I realized to successfully turn vegetarian, you need to have a purpose. Whether you're doing it to champion animal rights, for health purposes or to shift into a greener lifestyle, there has to be a reason for the shift.
Turning vegetarian was a struggle for me because I was doing it for an article and not as a personal decision. The funny thing is though, the whole month I was vegetarian, I couldn't wait to sink my teeth into some juicy meat, yet as soon as I finally did, I immediately felt the heaviness, oiliness and fattiness absorb straight into my body once again. Not to say that I plan on going vegetarian full-time, but I have consciously tried to eat larger portions of vegetables daily.
The biggest lesson I learned was experiencing firsthand how you really are what you eat. Eating junk leaves you feeling like junk while eating healthy leaves you healthy. But deciding to have a greener diet is only half the battle—actually following through is the harder part. Talking to people who've made the shift always helped because it showed me that it could be done.
So for all of you who are considering trying out the diet for yourselves, we decided to ask four fabulous vegetarians about how they maintain their lifestyles.
Click on the photo gallery to read our interviews with four women who share about their decision to turn vegetarian.