Quick Tips For Going Vegan – My Top 5

5 Quick Tips For Going Vegan

I may not be a seasoned veggie veteran yet, but as someone who’s only been vegan for a few months I feel like there was some advice I wish I’d been given first. It’s really not always as easy as it looks, so if you’re considering giving it a try here are my 5 quick tips for going vegan:

1. Keep an open mind

As an example; I absolutely hated beans, nuts and most seeds before going vegan. That rules out a pretty huge source of vegan protein and, generally speaking, a large portion of the vegan diet. With a bit of perseverance, some wincing and a whole lot of hummus, I’ve eventually started to like some of them. I eat a fair selection of nuts now, for example, and seeds aren’t such a huge deal. I’m still not an enormous fan of beans, but I’ve stopped picking the kidney beans from my chilli or burritos. I’ve also learned a whole new way of preparing veg I never thought I liked too. I may never be a keen avocado fan though, sorry.

2. Research

Whatever your reason is for going vegan, it’s still gonna be harder to stick to in the long run if you’re not really invested. No matter how you frame it, going vegan for your health is pretty similar to just about any crash diet where you cut food groups, except in this case you’re likely to be cutting a fairly huge portion of your diet out that you’ve grown used to over the years and this can get difficult. I’ve spent a lot of time researching the food industry and the environmental effects it has, as well as how truly horrible animals are actually treated. A lot of people call this militant veganism – but being educated is a really good way of helping you stick to your new lifestyle even if your primary reason, like mine, was health related.

3. Learn to plan ahead

I made the choice to go vegan overnight and I very quickly learned how hard that would be. For the first month or so I was aggressively sticking to it- going as far as skipping meals if nothing was available. Once I moved and started working full time though, I learned how difficult it could be to eat while working, travelling or generally just being away from home. In this case, learning to plan is fairly essential to save yourself from starving, being hangry at everyone you work with, and really generally feeling crappy. Learn to bulk cook, keep supplies on hand for healthy, readily available snacks and learn to plan your meals.

4. Get involved with the community

Contrary to popular belief, vegans aren’t all terrifying militant food police. We seem to have a bit of a reputation which definitely isn’t true of all of us. In fact, a scan through youtube, a few blogs and a bit of twittering and you’ll find some pretty cool people to get inspired by, befriend, and generally just get involved with. Not everyone is ready to shout at you for not doing it right- which was honestly one of the things that scared me most when I made the switch.

5. You don’t have to go vegan all at once

There’s something to be said for doing it all at once and going cold turkey, but for most people that’s not possible. I started with just a vegan diet and then started to push for more cruelty free beauty products. I want to try be more conscious of what I buy  in terms of household products and clothes, where I can afford to. Bbut to simply bin/recycle most of your beauty collection, household products, clothes and everything else you own will cost a lot to replace and that really isn’t feasible for most. Every small change you make is progress and is making a difference, so if taking it slow makes it work for you then do it.

Do you have any quick tips for going vegan?

Brianne xo

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6 thoughts on “Quick Tips For Going Vegan – My Top 5

  1. Hey girl,
    I’ve though a million times about going vegan. I think that it’s a great way to live a heathy lifestyle, but for me it seems so hard. I guess I just need constant inspiration and motivation to get there. Also, I have nominated you for the Liebster Award on my blog. Please feel free to check it out.

    xo,
    Crystal Michelle
    http://www.amourmykouture.com

    1. I know exactly what you mean! I’m really glad I’ve managed to find that inspiration as I’ve gone along and even though I still struggle with motivation sometimes I feel a ton better for it, so I know it’s worth it.

      Thank you for mentioning me! I’ll have a nose shortly 🙂

      xo

    1. Ah thank you! I do feel different actually; mostly just that I have so much more energy from my meals- I used to get so so sluggish and just feel kind of gross after each meal but now that a majority of the crap is gone from my diet I don’t feel like I need a nap after everything I eat! My skin is much better too, my hair seems to be growing quicker (good since I’m growing it out) and I just feel sort of better all round.
      I lost almost a stone within my first month and now I’ve sort of settled into vegan cooking it’s slowed a little (I bake a lot of cakes and brownies nowadays haha), but I still feel like I’m getting healthier!

      xo

  2. I love this! I don’t ever intend on becoming vegan but I do love some vegan meals/foods and do eat them from time to time. So I think number 1 and number 5 are really great reminders that we should keep an open mind and it doesn’t have to be done all at once. Everyone is different after all 🙂 xx

    Sam // Samantha Betteridge

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