Tuesday, January 21, 2014

House of Goodness (Guest Post)

Practical Tips for Going Vegan

The New Year can be an excellent opportunity for you to overhaul your diet. Veganism has plenty of well-documented health benefits and can really improve your physical well-being. If you’re considering embarking on a vegan diet, it’s best to start with an open mind. Going vegan may be tough at times, but if you approach the experience with positivity, your new routine won’t feel like a punishment and you’ll be less worried about failing. Your vegan diet shouldn’t make you feel limited, as there are plenty of wonderful vegan products on offer from places like Goodness Direct.

Planning is Key

Take a look in your pantry or your kitchen cupboards, and make sure they are well stocked with wholegrains and pulses. If your kitchen is full of ingredients for meat or fish based dishes, you’ll find it difficult to get started. Buy plenty of leafy vegetables like kale and spinach as these can provide the basis of hearty vegan meals. You might want to give yourself some extra time for cooking, particularly at the beginning, as planning vegetable-based meals can be difficult to start off with. If you’re going on a trip or eating lunch at work, be prepared. Don’t assume that there will be vegan products available when you get there.

Socializing With Food

As a vegan, it’s probably best to avoid convenience foods or frequenting a burger restaurant with friends, but that doesn’t mean your social life shouldn’t include food. Why not invite friends over and cook a vegan meal for them? You don’t have to explain your lifestyle choices to those around you, but chatting about veganism can make for some interesting conversations with friends and colleagues. If you want to get others involved, the best way to do this is by showing them how tasty and varied vegan food can be.

Falling Off the Wagon

If you mess up and eat something that’s outside your new vegan diet, don’t beat yourself up about it. No one is perfect all the time, and if you end up eating meat or dairy products by mistake, it’s not the end of the world. If you want to be a successful vegan, remember that you should only enforce vegan rules when they can reasonably be complied with. If you’re travelling and vegan food just isn’t available, don’t starve yourself. When it’s more convenient, you can pick up where you left off with your diet. In the same way, cravings for forbidden foods can be satisfied by having a small amount of them every once in a while.

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