HOW TO GO VEGAN: Practical Tips To Go Vegan and Stay Vegan For Health, the Environment, and Animals!

Written by on June 5, 2014 in Food, Drink & Nutrition, Health with 0 Comments

Source: MaNithyaSudevi

How to go vegan?

1- Decide firmly!
2- Saturate your inner space with vegan-spiration!
3- Reach out, meet others vegans!
4- Start learning about nutrition!
5- Learn yummy vegan recipes!
6- Inspire others!
7- Change your whole lifestyle!
8- Track your progress!

First, when you declare your decision to go vegan within yourself, you empower the choice!

Second, when you make the cognitive shift from seeing “meat” or “food” to seeing “meat” as “a chunk of a dead animal corpse,” it will lost it's appeal to you.

Third, we thrive when we are supported. So, when going vegan, if you don't have other vegans in your social circle, it's important to put yourself out there and make some contacts, even if only online. This way, you'll be encouraged, supported, and even applauded for doing the compassionate thing.

Fourth, because your body is a temple to the divine spirit expressing through it, it's important to keep it healthy, vibrant and energetic. It's a fact that the vegan diet is the healthiest- it's cholesterol free, and it promotes longevity. However, in order to reap the greatest rewards from the foods we vegans eat, we have to make sure to eat more whole, natural, raw foods. If we go vegan then live off instant noodles and dark chocolate, our diet might be “animal friendly,” but it won't be healthy.

Fifth, by learning some delicious new vegan recipes, the switch will be exciting to your taste buds. If we think of veganism in terms of what we “give up,” it will seem like a process of reduction; however, with all the amazing combinations of flavours, textures and ingredients available to us, going vegan isn't about eliminating old foods, it's about adding new ones. Get inspired, and enjoy!

Sixth, to keep yourself enthusiastic about being vegan, remember to share your vegan success story with others, especially people who are also going vegan. This will keep you pumped about yourself, and when you track the positive changes, you'll also be enthusiastic to maintain, and expand on, them.

Seventh, don't forget about the non-food non-vegan items out there: leather, wool, fur, animal-tested cosmetics, etc.

Eighth, tracking your progress will keep you motivated to continue with the healthy vegan way of life.

Also check out:

Physicians Committee for Responsible Medicine:

Vegan Health:

People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals:

My blog, where you'll find many vegan recipes and nutrition tips:

“Purely Vegan” a supportive Vegan Facebook group:…

“Why Vegan” Playlist, full of Vegan-spiration:…

“My advice for beginner vegans is that you just have to learn to cook and eat homemade food so you're not tempted or accidentally eat animals. There's so many world cuisines that are veg friendly and many people that have adapted western recipes for veg diets. I can suggest specific sources if you need. So for Western style veg recipes I recommend Paul & Patricia Bragg, and Ann Wigmore for “old school” traditional foods. (I love old veg cookbooks from the 1960's, 70's and earlier) The Post Punk Kitchen is good for more modern cuisine and vegan baking. There are also a ton of great vegan cook ‘zines, like Please Don't Feed the Bears, Soy Not Oi, and a ton more. both have huge diverse databases of veg recipes. does amazing vegan recipes and I think they're also pretty much gluten-free too. The book, How to Cook Everything Vegetarian is a great resource for everyone including beginners that really don't know how to boil water.” Pixie Kaminski

And finally, my own small tips if you're afraid of the cost of food:

-Brown bananas are cheaper than the newer yellow or green ones, but they're just as good in smoothies, in baked goods as egg replacer, or sliced onto toast with peanut butter

-Bread can be stored in the freezer almost indefinitely, then thawed slice by slice when needed. So, if you're like me and you prefer the expensive sprouted-grain uber-healthy breads like Silver Hills brand, buy it when it's on sale, and pop it in the freezer so it doesn't expire. This can also be done with wraps, pitas, and more.

-The locally grown produce at a Farmer's Market is often cheaper than the imported produce at the grocery store. Support your local growers, and check it out!

– Many people in South America eat rice and beans as a daily staple. It's a complete protein, it's tasty, and it's inexpensive! If you're on a student budget, or if you don't like spending money on food, it's highly recommended!

-Buying things like rice, pasta, quinoa, oats, nuts, seeds, grains, dried fruits and more in bulk is cheaper (and better for the environment!) than buying it packaged.

I hope this helps you achieve your VEGAN goal!

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