Understanding the impacts of current diet on both physical and mental health make it crucial when deciding to transition to veganism.
The term “vegan” comes from the language (and name) “veganism” and refers to a way of eating that is abstaining from all animal products.
In this list below, we’ll explore 10 Tips for Transitioning to Veganism
There are many reasons why someone would choose to be vegan, but when transitioning there are reasons you’ll need to keep in mind.
While veganism can provide great health benefits, transitioning can be easier said than done.
- Figure Out Why
Many people are drawn to veganism for a variety of reasons, but it’s important to know why you are choosing this lifestyle as some reasons will be easier than others.
Some of the most common reasons for wanting to switch to veganism are that people want to limit the contribution they are making to animal suffering, they want to improve their health, they want to lessen the environmental impact, or they switched for financial reasons.
- Don’t be Too Voracious on Your Veganism
It can be easy to delve too far into the vegan lifestyle and jump in headfirst without really considering what you are getting yourself into.
- Know What You and What You Could
If you’re already vegan and looking to make the switch this becomes a little easier for you.
But transitioning to veganism doesn’t mean that your food needs to be expensive or hard to whip up
Veganism isn’t about cutting out all animal products, but abstaining from meat, dairy, and eggs.
Which means that you can still have animal products like milk in your coffee or honey on your cereal.
- Don’t feel bad for eating non-vegan
There will be times where transitioning to veganism just isn’t going to work for you for this particular meal.
What sometimes happens is that you’ll crave certain things and you might ignore these cravings because you think that would violate your veganism.
This isn’t staying true to yourself, so when you craving something, don’t pretend like it isn’t there.
- Expect it to be Harder for You
When transitioning to veganism, people can sometimes expect it to come effortlessly.
This is probably because they have pre-existing (or old) habits that they are replacing.
This holds up for people who make the transition gradually because they are expecting to not struggle or find the lifestyle hard.
When one goes vegan, they are eliminating things that they were used to eating. When you change this pattern of eating and stop reaching for old quick fixes, it’s natural to have withdrawals.
Missing family dinners can be difficult for some, so if possible, find like-minded family members and friends who are vegan and arrange pot-lucks instead.
- Find Inspiration
The food you’ll eat won’t always be exciting or new.
The inspiration for your meals will come from the types of food you include in your vegan diet.
Luckily there are many delicious vegan recipes, meals, and grocery items to choose from these days.
- Aim to Prepare Dishes at Home
There are plenty of benefits if you can prepare dishes at home and just buy vegan substitutes, but this is where you might be tempted the most to not live up to being vegan.
- Make sure that you are still getting all your nutrients
Even if you aren’t following your diet perfectly because you ate non-vegan sometimes, you need to focus on doing what you can and continuing to live as kind to your body as possible.
- If They Go, They Eat
Be picky about the types of dishes that you eat with.
It can be understandable for vegetarians to say that they are not trying to be the host, but vegans will literally alter every check for what they eat.
If you are going to an event that can serve vegan or vegetarian options, then you need to know what you can have now and what you’ll need to prepare.
- Know Where to Turn for Support
It’s often an unseen thing, but there are plenty of vegan activists who are willing to provide support when you need it.