Making the transition to being vegan can be the best decision you ever make. However, for some people, knowing where and how to start can be a tricky. So here are a few tips to help make that big transition.
Benefits Of Being Vegan
Before you make the transition to vegan, it’s better to know the benefits of it. Some people are sceptical when it comes to the benefits of going vegan probably because they haven’t been properly educated on the facts. Vegans have different opinions and reasons to why they eat vegan foods. The common reason is they don’t want to harm animals. The majority of vegans are concerned about the conditions in which animals are treated for slaughter. Organisations like PETA (People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals) work on spreading awareness on the mistreatment of animals and why there should be an end to animal products and entertainment. So here are some more benefits of going vegan:
- Reduces the risk of type 2 diabetes
- Reduces the risk of obesity
- Lowers high blood pressure
- Increase in vitamin intake
- 60% of worldwide deforestation has been converted for use as agricultural land. Deforestation is one of the main reasons global warming has increased. If the majority of the world’s population were to switch to vegan, we would see a decrease in deforestation. Therefore, leading to a reduction in global warming.
- Similarly, livestock is also a reason for an increase in global warming with methane being the main contributor to the greenhouse effect, originating from cows. According to Time for Change, a cow releases ‘between 70kg and 120kg of Methane per year’. Methane has a higher effect than CO2, therefore ‘the release of about 100kg of methane per year for each cow is the equivalent to about 2,300kg of CO2 per year’.
Animal Welfare Benefits:
- Deforestation effects the natural habitats of animals. These forest habitats are occupied by wildlife, so by cutting down trees and clearing ground for agriculture, habitats belonging to these animals are being destroyed. So by reducing deforestation, animals are not affected.
- Factory farms are quite a controversial subject. There are overwhelming amounts of evidence pointing to the mistreatment of animals so much so, some factories have had to be closed down. For many farmers they see their industry as a profit driving business. With that said, the care for these animals comes last and so the conditions these animals are set up for is poor and cruel. So by going vegan you are helping to put a stop to factory farms and slaughterhouses along with the mistreatment of animals.
Now you know the benefits of going vegan, we can help you with making the switch:
- The first step in making the transition is to research. Knowing the benefits of going vegan is not enough to ensure you live a healthy vegan life. Doing research on the right ingredients, where to get them and how to cook them so you optimally nourish your body is crucial to living a healthy plant-based diet. There are probably some fruit and vegetables you have never heard of so it’s always great to enhance your knowledge and list so you never run out of healthy options for recipes.
- Getting help from others is another way to gain more knowledge and at the same time boost your confidence with the transition. If you have friends or family who are vegan, ask them for their favourite recipes and any advice they have for you in making that transition. If you’re unlucky and have no one you can closely relate to, there are plenty of videos and articles online for you to delve into.
- Don’t rush! At the end of the day, this is a new experience and getting used to it takes time. Transitioning to vegan in a day doesn’t work for most people, especially if you are coming from a mostly meat based diet. Instead combine more plant-based foods with your diet like whole grain foods, nuts and tofu. Some people have taken gradual steps to veganism. What this means is, instead of transitioning straight to a vegan diet, some like to transition to vegetarianism or pescatarianism first, as this happens to be a better method for some.
- Failing to prepare is preparing to fail. You may have heard that statement a few times before and it’s very relevant in this case. Make sure you take note of all the different recipes you want to try. There will surely be ones you do not like which is totally fine. Finding out what is best for you, is the right path to take. Keep in mind you won’t always be cooking for yourself. Sometimes you might want to have a nice evening out at a restaurant. So make sure you know what restaurants serve vegan meals. Don’t be scared to tell your friends of your requirements, because if they are doing the planning you don’t want to spend your night at a restaurant with no food on your plate.
- Understanding why you want to become vegan and the reasons for it can clear your mind and help you decide if it’s for you. Remind yourself that becoming a vegan isn’t an easy choice but it will open up a whole new chapter in your life for the better. Be excited for all the new foods, ingredients and recipes that will be available to you, that you’ve probably never tasted or even heard of before.
If you follow these simple tips, your transition to veganism should be much easier. There will be a few obstacles that you can overcome with our help, if you have the right state of mind and determination for improving your lifestyle.