Preparing for Meatless March
Meatless March is an increasingly popular movement that encourages people to follow a vegetarian or vegan diet for the month of March. If you are interested in testing out a plant-based diet, this may be a great opportunity to give it a try! While becoming a vegetarian, even temporarily, can be a challenge, it’s also fun to try new meals to see how your body responds. You may also find that you save money while grocery shopping, and it benefits the environment as well. If you're thinking of giving meatless March a try, keep reading for helpful resources that will get your month off to a great start.
Plan for Success As with any change, preparing as much as possible ahead of time will help the transition go smoothly. Keep breakfast simple with things like oatmeal and yogurt. Take some time exploring vegetarian/vegan recipes online and come up with a few that look simple and satisfying. Once you have few basics down, you’ll feel more comfortable deciding what to eat.
Determine your Why Even if you don’t plan on becoming vegetarian forever, thinks of the main reason you want to explore this style of eating for the month. Health benefits, the environment, wanting to expand your cooking skills? Whatever your reasoning, identify why it’s important ahead of time and keep that in mind if you’re feeling unmotivated.
Look for Support and Inspiration Meatless March can be a fun challenge for family and friends, and getting others involved will add excitement and a sense of friendly competition. Get together with coworkers to take turns bringing a vegetarian lunch each week, cook simple vegetarian meals with your kids, or introduce your friends to vegetarian snacks. However you decide to do it, including friends and family will help you succeed!
Regardless of whether you decide to become a vegetarian at the end of the month, the experience of going without meat for a month will enlighten you to the benefits of eating more vegetables, fruits, legumes, nuts, seeds and whole grains. The new cooking skills, and additional variety in your diet are things that you’ll benefit from for years to come! Learn more about vegetarian eating and other wellness programs offered by Wellness Workdays.