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The Turning Year©

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The amount of land needed to produce a one-year food supply for a person on a meat-eating diet is 3.25 acres. The amount of land needed to produce a one-year food supply for a pure vegetarian is just 1/6 (0.16) acre.
From: "Diet for A New America" by John Robbins

Three ways to become a Veg*n

You may not even need to refer to this page if you've already taken complete steps to become veggie. But, it's worth remembering that by stopping meat instantly, there's a risk that you might give in to a meaty craving ... and that could be the end of all your amazing efforts! So, if you think you might fall into that category maybe "Option 1" of The Turning Year is a safer bet for you.
The Turning Year is gradual, taking one year to complete. This method allows you to turn vegetarian in the most seamless way possible, with little or no craving for meat by the end of the year.

IMPORTANT NOTICE: Before making any extreme changes to your diet, VeggieGlobal suggests that you seek medical advice first.
This is so you can be individually assessed for any possible nutritional deficiency you may already have - or in case you have any other health problems that require a specific diet.

Option 1

The Turning Year
In the first three months eat red meat
only once a week. (You can continue with white meats and fish during this period) On the other days eat either white meat, fish or meat-like alternatives. At the end of those three months stop red meat completely and replace that one day each week with a meat-like substitute. Do this for one month.
With red meat now cut from your diet turn your attention to white meats. Over the next three months eat white meats only once a week. (You can continue with fish during this period) At the end of those three months stop white meat altogether. For the next month replace white meats completely with a meat-like alternative.
With white and red meat now completely eliminated from your diet, it's time to stop fish. Over the next three months eat fish only once a week. At the end of those three months stop fish altogether. For the next month spend time making sure that you have eliminated all foods from your diet that contain animal derivatives. i.e. cheese with animal rennet, any sweets which contain gelatine, animal products in cosmetics. Please also remember: to be a true vegetarian you should stop buying new leather products as well. (There are great leather-like alternatives available.)

There are many convincing meat-like substitutes in all supermarkets. Like veggieburgers, veggie mince, veggie steaks veggie bacon etc., mostly made from Soya proteins, which can even contain higher protein levels than meat. Try a few makes, as some taste identical, if not even "better" than animal meat. Spicy beanburgers are yummy too.
Soya, tofu, seitan, quorn, and fungi (wonderful mushroom assortments) are the most common meat replacements. These can be turned into mouth-watering meals.
From the very start of "The Turning Year" you should refrain from eating cheeses that are not vegetarian
.
You won't be loosing out on anything by doing this because there are many popular cheeses that don't contain parts of a dead calf. This exercise should subliminally give you a thoughtful insight into what kinds of foods you are eating and help you realize how to eat with compassion.
(A famous make of Worcestershire sauce contains anchovy, which is a fish* - however there are other makes of Worcestershire sauce that are vegetarian ).

*Products Note: Lee and Perrins
Worcestershire sauce contains anchovies, but there are vegetarian Worcester sauces available, which you should find in good health food shops.
In 2004 Bovril became vegetarian and nobody could tell the difference that the beef stock had been replaced by a savoury yeast mix. This was great news for veggies. VeggieGlobal even tested the "veggie" Bovril on some die-hard meat-eaters and none could tell the difference. But for some ludicrous reason in late 2006 Unilever, the makers of Bovril, decided to put the beef back. Beside being a loss to vegetarians it's a mad move by Unilever because instead of gaining more customers they have lost a few million vegetarian Bovril buyers! So, veggies remember, Bovril is now NOT vegetarian, and Unilever will not be producing a vegetarian version.

Options 2 and 3.

2. You wish to change all in one go.

Make sure you are already familiar with the veggie alternatives and their relative nutritional content (see nutrition guide ) and also where to source the products. With such a wide variety of options to choose from in most supermarkets, the choice to stop eating meat and fish immediately has become far more viable in the last few years.


3. Do it all in one go, whilst avoiding anything designed to taste or look like parts of an animal.

In other words, not eating processed meat-like alternatives like Quorn and soy mince or fake bacon type products. This is quite a lot harder and requires an educated understanding of alternative diet requirements. You need to be quite well organised and make sure you eat pulses and nuts each day, such as lentils, chickpeas, beans, cashews, brazil nuts etc. More details can be found on our nutrition guide pages.

 

The Vegan Year.

Taking the step towards vegan.

Just like the one year approach to becoming vegetarian you can add a second year taking incremental steps to become vegan. It doesn't have to be straight after the vegetarian year. Take your time and consider the vegan step when it suits you and that you feel confident about your dietary intake of essential nutrients.
For the first four months reduce and finally stop eating cheeses and all other dairy products including milk. You may wish to top up with vegan calcium supplements until you learn how to source enough calcium from plant based foods such as certain nuts and dark green leafy vegetables etc. (see
http://www.veggieglobal.com/nutrition/minerals.htm#calcium)
For the next four months reduce and finally stop eating eggs.
And finally, for the last four months of the year you can reduce and finally stop other non vegan foods such as honey. VeggieGlobal does however raise environmental concerns about certain outmoded vegan ethics regarding honey consumption as
explained here. VeggieGlobal suggests that you make informed decisions about the pros and cons of becoming either a "responsible vegetarian" or orthodox "vegan". There are arguments for either and it is personal choice.

Choosing products suitable for veg*ns when you are out shopping can be a minefield of confusion! Although it's simply impossible to list the name of every product sold in the world, the next step gives you tables of product types that you need to be aware of when selecting veggie-friendly options.
To Step 6 > Watch out For ...

 

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