Regardless of whether you slowly transitioning into veganism or jumping straight in there are a number of important points you should consider. Veganism is an extremely rewarding lifestyle which is not only good for your health but also animals and the environment. However, for some, going vegan can be difficult. To ensure you are making informed and healthy decisions on your vegan journey, consider these 4 helpful tips!
1. Do your research
Education is key. Read as much as you can, as often as you can, from a wide range of reliable and professional sources. Following a vegan diet is extremely good for your body but you must do your research to ensure that you are eating the right types foods. Veganism isn’t just about cutting foods out of your diet it is about nourishing your body with a diverse range of fruits, veggies, nuts and seeds, pulses and carbs to allow your body to reach it’s full potential. In order to ensure you are getting all the right nutrients ask yourself questions such as what are the best sources of protein? Aside from dairy, how else can I get calcium? What can I take to ensure I am getting enough omega 3?
2. Experiment with cooking
As you start to cut certain foods out of your diet there will be a shift in the way in which you cook and what you cook. Experiment and have fun! Try out new recipes and enjoy the process of using new ingredients and experimenting with different flavours.
3. Surround yourself with like minded people
Don’t have any friends or family that are vegan? Big deal, there are millions of others on the same journey as you that are just a click away. Stay inspired by following vegan youtubers, pinterest boards or instagrammers. Learning what other vegans eat can be really educational and beneficial to your own journey by helping you to find reliable information sources and delicious recipes.
4. Take a B12 supplement
B12 is vital for red blood cell formation which ensures a healthy nervous system. Contrary to popular belief B12 does not come from animals, it comes from microbes in the earth. Meat eaters tend to get enough B12 as the animals they eat, eat from the earth. Obviously, this isn’t possible for vegans so the easiest and most reliable way to ensure you are getting enough B12 is through supplements. Adults should take 1.5mcg of vitamin B12 a day.