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How To Get Started On A Vegan Diet

How To Get Started On A Vegan Diet

Friday 8th April, 2022

If you're thinking of going vegan, congratulations! You're making a great decision for your health and the environment. But where do you start? In this blog post, we'll discuss everything you need to know about starting a vegan diet, from what foods to eat to where to find vegan-friendly products. We'll also offer some tips on how to stick with it in the face of temptation. So read on and get started on your vegan journey today!


Learn How To Be Vegan Online

One of the first things you'll need to do when switching to a vegan diet is to educate yourself about what veganism is and what it entails. There are many resources available online and in libraries that can help you learn more about veganism. Check out vegan documentaries, read vegan books, and follow vegan social media accounts - these are all great ways to discover recipes, foods, and the principles of veganism and why different people subscribe to a vegan lifestyle. There’s no one reason to do so! 


You might do it for ethical reasons, health reasons, or simply because you don’t like the taste of non-vegan products, like meat or dairy. The more you know about veganism, the more clarity you will have around why you’re making the choice. The more clear your goals and values are, the easier you will find it to stick to the diet (more on that later!). Once you have a good understanding of what it means to be vegan, you can start making changes to your diet.


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Start by slowly adding more plant-based foods to your diet and removing animal products. This is a slow method of transitioning to a vegan lifestyle, but it’s more likely to make it stick. Many people find it helpful to start with one day per week where they eat only vegan meals. You can gradually increase this until you're eating vegan all the time. You’ll probably find that as you eat more and more vegan foods, your body will develop a taste for them. Your cravings from non-vegan foods will eventually dissipate, and eating vegan will seem as natural as anything! 


It's also important to make sure you're getting enough protein, iron, and other essential nutrients.  You can get these from vegan sources like beans, lentils, tofu, and quinoa. A vegan lifestyle tends to be an easy way to get a lot of vitamins and fibre, assuming fruit and vegetables take up a large part of your diet. Technically you could eat bread and pasta every day and adhere to a vegan diet, but this would provide you with little to no nutrition! Make sure you are getting a varied diet as well as a vegan one. Spend a little time browsing around the fruit and vegetables section of any grocery store and you’ll see this isn’t as hard as you might think! There’s so much out there for you to try.


How To Handle Temptation

Earlier, we recommended that you ease into a vegan lifestyle, as opposed to cutting all non-vegan foods straight away. One of the reasons we recommend this is because it will help you clarify what you do and don’t like about the vegan diet, and it will naturally reduce your cravings for non-vegan food over time. If you cut all non-vegan foods out of your life straight away, you’re likely to find your body craving them in a very strong way. 


If you're worried about the temptation to eat non-vegan foods, there are a few things you can do to make it easier. First, try to buy only vegan products when you grocery shop. This way, you won't be tempted by non-vegan items. A great way to do this is by shopping with a store that caters specifically to vegan people! The range at Doorstep Organics is a great way to ensure you’re eating vegan, ethically, and healthily. Check it out here


You can also find vegan-friendly restaurants and cafes in your area so you have options when eating out. Veganism has existed in one way or another for as long as people have been eating, so don’t worry about having to ditch any of your favourite cuisines! Chances are you’ll be able to find a vegan meal using all the flavours that you love, no problem. 


Finally, another thing you can to try and avoid temptation is tell your friends and family about your decision to go vegan so they can support and encourage you. 


You should also know that it’s important not to be too hard on yourself! Making the transition to a vegan diet can be difficult, and you can’t expect to nail it on the first go. If you do, great, but if you don’t? Just pick yourself up and give it another go. Every time you try you’ll get a bit better at it!


What Vegan Shops Are There?

Starting a vegan diet is a great way to improve your health and help the environment. With a little planning and effort, you can make the switch easily and stick with it for the long term! Check out the range of vegan options available at Doorstep Organics and see how we can deliver vegan food to you in as little as twenty-four hours! Shop our range today!




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