I think being open and honest with your family about why you want to be a vegetarian is the best place to start! What ever you do, try not to have an argument or a debate, as this will most certainly be too stressful on everyone. Try to diffuse any challenges, or ask to talk later in a more calmly manner. Hopefully your family understands and this won't be a problem!
General information would be to just eat healthy! Eat a balanced diet of whole grains, vegetables, fruits, and proteins. Variety is key, so spice things up, and try to have a wide spectrum of colors. Avoid processed foods and junk food. There's a million resources for recipes all over the internet (and here), and tons of books. I'd bet money your local library has at least one cookbook with at least one chapter of vegetarian recipes.
Good luck and I wish you happiness with your new lifestyle.
I'd be positive about it. Talk about how much better you feel and you didnt realize how yummy vegetarian food could be and etc. If people want to discuss the animals cruelty that goes on in factory farms and etc, I have learned in the last few days to just to tell them to google and take a look for themselves. It is too hard not to make others feel defensive. I am thinking it is better to invite them to learn about that for themselves on their own. Yet I wouldn't necessarily leave out ALL info about animal cruelty. Oh heck I hope I am not makings things worse,
I'm kinda new to this myself and just trying to help.
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