January might already be ending, but it’s not too late to hop on the Veganuary movement. The start of the year is usually a time for resolutions and changes to your lifestyle, so why not start by developing better eating habits? Continue reading for tips that will help you succeed on your plant-based journey.
Establish Your Why
Why do you want to try veganism? For most people, it’s about animal welfare and the environment. The health benefits of a plant-based diet have also encouraged others to make the switch. Whatever the reason is, setting an attainable and meaningful resolution will give you a better chance of success. If you need more reasons to go vegan, check out these Netflix documentaries.
Bookmark Vegan Recipes
The easiest way to transition to a vegan diet is to veganize your favorite dishes. That means swapping animal products for plant-based options like tofu and dairy-free milk. Plus, most grocery chains now offer meat-free substitutes. Even if you aren’t the best cook, you’ll find that there are plenty of quick and simple recipes online to follow.
Stock Your Pantry
Many people are apprehensive about transitioning to a vegan diet because of the common misconception that it’s more expensive. Instead of buying a plant-based substitute for everything, stick to whole foods. Don’t forget to read food labels and stock up on staples like rice, beans, legumes, and plenty of fruits and vegetables.
Keep it Varied
Going on a plant-based diet might initially feel restrictive, but that’s not necessarily the case. Recently, more cafes and bakeries with vegan desserts have popped up in Manila, so you won’t have to worry about satisfying your sweet tooth cravings. Just make sure you consume these treats in moderation and check that you’ll still get the proper nutrients and vitamins.
As you transition into a vegan diet, there will be slip-ups and temptations along the way. However, that shouldn’t discourage you from continuing this plant-based journey. Recognize that your effort to reduce your animal and dairy consumption is already a success for your health, the environment, and the animals.
Art Macky Arquilla