Chances are that you have most likely come across a vegan at some point or another. You probably listened to them list the multiple ways that a vegan lifestyle has greatly improved their lives, made them feel an overall greater satisfaction, and even served to cure illness. This may have perked your ears up to becoming curious about the vegan lifestyle and what it entails.
When so many people are enthusiastically going on about the multiple benefits of something it can be hard not to want the same benefits for yourself. Therefore, if you have been considering trying out a vegan lifestyle and want to give it a go, here are some tips for making it the most positive experience possible.
Rather than diving straight into the vegan lifestyle you should consider starting slowly. Taking animal products entirely out of your diet can be something drastic for your lifestyle. Studies show that people who ease themselves into the Vegan diet as opposed to jumping in head first are more likely to stick to the diet resulting in more long term health benefits.
Some people are able to make it a week or two only to find that their cravings are so intense after this introductory period that they binge on animal products and end up making themselves ill. After a while, the body becomes so accustomed to not eating animal products that it can have adverse effects on the stomach when consumed again.
Take Protein Supplements
Beginner vegans can start to feel a little sluggish at first since they are lacking the knowledge of which foods are best to eat which will provide the most energy. Sometimes new vegans make the mistake of not getting enough protein which can particularly affect energy levels.
Consider taking a plant-based protein supplement which will keep your protein levels up with a fairly low amount of effort. You don’t have to worry about preparing anything or cooking. All you need to do is mix into some plant-based milk like soy or almond, and mix with fruit or on its own.
Don’t Overdo Carbs
Some new vegans make the mistake of thinking that they can eat whatever they want as long as it doesn’t have any animal products in it. The problem is that what they start reaching for are potato chips, french fries, cookies, and any other kind of delicious non-animal product carbohydrate treat that you can imagine. What they don’t realize is that while they might not be consuming animal products they are still consuming a huge amount of fat, calories, and carbs.
It can start to become an easy solution to reach for something fast and easy rather than expanding your cooking repertoire.
Try to make an effort to learn new and exciting recipes for vegans that will leave even vegans saying, “I can’t believe this is vegan!”