So you’re thinking about going Vegan or you’re trying to wrap your head around the idea of it? Most likely you’ve done some basic research into what it means to be vegan, you might have watched some of the documentaries or videos on veganism or you stumbled across vegan accounts on instagram? Maybe you haven’t quite got your head around the idea of going vegan yet or you have no idea how to go vegan. If you don’t know what being vegan means it’s by definition “a person who does not eat or use animal products”. Its simple as that, we don’t eat or use any animal products. No meat, dairy products, eggs or honey (and anything else that comes from animals). Basically as a vegan I believe that the healthiest and happiest way to live is the vegan lifestyle, living with compassion and empathy for all beings ♥
So here are my 5 top tips on how to go about changing up your lifestyle and saying hello to compassionate living:
Do your research
Before going vegan it’s important to really educate yourself on what it means to live this kind of lifestyle because what we eat and the products we use make up such a huge portion of our lives. A great way to start off is to find articles on the transition to veganism, watch documentaries on vegan diets and how it makes a difference to your health and the environment and even asking Vegans you know or Vegans on instagram (and other social media platforms) the questions you want to find answers too. It’s also really important to find out where/how your food is grown, how it has been manufactured and the effects that the food we eat can play on the environment and in our health. I recommend Cowspiracy, Earthlings and Live and Let Live as they show the ethical benefits of a vegan lifestyle and Forks over Knives, Food, Inc and Food matters to show some of the health benefits that vegans get from living the way we do.
Think about it
Why have you made the choice to go vegan? Ask yourself that question, because to me that’s the most important question you have to ask. Is it for the health benefits? Is it for the ethical and environmental benefits? Are you trying to copy someone else? Honestly good on you for making the decision but if you’re trying to stick to the trends then it might not be a sustainable lifestyle for you and copying is not being authentic to yourself. Please know that if you slip up it’s fine, everyone makes mistakes. Being vegan isn’t about being perfect it’s about trying the best you can to make a difference by avoiding these products.
Know your body
There are so many different types of vegan diets, you might not have even thought about what vegan diet you might follow yet. Maybe you want to eat a fullyraw diet (@fullyrawkristina), or eat raw till 4 (@gofreeyourself), HCFLV (@earthyandy) just to name a few. It’s important to know your body and how it reacts to different types and amounts of food. Because plants are not as calorie dense as products containing animal products or byproducts it’s super important to ensure that your daily calorie intake is not too low. I recommend 2000 calories per day as a general healthy intake depending on your health goals and how active you are. Also tracking your macros is can be a good way to ensure you’re getting enough protein, fat and carbohydrates into your diet as well. It might take some time and trying out different diets but once you find the one that works for you and makes you the happiest version of yourself you’ll be set. Personally I don’t follow any diets, I eat what I want and I don’t blame myself for indulging in not so healthy vegan food.
Maybe you’re going on a flight, or on a road trip or just generally going out somewhere outside of your local area and you’re not sure if there will actually be any food you can eat. The perfect way to avoid this situation is to either do some research on the area or prep your food before you go. Prepping is a great way to make sure you have something just incase if there are no cafes or stores that have vegan food or anything you actually want to eat.
Making friends is always fun, especially when you share the same passions and when you’ve experienced the same kinds of things. I have met so many amazing people online because of being vegan and honestly it brings so many people together because we all share the same passion for animals, the environment and also food. My best advice is to share your journey if you feel comfortable to and find people you connect with. You might find you then have friends all over the world too!
I really hope this helps someone out in some way and if you have any more questions please feel free to leave a comment or contact me on instagram or email ♥