Did you know today is World Vegetarian Day?! Yes! That’s right, October 1 is the annual kick-off of Vegetarian Awareness Month.
World Vegetarian Day was established as an annual celebration to promote the joy, compassion and life-enhancing possibilities of vegetarianism. The day was originated by the North American Vegetarian Society in 1977 and endorsed by the International Vegetarian Union in 1978. October 1st is the official date. Here are a few ways you can incorporate a vegetarian diet into your lifestyle.
1) Find Easy Recipes – It’s very easy to turn your normal meals with meat into vegetarians ones. Instead of having a chicken or steak bowl at chipotle, try a vegetarian bowl instead. If you cook daily or weekly, why not try a few delicious vegetarian recipes. We have tons of vegetarian recipes on our site for you to try. We also love, love, LOVE the vegan recipe site Oh She Glows.
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- Vegan Tomato Basil “Cream” Pasta
- Simple Salad Ideas
- Easy Low Fat 100 Calorie Cinnamon Pancakes
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- Meal Prep for Vegetarians, Vegans & Raw-Vegans
- Simple, Easy and Healthy Meals for Vegans, Vegetarians and Meat Eaters
2) Go Meatless For A Day– An easy way to test out being a vegetarian is to go meatless for a day. The popular Meatless Monday challenges families to for go meat every Monday. The site also has great tips, guides and recipes. Bexlife also has a Totally Raw Tuesday challenge . Her entire family eats a raw vegan on Tuesdays. Both are great ways to get the family involved. If you are pressed for time and don’t want to bother going to the groccery store to buy all of the ingredients to make healthy vegetarian recipes, I recommend Greenling Delivery services. They have great vegetarian meals, juicing kits and pre-prepared snacks for the office, school and home. Take a look at this review for Greenlings. Oh and did I mention they have free delivery?!
3) Find Other Veggie Heads – There are countless local support groups and vegetarian events around the country. Being around other vegetarians offers you a great support system. Last year, some of my fit friends and I went to the Texas Veggie Fair in Dallas. It was a great opportunity to try various vegetarian dishes from local and national companies. I also got a chance to be a speaker at the Black Vegetarian Society Meat Out Event this year. It was a great event and I learned about new organic, gluten-free and vegan foods as well as hair and body products. You can review my recap of the event here.
4) Test It! What better way to test being a vegetarian then with a challenge. Earlier this year, we created and completed our 30 day veg challenge. You can choose to become a vegetarian, vegan or raw vegan. Check out journey below and join the challenge!
- Overview of #30dayveg
- Alex’s Preparation for the 30 Day Veg Challenge
- #30DayVeg Updates – Alex’s First Week
- Whitney’s #30DayVeg Challenge Update
- Whitney’s #30dayVeg Recap
- Monisha’s Minute: #30DayVeg Rule Breaking Already?
- Monisha’s Minute: #30DayVeg-Crawfish and Self Control
- Essential Items for the #30DayVeg Challenge
5) Veggieducate – I think one of the biggest reasons I became a vegetarian was because of the benefits to my body. A vegetarian diet is known to:
- Reduce the risk of major killers such as heart disease, stroke and cancer while cutting exposure to foodborne pathogens
- Provide a viable answer to feeding the world’s hungry through more efficient use of grains and other crops
- Save animals from suffering in factory-farm conditions and from the pain and terror of slaughter
- Conserve vital but limited freshwater, fertile topsoil and other precious resources
- Preserve irreplaceable ecosystems such as rainforests and other wildlife habitats
- Decrease greenhouse gases that are accelerating global warming
- Mitigate the ever-expanding environmental pollution of animal agriculture
I watched tons of documentaries and read books about becoming a vegetarian. Here are some of my top picks for documentaries.
- Top Documentaries On Living an Organic Lifestyle
- Top Documentaries On Living a Healthy, Organic Lifestyle: Part 2
Happy Vegetarian Day to My Fellow and New Vegetarians!
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