More and more people are contemplating a lifestyle change in terms of the foods they eat. It’s no secret that in our fast food society many of us aren’t eating as healthy as we should be. All foods that come from animals, not just meat, tend to be loaded with fat and cholesterol. This is one of the reasons why starting vegan diet can be good for your health.
There is a difference between vegan and vegetarian. Veganism is actually quite a bit more strict since you don’t take in any animal by products. That means no eggs, cheese or dairy of any kind. Anything that is made from some part of an animal, even its’ milk, is off limits if you are starting vegan diet.
Because the diet is so restrictive, it’s very important that you make sure you get all the nutrients you need. You don’t want to actually be eating more unhealthy than you were before.
Here are some tips that will make your transformation into veganism a little easier and a lot more successful:
1. Decide if you should jump into veganism with both feet or if you would like to gradually make changes in your diet. It really doesn’t matter, the most important thing is that you pick the option you will be most likely to stick with. If you are the type of person who makes up their mind and then goes for it, you can probably just become a vegan with no transition time.
But, if you think you may need a little more time to wean yourself off of your current diet, you can do it that way too. Again, it’s completely up to you. Just choose the path that you will be most likely to stick with to increase your chances of success.
2. Picking up a good vegan cookbook, or two, may be helpful too. Making sure you have enough variety not only for nutritional reasons but just to keep your taste buds from getting bored is a good idea and will increase your chances of success. Another thing that may help is to take into account many of the vegan meals you are already eating. If you like a lot of salads, for example, you may just be able to add more of them to your diet and it won’t even require much of a change.
3. Adding a good multi- vitamin to your daily diet is a great idea too. It’s not uncommon for vegans to be deficient in iron, protein, zinc and B-12 unless they are careful to add it back in to their diet. This can be done with supplements or by eating other forms of protein like soy, beans, seeds and nuts.
My daughter has been a vegetarian for many years and recently has decided she was going to go totally vegan. I admire her conviction and self discipline. It can make it a challenge to find places where we can go out for lunch, but she thinks it is the right decision for her. If you are thinking of starting vegan diet do all you can to increase your odds of a successful transformation. Also make sure you get all your nutritional needs met. It’s not impossible if you are a vegan but it might take a little extra thought.