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Give up Meat

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There are many reasons to try a meat-free challenge. Maybe you want to reduce or eliminate your consumption of meat for ethical reasons. Maybe you want to improve your overall health by incorporating more plant-based foods into your diet. Or perhaps you simply want to experiment with new recipes, flavors, and foods that do not revolve around animal protein.

THE RULES

Go vegetarian for 30 days. Commit to not eating any animal flesh, including beef, chicken, fish, pork, and lamb.

If you want to take it a step further and go vegan, eliminate any products derived from animals, including eggs, butter, milk, and other dairy products.


TIPS

*Plan and shop for your meals in advance. Before you begin, have a week’s worth of meals planned and groceries purchased.

*Experiment with bold flavors, spices, and sauces. Think of this challenge as a way to expand rather than limit your palate.

*Consider a meal-delivery service: Companies like Blue Apron, Purple Carrot, and Hello Fresh deliver premeasured ingredients and recipes straight to your door for you to cook, and they offer vegetarian options.

*Don’t forget about protein! Nonmeat sources of protein include quinoa, tofu, rice, beans, chia seeds, hemp seeds, ezekiel bread, eggs, hummus, spinach, artichokes, and peas.

*Ask for substitutions at restaurants; most will gladly accommodate your request.

»Get support. There are a plethora of blogs, forums, and communities that provide recipe ideas, shopping lists, and motivation. Better yet, do the challenge with your partner, a family member, or a friend.

RECOMMENDED BOOKS AND WEBSITES

»How to Cook Everything Vegetarian, by Mark Bittman

»The Oh She Glows Cookbook: Over 100 Vegan Recipes to Glow from the Inside Out, by Angela Liddon

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