The first steps to thinking about what we consume are always full of doubt, so I am always happy to see people who are trying meals that are vegetarian or even pescatarian! It is in these moments that we allow ourself to break away from cruelty diets and consider healthier alternatives- even if it is only for a couple of days a week… as my parents say “Meatless Mondays”.
I remember at the start of changing what I ate to be vegetarian, or even vegan, and it was tricky because I did not really invest in all options availability to me. I took the meals I already ate and just removed the meat and cheese. Well that is what being vegan is, but it is also about introducing things like tofu and tempeh as meat alternatives for extra protein or my favorite recipe of throwing in darn near all the veggies instead.
Here are some things to remember about being vegan!
- Don’t forget that basics: veggies, beans, and grains. Yes, there are some really cool vegan supplies out there. However… you don’t need a Daiya pizza every night. Trust me, I thought I did.
- Don’t feel like it’s all out of your control. Restaurants and grocery stores are growing in there vegan sections and there are lots of online guides if you don’t want to spend a lot of time reading the back of labels.
- Listen to your body. If you have frequent stomach aches after consuming dairy, you might want to try some oat milk or grabbing a bag of cheese alternative. My tummy sure is happier now.
- While this list can go on and on, I ask that you take some time to surf the web for some fun facts or videos on how veganism can affect your body AND the environment. Here are some below!