Transition to Becoming Vegan
Whether you are becoming Vegan due to your moral, ethical, religious or dietary reasons, you may find that you will miss the taste of meat. You may also find that you crave for animal products so much that you may even start questioning why you are doing it in a first place, or you may feel guilty when experiencing these cravings!
Don’t worry, you are not the only one! It is a normal process of transitioning when you miss certain foods as most of us were raised eating meat, fish, eggs, milk or honey.
Here you can see easy steps that you can follow.
Get clear on why you are becoming Vegan
It’s important that to know why you are doing it and make sure your emotions and logic are inline. Is it a new diet that you are exploring? Do you have strong belief that you are going to support becoming Vegan? If you do, why?
Keep asking yourself why until you have strong enough reasons, and make sure you keen these reasons in mind or write them down somewhere as a reminder.
Natural Hair Magazine has a number of great suggestions in addition to Why.
Don’t beat your self up and be methodical
Charlotte Meyer zu Natrup tried to be Vegan twice, and each time the transition or painful and slow, even though she had strong reasons for doing it.
The best is also planning ahead, especially when you are only starting out. Vegan Australia put together an excellent guide to vegan grocery shopping.
The only difference to your usual shopping list is to substitutes animal products with other varieties. Your main items like fruit, vegetables, legumes, pasta, bread, etc. will not change.
- Eggs in baking can be replaced with flax seeds (soak 1 tablespoon of ground flax seeds and 3 tablespoons of water) and mashed bananas.
- Beef, fish or chicken stock can be replaced with vegetable broth.
- Honey can be replaced with liquid sweeteners like rice brown syrup, coconut nectar, agave nectar, molasses, coconut sugar, fruit extracts.
- White sugar can be replaced with coconut sugar, stevia or Splenda. Did you know that sometimes bone char is used to bleach and filter cane sugar?
- Meat or fish can be replaced with tofu. Tofu is made from Soya beans and it’s a natural ingredient that is tasty, with a number of nutritional benefits and full of protein. Normally tofu is one of the main ingredients used in Vegan cooking.
- Cow milk can be easily replaced with soy, nut or rice milk. Nut milk, like almond milk, can be made from home.
- Ice cream replaces sorbet.
- Commercial Vegan cheese, sausages and burgers. These are available in cold section of supermarkets.
- Vegan snacks. There are a number of Vegan snacks available at the supermarket or online. Just Snacks also have a large selection of Vegan snacks.
Check out Veg Kichen for more Vegan substitute ideas.
Find support groups
In addition to subscribing to Vegan recipes and buying Vegan recipes book, it will be a good idea to join Facebook Vegan support groups so that you can learn tips, get an advice and most importantly, know that you are not alone!