how to become vegan
From first baby steps to the habit of life. Follow this guide and became better and less cruel person every day. Health benefits and overall peace of mind are just bonus of this lifestyle.
Keep your goal in mind and go for it. If you can do it overnight, great! If not, don’t worry, you just need more time. Make small changes to your meals as a starting point to increase the amount of plant-based foods in your diet. You could start by removing meat or dairy one day a week and build your habit from this point. Or try changing one meal at a time for a plant based, have vegan breakfasts during your first week, add a vegan lunch during week two and so on. As a next step, try changing one product for it’s vegan alternative..for example, swap cow’s milk for almond or soya milk or swap butter for coconut oil or margarine.
Becoming vegan doesn’t mean that you are automatically healthy. So make sure, that you are not missing some key nutrients in your plant based diet. There are vegan alternatives for almost every junk food in the world, but as long as you eat variety of foods, maintaining a healthy levels of nutrients will never be a problem.
To live as a vegan in a non-vegan world takes courage. Veganism has been around for decades now, but it’s still a relatively new concept to many people. It’s important for you to learn about the various strands of veganism – and remember to pat yourself on the back along the way for the progress you’ve made.
Leave your food comfort zone and you will experience a voyage of discovery of new cuisines. Treat your taste buds to new foods and new flavours. There are thousands of vegan recipes out there from every corner of the globe. Whatever your culinary preferences are, you’ll find great new dishes and interesting variations of your old favourite foods. And the best thing! You don’t have to be a culinary expert to experience this.
Just like any other diet! No more, no less. You can choose to eat an extravagant and expensive vegan diet, or a more budget conscious one. It’s completely your choice. In my experience from my years as a vegan, I spend almost identical amount of money to eat healthy and vegan as I did when I was eating healthy and vegetarian. I was spending a little more when I was eating meat too.
Keep reminding yourself of the reasons why you have chosen a vegan lifestyle and the benefits of it. Maybe you will find going vegan a lot easier than expected, but everyone can have a bad day or feel that going vegan is really a hard work. Don’t worry! Take a deep breath and reflect on your choices.
Reading books and regularly watching informative and uplifting documents and videos about veganism can help, as does keeping motivating visual reminders like photos of your favourite animals, baby pigs for example. They are cute and everytime you look at the photo of them, you will ask how can people eat them. Or just go to the local animal sanctuary! Spend some time with animals who are traditionally farmed for meat and other diary products and get to know their wonderful personalities. It is a great way to reassure yourself you are on the right path.
Vegan lifestyle will become your second nature, you just need to believe in yourself. You choose the way and there is always a better reason to continue than to quit. There is a really big difference between adopting a vegan lifestyle and “going on a diet”. It’s easy to be tempted into quitting the diet plan or “cheating”, but it’s not the same with veganism. When you know exactly why you want to be vegan you simply don’t quit it.
You’ve chosen an amazing, exciting and profound way to live your life – be sure to enjoy it.