By Abigail Carroll. Vegetarian Lifestyle. At Friday, May 03rd 2019, 20:52:48 PM.
If the idea of becoming vegan appeals to you but you feel like you'll miss a certain food too much to commit 100% to the vegan lifestyle, then start the transition and leave that food until the end. Phase your barrier foods out in a very slow, controlled manner over a few weeks or even months. By this point, you might find that removing the food from your diet is a lot easier than you thought it would be! If for whatever reason you feel as though you just cannot commit to a 100% vegan diet because of a barrier food, that’s okay! Don't let that stop you from minimizing your intake of animal based products to whatever extent you can.
Religious beliefs also can play an important role in vegetarianism. For instance, followers of Jainism practice nonviolence (also called Ahimsa, meaning "do no harm"), and do not eat meat or certain vegetables, such as onions, potatoes and garlic. Hindus also believe in Ahimsa and are the world's largest vegetarian population. They believe in the dietary customs of self-control and purity of mind and spirit. Seventh-day Adventists practice a vegetarian lifestyle, while Buddhists also support the concept of Ahimsa (although some eat fish or meat).
Pay attention to ingredient lists, avoid products containing gelatin, rennet, and other animal products (excluding dairy and eggs). If you haven’t already, begin incorporating more whole grains, beans, legumes, tofu, nuts, and seeds into your diet. Once you feel comfortable to move forward you can start phasing out dairy, eggs, and honey. Feel free to do this all at once, one food group at a time, or as slowly as you need to. Slowly cut out animal products, starting with the easiest and leaving barrier foods to the end. Slowly lessen your consumption of animal products while simultaneously increasing the number of plant-based foods in your diet. Continue until you've eliminated all animal products from your diet.