Veganism is the way of life for most of the people today and the momentum is gaining across the world.
From celebs to politicians and even cricketers are now realizing the true value of veganism.
If we go back to the last year’s data, there was an all-time high when people adopted veganism across the world as per Google.
The trend is soon catching up among people and there is a certain hype around plant-based foods be it snacks, main dishes or desserts.
Going vegan is much more than a fad and is a movement that promotes a compassionate way of living for the planet, for the animals and lastly for your own health.
But many people still do not know the vegan way of living. It is time for society to recognise that with rising temperatures, growing zoonotic diseases, threat to soil degradation, desertification, ethical concerns and a growing population, we have no choice but to transition to a plant-based diet before it is too late.
Thus, if you also want to be a vegan for life, here are some simple tips that you can adopt. Take a look.
1. Know your ‘why’
First understand, why you want to be vegan. Is it for animal welfare, for the planet, or for your own health? It is the first step to becoming a vegan for life and knowing this can motivate you to start on your plant-based journey.
2. Learn about veganism
The second step towards veganism is to learn about it. Watch interviews with people, read plenty of books and news articles about it, and watch documentaries to educate yourself about veganism.
3. Go slow
Do not go overboard with the information and move ahead at a slow pace, as no one can become a vegan overnight. The transition should be slow and steady, and not quick. Make sure you leave one thing at a time like eggs in one week, dairy in the second week, and meat in the third week. This way, your transition will be smooth and easy.
4. Be kind to yourself
Let’s accept it! It’s a big challenge to change our eating habits and in the process of doing so, one cannot be harsh on themselves. Make sure that you are being kind to yourself and if you even slip up in a month, it’s okay to be so and you need not be guilty over it.
5. Create a list of ‘Go-to’ vegan meals
It’s important to make your ‘Go-to’ vegan meals’ list before your switch your eating habits, as it is a possibility that you might crave certain foods. Thus, get informed about easy yet affordable meals that you can whip up quickly. From paste to oatmeal and even rice bowls, there are so many dishes that can be made in the vegan diet.
6. Socialize in the vegan community
Last, but not least, get involved in the vegan community and interact as much as you can. This will help in getting in the right circle when eating out, which has a major impact on our eating habits.
7. What to eat?
Include foods like tofu, fruits, vegetables, and plant-based milk such as soy milk, coconut milk, and almond milk in your diet. Also, it is important to add plant-based protein to your diet and today, we have a lot of options for plant-based meat that look and taste just like actual meat. Here is a look at some of the vegan recipes for you.