7 Things You Need to Know about Going Vegan
Better check this list to make sure you’re up for this diet!
If you think going vegan is just about eating fine servings of salads and organic chips, better think again. Veganism is a commitment to say no to all animal products and say yes to a plant-based diet. That means no dairy, meat, eggs and even honey on a full vegan menu. Up for it? Read this list first to jumpstart on this diet the healthy way.
1. Know the reason behind your decision to go vegan.
Don’t do it just to lose weight. While majority of vegans are slimmer than non-vegans, it still does not guarantee a Victoria Secret model body once you take on this diet. You also have less chances of losing so much weight if you’re already a veggie lover way before your vegan journey. Before jumping on the trend, research, study the pros and cons, and find out why you want this diet change. If things get tough, you always have something to remind yourself why you started.
2. Take one step at a time.
Go easy on your body. If you’re having a hard time letting go of cheese, that’s okay. You can always start with chicken or eggs! A 180-degree change is totally not recommended.
3. Don’t forget your dose of Vitamin B12.
You naturally get Vitamin B12 in animal foods. Since you’re about to give up meat and anything that has to do with animal food, fortified nutritional yeast is a great source of Vitamin B12, just like this Cheesy Broccoli Soup. The choices are endless and still delicious, promise!
4. Protein, protein, protein!
Take note of these high-protein treats: fruits, nuts, seeds, grains, legumes, tofu, peanut butter, quinoa, and soy milk. To start, you can try this Adobong Sitaw and Okra with Tofu and Mushroom. The taste feels like home and the ingredients make vegan diet accessible and easy on the budget.
5. Give your diet a playful twist once in a while.
Who says you can’t have a dose of chocolate when you go vegan? You haven’t gotten your hands on this sinful Chocolate Chip Banana Fudge Brownies.
6. Find a support group that can understand your journey.
There are lots of online groups where you can find individuals passionate about the vegan lifestyle. You’re lucky if you have a friend who’s also interested in exploring this diet. That way, you have a constant vegan buddy who knows exactly what you’re going through and who will cheer you on (and vice versa) every step of the way.
Want to be part of a bigger vegan community? Celebrate World Vegan Month with Vegans of Manila and Manila Vegans in its first-ever Philippine Vegan Festival—VegFest Pilipinas! Join the festivities on November 12 and November 13 at Eastwood City in Libis, Quezon City. This is the perfect event to enlighten you that vegan is a fun, awesome, and relevant lifestyle. There will be another weekend festival on November 19 and November 20 at Lucky Chinatown Mall.
7. Lastly, don’t give up if you failed to follow your diet. Try and try again until it’s no longer a transition, but a lifestyle you truly love and enjoy!
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