My main reason for starting this blog was to share all the yummy food I eat as a vegan (I really love to eat). A lot of people seem to think you miss out on eating great meals when you eliminate animal products from your diet, but that couldn’t be further from the truth. Now that we’ve debunked that myth- thinking about going vegan? This guide is for you!I’ve only been vegan for a short while (since October), but I’m loving every bit of it. The food I’ve tried and made, the people I’ve bonded with, my new found awareness; it’s all been great! Here are some tips to help you in your journey to veganism:
1. Find a Reason
This is the most important step because temptation is everywhere. If you have a strong reason for going vegan, you can keep that in mind whenever you have cravings (it will happen) that you want to fight.
Whether it’s your love for animals, concern for the environment, or desire for a better diet, find your reason and research it. For me, it only took one video about what animals face in the meat industry to make me want to cut out eating animals completely.
2. Get Social
Talk to other vegans, make some plant eating friends, and/or join an online community. This can help when you need food recommendations or any other advice. Those who have been vegan for a while are usually happy to help others make the switch!
3. Take it Slow
Transitioning is crucial if you wish to stick to any new diet. I first started out as a vegetarian, then went vegan approximately four months later. A common path people take when transitioning is going from pescatarian to vegetarian and finally vegan, a few months at a time. Veganism is a lifestyle, but you may focus on the food aspect at first. However, consider slowly replacing your everyday body products and clothing with vegan alternatives.
4. Embrace the Change
Start replacing your items or vow not to buy them after you’ve finished (food, other products). For food, make a grocery list of vegan staples for balanced meals (frozen or fresh veggies), protein-rich carbs (ex: quinoa), beans, and vegan “meat” products. Look up recipes you’d like to try out to help guide your shopping too. For clothes and body products, research vegan versions of what you own. Opening up to new things is truly exciting and there are many options for you to explore.
5. Focus on What You Can STILL Have
It may feel sad, having to say goodbye to a lot of the “good stuff” that you grew up eating. However, there’s a lot of popular foods that are considered vegan even though they aren’t marketed that way (pretzels, potato chips, etc.) and staple foods that are as well (rice, beans, pasta, bagels, and more). Now, with the growing movement of veganism, there are many dairy and meat-free alternatives to favorites (dairy-free ice cream, cheese; vegan “chicken” tenders and “beef”) in existence. Think of it like a new world of food waiting to be discovered, or re-discovered!
6. Talk to a Professional
Discuss your diet change with a nutritionist or doctor so they can help you to discover your specific nutritional needs.