First of all, welcome to the cult. Just kidding – despite what the press might suggest, veganism is not just some fanatical trend that’s going to be out of fashion soon. It’s a lifestyle that benefits your health, animals, and the environment.
There are big benefits to avoiding animal products in your lifestyle, so it’s more than just a stylish trend. Of course, as a new vegan, you might still be trying to ease yourself into this lifestyle. It can be hard to weigh up the ethics of the things you consume, wear, or use on a daily basis. That being said, the helpful lifestyle suggestions in this article might just steer you in the right direction.
Rethink your consumer habits.
The first step to adopting a vegan lifestyle is rethinking your shopping habits. As mentioned in the introduction, this can be the trickiest part of changing your lifestyle. Avoiding meat and dairy products in your meals can be relatively straightforward; most grocery stores will include labels indicating whether or not food is vegan (but you can always read the ingredients list to check that food contains no meat or dairy products). However, this can be slightly trickier when it comes to clothing. Many retail stores aren’t exactly clear on whether their clothing is free of animal products or not. This is why you should do research to find vegan clothing stores. That way, you won’t have to worry about researching every single item of clothing you buy. Rethinking your consumer habits is the first step you need to take when you become a vegan. It’s about much more than the food on your plate. It’s about the animal product industry as a whole.
Think of substitutes you can implement.
A lot of people resist veganism or even vegetarianism because they talk about all the food they’re going to miss. But the booming vegan industry has led to plenty of delicious substitutes, so you should get yourself acquainted with all the animal-free substitutes out there for the things you love. Bean burgers are more delicious than beef burgers. That might be open to debate, of course. And you can still have your morning cereal, but you’ll have to use oat milk, almond milk, or another plant-based alternative (again, these substitutes are all delicious). You should also try out Oolong Tea. It has plenty of health benefits. Plus, if you’re going to use milk substitutes then you’ll need to make sure you’re drinking types of tea and coffee that blend well with plant-based alternatives. You might also need a B12 supplement, as B12 only occurs in animal products; it’s necessary for healthy blood cells, so it’s worth making sure you’re keeping your body balanced.
Take it slowly.
The important thing to remember is that every little thing makes a difference. Even if your transition to veganism isn’t immediate, you’re still making an improvement to your health, the lives of animals, and the environment. Some people manage to adopt a vegan lifestyle instantly, but others need some time to adjust to a new way of life. And that makes sense. Changing your diet, even if you adopt a healthier way of eating, has a big impact on your physical and psychological state. You need to take it easy. That’s why many people become vegetarians before becoming vegans. But consuming meat or dairy products only once or twice a week is still better than consuming them in every meal on a daily basis. You need to think about the big picture. It’s all about making a positive impact on the future of the planet.
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