Before we begin, let's look at how veganism started. If you didn't know, veganism dates back as early as 500 BCE, it was brought up by the Greek mathematician and philosopher Pythagoras. He proclaimed kindness to animals and all living species to people. Later in time, in 1806 CE, Dr William Lambe and Percy Bysshe Shelley were also proclaiming concepts similar to a vegan lifestyle, they had stopped eating dairy goods such as eggs in the public eye. Fast forward once more, in the 1940s, the era for the modern-day vegan began. Donald Watson was among a few others who were non-dairy vegetarians, held meetings to discuss more lifestyle and food alternatives. Ultimately starting their group as part of the “vegan” lifestyle. Fun fact, the word “vegan” was coined from the beginning and end of the word “vegetarian.”
Today, a vegan diet consists of consuming foods that do not contain products made of an animal origin. Aside from foods, a vegan lifestyle will also include avoiding the purchase and use of animal products. There are several reasons why to switch to a vegan diet and lifestyle, the top 3 reasons are ethics, health and environmental effects.
Here are a few tips about beginning your new journey as a vegan.
- One of the easiest ways (and satisfying) to get started in a vegan lifestyle is to look at the products in your home and start reading the labels. This can include items in your pantry, fridge, drawers, beauty products and clothing. Even some of your cult favourite beauty products are not vegan and cruelty-free, unfortunately. You’ll eventually start decluttering, which is always satisfying and you’ll have a head start for your new diet. A few ingredients you'll want to look at in products are: Dairy products, Meat and Poultry, Seafood, Honey and Whey.
- Do some research, knowledge is power and the more you know the better you'll be prepared when it comes to diet and alternatives. A lot of new vegans struggle with finding alternatives and often feel stuck about what they can and can't eat or use. Use the internet and social media to your advantage, find some blogs and social media accounts that can inspire you and teach you more about veganism.
Start slowly, your body may need some time adjusting to a vegan lifestyle. One of the first steps you can take is to begin a plant-based diet, the changes are small but can make a difference when moving forward. Plan your meals in advance so you'll avoid feeling stumped about what you should and can eat.
If you're ever feeling down and need some motivation, try watching videos and documentaries. It will help remind yourself about why you started and why you should continue it, you'll refresh your perspective and it will give you a positive boost.
- Most importantly, listen to your body! Your body will tell you when something is and isn't working. Oftentimes, vegans will need to add additional supplements to their diet because they are not getting as many nutrients as they were in their previous diet. Fortunately, it's an easy fix, there are vegan protein and supplements powders available that can be used in different recipes like smoothies and baked goods. Here at Vegava, our supplements are 100% organic, vegan and compostable, and yes, they taste delicious! Adding supplements to your new vegan diet can help your body adjust and remain as healthy as ever.
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