How to become a vegan: Hi, today we are going to discuss the tips for any beginners venturing into the world of veganism. I’m very happy to share it with you today, but before we begin there are a few important things that I need to mention.
I am in no way pressuring you or forcing you to become a vegan. That’s just not my philosophy. I think you should always do what feels right to you and let others do the same.
And if you have no interest in adopting a vegan lifestyle, you certainly don’t need to in order to still enjoy this article and the tips that I share Including more plant-based foods into your diet is a win all around.
If you’re somebody who has a medical condition, you’re immune-compromised or your feeding young children I would recommend seeing a physician or a dietitian before you begin, that way you’ve just got your basis covered.
Now let’s get started. Forget what you heard about vegan food being bland, the lifestyle is too expensive, you’re not getting enough nutrients or just being too complicated to incorporate into your life.
If you go into it with a negative mindset it’s just going to feel like a punishment. But trust me, it is the furthest thing from that. Eating this way is nourishing delicious and wholesome It’s food that loves you as much as you love it back and like anything else it gets easier with time and practice.
You’ll find more affordable places to shop and making meals will be just as quick if not quicker to make in time. So forget everything you think you know and dive in with an open mind.
Some people feel like when they become vegan they need to also simultaneously become zero-waste, minimalists, gluten-free, sugar-free oil-free, fitness-warriors not to mention an expert in vegan nutrition.
But why all the pressure? You’re going to learn more and more about veganism with time. And you can start to adopt these other lifestyle practices down the road if they even resonate with you at all But biting off more than you can chew just leads to indigestion.
So slow and steady friends. Like I said everything we do is harder and requires more of our time in the beginning. So intentionally schedule some extra time when it comes to preparing meals at least for the first few weeks.
The Lifestyle change is going to be complicated if you’ve got nothing on hand to work with. So start by stocking up on the pantry essentials. Please don’t go to the extreme and forbid yourself from Having any treat foods Only to look at other people who have them and then envy them.
You don’t have to give yourself a hard time occasionally enjoying some treats Something like some homemade vegan banana bread or homemade vegan cookies or muffins.
Fruits and vegetables.
Nuts and seeds.
Breads, rice, and pasta.
Not everyone decides to go vegan for health reasons, but you might have a harder time switching to veganism if you don’t enjoy chowing down on something green once in a while.
Traditionally bread is made from yeast, flour, water, and salt, so it would be suitable for vegans.
When separated from the rest, vegans had a 15% lower risk of dying prematurely from all causes
It’s all good addition to the pantry essentials You’re going to want to also make sure that you are stocked up on things like fresh produce breads those plant-based meat alternatives.
It’s an eat-in Abundance lifestyle so a lot of times when people first think about veganism They start to think about all the things that they can’t have beef chicken fish cheese yogurt butter ice cream milk But that’s not the right mindset instead what we want to do is focus on all of the things.
we are Adding and let these foods naturally replace the other stuff adding more plant-based dairy alternatives like soy Almond Rice or coconut milk and yogurts more whole Grains more fruits more vegetables?
More nuts seeds trail mix of beans lentils tofu you get the idea and one more tip if you’re new to vegan take Advantage of the different mock meats also known as textured vegetable proteins that are available at most large chain grocery shops.
Some mock meatballs mock ground beef and mock chicken Helps in your transition for sure and if you don’t know how to cook tofu They even have pre-season tofu available in most shops as well with the time you can start to substitute for other more wholesome plant-based sources Of protein.
If you’d like things like making your own tofu tempeh lentils and beans But in the beginning, go ahead and use all the resources available to you When you do start to include more beans and lentils as your plant sources for protein and carbs Start slow.
A a lot of people go from having nothing to having a cup or more in a day And then they wonder why they’re experiencing indigestion Or gas it does take our body some time to adjust.
So start seriously with as little as two tablespoons a day Gradually increasing to a quarter of a cup half a cup full cup or however much you want So a gradual increase in intake can help to mitigate the hold gas and bloating.
I Understand that it can be overwhelming in the beginning Especially if you don’t know what to make so start by learning just a handful of recipes that you enjoy and learn them well These are going to be your default with this lifestyle picking up momentum.
There is no shortage of plant-based recipes on the web Pinterest and youtube are two places that will offer you thousands of delicious recipes Simply type in vegan recipes,
And you’ll have more options than you can imagine and if that still feels like too much work You can always go to the pickup lines Pinterest page with boards that have already been created and organized for you into breakfast Smoothies drinks Snacks main meals.
It is common to feel more hungry when you’ve just made the transition keep in mind that plant-based foods offer fewer calories for more bulk Fruits vegetables and legumes simply can’t offer the same amount of calories as you would find in the same amount of fatty meats butter cheese, or ice cream.
So if you’ve just finished an entire meal and an hour to later you find that you’re still hungry Then honor your hunger and eat some more if you feel it’ll help it will take you some time to adjust.
But just trust that your body will adjust. Why is it that you want to adopt a plant-based lifestyle is it for your health for the environment for the animal? Can you be more specific and can you write it down?
By seeing it on a regular basis and constantly reminding ourselves of the why It’ll be more likely to stick and the other thing it does is it helps us to shift our focus away from the losses the things we think we’re losing like our ability to have chicken and Instead what it does is it focuses our attention on the gains?
So gaining improved health Gaining and improved environmental footprints gaining peace of mind knowing that an animal’s life wasn’t taken for us to enjoy our meal.
Now regardless of what your reason is and there’s no judgment the question to be asking yourself is why because it allows you to shift your focus away from the things you think you’re losing and Instead focus on what you are actually gaining.
So you messed up? Furiously, don’t sweat. It. Just do as much as is reasonable to you There are a few glorified stories of these people who became vegan overnight and never looked back And we all envy them.
Because to be honest the path and journey into veganism is more of a zigzag when it is a straight line a vitamin B12 supplement is recommended, but how often you need to take it depends on the dosage.
Where the sun is not shining so much or maybe it is but you are wearing sunscreen then a vitamin D supplement is also recommended but this applies to everybody not just vegans for veganism is not just compassion for the animals the environment and for my health.
But it also means widening the circle of compassion to include friends family acquaintances and even total strangers Unfortunately in the world of plant-based nutrition there can be a fair bit of criticism and judgment when it comes to the choices of others.
You might have heard or read somebody say well you eat fish you’re not a real vegetarian then or if you had honey, then you can’t call yourself a vegan and According to the strict guidelines that might be true,
But I say drop the strict guidelines and just do your best I mean having plant-based foods most of the time is a clear win compared to nothing at all and if you’re somebody who is Already following a plant-based lifestyle.
I would encourage you to share and spread the message with love Answer questions openly and honestly and never judge or criticize the decisions of others just lead by example and if they feel inspired they’ll be more likely to join than if they were feeling pressured or were made to feel inadequate in some way All right.
I also have a bonus tip for anyone who might be interested you can always go to your doctor to get some blood work done before you begin and Again six to twelve months down the road,
of course, you don’t need to do this But it might help to increase your confidence and to help reassure you and your loved ones that things are going well.
In Many cases, the lab work comes back indicating no issues or in some cases, certain lab values may have improved things like cholesterol Which are why some people choose to follow such a lifestyle.
But in other cases it could come back and show a sign of deficiency And I mean that was the point right to make sure that things are going okay? So no worries.
Remember you’re in the learning stages of it all it could just mean that you overlooked certain food items that you’re now going to start to incorporate more into your diet, and if you choose not to do this as well No worries also if done correctly there should be no deficiencies on a whole food plant-based diet.