Your Vegetarian Life
Becoming a vegetarian entails more than just changing your diet.
Becoming a vegetarian involves a great deal of lifestyle adjustments.
Luckily though, a number of vegetarian resources exist to help you make becoming a vegetarian as simple as possible.
The Vegetarian Community
The community aspect of the vegetarian diet and lifestyle is one of the things that makes becoming a vegetarian a unique experience. Vegetarianism is more than just a diet; it is a community. Therefore, understand that as a vegetarian you are not alone. There is an entire subculture of people who have faced and overcome many of the challenges and criticisms you are likely to face as you begin your journey into this unique lifestyle.
It is appropriate to call the different types of vegetarians that exist within the vegetarian community subcultures because different types of vegetarian groups are organized around their motivation for becoming vegetarians in the first place. For examples, the philosophy that leads one to become a vegan is far different than the philosophy that leads one to become an ovo-lacto vegetarian. Yet, both individuals are likely to be grouped together under the wider umbrella of vegetarianism. Therefore, as you ponder the possibility of becoming a vegetarian you must also analyze your motivations in order to find the subculture of vegetarianism that is right for you.
When you find your life changing for the better in such unexpected ways, you will know that you have joined millions who have discovered the benefits of a vegetarian life. Know that the vegetarian community is one of the most encouraging and nurturing communities in the world. Therefore, as you strive to perfect your vegetarian lifestyle, you don’t have to work it alone. By simply reaching out to your local vegetarian population you will find encouragement, help, advice and support to help you make it through the transition from a life of eating meat to the purer approach to diet that is what being a vegetarian is all about.
Joining the vegetarian community will enhance your new lifestyle and provide you with an amazing library of reading material, a constantly expanding supply of recipes and with connections to new friends and groups who meet regularly to be together in their quest for a better physical, mental and spiritual life through vegetarianism. It will be a natural thing to seek out new friendships in these communities; And you are encouraged to explore and enjoy them fully. These groups will help you, inspire you and make your commitment to a vegetarian diet a lifelong one.
If you are looking to join a supporting vegetarian community, I highly recommend greenpeople.org
If you are looking to join a vegetarian MeetUp group I highly recommend meetup.com