11 Things To Know Before You Stop Eating Meat

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Whether you are trying to eat smaller amounts of meat or quit all together to switch to a vegan lifestyle, you should consider doing it in a moderate and healthy way. When you phase out the meat, it gives your body and your taste buds time to adjust. Over time you will lose the taste for the meats. Phasing the meats out slowly will also help you develop stronger habits that you will be less likely to break in the future. Consider these 11 things before you make the final decision to stop eating meat:

  1. Keep the Protein and other Nutrients in Your Diet: As you move meat out of your diet, it is important to remember that your body still needs plenty of iron, vitamin D, protein, and B12. These are the top nutrients that are a must-have for your body’s health. image 1
  2. Smaller Steps will be More Beneficial in the Long Run: Move into a slow progression. Consume a mixture of base proteins along with animal meat until you get to a point where you can wean yourself off of the meats.Image 2
  3. Instead of Juices, choose Smoothies: Smoothies give you more benefits of fiber. It is a really easy way to add in your vegetables, fruits, and proteins that you need in an easier delivery system.
  4. Use Natural Protein Sources: There’s nothing really wrong with powdered proteins, but instead of turning to supplements you might want to consider sources of protein that are more natural. Things like peanut butter, cottage cheese, Greek yogurt, or almond butter are excellent options.Image 4
  5. Learn some Recipes that use Lentils or Beans: Beans and lentils are great sources of protein and iron. They are helpful in rounding out a meal and helping you to feel full. You can even learn to enjoy flourless black bean brownies as an alternative to sweets.
  6. You will Need Twice as Much Iron: There are two kinds of iron. The kind that comes from foods that are plant based and grains and they type that comes from animal meat. You will have to eat double the amount of iron in order to get the recommended daily allowance that your body needs.
  7. Vitamin C Helps you Absorb Iron: Add in some bell pepper to your brown rice or put blueberries into your oatmeal. Any combination of food that contains Vitamin C paired with a food that contains iron is good. When you eat the vitamin C alongside the iron, it will help the absorption rate than if you just eat the iron alone.
  8. Your Protein Intake is Dependent on Your Level of Activity: If you aren’t very active, you will need approximately one gram of protein per kilo of your body weight. Take your weight in kilograms and then multiply that by a number between 0.8 to 1.
  9. To Get Calcium You don’t have to Stock Up on Dairy: Spinach, broccoli, Kale, collard greens, almonds, and soy beans all contain calcium.
  10. Eat Eggs: Eggs are a wonderful source for protein. You can get approximately seven grams per egg.
  11. Plan Meals: A little bit of planning goes a long way to your success in giving up meat. If you know what you are cooking ahead of time, it will make things much simpler and it is a good way to train your mind to accept the changes as you go through them.