I’ve talked a lot about the diet changes I made a few months ago. It keeps coming up, because it has been such a HUGE transition for me and my family. Actually, it has caused a lot of frustrations and tension for a while. I think we are starting to get away from some of that.
I invited Kristin on to share about how to make the transition to vegan. She is the owner a food blog where she shares her hobby and experience for everybody. While I’m not vegan, I do make a lot of vegan recipes and order vegan foods at restaurants. This is the only way I can be sure that I’m not going to get dairy. Believe it or not, many people don’t seem to understand that butter is a dairy product.
Even if you aren’t going vegan, the strategies Kristin shares can help you with any major diet change. This can be removing gluten, going dairy free, reducing sugar, or whatever it is you want to do for better health.
Here’s what Kristin has to say- If you have decided to go vegan for whatever your reasons, the first few steps can be a little challenging, if not frustrating. There is a big difference in veganism and vegetarianism. Your choice, to avoid confusion, excludes consumption of animal and animal derived products! That includes eggs and dairy. However, you can have plant derived drinks like tea and coffee!
To help you avoid cravings and reverting to your usual mixed eating preference, let me give you some useful tips!
1. Get rid of the instant!
The first thing you would go to, whenever you get a craving, is your pantry! If you have anything that does not fall under your food category, you will be tempted to fail. It will be a difficult battle, and if there’s, a can of processed meat in front of you, it will be easier to be defeated!
To take this battle on your favor, sweep your cupboard, cabinets, and fridge. Take out all the cans of meat, cheese, and eggs!
2. Plan what you will need.
Now, if you have diligently followed the first tip, you would probably have an empty kitchen. An empty kitchen would tell you to go to the nearest fast food for take out!
Before you go crazy buying fruits and vegetables, make a meal plan first. Try to plot on a paper all the stuff you need to buy. Browse the internet for some easy recipes you may want to try out first. Start with a few easy salads and pasta recipe and work your way around them.
3. Restock with awesome new selection!
Now that you have a grocery list, go to the produce section and buy just enough supplies. Remember that fruits and vegetable produce are best enjoyed when they are fresh. They have a relatively shorter period of freshness as they are not advised to be frozen.
However, you can stock on beans and pasta. They have long shelf life and can be stored outside the fridge. Make sure that you store them on a moisture free environment so that bacteria won’t thrive on them.
Pro Tip: You can place or silica gel (freshness packets found on medicine bottles) to get rid of moisture and prevent growth of germs.
4. Don’t be too hard on yourself.
Cooking vegetables exclusively is something that you may not be familiar with. A lot a little more time in the kitchen to understand vegetables are cooked properly. At the beginning, you may end up with some overcooked or under cooked veggies. This is fine. Don’t be too harsh on yourself. You will get the hang of it with practice!
5. If you will travel, pack your food.
Exclusive vegan restaurants are a little hard to find. If you can book a restaurant ahead, do so. If you don’t know or if you are not sure if there will be a vegan restaurant at your destination, it’s better to pack your food with you.
Frustration will boil down on you when you are hungry and cannot find a place to eat with the right selection of food. To skip this trouble, simply prepare and bring your own meal where you go. Problem solved!
6. Veganism can benefit your health!
Veganism is a great choice of healthy lifestyle. If you would take it as restricting your food choices, it could come to be difficult for you. Tweaking your perception and looking at how veganism would be beneficial for you and for the planet would go a long way.
It Doesn’t Have to Be Overly Expensive
Most people (and other vegans), may look at veganism as an expensive way of living. Well, if you look at how costly vegan restaurants charge, they are definitely right! It’s not every day that you would eat at a vegan restaurant!
Another fact, fruits, vegetables, beans, and grains are among the cheapest ingredients you can find in the market! It’s just a matter of open-mindedness and awareness of your food selection!
You may find the first few days and weeks, to months, a little difficult. Bear with it, follow these simple guidelines. Little by little, you will get used to it, and your mind will appreciate the peace you get from your life decision!
Find this post helpful? Share this to your friends who are on their journey to veganism. Feel free to ask questions! Leave a comment below, and I will get back to you soon.
My name is Kristin, and I’m a housewife with big love for cooking. When I’m not bringing on the Food Network and attempting to become America’s Next Top Chef, I’m browsing online for unique recipes to awe my friends with. Now I ‘m a founder and main editor for Taste Insight, my blog about nutrition and vegetarian food!