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Transitioning from Meat to Meatless

Transitioning from Meat to Meatless

Trying to eliminate meat out of your diet can seem like a daunting task.  But first, why should you? If you don’t want to go full vegan or vegetarian, consider being a semi-vegetarian or flexitarian.  Those following this diet eat mostly plant-based foods but may occasionally include meat, dairy, eggs, poultry, and fish in small amounts.

The benefits of eating a primarily plant-based diet can help with

  • Weight loss
  • Lowering the Risk of Type 2 Diabetes
  • Reduce Symptoms of Asthma

If you can go cold turkey, great, but it is extremely difficult to do. But if you would like to ease yourself into it a more plant-based diet.  Follow these 4 Easy Tops to help you eliminate meat out of your diet.

  1. Create a timeline for yourself.  Instead of having the mentality that you will “never eat meat again” start slow.  Let’s say for one week you eat majorly plant-based and add fish in 1-2 days.  The next week if one meal you would like to add meat, you can.
  2. Pick a specific meat you would like to give up. Some individuals use red meat only, only beef or pork, even chicken only. Whatever meat you prefer to cut back on, start with only that.
  3. Use Substitutions. Check out these suggestions below!

Chicken – Garbanzo beans, white beans, tofu, or jackfruit

Beef – Black beans, tempeh, seitan, textured vegetable protein (TVP), or lentils

Pork – Pinto beans or jackfruit

Other Substitutes:

  • Eggplant
  • Mushrooms
  • Tofu
  • Lentils
  • Cauliflower
  • Tempeh
  • Chickpeas


  1. Eat Vegetables for Breakfast & Try eating Fruit for Dessert

Taking it slow, one day at a time can make eliminating meat out of your diet, not such a scary thought.  There are many benefits to not only eliminating meat but lessening how much you consume.  Remember all progress is progress, is progress. So take baby steps and let us know what tips you followed or if you came up with something new!

Monet Gilmore
Monet Gilmore

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