How To Smoothly Transition Into a Vegan Lifestyle
A lot of people think that following a vegan diet is extremely hard and I completely disagree. First and for most it starts with your mindset, It’s mind over matter and you have to want it, period.
By the time I was 18 I knew that at some point in my life I would stop eating meat (there’s only but so many stories I could hear about dead animals hanging from trees outside of my family’s apartment complex in Egypt.) But it wasn’t until one morning I was completely turned off by the way the whole milk I used in my oatmeal looked, that caused me to give up dairy products. Well I tried anyway, I substituted almond milk for whole milk but occasionally still ate cheese. A few weeks later I woke up and randomly decided to give up meat and become pescatarian, a word my family was not familiar with and thought I made up.
For me personally it was easy, what I did in the beginning of my journey is what I would strongly suggest those who are trying to transition do. Which is to slowly adjust, take baby steps. I started out by becoming pescatarian, cutting meat and poultry out of my diet and only eating seafood. I was pescatarian for five years before deciding to become vegan and never looked back. It started out as a choice based solely on disgust. I wasn’t really thinking about the health benefits of a vegan lifestyle but now with the knowledge that I have about the food industry in the US, it’s all I can think about. When I’m food shopping I’m actually reading the ingredients, does this product have soy in it? Is it organic? Non-GMO?
I admit that I get annoyed when I meet someone and they frown upon my choice to be vegan. Automatically thinking all I eat is salads and berries (SN: my salads are bomb af.) Not knowing that I can have a fire meal seasoned to perfection on any given day!
Because let’s be real, it’s all about the seasonings. I mean, you wouldn’t eat a piece of unseasoned meat, would you?
What I love most about following a vegan lifestyle is that it forces you to be creative, I enjoying cooking so much more now. From nut based milks to chickpea “tuna” (probably one of my favorite meals) there’s so many great alternatives to help you easily adjust along the way.
suggestions for a smooth transition.
Make a list of your favorite things to eat and search for vegan alternatives, you’d be surprised by the options that are out there. You don’t have to give up your favorite foods! Guilty pleasures or not, there’s a vegan alternative for you. From Pinterest to YouTube, you’re sure to find something that you’d like. Keep in mind not all vegan food options are healthy. Processed foods (vegan or non vegan) is still a processed food and should be consumed much less than whole foods.
Keep snacks on deck! Us vegans have to graze. Snacks like dried fruit, popcorn, mixed nuts, chips, tortillas chips, smoothies with or without added protein powder are good.
Meal prepping makes eating on the go much easier, especially if you live in an area that doesn’t cater to vegans.
Get creative in the kitchen! I’ve made some of my favorite dishes by doing so.
Let it be known to your family and friends that you’re vegan. That way when you go out to eat or to a gathering at someone’s home they will know to have something specifically for you. When all else fails bring snacks lol
Eat lots quinoa, chickpeas and most beans. Nut butters and grains, this is where you’ll get your protein.
Stay strong, remember it’s mind over matter and you can do it!
Visit my site Gonakd.com for a few ideas. Recipes can be found under Explore by clicking on the “Feel better naked” tab. You can find below a recipe for my go to salad and the link to one of my absolute favorite meals to help get you started on your journey.
Spicy mango kale salad:
Half of a red bell pepper
Half of a green bell pepper
Fresh or dried mango
Roma tomatoes (or your choice of tomato)
“Fried rice” using quinoa & chickpea “egg”
I hope this article helped. Go luck on your journey!