There can be many reasons why a person chooses to become vegan – fitness, animal cruelty, environmental, etc. Whatever the reason is, maintaining the vegan diet or lifestyle can have its challenges, especially if you have just started. Becoming vegan is beneficial for your body and mind, as well as the environment. So it is always worth putting effort into.
Let’ see how you can go easy-peasy with a vegan, plant-based diet
This is the first mistake many rookies make. They think that going vegan means eating less because it cuts out dairy and meat products. However, this is not true. Every diet style has plenty of options so you can fulfill your macros for protein, carbs, and fats.
Going vegan doesn’t mean getting a basket full of veggies and surviving on them. There is a whole list for vegan foods to buy from the grocery store. Remember, you can always go creative with your recipes. You can have natural, frozen, and dried fruits. You can buy veggies, starches like Barley, Brown Rice, Buckwheat, Quinoa, and Oats. Eat healthy fats from nuts, seeds, and oils. Replace dairy products with Almond Milk, Coconut Milk, and Cashew Milk.
Although processed foods should always be avoided, there are plenty of Candies, Chocolate, Cookies, and Crackers that are labeled as vegan. Similarly, there are dairy and meat substitutes in abundance. You can also find ready made food as well as any condiment you can think of with the “vegan” label.
As you can see, there is no limit when it comes to vegan food; the only thing you need is knowledge about the same to pick the right items for yourself.
Maintaining the vegan diet doesn’t have to be a work of 24/7. It may seem difficult in the beginning, but it is totally effortless if you implement a bit of planning. You have to be strategic with food preparation, so you know what you are going to eat next.
Plan all your meals on a diet chart and start following it. Prepare your meals on weekends and throw everything in the fridge. This way, you won’t crave for unhealthy snacks whenever you are hungry. Just grab that bowl meal, heat it, and savor.
As a beginner, a person can feel lost because he is not aware of the meal ideas yet. It is advised that you follow vegan blogs and get to know different vegan food ideas. Start from something easy and quick to make such as vegan tacos, baked sweet potatoes, chickpea curry, vegetable stir fry, etc.
The more food options you acknowledge; the more combinations you can try. Let’s be it a slow and smooth ride before you become a vegan pro.
You can also always hire a plant based fitness coach to help you on your journey. Doing so will provide you with a partner to keep you accountable and help you design your optimal energy input and output models.
Following a plant based dietis not rocket science. If you are determined to maintain a healthy body, mind, and environment, this cause is enough to keep you motivated. Getting the help of a professional vegan trainer is always an added advantage to your lifestyle.
If you’re looking for me information on how to transition and maintain a plant based diet, check out the video below.