Tips for transitioning to a new vegan diet

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Many people are interested in going vegan but don’t know where to start. The process is a lot easier than you might think, but it may take some getting used to with the lifestyle change. This article will give you tips for switching to a new vegan diet.

  • Get rid of the old. Before you start buying new foods and cooking from scratch, get rid of all processed foods from your pantry and fridge. Replace it with fresh fruits and vegetables, whole grains, nuts, seeds, beans, and other healthy options.
  • Think big. You don’t have to become vegetarian or vegan overnight if you don’t want to – it’s best if you don’t have unrealistic expectations about what it means to be vegan or vegetarian. If you opt for animal products, be prepared for cravings and temptations that may not even be food-related (eg, leather shoes or leather seats in a car).
  • Start with breakfast: Generally, breakfast is one of the easiest meals for someone transitioning to a vegan diet, as there are already many breakfast options that don’t include or meat or eggs. Oatmeal, toast, and rice cakes are all good options for someone who wants to start their day with something vegan.
  • Trying different varieties of plant-based protein can also help you get used to this new way of eating. Some people find it hard to adjust to beans or soy products, so researching alternative sources can help you find a type of protein that’s right for you.
  • Eat healthy snacks between meals if you are hungry. This is especially important if you’re cutting out meat altogether, as meat is high in protein. Your body needs protein to function properly, so be sure to eat some type of snack every few hours to keep you energized throughout the day.

Susan Kowal