Some people become vegan because of health reasons when they discover that animal-based food is causing them problems. Others become vegan when they become spiritual and realise that every animal deserves to live it's life to the full without being killed or abused for food. Whatever the reason, becoming vegan is not easy for a lot of people. Here are 10 ideas to help you stick with it...
Most people these days are raised on a Western diet which consists of all types of meat, milk, and dairy products. Therefore, they continue to prepare and eat that type of food into their adult lives. Also, restaurants and fast food outlets serve all types of meats and what counts as “vegetarian” includes cheese, milk and eggs. Basically, it is difficult to find vegan food.
So, how does one become vegan and stay vegan?
Going vegan is a huge lifestyle change and if you do not do it right it is easy to fall off the wagon. Involve the whole household in the food and health discussion and make sure everyone understands why the food is changing. Children understand when you teach them the benefits of going vegan.
Few people can change overnight but it is quite possible. It is a matter of looking for recipes, getting rid of all meats and dairy in the house, and replacing that with a variety of fruits, vegetables, nuts and seeds. If you cannot change overnight, do it gradually. Create an eating plan which has a vegan dish once a week. Increase the vegan meals every week as you learn to prepare the food, till your whole week is filled with vegan meals. Here are 10 steps or ideas to get it done:
1. Buy a vegan recipe book and search the internet for more recipes. Encourage the children to participate in the search for recipes.
2. Every weekend purchase all the ingredients for the recipes that you plan to follow that week.
3. Gradually reduce the purchase of animal-based food and buy more plant-based foods.
4. Protein: Make sure that you get enough protein by including a variety of beans, whole grains and lentils. Lentils need only a few minutes to cook. To save time and power, soak and cook beans in bulk, divide them into smaller portions, and then freeze. When you prepare meals, simply take precooked beans and complete your recipes. There are hundreds of bean recipes so you will never get bored.
5. Lunch can be a challenge for vegans away from home. Make sandwiches at home. Buy tofu or make it at home from soya beans. Use it to make burger patties, vegan scrambled eggs, stir fries, vegan chicken curries, etc. which you can use for wraps and sandwiches. The key is to know how to season tofu to make it taste like beef, or chicken or eggs or fish. Then you can use it for a variety of meals.
6. Breakfast: Fruits are meant to be eaten on an empty stomach as they quickly pass through the digestive system. Therefore, the best time to eat them is in the morning for breakfast. You can munch them, make salads or make a smoothie.
7. Snacks: Keep a jar of mixed nuts and seeds in the car and on your desk so you can munch when you feel hungry between meals.
8. Visits: If you know that your host will make only meats, take a vegan dish with you as a gift.
9. Entertaining: Make the food that your visitors will eat and make your vegan food as well.
10. Restaurants: When eating out, choose a restaurant that has vegan food on its menu.
Fruits, vegetables, nuts, seeds and whole grains are the primary sources of all the nutrients that you need. Going vegan does not deprive you of any nutrients; it actually increases the amount of nutrients that you eat daily.
If you have space at home, grow some of your favorite fruits and vegetables organically. You will enjoy the nicer tastes of organic produce. As your body recovers and works better, you will enjoy better health and you will hardly be tempted to go back to your old lifestyle.
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