BEGINNER’S GUIDE TO VEGANISM » how to go vegan

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On Becoming a Vegetarian, it is a big decision to make a real lifestyle change. Being a vegan means giving up a lot of things and straying from the norm. But there are real benefits to becoming a vegetarian and living the vegetarian lifestyle.

More and more people in today’s society are adopting vegetarianism. Many people are realizing that a healthy vegetarian diet is much better for them. Healthy vegan meals can replace those un-healthy meat-laden ones, without having to give up taste. Healthy vegetarian eating can be just as satisfying as those common ones full of meat and meat by-products.

Whatever your reasons for becoming a vegetarian, living the vegan lifestyle is a good choice. If you do it correctly, becoming a vegetarian can mean that you have a lower risk for certain diseases, like heart disease or some forms of cancer. Becoming a vegetarian can help you keep control of your weight, again a healthier choice. It can help you control your levels of cholesterol as well. There are many benefits of being vegetarian.

Forget what I heard about vegan being tasteless or it’s too expensive, or you won’t get enough nutritional value or being too complicated and difficult to adopt in your life. Before starting the journey please try to answer the following questions for yourself.

Why do you want to be a vegan? Is it for your health? For the environment? For animals? 

#1 – Open mind to vegan system

Start the vegan system with an open mind, Never stop learning. The key to sticking with any decision is to keep yourself informed. The more you read and listen to materials on the health benefits of different foods and the vegetarian lifestyle, the more motivated you are to stick with it especially in the beginning stages. 

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#2 – The Vegan Learning process

You will gradually learn about vegetarianism with time, and you’ll start adopting other life systems later if they are compatible with you and suit you. 

#3 – Create a menu plan around your new eating choices

Devote extra time to preparing meals at least during the first weeks.  You need to know how to prepare healthy vegetarian meals. There are many books on vegetarianism you can read, or you can turn to the internet for your information and resources.

#4 – Don’t go to the extreme

When you are at the beginning,  don’t go to the extreme and deprive yourself. A full vegetarian diet means you often eat well most of the time.  Do not deprive yourself of enjoying good meals at times.  Meals like homemade banana cake or homemade cupcakes or vegan cookies it’s all delicious.

#5 – Vegetarian diet a diet in abundance

To be vegetarian is not to be in a starvation system The vegetarian diet a diet in abundance.  A lot of times when people think about vegetarianism, they start to focus on things they can’t eat, such as chicken and meat fish, cheese, yogurt.

Let’s focus on all the things that we will add, and gradually let these additions replace the old things, add plant-based milk products such as soy milk and yogurt, almonds, rice, and coconut more whole grains, fruits and vegetables, more nuts and seeds, legumes, lentils, and tofu.  You got the idea 

#6 – Vegan alternatives

If you are new to the vegetarian diet, take advantage of vegan alternatives to meat, (such as balls and soy protein),  some vegetarian meatballs, ground vegetarian meat, vegan chicken help you switch vegan. Gradual increase in the amount of legumes in order to reduce reduces indigestion and gas problems.

#7 – Proteins and Carbohydrates

Foods you have to include in your diet to ensure that you get all the nutrition and vitamins your body needs to stay healthy and be in optimal condition.

Take advantage of all your options when you start adding lentils and legumes as sources of protein and carbohydrates in your meals .. start slow.  

#8 – Be easy on yourself

Be easy on yourself and those around you. Eating an occasional piece of ‘whatever’  is okay. Don’t allow anyone to make you feel guilty for occasionally indulging. Go easy on those around you who have not yet made the decision to transition to a vegetarian eating plan.

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#9- Discover new vegetarian recipes

You will discover a new world of récipes. the world of recipes is endless on the net. Find them on Pinterest and YouTube.   Which provides thousands of delicious vegetarian recipes,  Just write vegan recipes and you will find more recipes than you can imagine.

BY CHOOSING A VEGAN DIET THE FOLLOWING HEALTH BENEFITS CAN BE YOURS….

  • A Healthier Heart:  Harvard researchers tracked the health habits of about 110,000 people for 14 years and found that the higher folks’ intakes of fruits and vegetables, the lower their chances of developing cardiovascular disease.
  • Weight Loss Results: There’s plenty of research suggesting vegans tend to consume fewer calories, and thus weigh less, and have lower body mass indexes than non-vegetarians.
  • Clearer, Smoother Skin: Cutting back on animal products also means skipping much of their saturated fats, which are notorious for clogging pores.

 

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