Going vegan has never been easy. So before you jump on the vegan diet trend, there are some things you need to know.
The founder of The Vegan Kitchen, Catherine Phillips shares some tips
Veganism is not just a diet- it’s a lifestyle
- By going vegan you’re trying as much as possible to do as little harm — so that would mean not eating, wearing or using animals in any way. So a vegan would not eat meat, drink milk, eat eggs or honey and they would also not wear leather, silk or wool, they would not support zoos and animal circuses or aquariums. They would also need to check that everything they use not only doesn’t contain any animal products but also has not been tested on animals in the making of it. So reading labels and doing research on food, cosmetics, cleaning products etc is very important.
Veganism can be a lonely road- find some like minded souls
- As soon as people know that you have become vegan they will start to question you, some curious others more accusatory. You will at times feel alone and like you are fighting an uphill battle, so it is important for you to get support from other like minded people. There are so many vegan groups on social media these days that you can join and often they have meet ups in central areas. Just being able to share how you are feeling, ask questions on how to deal with non- vegans and share recipes and ideas is great.
Veganism is not about salads
- I often say, everything you can eat I can eat vegan. Just because you cut out the cruelty does not mean you cut out taste. There are so many new products coming onto the shelves that help people transition from eating meat to becoming vegan, from meat alternatives to cheese like products. Also, most recipes can be adapted to vegan without much fuss.
Going out to eat- prepare beforehand
- If you’re going to dine out check beforehand what the restaurant has on the menu. Phone ahead and see how accommodating they will be to making a vegan meal. It gets very frustrating to go to a restaurant and have to get the waiter run back and forth to the kitchen to find out each dish’s ingredients.
Veganism and nutrients
- If you eat healthy fruit and vegetables you will not need to supplement with hundreds of vitamins like people tend to assume as soon as you tell them you are vegan. Proteins are found in nuts, legumes, grains, grains and other vegetables. Calcium is found in dark leafy greens, cabbage, flax seed, nuts, seeds, oats, tofu, rhubarb, carrots etc.