Vegans around the globe celebrate November 1 as the World Vegan Day. This annual event is an opportunity for promoting the vegan lifestyle, sensitising people about it and celebrating the core values associated with veganism.
It is also a great chance for anyone willing to adopt this lifestyle to learn more about it.
Here are a few major points you need to keep in mind if you are planning to switch to veganism.
1. Take it slow
The sudden transition to veganism can cause health issues. For example, if you go for a plant-heavy vegan diet, it will shoot up your fibre intake. This overnight increase may, in turn, lead to gastrointestinal distress. Therefore, start by introducing small changes in your diet.
Avoiding drastic dietary changes is better for your body. It will also make it easier for you to stick to the new lifestyle.
2. Go for supplements
Excluding dairy and meat from your diet means that you’ll not be getting enough of certain nutrients. To counter this drawback, supplement your diet with vitamins, especially vitamin B12.
Other deficiencies that you might be at risk for are that of vitamins A and D, iron, omega-3, and calcium. Other than ensuring that the vegan sources of these essential nutrients are a part of your wholesome diet, take the required supplements on a regular basis.
3. Get in the habit of reading food labels
Becoming a vegan means that you may have to be a little extra careful about what you pick up from the shelves at the grocery store. Animal and milk products are often used as an ingredient in various food items. Be sure to read food labels and check the ingredients list before buying anything.
Watch out for ingredients like tallow, cochineal, gelatine, and suet.
4. Vegan is not synonymous with weight loss
Switching to a vegan diet will not lead to weight loss automatically. For healthy weight loss, you need a proper exercise routine and a diet plan.
5. Vegan doesn’t always mean healthy
A vegan diet may not necessarily be a healthy diet. Do not expect good results if you plan to binge on soya nuggets, chips or vegan sausages. To make the most out of this lifestyle choice, make sure your diet includes whole grains, seeds, beans, and nuts. Replacing animal products with processed vegan options will not do the trick!
Veganism doesn’t come with a rule book. At the end of the day, comes down to how passionate about this new lifestyle. All the best!