Some helpful Tips On Transitioning To A Vegan Diet Successfully.
Okay, so you have or you are thinking of transitioning into a Vegan Diet and lifestyle! But you don’t know how? Or what the heck you are doing and where to start!
Don’t worry, you have taken the first and most important step – to actually GO for it!
Now, I am not that type of person who is in the face of people telling them how to live their lives or trying to force my beliefs and my lifestyle. I can only suggest and present you with a couple of facts on why it’s a good idea to be Vegan. But that’s all I can do, the rest is up to you to decide whether you want to be Vegan or not.
I personally think the Plant-Based diet is the healthiest and the natural diet for us humans.
We are not biologically made to eat meat, a good example is our teeth structure if you look at the teeth structure of a lion, and you look at hours, what do you see? You see the lion has a sharp front teeth to be able to cut through flesh.
Whist the human teeth structure is flat. It’s flat because we are not designed to cut through flesh, but to eat fruit and vegetables that require more like pressing rather than cutting through them.
If you are still not 100% you want to be Vegan, I suggest you watch a couple of Netflix Documentaries that changed my whole mindset and made me open my eyes:
1. The Game Changers
3. What The Health
4. Forks Over Knives
5. Cowspiracy: The Sustainability Secret
If these Documentaries can’t convince you, then I don’t know what will! They present real facts and show you the dark side of the meat industry.
Here is one of my article you can read that might also be helpful – Plants Make You Stronger Than Meat
What does the Vegan diet consists of?
A Vegan diet consists of plant-based products only. This means no eggs, dairy, meat, fish, and even honey.
The biggest misconception is that a Vegan diet is ‘strict’ and there isn’t a lot to eat apart from grass. THIS IS NOT TRUE!
Vegans nowadays enjoy pizzas, ice-creams, burgers, ‘cheeses’ and it’s all made from plants! If you think you will struggle with options to eat, you are wrong! There is so much you can do, cook and eat!
Almost every restaurant nowadays have at least one vegan option on the menu.
More misconceptions are broken down in my article – Misconceptions About Veganism
1. It’s Really Important That You Transition Slowly And Smoothly!
…At your own pace! Don’t just jump into it, because it will be extremely difficult for you to manage, with all the cravings and the sudden drastic diet change will shock your body too.
Unless you are already a vegetarian or at least a pescatarian, in that case, it’s easier.
But if you are an everyday meat-eater, stopping completely over-night will be very challenging.
No matter where you’re coming from or what motivates you, rest assured that a few steps toward vegan living are likely to have a profound and important impact on your health, the environment, and animals.
If you simply commit to one vegan meal each day, a few meatless dinners each week (or a new Meatless Monday tradition in your home), or a gradual elimination of one animal product at a time, you’ll start reaping the health benefits of emphasizing more plant foods in your diet (more fiber, more healthful phytonutrients, less saturated fat). You’ll reduce your carbon footprint, and you’ll contribute to less animal suffering.
So take it step by step, stop meat first, then stop dairy products, then stop eggs…and you are there! Good things take time, so don’t worry, better get there smoothly than bumpy!
2. It’s Important That You Do Some Homework On How To Get The Nutrients Your Body Needs On A Vegan Diet!
For example, Vitamin B12 is the biggest problem when it comes to Vegan Diet. Make sure you get the right nutrients, so try not to be a ‘Junk-Vegan’ because you might end up causing your body more harm than good. Make sure you get regular blood tests, just to see whether you are eating enough of the right foods and get enough vitamins. If you struggle, consider taking supplements.
But there is nothing that you can’t get from food!
Taking the time to read up on vegan nutrition will give you confidence in your choices, and it’ll also help you to knowledgeably address any concerns or questions that are raised by friends, family, or acquaintances.
In our blog, you can find all sorts of healthy, yummy, and nutritious recipes!
I will link you a couple of recipes below so that you can see that you can eat all the foods you used to before; but without all the animals!
3. Find Community And Support!
Change can feel lonely sometimes, and evidence suggests that a lot of vegans and vegetarians give up the lifestyle because they feel that it makes them stand out too much, or feel too different. Having the support of others can go a long way in helping to ease and enrich your transition to a new lifestyle. If you have family members or friends who are interested in your new way of eating, try to enlist their support and company. They may not want to explore veganism with you, but they may want to come over to cook a vegan meal with you or serve as grateful recipe testers when you try a new meal. I’ve always believed that the best way to advocate a vegan lifestyle is through great food, and I definitely encourage you to share your recipes with others.
