5 Tips to Help you Go Vegan | VEGANUARY
2018 is here! With it comes new purpose, new goals, and dreams. I’m sure if you are here one of your purposes is to go vegan or find ways to make it easier to incorporate a plant-based diet into your life. Lucky for us this is the best month to do just that because January is the month of Veganuary!
Veganuary is actually a charity that encourages people to go vegan for the entire month of January, and if possible stay vegan afterward. If you are interested in learning more about it I’m leaving a link to their website here.
In celebration of all the events, I just mentioned I want to share with you 5 tips to help you go vegan so let's begin.
TIP #1 GET RID OF ALL NON VEGAN FOOD
If your mind is set on going vegan it might be a good idea to declutter.
I know it was extremely hard for me to go vegan at the beginning because I was living at my mom’s for a while and she had all kinds of non-vegan goodies everywhere.
I’m obviously not encouraging you to simply throw all your food away. My recommendation is for you to donate it to a shelter, give it to friends, and family, to simply finish it completely before starting this journey or maybe even gradually finish it while you start buying vegan only items until you run out of non-vegan food.
Getting rid of all your non-vegan food will help you avoid temptation, because, let’s face it if there’s a bag of Cheetos or Ferrero rochers laying around while you are trying to go vegan you may be tempted to cheat.
TIP #2 DON’T SKIP MEALS
When you miss a meal and start getting hungry cravings appear, and any meal, vegan or not, sounds like an amazing idea. This is when it feels impossible to go vegan because you begin to desire eating the animal-based comfort food that you were used to having even though you know deep down you’ll feel bad for eating it afterward.
TIP #3 EAT ENOUGH CALORIES
This one is kind of related to tip number two.
Just like when you miss meals when you eat fewer calories than what your body requires you start experiencing cravings, but this is not the only reason I always stress the importance of eating enough calories.
Because you are eating a vegan diet, chances are, you are eating food that is not as calorie dense as what you were used to before.
Animal-based foods tend to be very fatty and calorie-dense meaning that you don’t require large amounts of food to get a large intake of calories. Plant-based foods, on the other hand, tent to be low in calories so you will need to eat larger quantities of food than the usual.
My tip is to be aware of the number of calories you are eating. They should oscillate between 2000 kcal and 2500 kcal a day depending on your level of activity throughout the day. A good app for tracking your intake of calories is www.cronometer.com
If you don’t eat enough calories you will not only experience tons of cravings but also feel more tired, moody, you might get headaches and you can be at risk of experiencing deficiencies so get those calories in!
TIP #4 GET INFORMED
Knowledge is power! If you want to be in control of this change in your life you must be informed about what you are doing. My tip is to get to know veganism a little better.
You can start by reading books about veganism and it’s benefits. Some of my favorites are:
- The China Study
- How not to die
- The Starch Solution
If you are not big on reading fear no more because fortunately in this day and age informative documentaries are at hand too.
My favorites are:
- What the health
- Forks over Knives
Another great way to inform oneself is through articles or even some Youtube channels. My favorite source of information when it comes to vegan nutrition is https://nutritionfacts.org
TIP #5 GET INVOLVED
I’m an introvert so by no means am I suggesting that you should be frolicking around town finding vegans wherever you go.
This is the age of the good old Internet so getting involved in the vegan community is as easy as joining Facebook groups, and online forums.
If you are feeling adventurous though, there are always vegan festivals around this time of year and through the spring and summer. It all depends on where you live, but it’s gotten so popular that I’d be shocked if there wasn’t at least one vegan festival near you. So don’t be shy and get to know your new people.
I recommend for you to get involved because vegans are a minority and it’s always so relieving to find someone who is on the same page as you. Meeting other vegans can serve as support and encouragement.
I hope these tips help you take your next step towards a vegan life and don’t forget you can always ask me questions if you have any on this subject.
I’ve created a grocery list to help you get started with some suggestions as to what you can buy now that you are part of the vegan club. You can find that over at my Patreon or if you feel like going all into this challenge you can get my recipe Ebooks too.