Part 1: Healthy Tips And Tricks For Your Vegan Diet
Very informative and helpful information to make being vegan fun.
Being vegan is not boring or difficult. It just all depends on the person on how resourceful and creative, he or she can be. And you have to consider that being vegan is not a trend but a lifestyle that is fast growing around us.
Everywhere you look now, you can see options fro vegans that were not there before. You can also see tons of restaurants that are specifically for vegans. Even dessert houses for vegans are open to everyone.
But of course, being vegan starts in your own home and in your pace. Basically, if you have a good vegan routine at home, it is more likely, when you step out of your house, it would be such a breeze for you to find what you want outside. So here are some friendly tips (my first installment) on how to make your vegan life easier, healthier, happier and interesting.
Check them out below.
Think of it as an evolution.
When going vegan, “people get so caught up in rules, they become anxious,” says Terry Hope Romero, author of the book Vegan Eats World. “Relax and learn to love to cook, explore new cuisines, and be adventurous with food. Most importantly, be easy on yourself. Don’t view a vegan lifestyle as the finish line, but as an evolving process of conscious eating.” Vegenista blogger Melissa Bechter says, “As my commitment to a cruelty-free lifestyle became stronger than my cravings, I found that eventually I lost my taste for animal-based foods.”
If you want, start quietly.
It might be easier to become a vegan if you can avoid questions or scrutiny from others. “Don’t announce what you are doing; focus on yourself and being conscious of your surroundings, body, and food addictions first,” says longtime vegan John Salley, a four-time NBA champion and a partner of Vegan Vine wines. “Be still and strong in your ability to control your own life.”
Find a vegan support group.
Once you begin your vegan diet, “you’ll need someone to rant to about how many times a day you get asked where you get your protein,” says Jill Wiseman, co-founder of e-commerce site Vegan Cuts. Whether your support lives next door or is through a Facebook page, you’ll widen your world of vegan-friendly products, recipes, and restaurants. If you don’t know where to look, Crystal Tate of Food for Lovers recommends 30 Day Vegan Challenge: “[The] daily tips and videos hold your hand through grocery shopping, dining out, and trying new recipes.”
Don’t worry about getting enough protein.
If you’re trying to become a vegan, “rich sources of concentrated protein include beans, soy products like tofu and seitan, quinoa, nuts, and hemp seeds,” says Moran. Plus, there are vegan protein powders you can add to water and shakes. As long as you include these staples along with protein-rich veggies like asparagus, cauliflower, and broccoli, you should meet your daily requirements.
Focus on vegetables (and fruits).
“Many who claim to be vegetarian or vegan are really starch-atarians filling meat voids with pasta, fries, bread,” and other non-plant substitutes, says Ashayla Patterson of the bakery Sweet Artique. Try to eat more healthy, whole foods to give your body the vital nutrients and antioxidants it needs.
Quick Summarized Vegan Tips:
- Start small by cutting out red meat first, then white, then dairy.
- Watch the documentaries.
- Do your research online – so many great websites!
- Read books – I suggest The China Study by T&T Campbell and The Kind Diet by Alicia Silverstone.
- Find a support system – friends or online.
- There will be haters, non-vegan AND vegan – just do you.
- Take a multi-vitamin to get all nutrients, especially at first.
- Figure out where you will get your B12 – from cereal to supplement.
- Vitamin D is also a biggie, but no worries. Most soy and nut milks are fortified, as well as cereal.
- Or, soak up the sun for 15-20 minutes a day to get the required vitamin D that is usually deficient in a vegan diet.
- Honestly, don’t worry about protein – if you are eating beans and grains, chances are, you’re getting it!
- Seriously, beans are protein powerhouses with approx. 21 grams in 1/2 cup. Add to your salad, stir-fry, or grains.
- If you are STILL worried, try a daily protein shake or supplement.
- Familiarize yourself with animal ingredients.
- Become a Master at label reading – even most bread may not be vegan!
- Always check what you’re drinking – you’ll be surprised by ingredients.
- Find out which packaged foods are “accidentally vegan.”
- MAKE TIME to cook – do not rely on convenience food.
- Remember: 99% of meals CAN be veganized! GOOGLE.
- Stock pantry with lentils, beans, rice, quinoa, couscous, etc.
- Don’t be scared of the sticker price on quinoa – a little goes a long way.
- Remember that whole grains are less processed and more nutritious than refined white grains. Brown rice > white rice.
- Make veggies the star of your meals. #Spotlight
- Eat all colors of the rainbow when it comes to veggies – they have different nutrients and benefits.
- Learn to love leafy greens – kale, spinach, collard greens, escarole, etc.