Your Vegan Journey: Where to start?
The vegan diet is one of the healthiest ways to eat and I always get asked about how people should start their own vegan journey.
Before considering changing your diet, make sure you do a thorough amount of research surrounding the subject and look at your own diet.
In this blog post, I will talk you through some of the very first steps that you should consider taking when it comes to becoming vegan.
- Small changes first!
- Veggies, Veggies, Veggies.
- Vegan junk food
- Variety is key
Small Changes First!
When it comes to the vegan diet, a lot of people think that you have to jump and go cold turkey (pun not intended) when cutting out all animal-based products.
This is simply not true.
Changing your diet in any way, even for the healthier, can be a shock on anyone's system. You have to think about your current daily diet and look at what changes you can make. My first bit of advice when people ask me how they can start their vegan journey is to start small and slow.
My first step was changing my milk to nut-based milk such as oat, coconut or almond. This a simple and easy change which didn’t impact my day-to-day life. It didn’t make me feel any different and it will truly have a positive effect on the environment.
It’s true when people say that Rome wasn’t built in a day. The food you eat is the fuel which makes your body go, so feeding it correctly is extremely important. Make sure you look at your current meals and think about what you can cut out. Slowly but surely, you will be able to be 100% vegan.
Veggies, Veggies, Veggies
Another good way to get your vegan journey started is to make your vegetables the star of your meals.
When preparing any meal, you should always try to incorporate protein, greens and carbohydrates. The next time you are thinking about what you are going to have for dinner, consider making a meal around vegetables. A great example of this is my amazing Buddha Bowls.
Here is my recipe for my Vegan Protein Buddha Bowl:
- 1 Pack of Tofu ( I use Tofoo Co)
- 1 Sweet potato
- 1/2 Tin of chickpeas
- 1 Bag of Spinach
- 1/2 Tin of Sweetcorn
- 1 Spring onion
- Romaine Lettuce
- Olive oil
- Garlic powder
- Salt and Pepper
If you need help figuring out what vegan meals to prepare, I have a full website page dedicated to some of my favourite vegan recipes. Check it out for some inspiration!
Vegan Junk Food
Yes, don’t worry, if you decide to start your vegan journey, you can definitely still indulge in some good junk food.
People tend to get hung up on food they can’t have when they think about veganism. But I am here to tell you that a lot of really yummy snacks are actually completely vegan.
McVities Hobnobs? Vegan.
Peanut butter? Vegan.
Starting your vegan journey doesn’t mean you have to give up on some yummy snacks.
I definitely love having a little vegan chocolate from time to time. However, what I will say is that although there are plenty of yummy vegan alternatives to your favourite snacks, make sure you are still getting a balanced meal.
It can be easy to get lost in all the amazing, new vegan options that you forget to have a good amount of protein, vegetables and iron.
Variety is Key
Again, another question I always get asked is how I get so much variety in my diet. A lot of the vegan diet staples are actually really versatile.
I use a lot of pasta, noodles, tofu, beans and nuts, which I make sure to vary in every meal. I find myself leaning on tofu a lot because I can do so much with it. Just by adding different seasoning or pairing it with something else, I can make a completely different meal each time.
I also make sure to use a variety of different flavour proteins powders. I love having my protein shake in the morning but like everything, you will get bored of the same thing over and over again if you don’t change it up.
When making my Vitally Vegan protein powder, I made sure to make a range of different and versatile flavours which can be put into so many different dishes. My personal favourite is the coconut flavour!
If you are looking to try some new protein, you can shop my range here.