If you don’t have support at home, try branching out into your community, exploring vegan potlucks, restaurants or eateries, or meetup groups. You can also find community online, by reading and commenting on blogs, joining forums, exploring great plant-based websites, Facebook groups or generally from all social medias.
It can be particularly difficult if family members disagree with your diet changes and beliefs. That is why it’s important that you ‘hang’ with like-minded people who share the same values and beliefs as you!
4. Be Adventurous And Most Importantly Have Fun!
The most pleasurable part of my own journey to veganism was having my culinary horizons dramatically and permanently expanded. Before I went vegan, I had never tried tempeh, soba noodles, tofu, kabocha squash, nutritional yeast, millet, Gram-flour, or buckwheat…and that list goes on and on. Going vegan encouraged me to explore new flavors, new cuisines, and new ingredients. I grew up eating a very unadventurous diet. Rather than narrowing my diet, veganism has encouraged me to take chances and be more adventurous with food.
Many diets and culinary traditions around the world are already plant-based. Take the transition to veganism as an opportunity to explore the rich offering of plant-based global cuisine, to taste new herbs and spices, and to step outside of your comfort zone.
Food is fuel, but it’s also a form of tradition, family storytelling, and celebration. It’s a profound form of pleasure, too, and research suggests that pleasure and taste contribute to overall patterns of balance and healthy eating.
Whether you’re exploring veganism gradually or going vegan overnight, remember that this process doesn’t mean giving up all of your favorite foods and dishes. It simply means finding new and creative approaches to preparing them. Give some thought to plant ingredients that can creatively evoke some of the textures and tastes of your favorite omni recipes: some of my favorite examples include lentil bolognese, almond milk coffee creamer, whole roasted lemon tahini cauliflower (in place of an animal protein centerpiece), chickpea burgers, and classic tofu scramble.
5. Don’t Forget Why You Started!
People explore veganism for many different reasons, so I can’t generalize about what veganism is for each of us. I think I know what it isn’t, though: veganism isn’t a race. It isn’t a contest. It’s not about measuring up to something you saw on Facebook, and it’s not about adhering to rules. If at any point it starts to feel this way, or if you start to feel trapped or contained, take a deep breath, turn inward, and keep the big picture in mind.
No matter how varied and personal the factors that draw us to veganism are, I do think that most vegans share a common interest in creating a more conscientious lifestyle, whether through nourishing food choices and enhanced self-care, a more compassionate approach to eating, or the desire to tread more lightly on mother earth.
Here’s the thing: you don’t have to be “perfect” to become more conscientious. If you have the desire and intention to live compassionately (and I meant “compassion” broadly–compassion to animals, compassion to the planet, compassion to other human animals, and compassion to yourself), then you are already doing so much of what veganism asks of us. I’m not saying that intentions matter and actions don’t–our actions and lifestyle practices are tremendously important, of course. But at the end of the day, I think that veganism begins with an intention to live a certain way, to leave a certain kind of impact on the world, and that intention isn’t defined by whether or not it all comes easily to you right away.
You can return to that intention again and again, whenever the day-to-day minutiae of changing your lifestyle or navigating a new diet or fending off criticism feel overwhelming. And if you have moments of struggle with non-vegan foods, that’s also a good time to tap into the intention, reminding yourself of what made you admire and seek out veganism in the first place.
6. Don’t Worry If You Accidently Consume None-Vegan Product
This is a very common thing. The barista will put dairy milk in your coffee by mistake, the Chef will use dairy brioche bun for your meat-free burger….things happen! It’s part of the journey, don’t beat yourself up! It wasn’t intentional, it just happened!
Just keep going and keep doing what you are doing; this shouldn’t put you off. Yes, it’s annoying, that is why I like to cook my own food and make myself my own cup of coffee. This is one way of avoiding accidentally eating animal products, haha.
The Bottom Line:
So these are our Tips On Transitioning To A Vegan Diet Successfully.
Veganism is a journey, it’s a lifestyle! Don’t overthink it, if you know it in your heart that this is what you want to do, then the hardest bit is done…the rest will follow! Simply do a bit of reading of what you can eat, what you should be eating more to get the right nutrients and etc…
Each person, I’m sure, has his or her own, and it’s also worth saying that the road can take all sorts of twists and turns and unexpected detours. But as far as becoming vegan goes, I’m not sure it’s something you measure in days or meals; I think it’s a sense of conviction that emerges over time. And I think it’s probably the case that the pressures and deadlines we attach to change can actually get in the way of that process. So, I hope that these tips will help to make it all feel just a little more intuitive. And I wish the many folks who will dip their toes into the vegan waters this year–or perhaps plunge in right away–a fun, curious, fulfilling experience that is animated by deep compassion and feeling.