Looking to go vegan but not sure where you should start? If you’re like most people aspiring to live a plant-based diet, you might be unsure how or even where to get started. Veganism is a complete lifestyle change and oftentimes requires a level of commitment that many find daunting and challenging. However, those who successfully convert to a plant-based diet see the many benefits of avoiding animal products. With countless health benefits ranging from cancer prevention, heart and kidney function, to decreased rate of depression and anxiety, there is no doubt why so many people have and will continue to switch to a plant based diet.
Do your research.
Start where most things begin in 2020: the internet. Before getting started it hit the web and do some research on all the vegan options out there. Look for restaurants and local supermarkets with plant based options, join an online community or support page, or even look for different vegan meet-ups and events happening in your area. The internet provides a wealth of information at your fingertips, all you have to do is soak it all in!
Build your support system.
Surround yourself with people who are going to support your newly adopted lifestyle change. Because, why would you not want to build a support system of advocates ready to cheer you? Make plans with a friend to hit a vegan or vegetarian restaurant– or find a veganism support group to help champion you!
Stock up on vegan-friendly options.
The key to success is to focus on adding in plant-based options and not what you’re taking out. Head to the store and stock up on things like fruits, vegetables, nuts, legumes, and whole grains. Find animal-free substitutes for some of your go-to commodities like milk, cheese and meats. With so many options, you won’t even remember what you were missing in the first place!
Make gradual changes.
You know what they say: Rome wasn’t built overnight. And, chances are your habits won’t change either. Set yourself up for success by implementing gradual changes over time that you’re more inclined to stick with. Maybe start with eating vegan part of the time and allow a few days a week for you to enjoy some of your hard-to-forego staples, decreasing your “cheat” days little by little as time progresses. Or slowly transition animal products out of your diet week by week until you’ve switched over to complete veganism.
You might get the urge to overthink things, beat yourself up if you slip up, or start doubting yourself– but you got this! Staying positive and confident in your journey towards veganism is a key success factor in transitioning to an animal-free lifestyle. Even coming as far as reading this article is a step in the right direction and one step closer towards a plant-based you!
There’s no time like right now to get started paving the path to your journey to veganism. Join the vast amount of people who have eliminated animal-products from their diet and start reaping the plethora of benefits of the vegan lifestyle. What are you waiting for? With these five easy to follow tips, there’s no reason why you can’t start making strides towards a better version of you!