On July 12th, 2015 I officially went vegan. If you’ve read some of my posts about veganism in the past you will know that I find veganism to be one of the best things I’ve ever done for myself. I could go on and on about the benefits I’ve seen since going vegan but today I want to talk about a few things YOU can do to transition to being vegan. Ready to take the next step?
- Educate yourself;
Watch documentaries, read blogs, watch the news, there are so many ways to educate yourself about veganism, not to is almost just denying the truth. For me personally, I had liked the idea of veganism for a while but the moment I began finding out about the animal agriculture industry, it’s impact on the world around us, and the suffering all of those innocent animals go through every day, that’s when I knew I had to make a change and it stuck for good.
Earthlings, Cowspiracy, and Forks Over Knives are all great documentaries for getting lots of information at once. Or check out activists like James Aspey who are traveling the world spreading the message.
- Transition slowly;
Despite what some people may say, go vegan slowly if you have to. Start by cutting out a few things at a time so it’s not so much of a shock. It’s much better to eat less meat and transition to none than to go cold turkey, get discouraged, and ditch the whole idea.
- Eat enough;
Vegan food is less calorically dense so you will need to eat more in order to feel satisfied. With that being said, also find out what feels good for you! Some people like lower fat levels and higher carbs, some more protein and fat and fewer carbs. You do you. I personally don’t feel satisfied from a meal unless I’ve had a decent amount of either fat or protein to fill me up. Experiment. See what works.
- Try new foods;
- Find your favorite recipes;
Once you’ve found some great recipes, keep a few easy and quick ones on hand so you don’t have to worry about what to make for dinner when you’re super busy. Make your life easy and have those go to’s so you’re not tempted by unhealthy non-vegan junk.
Now as a bonus tip, enjoy! Enjoy the benefits, the process, getting in tune with your body, and trying new things. Trust me, it can be daunting at first but in no time you’ll be wondering why you didn’t go vegan sooner!