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Kicking The Meat Habit:
Some people kick the meat habit cold tofurkey, but others find it easier to take it one step at a time. There’s no right or wrong way to do it—the most important thing is to find what works for you. Here’s some ways to get started:

  • Start with one animal, and take them out of your diet (try starting with chickens, or pigs—some of the most abused animals raised for meat).  Substitute with veg alternatives such as tofu, or mock meats.  Keep removing different animals until you have an entirely animal-free diet.
  • Pick two days a week to eat only veg meals. Increase the number of meat-free days each week over time.
  • Start with your favourite dish, and adjust the recipe to make it vegetarian/vegan. With many meat-free substitutes available, this should be a breeze! Work your way through your culinary repertoire until all your meals are vegetarian.
  • Make the switch with a friend! Not only will you have double the impact, but it’s fun and you will have someone to share recipes with.

Don’t Stress:
Being vegetarian or vegan is about helping animals—not about being ‘perfect’. Each meal is an important choice between cruelty and kindness, and it’s important not to throw in the towel if you cave in to a craving! Most of us ate meat at some stage, but it’s the kind choices we make today which determine how many lives will be saved tomorrow. If you don’t eat meat for a week, you’ll save two animals’ lives. The next week it will be four. In a year, 100—and over a lifetime, thousands!

For the animals’ sake, it’s vitally important not to spit the dummy if you discover that the satay sauce in the vegetarian meal you ordered had traces of an animal by-product! In reality, small amounts of animal products are impossible to avoid; they’re in our cars, in our computers, even paints! By not eating meat you will break the killing cycle which underpins these by-products. Fussing over micro-ingredients makes being vegetarian look very difficult and complicated to meat-eaters—and that can cost lives if it turns people off thinking about going veg for themselves. So, chillax, know that you’re helping animals, and take it easy!

Making It Easy:
We know that being veg is easy, and you know how simple it is to find and create delicious meat-free meals, but does your family? Catering for a new diet in the family can be a headache for even the most accomplished cook, but you can make it easy! Offer to help with the shopping, and load up the trolley with cruelty-free goodies including mock-meats—which can be used in all the same meaty recipes your family will be used to. But don’t stop there. Get your hands dirty in the kitchen and help prepare some delicious cruelty-free meals for the whole family to enjoy. They will be glad for the help, and will learn first-hand how tasty meat-free meals can be!

Stay Healthy:
Ditching meat, dairy and eggs can do wonders for your health. But as with any diet, if you don’t eat well, you’ll get sick. So be smart and make sure you’re getting all the fuel your body needs to stay in tip top shape. Click here for same basic tips on nutrition. After all, we owe it to the animals to be lean mean veggie machines, so that we can show others how great cruelty-free living can be.

Eating Out : http://www.happycow.net/ – See here  for a list of veggie-friendly restaurants near you.