I get a lot of questions like “How do you do it?” or “Don’t you miss meat? I could never do it”. So if you are wondering if you could do it, or it has been a while you wanted to try it out, I have decided to write an article about what would be my tips for first-time vegans.
Why have I decided to go vegan? It is beyond environmental and political reason, it is actually healthier. If you want to know more about this, check out my previous article about what happened after 6 months of veganism.
Is it difficult?
Well, I am not going to lie, it can be difficult at some moments. Especially at first when you are a bit lost, you don’t really know what you can eat. But here are some tips:
1. At first, you can start quietly. First start by removing meat and poultry from your diet, then progressively eliminate dairy and eggs.
2. Find someone to talk to. It may sound silly but it really helped me. Sharing recipe ideas, new places to eat, etc.
3. Rethink the way you shop for food. I had so many remarks like “being vegan is so expensive”. But in fact, grains and beans are usually cheap and store very well. The only thing that costs would be special vegan cheeses sold in specialized stores, but these are not daily treats. I will write an article about how to eat vegan on a budget. When you’re in a supermarket, take a look on the ingredients, usually non-vegan ones are in bold.
4. “Where will I get my proteins from?” I think this would be the most common question. No, vegans don’t only eat vegetables and fruits. Don’t you worry about your proteins, plants got you covered. There are so many rich sources of plant-based proteins such as quinoa, beans (lentil, chickpeas), soy (tofu), seitan, nuts. Plus, veggies also contain protein, so don’t forget to mix these staples with your vegetables, such as broccoli, cauliflower, asparagus, etc.
5. Plant-Based VS Vegan. People tend to think that veganism is a healthy diet. Wrong. A plant-based diet is. As said in the documentary Food Choices, you can be vegan but still eat chips and drink Coke all day, which are 100% vegan. Don’t forget your veggies and fruits!
6. Going vegan doesn’t mean restriction. I have tried so many non-vegan recipes that I turned into vegan, such as chocolate mousse, tiramisu, cheesecake, chocolate cake, cinnamon rolls and so many others. I will post recipes as well and don’t hesitate to message me on Instagram @mondelusi for recipes suggestions. You cannot imagine how many things you can eat.
7. Your friends are going out, you can still go with them. More and more restaurant have vegan, gluten-free, vegetarian options because the community is growing very fast. Big food chains such as Chipotle, Subway, Auchan have vegan options. You want to go for a pizza? Just ask without cheese and you’re all set. It’s important not to be frustrated by what you can or cannot eat. I try to always “veganize” what’s proposed, and if it’s not possible then I’ll have a customized salad, restaurants usually do that if you say you have restricted diet. You’re craving for sushi? Avocado and cucumber rolls ! I’m actually addicted to those.
I hope those tips were useful and don’t hesitate to share the changes you have noticed on the comment box bellow or DM me on Instagram @mondelusi!
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