VEGAN LIFESTYLE AND HOW TO GET STARTED.

vegan lifestyle Photography by: Brooke Lark

Lately I am so interested in a Vegan life style. I call it a new journey of my life. I was carnivore my entire life. In my entire family, we had no vegetarians or vegans at all. So, currently, I am not too strict and taught to myself. I don’t create stress and panic in this adventure. I simply try to discover new fruits, flavors, super-foods and delicious recipes. Learn now to eat healthier without loosing any valuable nutrition and vitamins. One step at a time. Not more or less.

But, what does it mean to be Vegan?

In major Veganism is the most restrictive “level” of vegetarianism. Shortly and food related only, vegans eat no meat or animal products.

What is the difference between Vegan and Vegetarian?

There are several kinds of vegetarian diets, defined by what types of foods are consumed (source: ASK DrSEARS):

  • Lacto-vegetarians include dairy products in their diet. Lacto-ovo- vegetarians also eat dairy products and eggs.
  • Pesco-vegetarians eat fish, dairy products, and eggs along with plant foods.
  • Finally, there are semi-vegetarians, who cheat a little and eat a little poultry along with fish, as well as dairy products and eggs. Most veggie lovers are not strict vegans.

    vegan lifestyle

    Photography by: Brooke Lark

If you decided to become Vegetarian or Vegan I have few advises from my own experience that might be helpful in your new lifestyle journey:

  1. Think twice before sharing your new vegan life style with others.

As soon as you share everyone will keep checking your plate. Some will look at you as if you are a bit crazy. Some will try to catch you eating something not vegan and point on it. Being at the beginning of your way there is a high risk of this “cheating” to happen.

In plus you probably don’t need those comments about vitamins you can get ONLY from meat. Either questions like for how long are you planning to eat this way? How is your Diet going on? Veggies only, again? You don’t need all of that just because there are no answers ready to most of these questions yet. And mainly, you are still in a “discovery mode.”

So, think twice before sharing your new vegan life experience.

  1. Don’t be too strict to yourself at the beginning. Probably you might think about becoming vegan gradually.

If you were eating diary, eggs and meat your entire life you might want to start slowly and take it easy. I am against extra stress in any of new beginnings. Putting yourself into too strict limitations from start may lead to giving up too fast.

It took me a while to grow this vegan idea in my head. Half a year I was adding extra veggies to my daily ration, flipping Instagram posts from vegans to gain some inspiration, discovering new ingredients, spices and recipes. Those mouth-watering colorful images with veggies, herbs and super-foods, I had no clue about earlier, were making me stronger and stronger in my desire to try it out.

  1. Start with 7 Days Vegan or Vegetarian Challenge.

Start with a defined time frame and see how it goes for you. Have a one week ready meal plan. It will help you manage it and do it easier. Have healthy vegan snacks ready during the day. I personally went through my first Vegan week with no meat, fish, eggs or diary cravings at all.

  1. Read about vegetarian and vegan life style before starting.

Don’t start blindly. You need to know what contains protein, Iron, vitamin C and B group vitamins. You need a well balanced nutrition meals.

  1. Going vegan is not a Diet it is Lifestyle.

As a conclusion, I would like to add, that you need to enjoy what you are eating. Otherwise you will be not able to stick with it for long. And it indeed will be called Diet and not a Life Style. 

In Plus, it can take a while till you discover delicious recipes, will learn to combine all needed nutrients and create well balanced meals. You may even discover that this is not your path at all. And this is fine as well, I guess. Whatever will be the output the main part is that you tried something new and left with something that works specifically for you.

After all, the main part is to be Happy and don’t forget about trying to be Healthy!

Cheers,

Nina   

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