What if I don’t have support? What if someone makes fun of me? What am I going to eat? Am I going to be hungry all of the time?
Intitially you will have a lot of questions. That is normal. Not knowing what is out there. Not knowing what to make. These are all something everyone goes through. At the time I made my transition from a meat based diet I was lucky enough to have a few people in my life that were a great support group. Although from all different walks of life, they were still in my life on a daily basis. I was 19 years old and ready to take on the world~or so I thought!
So the first thing you want to do is look at your list. Is the list comprised of ingredients over dishes? or Vice versa? How do you feel about vegetables?
Once you answer these questions you can dictate what direction this path is going to lead you.
There are many avenues you can take. Extreme or not – you have options. I personally made a list of all my favorite dishes. At the time I wasn’t as open to certain vegetables or ingredients. I was pretty narrow minded.
I put my list in the kitchen. I thought about the different ingredients they all had in them. What they tasted like and what they included. I began to notice that many of the ingredients were easy to change.
Example: My list comprised of Fajitas, Lasagna, Chow Mein, Hot Dogs with Chili Beans, Cheeseburgers, Pizza, Quesadillas with Chicken and Green Chilies, Enchiladas. So I set about making all the vegetarian options of these dishes. I figured I had to get used to working with different ingredients for this purpose. The most obvious was soy meat, TVP, and a product by a company names Quorn.
The soy meat products were:
2) TVP – (Textured Vegetable Protein)
3) Quorn – Mushroom based meat alternative.
Yes. Meat Alternative. That is what these are essentially. I always have these options on my different menus for the month. Not everyone is on the Intermediate, Advanced, and Raw diet all at once. It is a step. Then another step. It will take some time, but with the help of this information you will be successful in reaching your goal. You can also email me or comment on any of the blogs and I will be happy to respond.
Note to you 6 months to a year later: You will need to push yourself a bit harder. You will need to further your diet beyond soy products of any kind. All of the processed soy can be hard for the digestion. Of course it is better than any meat product, it is still a good idea to graduate to the next level. That is not to say that you shouldn’t ever eat it or drop it completly; it’s just time to step it up!