After successfully completing several Meat Free Mondays, you may decide to continue your meatless journey. Know that there is no “right” way to transition into a plant-based diet. Some people are able to stop eating meat and never turn back, while others need to gradually ease into a new lifestyle.
Before jumping into a vegan or vegetarian diet, be sure to do your due research. Reach out to experts and online communities for tips and advice for beginners. Additionally, it is important to note that plant-based diets can cause certain nutrient deficiencies. Animal protein contains more amino acids and iron than plant-derived proteins.
To prevent conditions such as iron and vitamin B12 deficiency anemia, you may need to take dietary supplements. Inform your doctor of your new diet plan so they can determine if it is right for you.
In summary, whether your motivation is to be healthier or to decrease your carbon footprint, Meat Free Monday allows you to do both. Cutting out meat once a week will not lead to protein deficiency. However, if you plan on going meatless multiple times a week or become a vegan or vegetarian long-term, then talk to your doctor to check your current health status.
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