How To Beat The Pitfalls Of The Carnie To Veg Conversion.

10 Apr

Converting to a plant based diet at this point in time should be a no brainer, everyone should be doing it period. The health benefits of going veg alone should be enough for people to jump ship, add on the whole animal cruelty factor (yes you are eating something that once had eyes, a mouth, a nose, feelings of emotions and probably some babies too) and the fact that factory farming is destroying the planet and it all seems like it should be so easy. Right? Right. But let’s face it, it is not so cut and dry for most people and there are many pitfalls that you will face when you first convert to a veg diet. Have no fear, these pitfalls are natural and can easily be avoided. Let’s discuss, shall we?

Top 5 Pitfalls Of The Carnie To Veg Conversion And How You Will Overcome Them:

Pitfall #1: You Don’t Cook. This is an easy pitfall to over come. I never cooked, even to this day I am no Juilia Child and I don’t even try to go there. You know what you like, learn to cook it. Experiment with spices and herbs, fresh veggies and grains. Throw it all together and enjoy. You will be amazed at how simple it is to make a nutritious meat free meal. And when all else fails, boil some water, throw on some pasta and top it with fresh tomatoes and basil or cook up a veggie burger and toss it on a deli flat and nuke a sweet potato as a side. Simple, healthy and easy, you can do it πŸ™‚

Pitfall #2: You Commit Carbicide. This is one of the biggest pitfalls for everyday people converting. They don’t know what to eat so they carb-out. Not. A. Good. Look. And this is coming from the most carb-obsessed chick you will ever meet. I am eating a whole wheat everything with Smart Balance as I type this. Carbs are great, we need carbs, carbs are our friends but we can’t rely on all carbs, all the time. Look for sprouted grain breads like Ezikel bread, eat oatmeal, sweet potatoes and whole grains like quinoa and rice that will fill you up unlike processed white carbs. Plus adding some hummus to that pita or black beans to that rice will make them both complete proteins πŸ™‚

Pitfall #3: You Fail To Plan. I too was totally guilty of this when I converted 4 years and 2 months ago. I did not plan on it, I simply woke up vegetarian one day. Luckily I have 2 vegetarian sisters who brains and refrigerators I could pick through but I know most people don’t have that support. Therefore it is very important you plan your moves. Hit up the grocery store and look for new veg friendly options. Buy a vegan cook book or 2, spend the weekend experimenting with new foods. I guarantee you will find lots of things you love to eat that you may have never even looked at before. Learn to embrace all the new you will be experience, with a well thought out plan πŸ™‚

Pitfall #4: You Are Surrounded By Negative Nancies. This is the worst pitfall in my humble opinion. It really sucks that others will not encourage or embrace your positive life change but expect it because it will happen.When it does happen simply smile and hold your ground, don’t take it personal (although that can be hard, I know) and don’t let them get you down. Most people feel a sense of judgement coming from those who do not eat meat, even if we are not judging. There is something that makes the human spirit feel a sense of guilt about eating meat when they are faced with someone who does not. People’s negativity towards your life choice is simply their frustration with their own (usually) poor) life choices, don’t take it personal and pay them no mind πŸ™‚

Pitfall #5: You Only Eat Mock Meat. This is a very easy pitfall to fall into. VERY EASY. I mean come on, your coming from a meat based diet so naturally replacing all the meat you ate with mock products seems logical and more healthy. Plus it is easy, I know this, I can’t even hate on it all I can do is help. Mock meats are cool every now and then, they are not for everyday consumption because lots of times they are filled with other junk. Don’t get me wrong, there are lots of all natural mock meats but they should not be the backbone of your diet. Learning to cook tofu, the way you like it, is the best way to get soy protein. This is something I need to learn myself, so see, this is a journey we are all on together πŸ™‚

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2 Responses to “How To Beat The Pitfalls Of The Carnie To Veg Conversion.”

  1. The Soulicious Life April 10, 2012 at 9:56 am #

    Hi – great post! I think that this might help you in your quest to cook better tofu; enjoy! http://soulicious.net/2012/03/30/spice-roasted-tofu-and-a-cool-new-gadget/

    • Author April 10, 2012 at 11:55 am #

      That gadget is exactly what I need!!!
      Thank you for sharing!!!

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