Stay Vegan Top Tips & Happy Health
Some people who try vegan may find that they need help with staying vegan. If you’re struggling a bit with veganism, you’ll love our stay vegan top tips! The Biskgetz team have put together some great tips to help you stay a happy vegan!😊
Being vegan is a way of life and a lifestyle choice that many people have adopted for different reasons. Some people do it for the health benefits because they’re against animal cruelty or to help protect our planet, (to name a few). However, the one thing that we know people struggle with in the initial stages is ‘how to stay vegan.’ So, are you ready to set off on your happy vegan path? Okay, then read on…
- Why do you want to go vegan?
Be sure to always remind yourself of your reasons for going vegan. Keep these in mind if you’re ever in doubt about whether veganism is for you. When faced with challenges, the reasons behind your conversion will motivate you to push on through.
- Do your research
Do your research into the vegan lifestyle. Look at what other people consume, read up on nutrition, explore recipes, watch documentaries, and check out social media etc. We find that social media provides a great platform for people to connect with like-minded individuals. The vegan groups on Facebook are endless! However, although social media can be helpful when gathering information, it’s also important that you do some independent research outside of social media. Look up vegan resources such as Vegan Society and Vegan Health. There are much more out that we’re sure you’ll come across.
- Start off slowly
To begin with, the transition can be quite tough. So, start off slowly by eliminating meat/fish from your diet a few times a week, and then for the rest of week consume only plant based foods. You’ll find this easier if you have a goal in mind. For example, eliminating non-plant based foods from your diet 3-4 times per week, for one month, then two times per week the following month, etc.
You could also try eliminating certain products from your diet gradually, i.e. cutting out red meat, then cutting out dairy, etc. Do what works best for you! The idea is to be truthful with yourself and what you believe you can realistically attain within a certain time frame. It’s important to remember that everyone has their own reasons for being vegan and we all work at our own pace.
- Plan what you’re going to eat
Eat regularly and never allow yourself to go hungry. Try your best to plan what you’re going to eat to ensure you get your calories in. The best way to do this is to plan ahead. If you do this you’re less likely to snack and less likely to go hungry.
Before you do your main grocery shop, try thinking about the dishes that you would like to eat/prepare for the week. Consider breakfast, lunch, and dinner. Add the ingredients for each dish to your shopping list and increase the quantity if you want to make more. You can even freeze it for a later date.
- Be adventurous
Don’t limit yourself to what you already know. Be adventurous…look up vegan recipes, bloggers, vloggers, magazines, and books. Find other ways of utilising your favourite ingredients and replicating your favourite dishes. Experiment with new ones too. This will prevent you from getting bored of eating the same old stuff, and throwing in the towel!
- Stock up on staples
Some people are under the impression that being vegan means living on salads and fruits all day, every day. The reality couldn’t be further from the truth! There is so much more to being vegan than living like a rabbit.
Keep your pantry busy by stocking up on herbs, spices and whole foods like legumes, grains, and seeds. As these are dried goods, you can keep them stored away in your cupboards for a long time. Keep your fridge stocked up with seasonal fruit and veg. Cooking doesn’t need to be difficult. Keep it simple!
For a quick and healthy vegetable fried rice, just add a bit of veg, a touch of seasoning and some olive oil to some brown rice. See, easy-peasy!
- Buy foods that are in season
Foods that are in season tend to be the cheapest. Not only that but if you’re a novice cook, you’ll find several chefs creating new recipes with seasonal produce. This keeps things interesting. You’ll also save money and learn so fab recipes!
- Stay hydrated
We all know the importance of drinking water, but so many of us struggle to consume the correct daily intake. Try to drink six or eight glasses of water per day. When we’re dehydrated it’s easy to mistake this for hunger. So, stay hydrated, especially in between meals.
- Eating out
Eating out at restaurants is probably one of the most challenging things when you’re a vegan. The idea here is to plan ahead. Go online and look up the restaurant’s menu before you visit.
Most restaurants will have vegetarian options on their menu. They will also often be able to adapt the non-vegetarian/vegan options. So, you should call and enquire prior to your visit. We have a great resource for finding places to eat if you’re struggling to find somewhere to eat. Another good tip is to create your own meal from side dishes.
- Don’t give up
If you slip, dust yourself off and try again. Surround yourself with people that will show understanding and encouragement. Having a ‘slip-up’ is not the end of the world and it doesn’t mean that you’ll revert back to your old lifestyle choices.
Whatever your reasons are for going vegan, it’s important that you feel happy in your decision. Don’t be too tough on yourself if you do slip-up. Stick with it and you’ll soon see and feel just how great it is to be vegan 😊
Good luck! x