So you watched some documentaries or maybe just came across some vegan accounts on Instagram and now you’re thinking about making the switch to veganism.. but how?! Where do you start?
Firstly: I get it. Going vegan is a huge lifestyle change so it can be kind of overwhelming at first. After doing my research, I went vegan overnight and never looked back.
I was vegetarian for about 2 months but then when I found out animals were harmed for dairy and eggs too, I immediately went vegan. I personally haven’t had any cravings for animal products since going vegan simply because I don’t see it as food anymore, but if you do in the beginning it’s understandable.. so here are 5 tips that will hopefully help you in making the switch!
1. Educate yourself
The most important thing is to educate yourself. Educate yourself on where your food comes from and how it’s made. Documentaries I recommend that highlight the ethical side of veganism are Cowspiracy and Earthlings (I personally haven’t fully watched that one though cause I simply couldn’t.. it is very schocking but eye opening) Documentaries I recommend that highlight the health side of veganism / plant based living are Food Choices, Forks Over Knives, Food Matters and What The Health.
2. Eat enough
Plant foods are way less calorie dense than animal products. If you just simple remove animal products from your diet you’re left with low-calorie plant foods, which is why it is important to “replace” the animal products by for example adding more whole grains, beans, legumes, nuts & seeds to your diet. If you’re not sure if you’re getting enough I recommend counting your calories – just for the purpose of making sure you get enough. Calories should definitely not be your main focus, but if you are new to plant-based eating it can be helpful because it is easy to (accidentally) undereat on a vegan diet even if you think you eat ‘a lot’. Also if you work out a lot, counting your protein (at the beginning) and making sure you get enough can be helpful. I remember I used to only get 30 grams of protein a day when I first went vegan 2 years ago, which definitely isn’t enough for anyone and especially for someone who trains 4 times a week! I get around 80 grams now.
The other 3 tips will be in my next post since I felt like this post was getting a little too long 🙈 so I’ll see you guys in my next post – which will be up soon, probably next week!