Being vegan means you’ll get asked about your lifestyle choices a lot, often with genuine curiosity and sadly sometimes because people want to challenge you. You’ll find that you end up coming with an ‘elevator pitch’ response. For me, I was becoming increasingly interested in environmental and animal welfare issues and felt that I couldn’t advocate for big change in the world if I wasn’t able to do it myself. Ultimately, if I wasn’t willing to do something myself (like slaughter an animal) then I wasn’t going to pay for it to be done. That was it!
Full Disclosure: I failed a few times before becoming vegan, so I know that it’s easy to set yourself up for failure. Here are some tips to make sure you’re doing it in a healthy sustainable way.
Some people have an experience that moves them so profoundly they go vegan immediately. This has worked for some people but generally, I don’t recommend it. For me personally, I did this and immediately started missing some of the old foods I was eating. It wasn’t long before I started feeling weak. I simply cut out everything non-vegan and hadn’t spent enough time figuring out what I was going to eat for snacks, meals, and treats instead.
An easy way to transition to veganism is to start cutting out red meat, then poultry, then fish, then eggs, then dairy, and then everything else (you’d be surprised how many random ingredients aren’t vegan)? There’s no need to rush into a drastic change when you can ease into it.
I think finding ways to incorporate your favourite dishes (even if it’s a vegan version) is the most important thing you need to do to successfully transition to vegan because this should be exciting! You’re going to discover so many new dishes and be pushed to try new things. I can say that veganism has given my diet so much more variety and interesting meals than I ever had. Find a few meals that are easy to make, that you love, and are filling because you’re going to need those go-to dishes after a long day of work or a lazy afternoon.
It will make your life so much easier if you can simply swap out your mayo for a vegan version or hummus and almond milk for cream. Start to phase the non-vegan items out of your fridge and have replacements ready.
If you’re concerned about getting enough nutrients, you might want to consider taking a multivitamin or a protein powder. It can help ensure you’re getting enough of some of the harder to find nutrients like omega 3 fatty acids or vitamin B12.
The only way to go vegan and stay vegan is if you feel empowered, excited, and good about new exciting lifestyle your choice. Find some recipes on Pinterest, find some new cookbooks, join some vegan meetups, and some inspiring bloggers.
The best thing you can do for your body is to eat consciously and maybe for you, that means going vegan. Want some more tips on finding optimal health? Find even more posts on superfoods, healthy eating, and fitness on our blog.