Veganism is no longer a trend, nor is it a passing fad; it is a healthy way of life that has taken the world by storm and helped millions of people ensure their long-term wellbeing and lead rich, rewarding and prosperous lifestyles. Basically, veganism is taking healthy dieting to a completely new level with its tried and tested methods of healthy cooking, and raw ingredient utilisation. It combines healthy eating habits with environmentally friendly practices that help preserve the environment.
While it might seem more tempting to stick to a “whatever you get your hands on” approach, going vegan is not difficult at all. It just requires researching and sourcing valuable information, switching out one daily habit at a time, some planning and a dash of persistence. Here is how you too can easily begin your vegan journey and make it an inviolable core element of your mind, body and soul.
An open mind leads to long-term happiness
A surefire way to hinder your vegan progress and ultimately fail in reaching your health goals is by promoting a negative, cynical or a wavering mindset. Self-doubt is the silent killer of dreams and success, and if you want to change your life for the better quickly and for good, you need to imbue your mind and soul with positivity.
You can empower yourself to believe that you are headed in the right direction by reading up on honest online testimonies from authentic vegans, from people who have been where you are now. Follow their advice on how to stay positive and focus on the health benefits of veganism, and you will make your transition a breeze.
Stock your pantry with healthy food
The pantry is the first place you would go to if you’re hungry as it contains almost all of the ingredients you would need to make a meal or a quick snack. Usually, a pantry is home to processed and canned food, unhealthy meats and goods harbouring animal by-products such as gelatin, butter, eggs, etc.
Therefore, the first thing you need to do is get rid of all the things non-vegan (don’t throw food away though, donate it to someone who needs it) and stock up on plenty of healthy vegan-friendly food such as whole grains, lentils, hearty leafy greens including spinach, kale and collards. Be sure to also stock up on vegan condiments and other ingredients you need to make interesting and delicious meals, such as burgers, burritos and vegan pizza.
Manage your macros
Transitioning into a vegan lifestyle takes some getting used to, especially when it comes to macronutrient management, simply because you have to substitute meats, dairy products and eggs with some other protein-rich food sources. Contrary to popular belief, a vegan diet contains a variety of different protein-rich foods – all you need to do is take a stroll down to a vegan shop and you will easily find everything you need. While healthy fats and carbs are fairly easy to find, look for protein sources in legumes and various nuts and seeds.
Plan your meals and bring them with you
Finally, you want to devote some time to getting the hang of vegan cooking and planning your meals so that you make sure you reach your daily caloric requirements and consume the right amount of macronutrients and micronutrients. Fortunately, you can easily source amazing vegan meals online that shouldn’t take you more than 15 minutes to make.
Secondly, you want to plan your meals and pack them into food containers in order to avoid succumbing to unhealthy temptations either at work during the day or if you go out with your friends in the evening. Given the fact that you are using natural materials, you will be able to make plenty of meals in advance by devoting a Sunday afternoon to cooking and packaging your main meals for the upcoming week. This approach will make it significantly easier to follow the path to becoming a vegan.
Becoming a true vegan doesn’t have to be a drag, nor should it be construed as punishment for your sins. No, a vegan diet will lead you down a path of lifetime happiness, health and prosperity, so make sure you follow these simple guidelines and reap the numerous benefits of veganism!
Features Writer; Peter Minkoff
Peter is a a men's grooming & fashion writer at The Beard Mag & High Street Gent magazines from UK. Beside writing he worked as a menswear fashion stylist for many fashion events around UK & Europe! His future plans are in creating a personal blog for men's grooming!
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