I’ve always been fascinated by vegetarianism since many people who do entirely cut out meat rave about the health and skin benefits. So I started off slowly to make the switch. First, I ditched dairy completely. Then, I cut out the chicken and stuck to salmon. I've always loved chicken, but eating fish gave me my fix. My plant-based eating habits allowed me to build my meals around vegetables instead of meat (a habit I’d been doing my whole life). Even when I did eat fish, it was roughly 25% of my plate, keeping the rest of my plate vegetable-heavy with whole grains and protein.
My eating habits paired with a regular exercise routine made me feel so good. I woke up with way more energy and started to see physical changes in my body. I decided to go all the way. After a bunch of research and a trip to Trader Joe’s, I stocked my fridge with things like quinoa, eggs, beans, spinach, kale, tomatoes, mushrooms, zucchini, and more. I gave my friends all my meat and meal-prepped my life away on Sunday. The key is to put time and effort into what you’re feeding yourself.
I started by prepping my breakfast: two hard-boiled eggs and fruit. For lunch, I made different variations of vegetable medley paired with quinoa and beans for extra protein. I kept it light for dinner since my unpredictable schedule resulted in late nights most of the time, so I ate things like deliciously seasoned stir-fry, zucchini noodles, and meatless tacos.
My main concern was that I'd feel famished without any meat or fish. The first few days, I was hungrier than usual. To combat my meat cravings, I stocked my lunch bag with fruit. I'd reach for strawberries, mangos, and a handful of almonds whenever I felt like I needed it. After the first four days, my body was in a vegetable-loving routine and I was shook at how easy the transition was for me.