Adopting a vegan lifestyle does wonders for the body’s health and the health of the environment. Making the switch to a vegan lifestyle does not happen overnight and can lead to many hunger pains if plant-based foods are not easily available. For a smooth transition to a vegan lifestyle, try these tips:
Learn About the Vegan Lifestyle
a vegan diet is plant-based and one that does not contain ANY animal products. This differs from a vegetarian diet in that a vegetarian may still consume eggs, milk and other dairy products. A true vegan diet does not contain anything that is produced by or is created from an animal. This includes dairy, eggs, and gelatin. Since milk and eggs are often found in many pre-packaged foods, a vegan must become an expert at reading ingredient labels to avoid consuming animal products.
Consider Vegan Alternatives to Food Products
Many plant-based vegan options have been created over the years. For example, a vegan diet can include nut and seed milk. There are also egg substitutes – typically made from potato and tapioca starches – for baking or cooking with eggs so you do not have to eliminate favorite foods such as homemade cookies.
One of the first questions others ask a vegan is typically, “Where do you get your protein?” Not that it is anyone’s business, but it is a good reminder that without meat, protein choices to have to be considered. Beans are a common source of vegan protein, but there is a new superfood is being produced called LENTEIN. This superfood is made from a highly sustainable plant, the water lentil, and contains 10 grams of protein in a 24-gram serving size. This versatile product can be mixed into smoothies, soups, baked goods making it perfect for vegans on the go, or vegans who wish to further diminish their carbon footprint by choosing the most sustainable source of protein on the planet.
Keep Vegan Snacks Handy
Since plant-based foods often digest faster than meats, a vegan may find herself hungrier than usual. It is important to keep a variety of foods on hand while at work, traveling and at home to curb the hunger without grabbing for a vending machine snack that may not be vegan. Slice vegetables and store them in travel-sized containers for easy snacking or oven bake chick-peas for a crunchy snack. The more variety a vegan has for food choices, the less likely she is to break her plant-based diet.
Seek Vegan Recipes
A vegan lifestyle often means cooking a lot for yourself. Vegan recipes provide a lot of flavor and variety for a vegan lifestyle. The internet is FILLED with vegan blogs brimming with exciting recipes. Find a blog you enjoy, subscribe and see what you can come up with!
Be Prepared When Eating Out
Depending on where you live, dining out may be a challenge. Although many restaurants are starting to offer vegan choices, it is still important to examine all the ingredients and ask for animal products such as cheese to be withheld from the meal. Seek out vegan restaurants and enjoy the flavorful creations while considering how to make the meal at home. For carry-out foods, many restaurants will try to accommodate a vegan diet if asked.
Adopting and adjusting to a vegan lifestyle takes focus and concentration. Keep focused on the goal of eating plant-based and the rewards will come. Vegans have a lot of energy, mental focus and improved mood once their body adjusts to not eating meat. Work through the cravings by having various snacks available, and soon, the plant-based way of life will be a breeze.
A vegan is not only benefiting herself, she is also improving the environment. With forethought, the switch to vegan eating is simple and one that will be cherished for the long haul.