How to Be Vegan
in a Non-Vegan World
Many people are choosing a Vegan lifestyle to cleanse the body, clear the mind, save the animals, eat organic, or be the clearest channel they can be to receive intuitive messages. Whatever the reason, the good news is that it is not as hard as it used to be to maintain a Vegan lifestyle. Here are some tips that may help your transition into Veganism easier, and more palatable.
If you have been weighing the options whether to enter into a Vegan lifestyle, you probably have a good reason. Honor the reason that you choose, and give it a try. Many people may want to talk you out of it, but if you honor yourself first, you can never go wrong. Being Vegan means no animal products at all. No meat, no eggs, no dairy, and for many, no sugar.
With stores such as Whole Foods and Trader Joes, there is an array of products available that cater to the Vegan world. The most important thing to remember is that your body needs protein for health and well-being, so adding protein into your vegan diet is essential. Fortunately, there are numerous products made with soy which is high in protein and vegan based.
Eating well-balanced meals is no different when you are Vegan than when you are not. There are meatless BBQ ribs, Meatballs, Eggless egg salad, Soy and Rice Milks (for cereal), Dairy free cheeses and butter, vegan desserts, and more products introduced each day catering to those who have made a choice to become Vegan. Reading labels will become second nature, since many vegetable based items may have added dairy or meat stock added.
Pay attention to what your body is craving, and listen to it. You can become very tuned in to what is lacking in your diet if you simply listen. If you feel you need more protein, perhaps a soy protein shake each day will do the trick. It is important to give your body the essential nutrients you need so that being Vegan enhances your life and does not debilitate it.
Going out to eat is not as difficult as it used to be for Vegans. There are many restaurants that have vegetable dishes with tofu (soy), and the like. A salad is a sure bet most anywhere you go, and pasta with tomato sauce is easy to find.
If you find yourself craving things like meat or BBQ chicken for a long period of time, consider that being Vegan may not be an appropriate choice. The most important thing is to honor your body so it can be the healthiest it can be.
Tips & Warnings
Listen to your body, and make sure you get enough nutrients and protein.
Get in the habit of reading labels. Some products have hidden ingredients that may not support your Vegan lifestyle.