Since we were little, many of us were taught that animal products should be a part of every meal we consume. That being said, the majority of people couldn’t possibly imagine making a transition to a plant-based diet, considering how they’ve been omnivores ever since they can remember. However, transitioning to a vegan diet is something that should definitely be considered, given how animal products affect human health, not to mention how animal agriculture is polluting the environment and contaminating drinking water. Considering how plant-based diet could help preserve our planet and help us all live a much healthier (and longer) life, we thought we’d gather some of the most important information about going vegan to help get you started. Hungry for a change? Here are five tips that will help you seamlessly transition to a vegan lifestyle.
Make a decision to introduce dietary changes
First things first, going vegan requires a certain approach, and many vegans like to think in terms of replacing, and not restricting when transitioning to a new diet. Our minds are powerful mechanisms that can be adjusted to work in a certain way, and whatever you choose to believe, your mind will adopt it as the truth. Even though it may be hard to let go of everything that’s familiar, when you consider the reasons why you’re doing it, the process becomes much easier. And instead of thinking about what you’re losing by transitioning to a vegan diet, think about what you’re gaining – it will help you develop the right mindset.
Do your homework
As with any dietary change, you’ll need to get informed and read up about vegan nutrition to ensure you get all the nutrients your body needs. If you do some research yourself, you’ll find some quality blogs that regularly post articles on how to go vegan which provide a comprehensive, in-depth look at plant-based nutrition, explaining how to stage your approach and modify the habit loop for a seamless transition to a vegan lifestyle. Not only will getting informed ensure you get the right nutrients, but it’ll also prepare you for any questions and concerns that may be raised by those around you.
Vegan replacements – an easy way to start
For anyone looking to make the switch in a quick and easy way, vegan replacements are the way to go. Habits are very hard to break – they make us who we are, and in some way, we’re slaves to our habits. Because breaking our eating habits is difficult, the easiest way to go about it is to modify them. Nowadays, there are so many veganized versions of your favorite meals that you won’t even feel cravings for meat, dairy, or other animal products. The taste of non-dairy milk such as almond or coconut milk may seem strange at first, but that’s only because you’re used to drinking dairy milk. Eventually, you will come to love the alternative and even start to prefer it.
Pick a few recipes and go grocery shopping
One of the things that make the transition to veganism difficult is the fact that you’re getting into uncharted waters, and you’re not exactly sure how to approach the new diet and what to look for when grocery shopping. The best way to start is to browse the internet for some healthy, vegan recipes. You’ll be amazed at how many plant-based meal recipes there are and how delicious and tasty they can be if only you give them a try! The key is to be open to new flavors and ingredients. Pick a couple of recipes that seem interesting, grab your linen tote and go grocery shopping!
Look for vegan versions of everyday products
When it comes to veganism, it’s more than the food choices you make – it’s also about the products you use on a daily basis. Although it usually starts that way, once you adopt the plant-based diet, you’ll naturally want to do more. In fact, you’ll probably start to research further on the topic and all the other aspects vegan lifestyle comprises. You may start to look for alternatives to your pillows filled with down feathers, and you’ll probably be more cautious when purchasing clothing and shoes and opt for faux fur or artificial leather rather than the animal-based version of the product. In short, once you go vegan, chances are you’ll start being more cautious about what you let your dollar vote for.
In the words of Robin Sharma: “All change is hard at first, messy in the middle and so gorgeous at the end.” Once you experience all the benefits that come with adopting a plant-based diet, you’ll realize that the grass really is greener on the vegan side!