Whether you are a new vegetarian or eating out with friends who just ordered steaks, most herbivores occasionally struggle with craving meat. In these moments of indecision, there are three easy ways you can remain a vegetarian without hating yourself: keeping full, trying substitute meat and holding onto the reasons why you became a vegetarian in the first place.
1) Stay full – Often when people really crave meat it’s because they’re hungry and they spot some delicious meat. While you obviously shouldn’t stuff yourself, make sure you have enough food so that you won’t be tempted to grab a burger without thinking about it.
2) Substitute meat – If simply filling up on salad isn’t enough to stop you from reaching for some ham, then consider trying “fake” meat to trick your taste buds and satisfy your cravings. Morning Star brand vegetarian meals, for example, have everything from ribs to hot dogs that are fully vegetarian but taste like meat.
3) Sustain your motives – Don’t underestimate your own will power. Sometimes, there’s nothing a vegetarian can do from wanting to try some meat but in the end, you have to focus on why you don’t eat meat. If you decided to be a vegetarian for a specific reason, then get yourself inspired again. Remember why you chose to be a vegetarian and hold onto your values. Cravings will pass.
In the end, it’s your choice on what you eat. No one else can decide that for you. If you truly want to remain a vegetarian but miss meat then try these tricks. Vegetarianism is worth it, you just have to push through the rough spots.