So you have finally seen all the pros and cons of being a vegan! Fully motivated after seeing all documentaries, health improvements, athletes talking about their switch and vegan blogs. After going all bazinga on vegan content, now you wonder how to start and where to start from.
“Veganism is not a sacrifice. It is a joy.” -Gary L. Francione
We have prepared a easy to follow plan of easing into a Vegan Lifestyle that is sustainable as well as practical to adapt!
1. Prepare your meal plan for 1 week.
Keeping your caloric goal in mind according to your lifestyle & fitness activity, plan a meal plan that has at least 3 heavy meals and 2 light meals.
Mix it up and make it fun: Add Smoothies and smoothie bowls, Vegan Chips, Fryums. If as a meat lover, you loved to eat the buffalo chicken wings, remember you can always prepare cauliflower in the same way.Trust me you'd be surprised to see how tasty buffalo cauliflower wings are.
Start finding vegan substitutes of everything you used to eat often. Replace Cottage Cheese with Tofu, Meat with Tempeh, Soya Granules for Vegan Kebabs. You can always refer our recipes or simply google them.(secret: that's what we do too!)
2.Go Grocery Shopping!
Prepare your list of grocery and try to include as many of the below mentioned:
Fruit - Stash in every fruit you eat. Bananas, Apples, Watermelon, Muskmelon, Papaya,etc.
Vegetables - Stash in every vegetable you eat. Leafy, Starchy, Non Leafy, Greens.
Herbs & Spices - Garlic, Ginger, Cilantro, Oregano, Red Chilly, Turmeric, Garam Masala, Rock Salt
Legumes - Red Lentils, Peanuts, Yellow Lentil, Black Lentil, Chickpea, Red Beans or Pinto Beans, Split Beans, Peas.
Berries - Blue berries & Red berries
Grains - Whole Wheat Flour, Buck Wheat, Brown Breads, Amarnath, Oats & White Flour.
Nuts & Seeds - Almonds, Walnuts, Pistacho, Cashew, Raisins, Flaxseed, Pumpkin Seeds, Sunflower Seeds
Dairy Substitutes - Almond Milk, Cashew Milk, Soya Milk, Peanut Butter. (Get small quantities each to try what you like)
Meat Substitutes - Tofu, Tempeh, Soya
Oils & Fats - Olive oil, Refined oil, coconut oil
Get small quantities each to try what you like.
3. Maintain a Journal
Log every meal you eat, sit down in the night, before you sleep and track your daily food intake.This is probably the most missed out factor of adopting a new lifestyle, when you start recording a daily meal or activity it re-wires your mind to create a habit.
A journal will help you to consciously remember what you put in your body. So even if there is any deviation, and you ate something you were not supposed to, you can always correct it.
Repeat this for at least 6 weeks and you will see that your mind consciously starts reacting to dairy and animal based products.
Do not go too hard on yourself. We understand it may be impossible to eliminate meat and dairy in the initial few days, so even if you do happen to eat something animal based or dairy based, do not feel guilty. But log it in. Always have your reasons to go vegan in your mind.