Taking on the vegan lifestyle is a very rewarding journey – many long-term vegans can attest to this. If you are still wondering to yourself “Why should I go vegan?” and “How will it benefit me?” this article will help you to understand that the benefits of the vegan diet are infinite. Also, it will help you to set realistic goals for yourself to assist you in the transition to becoming vegan. Just remember, a life of good health and many blessings are heading your way if you decide to make this amazing lifestyle change.
The Vegan Transition: Tips & Help
1: Note all of the benefits of embracing the vegan diet, and jot down or mentally note which ones you would like to achieve. Some of the most reported benefits of the vegan diet are as follows:
Weight loss, clear skin (no acne, psoriasis) sparkling white eyes, healthy hair and nails, soaring energy levels, inner peace and contentment, ability to concentrate and focus, a new-found zest for life, low-calorie but nutrient-dense superfoods, lowers cholesterol, prevents and reduces the symptoms of disease including cancer, type 2 diabetes, high blood pressure, arthritis, etc., reduction or a complete clearing up of allergies, migraines, headaches, bad breath and body odor.
2: What do vegans eat? You need to find this out in order to go vegan.
In a nutshell, the vegan diet consists of fresh fruits, vegetables, nuts, seeds, whole-grains, legumes, beans, tofu, meat-substitutes, avocado, olive oil, coconut oil, vegan smoothies, vegan treats (e.g.: muffins, brownies, cakes, slices), fresh juices, cooked salads, raw salads, baked vegetables, vegan bread, vegan sandwiches and wraps, and vegan soups. You will find that any of your favorite foods will have a “vegan clone” recipe nowadays. This is because of the increasing popularity of the vegan diet.
3: Get some good recipes
Don’t be too afraid of making some meals and recipes without meat, cream, cheese or butter. There are so many mouth-watering vegan recipes nowadays that are robust in flavor and will often taste better than the non-vegan version! You can find a variety of recipes online nowadays, either on websites and blogs, or by downloading a professional vegan recipe e-book. The recipe e-books often have hundreds of recipes to choose from and are created by professional vegan chefs who know how to make vegan food look and taste amazing! You should collect a variety of vegan recipes, including vegan breakfasts, lunches, dinners, salads, soups, cakes, muffins, slices, chocolates, smoothies and juices, etc.
4: Start off slowly.
It can be daunting for many folk to make such a major lifestyle change overnight. So why not start off by eating two or three vegan meals per week. When you are confident with this, make the transition to eating one vegan meal per day. Do plenty of research on “What do Vegan eat” so that you know just what your vegan meals and recipes should consist of. Once you have been eating one vegan meal a day for some time, you are likely already beginning to see some improvement in your health, appearance and well-being. I encourage you to make the next step of your vegan transition by eating two vegan meals per day, and then when you can, go mostly or all vegan. This entire process may take weeks, months or even a year. You need to move at your own comfortable pace.
5: Ditch your bad habits
If you continue some of your old bad habits on the vegan diet, your good results and health benefits will be greatly sabotaged. Cut back on your alcohol and caffeine. Don’t eat too much “vegan junk food” such as vegan packet chips, cookies, chocolate bars, etc. Enjoy these sometimes but certainly not every day if you want to lose weight, tone up, clear your skin or see improvements in your energy levels. So kick your old habits hard and flush them down the toilet!
Why should I go vegan? You asked. The vegan diet offers an abundance of amazing benefits, physically, mentally, emotionally and spiritually. You should not let anything hold you back from discovering for yourself this beautiful, life-changing diet. Make the vegan transition gradual if need be, but stay focused, remember your priorities, and always strive to look after your health and well-being, not matter what may come your way.