It’s been already 6 months since I chose the vegan lifestyle. It’s more than a plan to keep my plant-based diet for a long time. I try to portray everything in such a way that it doesn’t seem like all should be rules, but healthy habits which everyone should follow. Before taking a step, you should know what you’re getting into.
1. Don’t replace animal products with junk food.
This has to be taken into consideration when it comes to a daily routine. Swapping out to the vegan lifestyle it’s not easy, I can admit that, but swapping animal products for pasta, white bread and other foods that provide little nutritional value, is just a bad idea. I recommend you to start an organized plan of meals and nutrients which would be very helpful in the beginning.
2. Soy-based products in moderation
When I first tested soy-based products, by curiosity, a few years ago, didn’t attract me at all. Now I see things differently. I love all the healthiest sources of soy: tempeh, tofu, soy milk, edamame, and miso. But don’t exaggerate with the quantity.
Scientists are very strict regarding this subject and they are arguing over the effects of soy on cancer, and one thing is for sure in Henderson opinion: “Consuming too much soy-based vegan ‘meat’ is arguably worse (than) consuming high-quality animal products”, these being said, try to avoid buying meat substitutes so often because they are loaded with sodium and preservatives and highly processed. Therefore, what I suggest you is to read labels carefully everytime you go shopping.
3. You don’t have to make the switch at once.
I found out in the process that going vegan is actually a learning experience and it doesn’t have to stress you at all. So, in this kind of lifestyle, you don’t have to starve or even crave for things. Just go with the flow and gradually switch to vegetables, fruits, grains and other alternatives which can make your mind more relaxed at this stage. The real thing is that you won’t just wake up one morning saying you are vegan. The route that goes to result will take time, just like other things. Make gradual changes in your dietary habits and evaluate every day the way you feel.
4. You need a kitchen full of vegetables and fruits. That’s for sure.
It is essential to store the products most commonly used for cooking, especially, during the first stage, when is a little bit challenging, and you feel like eating everything.
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5. Plants might cover your calcium needs.
For me, to switch to veganism wasn’t really a challenge, actually, even before I wasn’t a fan of meat products, so everything it was a change in harmony with my wishes. A variety of naturally calcium-rich foods such as kale, bok choy, almonds, soybeans, figs, cereals, plant-based milk, and obviously, tofu made with calcium sulfate, all of these will help your body absorb calcium.
From what Michael Pollan says: “Eat food. Not too much. Mostly plants”, I want to highlight the fact that an all-or-none diet it’s getting harder to keep up with. In my opinion we all need a more conscious and balanced diet to keep us alive many years from now on, this is the key.
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