If you're thinking of becoming a vegetarian, you may be balking at the amount of work involved. Finding replacements for your go-to late-night sausage sandwiches, learning new recipes, clearing out the ancient frozen burritos from your freezer isn't an act of Kondo-ing you can do in a weekend. But people who've gone through it say it's not as hard as it looks. The transition to vegetarianism can lead you to big discoveries about flavor, ethics, sustainability, and more. All it takes, vegetarians tell Bustle, is a little forward planning.
Anybody who's committing to being vegetarian for the first time needs to ensure they're getting enough nutrition, Dr. Nadja Pinnavaia Ph.D., founder of vegetarian food business Plantable, tells Bustle. "Make sure you're getting enough plant-based protein for satiety," she says. "Incorporate beans, legumes, nuts, and seeds into your diet to keep blood sugar stable and energy up." She also recommends increasing your water intake, as switching to vegetarian diet with a lot of whole foods will likely mean you're eating a lot more fiber, which can increase your risk of dehydration and constipation.
Another tip? Don't go it alone. Here are the best ways to go vegetarian, according to people who've made the change from omnivorous to plant-based eating.