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    Word to the wise on breaking habits

    Author | Animals Australia

    We couldn’t begin to count the conversation’s we have had recently that go along the lines of “I love the idea of eating less meat but I so quickly lose momentum!”. It’s easy for convenience or lack of inspiration to get in the way of new intentions when it comes to the food we eat.

    If you’re amongst those keen to change your approach to meat, the following 7 tips were given to us from the people who know all about it: Animals Australia. For some inspiration to begin kicking old habits, these are simply the perfect place to start.

    1. Start with one animal…

    … and take them out of your meals. Try starting with pigs or chickens, as these are the most abused animals raised for meat. A quick look in the freezer section of your supermarket should reveal some tasty “mock” meats you can substitute into your meals. Over time eliminate other animals from your plate until you’re eating totally animal-free!

    2. Pick a day a week to eat only veg meals.

    Increase your number of meat free days each week over time. Soon you’ll find the whole week is meat free.

    3. Make the switch with a friend!

    Not only will you have double the impact (each vegetarian saves approximately 100 animals a year), but it’s fun and you will have someone to share recipes with.

    4. Grab a great new veggie cookbook or jump online

    The internet is a treasure trove of new meal ideas. Keep an eye out for delicious new recipes in magazines and newspapers, and make sure you cut them out or write them down. While you’re at it, explore the world of flavours. Multiculturalism has blessed us with an abundance of different cuisines in Australia and many of them are cruelty-free (think veggie pad thai, felafel and hummus, or a lentil dahl for instance!)

    5. Take a Plate

    If you’re invited to a friend’s house for dinner, offer to take a plate with you. Make enough to share with everybody – not only will you get your fill, but you’ll be showing others that meat free meals are both delicious and doable.

    6. Eating out!

    Most restaurants have vegetarian options on their menus. In particular, Indian and other Asian restaurants usually have a diverse selection of vegetarian dishes. Chefs are often happy to modify or prepare special vegetarian dishes on request – it gives them a chance to show off and try something new. Seek out veggie restaurants and cafes in your local area. You’ll be inspired by the options that you’ll then be able to make at home.

    7. Don’t worry about the occasional lapse

    It can be difficult to break old habits! Focus instead on all the good you’re doing just by starting to make the switch. Before you know it you’ll be feeling great, inside and out, and you’ll be well on your way to making the long-lasting change you’re after.

    To find out more about making simple reductions to the meat you eat, visit Animal Australia’s WhyVeg.com

    Animals Australia is one of the largest and the most dynamic national animal protection organisation, representing some 40 member societies and thousands of individual supporters. Their goal is to significantly and permanently improve the welfare of all animals in Australia. For more information, check out their website.

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