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STEP 1: KNOW WHAT YOU'RE GETTING INTO

Becoming vegan is not easily done overnight. You are journeying into something new. It is a process, so allow yourself time to adjust and make mistakes. However, the transition is much easier if you are well informed and prepared for the changes you must make to your lifestyle. Simply making the choice to lead a more vegan-friendly life is a huge step.

You're here reading this, so you're on your way. 

 

Going vegan is a good way for one to reduce their carbon footprint and play our part in climate change, but making the decision to completely cut off animal products is a big step, your body is going to need some time to transition and adjust to the changes so you are at a lower risk of developing deficiencies or illnesses. Transitioning slowly will also help you learn and implement new habits of this new form of eating. As recommended by a dietitian, there are multiple forms of plant-based eating that can act as stepping stones to becoming full vegan.

  1. Start off with a semi-vegetarian or flexitarian diet which includes eggs, dairy, and occasionally meat, poultry, fish, and seafood.

  2. You would start to remove meat and poultry from your diet. A pescatarian diet includes eggs, dairy foods, fish, and seafood.

  3. If you are not currently a vegetarian, and starting from the very beginning, the third step would be to eat a vegetarian/lacto-ovo diet which includes eggs and dairy, but no meat, poultry, fish, or seafood.

  4. The final step would be going vegan, which includes no animal foods including honey.


Following these four transition steps would allow you to eat a vegan diet successfully when we talk about removing animal products from our diet, but there are other things that you should do in order to stay healthy. You should constantly be eating a lot of vegetables, an easy way to do this is to fill half your plate with vegetables at lunch and dinner. Making sure you are not only eating a few types of veggies but instead a colorful platter of vegetables. You could even eat it as a snack with hummus, salsa, guacamole, or my personal favorite organic peanut butter. So now you are eating your vegetables, but another important thing for you to do is to change the way you think about meat. You should eat smaller amounts and use it as a garnish instead of a centerpiece when you are in transition to being vegan. Choosing good fats such as olive oil, olives, nuts, nut butter, seeds, and avocados is a healthy eating choice. It is also recommended to eat a vegetarian meal at least one night a week, you can build these meals around beans, whole grains, and vegetables. You should include whole grains and nuts for your breakfast, oatmeal, quinoa, buckwheat, or barley are good choices. You could also pair them with nuts, seeds, or fresh fruit. Go for greens, try a variety of green leafy vegetables such as kale, collards, Swiss chard, spinach, and other greens each day. You can steam, grill, braise, or stir-fry them to preserve their flavor and nutrients. Another tip would be to build a meal around a salad, this is an easy way to get your greens in. Fill a bowl with salad greens such as romaine, spinach, or red leafy greens and add an assortment of other vegetables with fresh herbs, beans, peas, or tofu. We can’t forget about dessert, and fruit is perfect as it satisfies your craving for a sweet bite after a meal. Some fruits perfect for dessert are peaches, watermelon, or strawberries.