Wondering How to Go Vegan? Follow These Steps Below!
5 Steps that you can take today to begin your journey towards healthier eating. I understand the struggle that many face in the beginning because I’ve been there myself. It wasn’t until I got serious about living and maintaining this lifestyle that I was able to start AND stick with it! I share my tips that have allowed me to flourish and thrive on this way of eating for years without slip ups or set backs.
Form a definitive plan as to why you want to embrace this lifestyle. Some people decide to become vegan because of ethical reasons towards the animals, while others do it for their health. If you’re doing it for your health, be honest with yourself and come up with the information and facts about why this lifestyle is better for you. Go on a hunt about all of the information on dairy and meat consumption. There are also numerous documentaries that will help push you into the flow of healthier eating.
The same goes with the ethical side of becoming vegan. Find the facts and statistics that really put into perspective how many animals are killed and tortured every single day. It’s easy for us to ignore these things and never give second thought to it, but when you confront it head on you won’t be able to ignore it any longer.
I can’t stress enough how important is to have this solid foundation for your transition. This is what will really keep you on track when the temptations begin to show up and you have those strong urges to eat foods that really do not align with your new awareness.
Figure out your body’s needs and how you will meet those needs (I go into depth about the nutrient aspects of a vegan diet in my Vegan Starter Guide). Find out your daily caloric intake needs, necessary protein consumption, and other requirements for your body . There’s nothing worse than coming into this lifestyle uninformed and struggling with satisfying your body and it’s needs. Or even worse, finding yourself being easily persuaded by others who question your new lifestyle and insist that you can not thrive without eating animal products. So become informed so that you can stand strong in every way possible!
Form your plan of attack. How do you plan on introducing yourself to this new way of eating? Do you want to give up the meat and dairy cold turkey, or do you want to have a gradual transition into this new lifestyle?
I personally chose the route of gradual elimination because that is what I found to be the most practical process for myself. I slowly, one by one, eliminated specific foods from my diet. I didn’t eliminate anything but the meat at first. I didn’t try and eat healthier meals or incorporate healthier foods, I just avoided all foods that contained meat. I wasn’t unnecessarily hard on myself and I didn’t push rules or limits. I started off very simply and I think that was very helpful for me. If I desired something with a meaty texture I knew that I had alternatives available to me such as wheat gluten and tofu. I also knew that beans were a great replacement for meat (and great for protein) in my meals. (I go into detail about meat and cheese replacements in my Vegan Starter Guide)
Become organized with your meals by creating or following meal plans. It’s best to stay as prepared and organized as possible so that you reduce the chances of becoming overwhelmed. It really becomes stressful when you leave your meal planning to the last minute! I have a section included in my Vegan Starter Guide that provides you with meal plans and grocery lists to make this step as easy as possible for you. There are also literally millions of recipes online that you can find and print out ahead of time to create your own meal plans!
Pay attention to your body and how it feels. What differences have you noticed since you made your transition? Is there something that you feel you need to do differently or eliminate altogether? This is a very important step as you want to always be ahead of any potential problems so that they don’t become long term issuess. This is important with any lifestyle or way of eating you choose to take on.
This article is a summary of a section in my Vegan Starter Guide. If you would like more information on this topic then check out the guide for yourself! it is packed with even more information, tips, recipes, and more!
Thank you for reading! Let me know how your journey to plant based eating is going down below in the comments!
A video I made a little while ago on the same subject: