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I’m thinking about going vegetarian, and then eventually, vegan. Does anyone have tips for this transition? (I already don’t eat red meat, and I tend to stay away from eggs )
I went vegetarian cold, uh, turkey after I left home and found it fairly straightforward. my main tips would be:
- try to cook/eat food that would never have meat in it anyway. it’s harder to miss meat when you’re eating a tasty dhal or cheesy fried polenta than something where you’re blatantly subbing in something else for meat.
- similarly, take it as an opportunity to try out new foods and styles of cooking. it’s much easier to stick to a new way of eating if it’s fun and interesting rather than being constantly like, ‘goddamn I am tired of hummus where is my bacon sandwich’.
- if you have access to a freezer then bulk-buy dried beans and rice, cook up big batches of them on a weekend, and freeze them in small portions to grab and chuck in a meal when you need them. I’ve found this page super helpful- it gives you cooking times for loads of different beans and great tips on preparation and storage. dried beans are time-consuming but much cheaper than buying tins, plus the soaking and boiling process helps to disperse the ~gastric effects~ of tinned beans.
- blenders are awesome for making nutritious smoothies (that guy is kind of a nut but his formula recipes are great, see also his veggie burger formula), and for making thick and filling soups.
- if you fancy trying tofu but you’ve never used it before, learn how to cook it properly. I was put off tofu for years because a newly-vegan friend of mine made me some truly disgusting soggy tofu chilli. Maki Itoh has a great guide to various kinds of Japanese tofu and how to cook them (she also has a great primer on miso which is one of the tastiest things on the planet and a great way to bring complex flavour to veggie and vegan food).
- if you want some thought-food on vegetarianism/veganism I highly recommend Carol J Adams’ The Sexual Politics of Meat and Jonathan Safran Foer’s Eating Animals (I wrote my MA dissertation on vegetarianism and Christian ethics so I can recommend a lot more reading if anyone’s interested, but those two are really standout books).
- my final tip is this quesadilla recipe because I’m pretty sure it is divinely inspired.
i went vegetarian cold turkey as well at the tender of age of 13! i think that’s the best way to do it (if you’re able).
those are pretty good tips, though i’d add re: eating stuff that would never have meat in it any way, i still enjoy it if what i’m subbing is obviously NOT meat. as in, i’m not a huge fan of veggie patties or fakin’ bacon or whatever, and if you’re just transitioning they will not measure up, but we made some lentil sloppy joes not too long ago that were amaaaazing.
the world peace diet by will tuttle was also a great read for me. it has an entire section on how the meat industry impacts workers, which was the first time i’d really seen that explored in depth. i have a pdf if anyone is unable to buy it!
recommend me music, pleeeaaase, preferably a specific album or even just a song that’s available on spotify. if it’s not in english, that’s a plus, but just recommend me anything, im so bored.
(also every time i’ve posted something like this ppl have replied st vincent but there’s no need to remind me of her existence, i’ve been listening to her discography 24/7 lately)
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IMO fuck those posts where it tells you a cool nature fact but its like “HAVE YOU FUCKING HEARD ABOUT THIS MOTH?? WELL SIT DOWN FUCKERS ITS TIME TO LEARN ABOUT THIS LITTLE FUCKIN MOTH” and it usually is in a powerpoint and the whole thing is just exhausting like tell me about the moth without being annoying