To become a vegetarian may seem to some people like a very big deal, something unimaginable, like nobody dare to get into. But since you are here and thinking of it, there must be some benefits involved into the whole thing - being a vegetarian...

As anything else in this world to become a vegetarian takes time and effort. But also you need to know how exactly to act, what steps to take to make the 'transformation' process gradual. It is very important to make it gradual - not only for a 'smooth' way to the goal, but for the benefit of the body as well. The point is that our body makes itself accustomed to particular environment, conditions, water and food. Yes, even to those conditions that may not be favorable to it. It is so called adaptation factor or a security measure to protect all the bodily systems and provide their optimal performance. Of course if the living conditions are bad you will get signs from your body on a regular basis to make some arrangements or simply to change them.

Meat eating may be one of such conditions. So if you've decided to make a shift and become a vegetarian then you need to follow these steps.

First of all, don't try to do everything just at once. It will not last long and bring unwanted stress to your body. Such defeat can also spoil your determination, which is very important in any business. Practically this means that you need to gradually substitute your regular meals with more vegetarian ones. First of all try to give up red meats. Then after some time, you will be able give up other types of meat, then fish and eggs.

It is good to educate yourself a bit on what vitamins and other element your body needs to make such substitution correct. Also you need to determine where you are going to get proteins from. The most protein rich vegetarian foods are pulse like beans, lentils, peas, different types of Indian dhal, and all the dairy products.

By the way I need to mention that there are different types of vegetarian there: vegans who eat only growing things like vegetables, fruits and grains; lacto-vegetarians, who add dairy products to their meals; and ovo-lacto-vegetarians, who sometimes eat egg and fish. You need to decide, which type of vegetarians you want to become. It may depend on many factors, but ultimately it's up to you.

It is also good to make a list of your usual foods substitutes, and make shopping using this list; but if you don't want to complicate everything, you can simply keep an overall picture in your mind.

Next step which naturally comes out of the first one is the variety. You need to eat variable foods during the day to provide your body with the sufficient amount of vitamins and minerals. But, it is recommended not to mix many foods altogether during one meal. It is bad for digestion since your stomach has to produce many different enzymes to digest such variable foods. It only takes much more energy from and the percentage of food digested is lower with higher rate of possible toxins. But don't worry about that too much; just try not to mix more than three or four foods together. You can approach for the help with the Product Compatibility different books or Internet resources - there are plenty of them.

Implement greens into your meals. I understand, probably you hate them; but they are rich with vitamins - almost all of them are there - so try to find different recipes with greens if you cannot eat them raw or in a form of salad. Among green vegetables especially good is spinach, collard greens, varieties of lettuce, split peas, lima beans, etc.

After a while you will notice that the desire for meat eating is not there anymore. Yes, it is gradual process and it brings its fruit; in the beginning it is natural to think that your meals are lacking something; but after your body restructure itself a bit, this feeling will go away yielding to the sense of full saturation from vegetarian food.

Some tips.

You need to cultivate mindset to keep determination to reach the goal, especially in the beginning when everything seems to be so hard to overcome.

Drink more water. It has no relation to being a vegetarian, but has an overall benefit to your body - water takes the toxins away from your body and takes part in metabolism.

Exercise regularly. Physical training is required to keep your body healthy. Most people switch to vegetarianism to improve their health; but to be physically fit is also required for keeping health strong.

If you feel some strange things happening in your organism during your gradual process of transition to vegetarian nutrition or diet, consult with your physician.

And remember: every change means going upstream, especially in the beginning; but as soon as you see the results (and you will do see them) everything will go much easier and gradually become your new healthy lifestyle.