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Some Useful Tips for Making the Transition to a Vegan Diet | Vegan Souls

Some Useful Tips for Making the Transition to a Vegan Diet

If for ethical or health reasons, you want to embrace a vegan lifestyle, transitioning to a vegan diet is probably going to be a daunting prospect. It can be particularly difficult if your palate as well as your system is used to a diet that includes meat, fish, dairy and honey. But relax, by no means are you alone in this. With some minor lifestyle changes and staying put to them, you can adapt yourself to a vegan diet. Here are some useful tips to help you with the transition:

1. Take it slow

Going off all animal products suddenly, after a lifetime of eating them can be difficult to adjust to in terms of your taste buds as well as your digestive systems. So cut out thing slowly: start by cutting out the red meat, then the white meat and then the dairy; or tweak that order to suit yourself and what you think will work for you.


2. Change your grocery shopping habits

Change where you shop, how you shop and change what you put on your shopping list. Look for vegan products at the shops you usually shop at, visit the Farmer’s Market to get fresh plant based produce and explore health stores.

3. Concentrate on adding not subtracting

Don’t think about what you will be cutting out of your diet. Instead think of what you’re going to be adding: exotic fruits and vegetables you haven’t tried before, whole grains that may be new to your palate and so on.

4. Find out about alternatives

There are so many vegan substitutes for traditional animal based foods such as meat and dairy. Soy chunks and other meat substitutes, soy, coconut and almond milk instead of regular milk, non dairy cheese, milk free ice cream and more! Find out about these from books, the net, friends and other likeminded people. Also find out about vegan restaurants so that you can vary things by eating out occasionally.

5. Transform old favorites

If pizza is a favorite, find out about its vegan version. If steak is a favorite, learn to create a vegan steak. In your broths, stews and casseroles, substitute the animal products with vegan ingredients.

6. Learn new recipes

This can be interesting and educational – buy a few vegan recipe books or just search the internet, for easy, tasty and ethical recipes.

7. Join a group or forum

These are great places to share tips and get information and advice. It can also be comforting to know that there are others that are finding the transition difficult.

8. Stick to it

You may slip up from time to time – it can be difficult to stick to a program that is radically different than what you’ve been used to. But stick to it, be patient with yourself and don’t throw in the towel. People who have successfully transitioned to veganism, will tell you that it may not have been easy, but it was all worth it in the end!

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Eva February 20, 2016

I recently bemcae a vegan after watching a horrible documentary on the treatment of all animals used to produce any food product. Mike the carnivore doesn’t know what he’s talking about. Dairy cows are kept in horrible situations and treated VERY poorly. The same goes for hens. They live stacked in very small cages at an angle their entire life. And free-range isn’t much better. To be free range, they don’t have to let any animal spend long periods of time out of a cage, just a small amount. They also don’t have to treat the animals better.


Ashley Woodward October 11, 2017

Excellent advice! Retraining your body to crave different foods takes time, and it’s okay if you can’t make the transition all at once. Allow yourself to make progress at the speed that’s right for you, and keep in mind that any progress towards a veganism is a success, no matter how far you still need to go. Thank you for sharing!


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