The average American consumes a considerable amount of animal products in their diet. If you look closely at the ingredients in everything from candy to even potato chips, you’ll find that there are sources that lead back to an animal product of some sort!
Unfortunately, diets heavy in animal products have been linked to all sorts of medical issues from heart disease to cancer. Not to mention diets dense in animal products can also lead to obesity. More and more people are making the switch towards the vegan diet not only for health reasons but also for ethical reasons.
If you’ve been considering making the switch to vegan, then here are some of the best tips to know for making your transition to veganism go as smoothly as possible.
Read as Much as You Can
There is no shortage of information out there about veganism. Roll your sleeves up and do research about all the health benefits. Many people who have made the switch to veganism are living longer healthier lives in good health with higher energy. There are even some studies that show a plant-based diet can improve cognitive health for people living with dementia.
Don’t just take our word for it, read about it! The proof is out there if you search for it. Get to know the statistics, the latest recipes, and join forums and groups with other vegans. You’d be surprised to find how many people swear by it and are living proof of the benefits that veganism can bring to your life.
Take it Slowly
If you’ve never tried veganism before, then it can be jolting to dive straight in. If you truly want to make a long-term lifestyle change, it helps to do so in small steps. In other words, it doesn’t have to be all or nothing from one day to the next.
Take small steps by slowly introducing veganism into your life. Perhaps you could replace one meal a day with one that’s entirely plant based. Gradually start to incorporate more and more meals into your day that are plant-based until you finally make your way to a 100% plant-based meal plan.
The good news for vegans in 2023 is that it’s easier than ever to find plant-based options. Whereas once upon a time veganism was considered less conventional, now, you can find vegan products in just about any grocery store. The options are pretty limitless!
Play Around With Recipes
Any time you make a major lifestyle change like altering the way that you eat; it helps to have fun and be creative with it. Try out different combinations and flavors, and don’t be afraid to play around with recipes.
Make your own versions and throw in different spices and herbs. Find creative ways to make your favorite meat meals into something entirely vegan. You’d be surprised by the creative alterations that people come up with which can be just as delicious if not even more than the meat versions!
Remember, veganism is more than just a diet, it’s a lifestyle. Changing your entire lifestyle is a process and not one to be taken lightly. Don’t be too hard on yourself in the beginning and remember you may have hiccups and challenges in the early stages.
Stay persistent and keep going. Celebrate your commitment to try something new that is the best possible thing for your health and also for the good of the planet!