When becoming a vegetarian, few things will affect your progress like the power of support. Alone things can be difficult, but with others, suddenly the worst doesn’t seem so bad. A lot of people assume that the decision to make the diet switch has to be personal, and it does, but they misinterpret that to mean that they have to be the only one involved in the change, and that’s not exactly true. Finding the right group of people and the right places to search will help you on your way. Here’s just a little bit about the value of support.
Yes, giving up meat is something that only you can decide to do. You won’t find as much success if you’re forced to change your diet, or if you’re doing it in order to fit in, or because a celebrity told you to do it. There’s just no personal reason behind it otherwise. Part of your strength will come from thinking through your reasoning for becoming a vegetarian or vegan and then deciding, definitively, that it’s something you want to continue with, be it for health, religious, ethical, or environmental reasons. No reason is bad as long as it has a personal relationship with you and how you view both the world and yourself.
Error. Page cannot be displayed. Please contact your service provider for more details. (21)Few things can really stop you from backsliding. Everyone will experience at least the very least a small voice in their head that suggests they try meat again, even for a second or two. At worst it’s a full-blown craving at an all-you-can-eat buffet or something. No matter which, the ability to weather this storm will rely entirely on who you know and can talk to. Those in rehab have sponsors who can help them through troubled times, and giving up meat is very similar to this. Not in the same way exactly, but the two are very similar. Your body is used to meat and will crave it, resulting in your brain being convinced that you need more of it in the first place. Saying no to yourself can be tough, but having a friend there to help say no to you and keep you in line can make things much easier.
The tricky part is actually finding a solid vegetarian support network, at least when it comes to face-to-face ordeals. Trying to convince your friends and family to change their diets may be asking too much, and not every town has a strong vegetarian outreach program in place, but that’s where our good friend the Internet comes into play. Online you’re never alone, and the amount of vegetarians, vegans, or any variant of a meat-free diet can become staggering. There are no shortages of forums, advice groups, and general support communities on the web, so you can always find what you need if you start at a good forum and become a member of the community itself.