You may have heard about veganism and its numerous benefits and want to give it a try. But before you do that, there are many vegan tips to get you started on the path of a healthy vegan lifestyle.
- Understand the basics of veganism
Do your homework before you go vegan. This will help you know the basics of plant-based nutrition better. Brenda Davis and Vesanto Melina’s Becoming Vegan, or Ginny Messina and Jack Norris’ Vegan For Life are all useful vegan resources. Read them.
2. Make the transition slow
It is advisable that you follow a vegan lifestyle gradually. You should take it easy and not try to do it overnight. This will ensure that the transition is both sustainable and comfortable. You can start with a couple of small steps such as the Meatless Monday challenge or switch one of your daily meals to a meatless and dairy-free option.
3. Start with dishes you know
You will find going vegan interesting if you start preparing your favourite dinner meals and finding a way to make them meatless or dairy-free. You can remove cheese and replace it with cashew cheese. You can as well replace the central protein with beans, soy foods, or a vegetable like mushrooms.
4. Explore other recipes
Having started with the cuisines you know and love, you should now be adventurous and ready to look for other vegan dishes like tempeh, soba noodles, kimchi, kabocha squash, nutritional yeast, millet, mulberries, or buckwheat.
5. Find alternatives
Learn to make your own substitutes for animal-based foods. Store-bought soy, almond cheeses, soy creamers and yogurts may not whet your appetite for cheese and may leave you feeling equally flat. But making your own cashew cheese could substitute for that.
6. Find community
Look for other vegans like you, especially if your family and friends are not exploring veganism along with you. Explore a vegan meetup or potluck in your community. Connect with others by commenting regularly on vegan food blogs. If you have a vegan friend, you can invite them over and test some recipes together.
7. Make vegetables part of your meals
A great meal can be meatless. And veggie-packed meals are a winning choice all-around. This is because veggies are full of vitamins like A and K and minerals like potassium. These nutrients help keep your calories low and can make you feel more satisfied.
8. Eat whole grains
Choose whole grains, such as brown rice and quinoa, because they add iron and B vitamins to a vegan diet. The extra fibre from whole grains will help keep you full, and help you lose weight as well.
9. Discover new vegan proteins
Eating more plant-based proteins can guarantee you better health. Animal sources of protein, like meat and cheese, tend to be high in unhealthy saturated fat. Vegan sources of protein include tofu, tempeh, edamame (soybeans), lentils, chickpeas, beans and many others. Nuts like almonds and walnuts, and seeds like sunflower and pumpkin seeds are also rich in protein.
10. Do not assume vegan food products are healthier
Are vegan cookies better for your waistline than regular cookies? Garlic bread made with vegan margarine is not any healthier for your heart than one made with butter. Processed vegan foods often contain palm oil and coconut oil full of saturated fat. So, stick to whole, nutritious foods that just happen to be vegan, such as carrots and hummus, nuts and dried fruit, whole-grain tortilla chips with guacamole.
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