How To Become A Vegetarian – Ayurveda Tips For Easy Transition

Becoming a vegetarian is primarily, a matter of choice. Vegetarian diet has many health benefits. Vegetarianism helps in lifestyle diseases like diabetes, high BP, obesity etc. 

Should not be a forceful exercise – Do not think of becoming  vegetarian, just because of the advice. You need to be really motivated to turn into vegetarianism.
Apart from total vegetarianism, there are few other types of vegetarianism.

Steps

Chose your level of vegetarian transition – The extent to which you decide to adopt vegetarianism. You may choose –

  • Total vegetarianism – complete avoidance of all sorts of non veg sources.
  • Abstaining from a few non veg food that are high on cholesterol.
  • Limiting non veg diet to only to fish, milk, egg etc.
  • Defining your limit and level of commitment is essential for the success of the whole process of becoming a vegetarian.

Mental readiness is as important as physical preparedness. It is more a game of mental control than anything else.

Main organs involved – Stomach, liver, intestines and the brain.  These organs need to reset themselves to the new diet style.

Pace of Transition

Ayurveda recommends that any change in diet (or lifestyle) should be gradual. Once a particular set of diet becomes congenial (Satmya), it takes time for the body to re adjust to a new regime. Transition can be designed by – Reducing the days of non veg diet gradually, from one week to the next. Leaving out particular types of non veg food one after the other.

Recommended foods

Food that you should take more after becoming a vegetarian  –
The food should be ideally rich in protein, Vitamin B 12. Because, non veg food are rich in these two diet components. Hence turning into vegetarianism may make the body slightly deprived of protein.

So include more of  Paneerbuffalo milk / cow milk, dal, grams, nut, tofy, lentils, bean, legumes, yogurt and cheese.

Fruit juices, fruit salads, turmeric, raisins, pomegranates, curry leaves helps to strengthen the stomach and eases adjustment to the new diet regime.

What should you avoid? 

At least for the initial six months of the transition, avoid fasting, skipping meals, avoid excess of spicy food, which may cause increase in hunger, thereby straining the stomach.

Avoid oily foods – If you are taking too much of oily food, it may beat the purpose of becoming a vegetarian.

Beneficial activities  

Yoga, Pranayama or any other form of physical activities would fortify the health benefits of vegetarian diet.

Related article – Is Ayurveda totally vegetarian? 

4 thoughts on “How To Become A Vegetarian – Ayurveda Tips For Easy Transition”

  1. vegan implies avoiding milk products also.
    actually i myself am part vegan as in i don’t take milk/paneer, but i consume a few grams ghee and quarter tumbler buttermilk everyday.

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  2. “If you are taking too much of oily food, it may beat the purpose of becoming vegetarian.”
    Could you please elaborate on why that is so?

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    • I made this statement relating to – going veg, to reduce weight. If someone with obesity goes totally vegetarian to lose weight, but if he indulges in excess of oily food (fried foods), then the purpose of going veg to lose weight stands beaten. Because, he will still put on weight due to his wrong eating habit. Hope I am clear.

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