How to Make Your Vegan Journey Easier
You’ve heard it over and over: veganism is good for the body and the environment. It keeps you healthy and saves a lot of animals from slaughter. These two explain why more Australians ditch the meat.
The problem is, transitioning to veganism takes a lot of time. It can also be challenging. A 2014 research showed that 84% of vegan eaters lapsed. The key to staying vegan is consistency, but you can make the journey easier with these ideas:
1. Join a Cooking Class
One reason many avoid veganism or go back to eating meat is the perception that veggies and fruits are boring. Greens, for example, are unappetizing and taste bland. You can get over this mindset when you know how to cook them right. For that, you can attend a natural cooking course.
In this program, you’ll immerse yourself in the principles of nutrition. You will discover cooking techniques to make every dish palatable. Most of all, it will open a door for you to become a chef—in case you’re looking for a fallback.
2. Start with Half a Plate
Eating a lot of veggies and fruits a day can be daunting unless you start small. Begin the journey with a plate.
For each meal, at least half of the plate should be vegetables. A quarter will be for proteins, such as poultry or pork. The other will be for whole grains.
As your taste buds adjust to consuming plants, you can switch from poultry to vegan proteins, such as tofu and chickpeas.
Note: Many people think a serving equals a bowl of greens. It is usually just a cup. A fruit, depending on the size, might already count as one serving.
3. Eat Your Well-Loved Veggies and Fruits
You might dislike a lot of veggies and fruits, but there’s a good chance that you like some of them. For beginners, it can help to consume those that you enjoy eating.
You can then experiment on different ways of cooking or consuming them. Take, for example, broccoli. You can steam and pair it with fish or create a soup. You can also roast it and toss the greens to your salad or make a “popcorn” out of it.
When you take a natural cooking course, you’ll develop skills that can be helpful in the kitchen, especially with flavoring vegan food.
4. Sign Up for Vegan Movements
You need not get on the vegan journey by yourself. All around the world, you’ll find dozens of vegan organizations with people more than happy to support you.
You can also join popular vegan movements. At the beginning of the year, you can sign up for Veganuary, when you avoid consuming animal-based products.
Another option is Meatless Monday. For one day a week, you eat vegan food. This is excellent for beginners since you won’t feel deprived of the food you still love to eat.
As you grow in the movement, you will learn to incorporate vegan food in your meals and even sustainability in your lifestyle.
Veganism is no longer a road less traveled, but it can still be a challenging journey. To make sure you don’t lapse, take it easy. Get support. Be consistent.