Learning to Transition to a Vegan Diet
Are you thinking of starting a life of Veganism? There are many reasons for a person to start a Vegan diet and for whatever reason you’ve chosen, Vegan R Us would like to help you transition towards that lifestyle choice. Many people still appear to confuse Vegan and Vegetarian. One of the main differences between a vegan and a vegetarian is that vegans eliminate all animal products from their diet, including dairy and eggs. Before you choose a Vegan lifestyle, be sure you understand how to maintain that diet. There are tons of benefits for choosing a Vegan lifestyle. You’ll feel and look healthier, lighter, and have more energy. Being on a vegan diet also reduces the risk of many diseases such as Cardiovascular disease, Cholesterol, Type 2 Diabetes. Here are a few steps you can try to start that lifestyle.
If possible, please consult with your doctor if you can live a life of Veganism. There can be dietary needs your body might require, and you would want to ask you doctor if you can supplement that with vitamins.
It’s likely that someone else in your household might not be on a Vegan diet, and if so, it’s time to reorganize your kitchen shelves. Keep a shelf only for your vegan products and label them. If you’re living alone though, it’s time to slowly start tossing out all the meat and dairy products in your house. (I would recommend giving it away if you can.. we don’t like to waste good products right? Donate the canned goods. Give anything that’s not expired to family, friends, or anyone in need.)
Take your time and don’t rush into it. Don’t feel any pressure if you can’t go cold-turkey. If you can go cold-turkey, good for you! But, it’s understandable to not be able to do so. Slowly eliminate the animal products out of your life. Start with 1 item a week. Maybe try to eliminate the eggs first, then milk and work your way towards the meat. This is the lifestyle you’ve chosen and it’s perfectly fine to go at the pace you’re most comfortable with.
You can still eat what you loved eating, but instead of meat, you can supplement it with another protein packed alternative. If the recipe called for butter, try vegetable or olive oil. Any item can be substituted for something else. You can do an online search on how to substitute that item.
Try mock meat and dairy products. Many people swear it’s like eating real meat! Love milk? Try soy milk, almond milk. Silk offers a great alternative of products to try.
Experiment with new recipes for a vegan diet. Buy a vegan cookbook and look up recipes online.
Time to go to your local farmers market or Trader Joe’s and look into their vegan section. There’s an abundance of vegan products nowadays. If you can’t find what you’re looking for in store, try finding a Vegan website that can ship the item to your home.
Reach out. It can be hard to be on a Vegan diet by yourself. Reach out to a fellow friend or coworker who is Vegan. Try online communities and chat with others who are starting out just like you. Find support to keep going strong. Have family and friends try out vegan recipes with you.
Here’s a Vegan food pyramid that you can follow:
Lastly, congratulations on making this change in your lifestyle. We’re happy that you’re on this journey and we wish you nothing but support. We welcome any questions you may have, simply comment and we’ll try our best to answer.