So your contemplating going vegan? Great for you! There are many reasons why people choose to make the life changing decision of going vegan. It could be ethical, health, or environmental reasons. Whatever your reason, here are some tips to help you.
Tips for Going Vegan
Watch documentaries, follow your favorite vegan influencers, use Pintrest to find inspiration. If you find yourself doubting your decision look back at your inspiration.
Find vegan substitutes for your non vegan favorites as you transition to keep you on track. Eating foods that are familiar will help your palette adjust. Further into your vegan journey you can transition to eating more whole foods.
When on a vegan diet, it is very important to eat lots of wholefoods. Fruits, veggies, legumes, nuts, and seeds. It is also important to not limit yourself to small portions. If you are hungry listen to your body. You can eat bigger portions of wholefoods, in fact it is encouraged that you do so. That way you get lots of the needed nutrients.
GO AT YOUR OWN PACE
Some people choose to go vegan overnight, but that doesn't mean you have to. If taking small steps towards becoming vegan is something you feel you have to do, don't let another persons pace ruin your success by trying to push faster then your own comfort level. It's OK to take your time if you need to.
CHANGE YOUR MENTALITY
Lots of people assume eating a plant based diet is expensive, and let me tell you, it can be! However, if you don't want to spend a arm and a leg, skip out on the vegan specialty items and stick to buying wholefoods.
MAKE A SHOPPING LIST
Having a shopping list with all of the vegan pantry essentials will help keep any confusion or stress at the supermarket at bay. Besides helping with stress and confusion, a list can also help keep you from over spending.
STRETCH YOUR BUCK
Limiting the amounts of specialty vegan foods, such as vegan options for cheese, meats, and pre made foods will cut back on the cost that is often associated with a vegan diet. Shopping for whole foods at your local supermarket and farmers market for produce will cut back on you groceries cost drastically in comparison to shopping a the big organic supermarkets.