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Vegan Diet

Things To Consider Before Switching To A Vegan Diet

Subtitle:  Do not go vegan in a day, read and consider these factors before making a choice.

Planning to go vegan? But wait, wait, wait. Are you sure you have considered all the factors involved? Have you thought this out in detail? 

There is a lot involved when switching to a vegan diet. And you cannot do it just like that. Otherwise, you are bound to fail and bounce back. To prevent this from happening, make sure you have considered everything well in advance. 

We are discussing all the things you need to consider before switching to a vegan diet in this blog. And we want you to read it very carefully before making any decision or coming to any conclusion. 

Things to consider before switching to a vegan diet plan:

1. SUPPLEMENTS

If you switch entirely to a plant-based diet then you may need to supplement your body with some essential nutrients like Vitamin B12. It occurs naturally in animal origin foods and is an essential vitamin. A lack of it may cause weakness, fatigue, tiredness, loss of appetite and even depression over a long period of time. Though some plant-based foods contain Vitamin B12, it would be wise to also supplement it externally. 

Also, vegan foods contain non-haem type of iron that is a little difficult to absorb by our body. You can supplement it through the consumption of legumes, raisins etc. And Vitamin C can be supplemented through citrus fruits, broccoli and other such foods.

This in no way means that a vegan diet is not complete, it only means covering some portions of the meal that may not be enough.

2. REPLACEMENT WITH JUNK

Going vegan doesn’t mean replacing your healthy normal diet with junk alternatives. Do not try to calm down your initial hunger cravings by munching on chips or bread. Remember why you decided to go vegan and stick to your purpose. It is not a good idea to swap animal foods with junk processed foods that are equally unhealthy. 

 

The plan is not just to lower your hunger cravings, but to actually eat healthy. Processed foods will not fulfil this purpose even if they seem to relax your hunger for a bit. Eat a balanced plant-based diet to cover all your nutritional needs and also to satiate your hunger pangs.

Junk food will also lead to unhealthy weight gain and lower energy levels. It also causes unnecessary negative mood changes that affect your mental health.

3. SLOW STEPS

You cannot possibly expect your body to adjust to eating vegan food solely suddenly. Try to take it slow and one meal at a time. Gradually your body will get used to it and you will be able to shift entirely to a vegan diet

You cannot just wake up one day and decide to go all vegan. That is not practical or healthy at all. Give your body the time it needs and start including more and more plant-based foods in your daily diet. 

Also, do not give up on all animal food at once. Start by cutting them out from your meals slowly every day. Start with some non-basic ones and eventually move towards the basic ones. You can also start by excluding highly processed inorganic foods and then move on to organic ones.

Keep on analysing your body’s behaviour and reactions as well as you include more vegan foods in your meals. And if anything feels wrong, consult a doctor or dietitian.

4. FOOD LABELS

If you really want to go all vegan, be ready to do some extra work as well. Start reading more about veganism and gain more knowledge about it.

Also, make a habit of reading food labels now. Some products may seem as vegan but they may still not be good for your vegan diet. Milk derivatives like casein and why are present in many food products like breads and granola bars. So, this makes them non-vegan. Meat derivatives like gelatin and tallow may also be present in some foods. 

You will only be able to identify them and prevent them from entering your diet when you read food labels carefully.

5. GOING OUT

Veganism is becoming popular every single day and more and more people are adopting it. Due to this, vegan foods are finding their way to the menu of popular restaurants and fast-food chains. 

So, it is safe to say that you won’t have to compromise on going out when you become vegan. There are plenty of options now available when you go out. 

Other factors like taste and affordability are not something to be worried about. With growing awareness and concerns, the cost of plant-based foods is declining. And they taste as good as their animal alternatives. 

Also, you will feel healthier and happier once your body adjusts to veganism. And don’t forget how you are helping the environment and saving animals along the way in your journey to becoming a vegan.

Do you want to try out vegan food before making a choice? Order from a variety of options available on our website and choose for yourself.

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