While adopting the vegan diet might be tough and could take a while to get used to. Peta has some great tips to make this transition smoother.
Updated: 1 April 2019
Some people are born into vegan families while others decided to go the meatless route on their own. There are people who have had their eyes opened after learning the truth about the cruelty of animal agriculture. Going vegan is a challenge especially for someone who loves to consume meat-filled dishes. If you have been eating meat your whole life, the transition can be made easier by working towards smaller goals. If you are eager to start a vegan lifestyle, here are some tips which can help you.
Start by introducing vegan options at home by making all meals and preparing them, including your packed lunches. One thing that you should remember when you eat out is that most restaurants have at least a single vegan option on the menu – even fast-food chains are offering options for those who would like to go meatless.
You may not be able to give up certain foods right away, but you can surely find substitutes for them. For example, for every animal-derived ingredient, you will find a vegan version that is just as good.
There are so many new vegan foods to love if you could only just open yourself up to them. The vegan scene is dynamic and has plenty of innovation so there are many things to look forward to.
Find like-minded people in your area and go out to vegan restaurants together or cook for each other. Having people who have the same meatless goals as you makes the transition to plant-based food a lot easier.
It is a lot easier to get rid of animal-derived foods when you know how animals suffer to put them on your plate. Aside from cruelty, animal agriculture also has an environmental impact.
There will always be people who will go against your plan to go vegan and you should always remember that your decision has a positive impact on animals, as well as your health.
Take stock of your kitchen and ensure that you only fill it with foods that do not contain dairy and meat. You would probably have vegan ingredients in your pantry, so you will be able to keep a lot of your household staples.
Be thankful that your eyes have been opened to the reality of the impact of our current meat-filled diet and lifestyle and take a stand to make a difference.
Not ready to go 100% vegan yet? You can start slowly by choosing days of the week when you should steer clear of meat. Soon, you will find yourself eating nothing but plant=based foods and loving it at the same time.
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