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Healthy Eating Series: Thinking about taking meat out of your diet? Here's how!

By: Lola Frailey Wednesday July 3, 2019 comments Tags: healthy living, healthy eating, healthy lifestyle, plant based lifestyle

With veganism and Meatless Mondays taking over current eating trends one may wonder: Is skipping meat right for me? Can I keep this trend and make it a lifestyle change?

We are here to help! Below are some ideas to help you on your #HealthyLiving journey.

Be solid in your reason. If you just want to become meatless to be trendy or quickly lose weight, you probably won’t stick with it. Going meatless isn’t a fad, it’s a lifestyle change for you and your body. Consider deep down why you want to become meatless, and really believe in your reasons. This will help you through the cravings and family bbqs. For yummy veggie summer recipes click here.

Plan ahead. Speaking of family bbqs, what gets in the way of new vegetarians/vegans is not planning ahead of what they may have to eat when going out. Going to a party or a dinner can go much easier if you prepare a great dish and take it with you. This can also apply to days packed with errands. Packing a lunch or snack can keep hunger and cravings under control. Remember, consistently eating is expensive and time consuming. Planning ahead with meals and snacks readily available can give your body, schedule, and wallet the break it needs.

Find good recipes. In this digital era, you don’t need to go out and buy a bunch of veggie cookbooks. (Click here for simple recipes) Just peruse the internet (or our blogs) select a few that look tasty, and try one recipe a week. If you like it, replace the meatless recipe with one of your old favorites. Soon, you’ll have a list of 5-10 meatless recipes that you enjoy.

Did you know? Most people only have 7-10 recipes that they cook regularly.

Don’t cut meat all at once. Start slowly. Should you go cold tofurkey? (pun intended) That’s up to you. If going cold tofurkey seems daunting, try eliminating one meat type each month. Example, eliminating red meat for the first month, then poultry, then fish. Another option is choosing certain days of the week to go vegetarian (Meatless Mondays or Tofu Tuesdays).

Substitutions. Love your current recipe favorites? Try a meatless substitute. If you love to eat spaghetti, chili, or sloppy joes try quinoa or portobello mushrooms. Click here for a list of foods with similar texture to meat.

Lists of non-vegan products:

Know your food! Animal products are used in a lot of commercial/prepackaged food products. Below is just a small list of animal products hidden under other names.

  • Carmine/cochineal– red pigment of crushed female cochineal beetle
  • Casein – a protein found in milk
  • Elastin – found in the neck ligaments of cows
  • Keratin – from the skin, bones, and connective tissues from cows, chickens, and pigs
  • Shellac – obtained from the bodies of the female scale insect Tachardia lacca
  • Lanolin – from the oil glands of sheep
  • Isinglass – a substance obtained from the dried swim bladders of fish
  • Pepsin – from the stomachs of pigs

Know your farmer, know your food

When it comes to your health, you want the very best! Here at Hawaiian Organic Noni, you never have to worry about where your food comes from. All of our products are vegan, gluten free, raw whole food, and certified organic. We take extensive care with all the trees on our noni farm and do our due diligence when it comes to sustainability. At Hawaiian Organic Noni on our organic family farm, we grow, pick and process all of our noni for maximum potency- not fermented and low heat processed below 115F. Click here to learn more about the farming practices on our farm.



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