Vegan Diet

Going Vegan – 10 Must-Read Tips

1. Don’t Let Family And Friends Discourage You

Going vegan is a personal decision and everyone should be able to live their life according to their own morals and beliefs, so don’t let naysayers discourage you.

Be the happiest, healthiest vegan that you can possibly be, so nobody will be able to find any reason to criticize.

2. Stock Up On Plenty Of Quick Snack Items

If you are just starting out it is a good idea to stock up on lots of vegan friendly snacks, so you will always have something quick on hand when you are hungry.

Things such as nuts, dried fruit, tortilla chips, rice crackers, peanut butter, almond butter, hummus and plenty of fresh fruit.

Going vegan boosts your metabolism, so you may find that you are hungrier than usual.

So it’s a good idea to have plenty of healthy snacks on hand, so you don’t feel deprived between meals.

3. Buy A Good Vegan Cookbook

Once you see how many tasty meals you can make, you will realize that going vegan is really quite easy and you won’t ever run out of nice things to eat.

A great book to start with is Forks Over Knives—The Cookbook: Over 300 Recipes for Plant-Based Eating All Through the Year.

 This book shares over 300 recipes created by their personal chef
Del Sroufe and Darshana Thacker.

It’s full of hearty, satisfying recipes that are easy to make and easy to find ingredients.

Recipes such as Tofu Crab Cakes, Southern Fride Chick’N, Chick’N Potpie, lovely Pastas and Sauces, Banana and Oatmeal Pancakes and Chocolate Cheesecake… You’ll never feel deprived!

4. Find A Good Cow’s Milk Substitute

Either soy, rice or almond milk. Make sure you choose one that is fortified with essential vitamins and minerals, such as Vitamin B12, Vitamin D and Calcium.

If you start your day with a fortified soy milk over an enriched cereal, you will be well on your way to meeting your daily vitamin and mineral requirements.

Many orange juices are also fortified with Calcium… so add a glass of orange juice to your breakfast and you’ll be off to an even better start.

5. Get A Blender… If You Don’t Already Have One

There is no end to how many nice juices and smoothies you can make.

Create your own or look online for some great ideas.

My daughter makes a really nice smoothie. She just puts soy milk, a banana, a big spoonful of vegan chocolate spread and a few Oreo biscuits into the blender.

A yummy and still healthy vegan treat.

I don’t normally like bananas but I love these smoothies! (And yes… Oreos are vegan!)

6. Do A Bit Of Research

Do some research online and you may find some vegan friendly restaurants and shops in your area that you didn’t even know were there.

Also, think Ethnic… Asian and Middle Eastern restaurants often have more vegan options on their menus.

They also tend to be more accommodating of their customers needs and will happily substitute meat with tofu and vegetables.

7. Surprise Your Family And Friends

If you’re invited to a BBQ or party of some sort, surprise your family and friends with just how tasty vegan cooking can be.

They will be pleasantly surprised when you arrive up with a Chick’N Potpie and a Chocolate Cheesecake.

8. See If One Of Your Friends Will Go Vegan With You

It is much easier to get started with something new if you aren’t doing it on your own.

If you can’t find anyone who is interested in going vegan with you, you can always find fellow vegans for ideas and support at places such as Facebook and online forums.

9. Get Outside In The Sun For 20 Minutes A Day

It’s the best way to get Vitamin D. You want to have as much skin exposed to the sun as possible, without sunscreen.

But of course you don’t want to burn, so don’t stay out too long. 15 to 20 minutes is enough for most people.

The only other sources of Vitamin D available for vegans are fortified dairy free milks and some cereals.

You can sometimes find mushrooms that contain Vitamin D because they have been treated with UVB rays.

If you don’t get enough sun in your area or during winter, it is a good idea to take a Vegan Vitamin D supplement.

10. Don’t Feel Bad If You Make A Mistake

Don’t feel too bad if you accidentally eat or use something containing an animal product.

Even the most committed vegans make mistakes sometimes. If you are 99% vegan you will still be making an enormous difference to both your own health and the health of the planet.

I hope these tips will help you if you are considering going vegan, it’s really not that difficult!

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