANON #2

Newt Scamander is most definitely a vegetarian. Nothing meat related, as in eggs, fish, & meat itself. However, dairy products are not off the table, he just eats them at a lower frequency. Also, he does not draw attention to the fact whatsoever as to avoid any type of possible conflict. Example: if someone were to offer him meat he would respectfully decline, but he would say something along the lines: “I’m not hungry, but thank you.” it’s not something he believes is worth sharing. 

anonymous asked:

I would like to be vegetarian. But mom says that I'm too young for a decision like that and that it would affect my development because I'm only 13 years old and I need meat bla bla bla. But when I grow I will definitely be a vegetarian!

i don’t know a blessed thing about adolescent development but it sounds like a lot of unresearched bullshit to me… plenty of people say “you need meat” but this is just like literally completely factually untrue. even doctors, which always weirds me out.

anyway i obviously do not know your situation in the slightest but like i’m still living at home and my mother is very involved in what i eat and making the transition was still pretty easy. pick the meat out of your dishes, have eggs without bacon, etc…. it’s easier than you might think.