Tips For Going Vegan
I have been a vegetarian but for the past 5 years, I am a vegan. I started exploring veganism and now I am here to share my knowledge.
It is a common conception among people that going vegan is hard. Those that do not know any vegans may even think it’s impossible. Whether or not it is challenging, we imagine that many people don’t choose to live a vegan lifestyle because of the misconception that they would have to give up all their favorite foods and meals.
But this couldn’t be much further from the truth! There are plenty of delicious, easy-to-make vegan recipes out there. In fact, you might be surprised at how many products in grocery stores are already vegan! If you’re considering going vegan but aren’t sure where to start, here are some tips and tricks for making the transition easier.
1. Start with the basics.
First and foremost, your diet should be plant-based. There are vegan diets out there that allow you to eat dairy, eggs, or other animal products occasionally, but this is typically done in order to get you used to the idea of being vegan before making the complete leap to no animal food whatsoever. Plant-based diets are usually lower in fat than animal-based diets, so it is important that you start off right.
In your first week of being vegan, try eating a diet of whole foods-unprocessed fruits, vegetables, grains, beans and lentils, and nuts. It is useful to know a rough estimate of calories so that you don’t accidentally overeat. Check the nutrition facts panel on packaged foods or use an app like MyFitnessPal to track your intake.
It’s also important to be careful about your calcium intake. Although many plant-based foods are chock full of calcium, some still think that vegans are deficient in the mineral. For example, there is controversy over whether or not soy milk truly provides enough calcium. There is also some debate over whether or not you need to combine certain food items at the same time in order to get the most out of their complementary nutrients.
2. Start Slow.
Don’t try to do it all at once! When people first go vegan, they often set a goal for themselves of going 100% vegan overnight-but this can be a recipe for disaster.
3. Replace Animal Products With Alternatives.
Animal products are typically high in fat. In order to keep fat intake down like a vegan, it is important to find some alternatives that provide you with those fatty nutrients that you crave but do not come from animals.
One of the most common vegan “go-to” items is tofu. Not only is tofu high in protein, but it’s also low in fat while retaining familiar flavors and textures. Tofu seitan (a meat substitute made from wheat gluten) is another great option for finding your favorite animal product-free meal. There are also many other types of seitan that are made either from soy or wheat that can be used interchangeably with meat.
These are some of the few steps you can involve while changing your lifestyle gradually and slowly.
You should not go 100% vegan at once, as you will soon feel all the challenges of a vegan diet.
Go a step at a time and make sure you do not go too far. It’s better to start by going to eat a vegan meal at least three times a week, and if possible take the next step by going one more day without eating meat or dairy products.
If anyone starts nagging you to eat meat, tell them that you’re fine with being vegan from now on! You may think that there are no other options for protein sources but the truth is that there are plenty of options already available in your kitchen.