When you are making the switch from an omnivorous diet to a vegan diet it can be a bit overwhelming and you may not where to start. Here are 3 simple tips that you can use to help make the switch.
1. Do your research
One of the most common mistakes when undertaking a dietary lifestyle change is that we dive in head first without actually thinking through the flow on effect that these changes may have.
I made this mistake when switching from an omnivorous diet to a vegetarian diet and the consequence was that I consumed far too much dairy which lead to congestion, acne, bloating and weight gain.
You need to make sure that you are getting a full range of vitamins, minerals and macronutrients to ensure your optimum health.
Don’t get me wrong, it is not difficult to be vegan. However, I do know that if you are going to stick with it long term, and have a healthy diet, you need to do some research.
This research and education should be ongoing, you don’t need to spend hours and hours looking into everything at once. Take small steps, so you don’t feel overwhelmed.
2. Don’t rely on meat and dairy substitutes forever
Meat substitutes such as soy “faux” meats and non dairy cheese are delicious and can often make switching from an omnivore to vegan that little bit easier. These foods however will do nothing for your waistline and can be just as fattening as their “real” counterparts.
By sticking to a vegan diet that is full of fresh produce, you will ensure that your body is getting a wide range of nutrients, without all of the additional ingredients that come with consuming processed foods.
3. Eat a wide variety of foods
I am a big fan of meal prep, this makes getting through my week 110% easier. Easy Vegan Meal Prep I am aware however that when consuming a vegan diet, or any diet really, you do need a variety of foods to get the wide range of vitamins and minerals your body needs.
Always try mix up your meals, where possible, and if you are meal prepping try make a couple of different dishes to ensure that you get your essential vitamins and nutrients. Make up a big salad for lunch for a couple of days, make up a big curry to have for dinner, make up a fruit salad to get your mix of fruit in. It is quite simple and needn’t be complicated, just make sure you are getting variety.
I hope these three things will help make your transition to a healthy vegan diet more easy for you.