8 Tips on how to start a vegan diet
How to start a vegan diet
Love for animals and the environment – the decision to live a vegan lifestyle is often an ethical one. With the proper guidance and attitude, transitioning to a vegan diet is not only possible, but also quite simple. Here you will find helpful tips for transitioning to a vegan diet.
1. Find out about vegan options of your favorite foods or ingredients that you use to eat very often
If you use dairy products, such as milk in coffee or cereal, there are many vegan milk alternatives. You only need to figure out which ones taste the best to you and use them in the preparation of your meals. As with conventional foods, there will be products that you enjoy and those that you do not. Keep your eyes open for food products and have fun trying new things.
2. Cook veganized recipes of dishes that you love
The best way to understand vegan food is to cook it by yourself. You will notice very quickly that there are ingredients you have never heard or tasted before and if you are like me, you want to try them all. Be curious and don’t be afraid to try out something new. Also if the recipe doesn’t turn out well in the beginning or if you didn’t like the taste don’t be discouraged, it is all about exploring and understanding a new diet.
3. Try and explore different vegan dishes
I often notice that people who are not vegan mainly think that it is quite difficult to be on a vegan diet, especially while traveling. That is because their focus is not tuned to vegan food. They could be eating meals or a snacks that is vegan but they wouldn’t notice, just because the awareness is not present. On a vegan diet you will quickly see the availabilities and depending in which city you live you may have a lot of vegan restaurants to go to. It is super exciting to explore restaurants which are dedicated to offer vegan meals, it will open up your mind to a complete new cuisine and you will understand that vegan food is everything but depriving.
4. Ingredient labeling and what it means
In the beginning it can be quite overwhelming with all the new information that you are acquiring. Going to the supermarket can take a bit longer than usual but it is all worth it. If you don’t understand anything don’t leave it that way. Find out what it means and understand what it is. I promise you, there are going to be products where you will be quite surprised about what it is made of. And this will once again encourage you to be more conscious of your food choices.
5. Be patient and allow your taste buds and body to adapt gradually
Depending on how your diet was before, your body can react in different ways. Stay curious and keep finding information that answer your questions. There are many other people in your situation who share the same experience and been through different stages on a vegan diet. Understand what they have done and reach out to like minded people through FB groups or other channels for support. You don’t have to do this alone.
6. Keep educating yourself
There will be a time where you’ll think why am I doing all this? It can be easy to forget why you choose this path in the first place, and facts can start blurring and fading. This is why it is very important to keep educating yourself, especially in the beginning. There is so much to know, and you will be thankful for your efforts. Because only when you know you truly have the freedom of choice.
7. Invest in yourself
You can encounter this new journey all by yourself but it is more fun if you actually reach out for inspiration and help from professionals. Attend a vegan cooking class and learn how to create vegan dishes. Reach out to people you admire and ask for mentorship. You will be surprised how many are more than happy to assist and support. If I can be of any help, let me know!
8. Take small steps
Some people stop before they even get started. One reason could be that they have taken on too much in the beginning. First of all, it is amazing that you choose to be conscious of your diet and that you are confident and determined to take responsibility and action to better your health and the planet. It is a huge change and every single cell in your body needs time to adapt to a new environment. Don’t be too focused on the wording veganism and what the do’s and don’ts are. There is no vegan police behind your back. And most importantly it is not about being vegan it is more about the awareness that enriches you along the way. With these helpful hints and the right motivation, you are well prepared to begin your conscious healthy lifestyle journey.
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