I’m sure your not a total stranger to the idea of a vegan lifestyle, but like any healthy habit there are ways that you can be better informed and prepared for the plunge. These are the most helpful things I’ve learned along the way that will assist you in making the choice a permanent lifestyle.
Talk to your physician.
Before making any huge changes in your daily diet, it is important to consult a physician. Finding a vegan friendly physician will help you make well-informed decisions and guide you to ensure you are getting the nutrients that your body needs.
Know What Supplements Will Benefit You.
Iron, Calcium, Omega-3, and probiotics are all great supplements to incorporate into your diet since many of these are derived from meat and meat byproducts in a “traditional” diet. Do your OWN research to make the decisions that best suit you!
Build a relationship with Food.
Getting in the kitchen is a great way to become inspired by the food you eat and allow you to start experimenting. Branch out and try foods you wouldn’t ordinarily try. It’s like anything else, the more you expand your horizons, the better idea you’ll have for what works with your lifestyle.
Eat Fruit and Veggies.
The mistake a lot of people make when they first turn to a vegan/vegetarian lifestyle is to supplement with soy meat and cheese when they should be looking into whole grains, legumes, and vegetables. Keep it simple and go back to the basics!
Know what is in season.
Get to know your local farmers markets. This is a great way to do research on produce. Give yourself the chance to explore! Who knows, you might want brussels sprouts in your salad or beets in your smoothies. It’s your world… and your palette!
Make your own nut milk.
Have an assortment of nuts and seeds on hand to create different flavors. Packed with calcium, it’s easy and delicious to make.
Plan snacks and meals.
When starting a new diet or cleanse its easy to stray when you’re hungry. Whether it’s granola, nut butters, or leftovers from the night before, keep healthy options around that are portioned so can fulfill the craving without overeating.
Ask your waiter.
You’d be surprised what a kitchen can whip up even if it’s not on the menu. If find yourself in a Mexican restaurant, ask for sauteed vegetables in your fajitas instead of meat.
Cookbooks, groups, and social media are all great venues for gaining better knowledge on a new lifestyle. It also provides you with likeminded people who can support and inspire you.
Listen to your body.
Know that you might bounce back a few times when starting something new. Everyone is different in the end be patient with yourself and know your limits. It’s the best advice I was given, and the best advice I can give back.
The common theme throughout my journey has been to gather knowledge about food and nutrition. The more information you have, the more educated you are… and the more likely you are to succeed at this new venture.