There's been a lot of press about the benefits of vegetarianism or veganism, and for good reason. We've heard all the amazing benefits of these lifestyles, but it can be hard to know where to start. And with the holidays coming up, it can seem especially challenging to completely avoid meat. But that doesn't mean that there aren't ways to explore these dietary habits.
One option is to simply reduce meat as much as possible, and to only eat high quality grass-fed meat or wild caught fish when possible. Some people call this 'flexitarianism' - you're not completely giving up meat, but you're consuming a diet high in plant-based foods, with occasional meals that include fish or meat. This way, you're still getting the benefits that healthier fruits and vegetables have to offer as a primary source of nutrition, but you don't have to completely forego some of your favorite foods.
Simply cutting back on your meat intake can have tremendous advantages, even if you still indulge occasionally. Not to mention, many find that they spend less money on food when they cut back on meat, which can be especially helpful around the holidays. So you can still enjoy grandma's turkey on Thanksgiving, just stick to vegetarian items on normal days. If it goes well, you might be able to make vegetarianism or veganism your New Year's resolution!