How do I become vegetarian and tell my parents?
First think about why you want to become vegetarian.
If it’s something you feel deep down you need to change within yourself with regards to your health, the environment, and the suffering of animals, than its a valid reason your family should respect and accept your decision.
I’m assuming you live at home with your parents, so understand it will be tough for mom or dad to make separate meals now. Offer to help out in the kitchen and prep your meals. If you are working, or get an allowance, offer to pitch in to help with groceries to cover the cost of the few extra foods that wouldn’t normally be purchased. This will show your commitment to your lifestyle change and gain their respect for your dedication.
With regards to tips… I would suggest doing your research in order to understand vegetarianism and look up recipes to get ideas on what you will be eating. Make a list of foods you normally eat and think about vegetarian alternatives.
Once you are set, try 1-2 recipes a week and slowly reduce your meat intake – make meals you usually eat and substitute the meat. Find Vegetarian and Vegan recipes on 2gurly4u.com
To help further adapt, substitute your lunch with a vegetarian meal, that way you are committed to at least 1 meal a day.
Also, will you be sticking with dairy or cutting it out? This would fall into how affected you are by animal cruelty, so if you want to cut out dairy, look into dairy substitutes that you will be consuming.
By becoming a vegetarian, you can still eat unhealthy, so if you are looking to lose weight, dedicating 3-4 days a week to work out is much easier than changing the way you eat.
Remember, calories in, calories out.
You can still eat meat, but by monitoring your calorie intake and supporting it with being active, it will help keep your weight in check.
So going back to my opening, the bottom line is: think about why you want to become vegetarian.
I hope all this helps, good luck!
The reason why I want to become vegetarian is because I love animals and don’t want them to die
While compassion for animals is one of the main reasons why people become vegetarian, understand that eating meat is the cycle of life.
It sounds like you are choosing morality and ethics over food, but remember that animals eat animals too. When they die, bacteria, fungus and plants get their energy from these dead animals. That’s the life cycle.
While becoming a vegetarian saves animals by reducing the demand for meat, avoiding meat won’t solve the problem caused by factory farming and that’s a whole other story!
If your decision to not eat meat is out of remorse, I personally don’t think it’s valid motivation for yourself, however, because you feel this way, eating meat may not be for you.
Its a lot to take in, but as I said, do your research and let me know how it goes!