"A vegetarian does not eat any meat, poultry, game, fish, shellfish or crustacea, or the by-products of slaughter"
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Thursday, 18 February 2016

Five Things I Have Learned Since Becoming a Vegetarian (by Jonathan Young)

Before adopting a vegetarian diet a year ago I had a number of concerns. Would I be getting the right vitamins? Would I get bored of eating the same things? Would I always be hungry? Would I be judged by others?

The journey has been interesting and rewarding. Here are some of the things I have learned along the way.

1. It's been surprisingly easy! My biggest surprise was how easy the transition to a meat-free diet was. There is so much help out there. The BBC Good food website has been a great source of culinary inspiration, and there lots of excellent vegetarian cookbooks. My favourite is The Happy Pear - which is packed with recipes, health advice and inspirational stories.

The Vegetarian Society is also great. Its website provides loads of accessible nutritional information which is especially useful if you are looking for alternative sources of iron, protein and other key nutrients. As a member I receive lots of useful tips and stories in their emails and magazines.
Eating out has also been easy. Pub menus are often limited - I once had to settle for chips and onion rings for my main course - but most places cater for everyone. Italian and Indian restaurants are a banker and I recommend an app called Happy Cow which tells you the nearest veggie-friendly restaurants wherever you are in the world.

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