Many people think that having a vegan lifestyle only implies to eat fruits and vegetables, but the truth is that it goes beyond food. Starting a vegan lifestyle connects you with nature. You also learn to listen to your body and identofy what it needs and how it feels. Being vegan makes you feel satisfied with your body and the environment that surrounds you.
Vegans do not eat food that comes directly or indirectly from an animal source, including:
You must be asking yourself, but from what do vegans nurture!?
|Seeds||Nuts||Coconut, Soy or Nut Milk|
|All fruits and vegetables||Nut Butters||Agave|
The transition to vegan- first, you need DETERMINATION. Second, little by little, you are going to change what you have in your refrigerator and pantry. Start by substituting some of these foods:
|Cow’s Milk—->Nut, Soy or Coconut Milk|
|Margarine or Butter—-> Coconut, Grapeseed, Avocado or any Nut or Seed Oil|
|Any kind of meat—->Tofu or Tempeh|
|Cream Cheese—> Nut butters|
Do not despair! It took me one year to become vegetarian and four years to become vegan.
Do not stop eating animal protein abruptly because it is going to be a shock for your body. First, stop consuming red meats. Then, exclude chicken. Successively, fish and lastly, egg. The vegan milks are less expensive than cow’s or goat’s milks and last longer. There are some foods that will be very difficult to leave. In most of the cases the group of food that are difficult to leave is the lactose group which includes cheese and yogurt. For me it was easy to leave the cheese, but the yogurt was not. For the cheese, if I was going to eat outside, it was helpful to always order my food without cheese. At home, you can buy or make vegan cheese; most of them are made of nuts and seeds. In the case of yogurt, it was the last animal source I consumed because it was my only probiotic source until I discovered kombucha. Kombucha is a drink made with micro-organisms that provides probiotics to yoursystem. Kombucha may be drink before the breakfast or each meal (consult your nutritionist). Another option to stop consuming animal source yogurt is by trying or making vegan yogurts at home, which can be made from coconut, soy or cashews.
It is normal that you feel weak and with cravings during the first weeks of transitioning. You will also notice a change in your attitude, performance and certain body processes. This is completely natural because your body is learning how to use other sources of protein and re-balance itself. I strongly recommend to visit a nutritionist to guide you in a new diet so that you will be less prone to lack of any mineral or vitamin essential for the right functioning of your body. As a vegan, it is also very important that you have a multi-vitamin, b-12 tablet and spirulina. I consume these about three times a week in the morning or in the lunch.
Furthermore than just food, veganism includes cloth and other materials. Vegans do not use cloth made of leather, wool, fur or any animal skin (crocodile, animal print, etc)
What I most like of the vegan lifestyle is that it impulses me to be creative!
I hope that this entry was very helpful to you, thanks for your time. Below, I will leave you some facts, tips and frequently asked questions and answers about veganism.
1- Quinoa is the essential grain to a vegan diet.
2- Consume nut spreads and learn how to use them. Visit my blog entries to know more about Icadelicias Nut Spreads.
3- You will need supplements such as spirulina,vitamins and b-12 tablets to take daily or when you feel weak.
1- Buy in bulks! It helps you to save money because the product lasts longer. Foods that you can buy in bulk are:
2- Store fruits or vegetables in the freezer so they can last longer. Some fruits that I store in the freezer are:
|Some Bananas (for making nice creams)|
3- Always carry with snacks or lunch with you!
4- Add ginger, tumeric or lemon to your water for staying hydrated and get the benefits from these foods.
Frequent Questions and Answers:
1- Is it expensive to be vegan?
Totally not! Buying in bulk makes you save money because you do not have to buy a food constantly. Second, storing the fruits in the freezer make them last longer and use them to the maximum. Third, the meats are the most expensive food in a shopping list so you will be saving that money for other elements. Fourth, most of the time you will make your own lunch or snacks, so you will spend less money on eating outside.
2- What supplements do I have to consume?
I suggest you to have spirulina, b-12 tablet and a vitamin pack.
3- From what vegan sources will I get my protein?
There are plenty of plant-based protein such as quinoa, chickpeas, tofu, tempeh, nuts, seeds, nut spreads, vegan protein powders and high-in-protein vegetables such as broccoli.