How do I go vegan
Finally vegan! Become a vegan with 15 tips!
You don't become vegan overnight. With our tips we want to make it easier for you to get started.
Would you like to become a vegan, but you don't yet know exactly how to do it? Then a visit to our blog is the best way to start. Because, as we have learned from many conversations, an incredible number of people in Germany are playing with the idea of becoming vegan. And there are more every day. No wonder. Anyone who is constantly confronted with the problems of modern factory farming, has to read horror reports about terrible animal experiments, observes the global environmental sins that are directly and indirectly related to our diet, or simply follows the never-ending food scandals of recent years, will probably come sooner or later the realization that you should also change something in your private life.
But where do you start? How do you become a vegan in the first place? Who can help you? Is it bad if we also eat a schnitzel? Should we even start a vegan way of life if we assume that we will not make it in the end? Yes, is it healthy and natural at all when we humans are supposedly meat eaters? Questions about questions and concerns about concerns that one or the other of you may have already encountered.
Our answer, which will probably not come as a surprise to you at this point: Of course you should dare to start. And to make the transition easier for you and to provide the basis for a permanent vegan life, we have put together the 15 best tips that have also helped us to become vegans.
Tip 1: Everything is easier if you are well informed.
All the information you collect on the subject of vegan life is generally great. At first you will probably be overwhelmed by the mass of information - whether on the Internet or in specialist literature. The more you deal with the topic, the easier it will be for you to distinguish the right and important tips from the wrong ones.
As I said, you made the best start by visiting our blog. Because we want to inform you as broadly as possible about all important aspects relating to the topic of vegan, without falling into incomprehensible, highly scientific specialist discussions. So, read some of our articles across the board - this will give you a perfect overview as a basis.
Tip 2: Everything takes time
You don't become vegan overnight. Well, there are also supposed to be cases where someone has actually turned his life upside down from one day to the next and switched from a carnal to a plant-based diet in one fell swoop. However, the vast majority of us vegans have succeeded in making the switch in stages. Studies show e.g. B. that over half of the vegans were initially vegetarians. Only after renouncing meat and fish was the renunciation of eggs, then milk and dairy products as well, in order to finally become real vegans for whom all animal products are taboo. And which then consequently extend this taboo to all areas of life - including cosmetics and fashion.
Tip 3: start in small steps
Testing is above studying. Therefore our tip to you: Find your own pace. Maybe you start with a vegan breakfast or maybe 2-3 vegan days a week. After all, the body also needs time to slowly adapt. And that is different for every person. And you don't have to loot your entire wardrobe immediately, throw away your leather shoes or your cosmetic products. The same applies here - apply and use up and then gradually replace vegan.
Tip 4: what is your drive?
Of course, your new girlfriend, who is obviously vegan, can be the reason why you are now choosing a vegan lifestyle yourself. However, there is then a great risk that the way of life will change again with the next girlfriend. It is better and easier to make the change if you become a vegan out of deep conviction. We have already described a few reasons at the beginning. Serious illnesses, burnout or life crises can also be reasons for a radical change in diet and the decision to go vegan. For most of us it is certainly the ethical aspects, especially with regard to animal welfare and the environment. If you can build on a solid foundation here, it will certainly be easier not only to become a vegan, but also to stay in the long term. Because your “Why vegan?” Is and will remain your daily motivation.
Tip 5: stay flexible
Be aware of this. There will be setbacks. Perhaps you suddenly feel cravings for a currywurst or remember some other carnal favorite from your childhood. Even if you get “weak”, that is by no means a broken leg. Remember - you are vegan by conviction, but you do it voluntarily. Nobody forces you and you don't have to prove anything to anyone. Veganism is not a religion and you will not be punished for it by any higher power just because you may have "sinned" at one point or another. Conversely, it becomes a shoe: every step is better than none, that means with every schnitzel that you eat less, you have already done something good of which you can rightly be proud.
Tip 6: do the right shopping
The first step into vegan life is to clear out the fridge. In fact, we'd recommend starting with an empty fridge. But of course you don't have to. But it's always easier. Take everything out, bring it to the table or give it to your neighbors. And then off to the health food store or the supermarket. Just start, rely on fresh ingredients and buy fresh fruit, vegetables, legumes, nuts and cold-pressed oils first. A balanced vegan diet should be based on this.
Then take a look at the vegan products - you will be surprised what there is already. Take what laughs at you and try it out at home. Also like a few substitute products - e.g. B. vegan sausage or vegan cheese. Is not necessarily healthy and tasty, but makes it easier for many to switch.
Tip 7: learn to cook
Better than buying vegan ready meals from the supermarket, it is of course to cook it yourself. Not only does it taste better, it is usually much healthier too. Plus, it's just fun. Therefore our tip: Get a vegan cookbook and be inspired by our many recipes in the blog. Or the best of all: Attend a vegan cooking class. You will usually get to know like-minded people there.
Tip 8: together we are strong
Which brings us to the next tip. Look for like-minded people, whether on the Internet, on Facebook or when visiting vegan restaurants. If you do not have a vegan group of friends yet, the probability is high that you will encounter a lot of incomprehension in your environment right at the beginning - be it in the family, with colleagues or old school friends. That is why it is incredibly important to be able to exchange ideas with people who understand you, who give you tips on how to eat and cook together. And don't worry - you will make lots of new vegan friends - our community is growing and growing.
Tip 9: Don't let yourself be provoked
In fact, the entry into vegan life often fails due to the incomprehension of those who are closest to you. With the parents you can still understand and cope with that to some extent. It becomes more difficult with your partner or your closest friends. Especially when people start to make fun of themselves, mock you or get involved in discussions, this can lead to arguments, frustration and uncertainty. It is therefore good, as I said at the beginning, to be well informed and therefore armed with the relevant facts and arguments. This way, overly emotional discussions can be avoided. And real friends will then also notice how important the topic is to you and hopefully react with more understanding, maybe even with encouragement.
Tip 10: Refrain from proselytizing
Conversely, you shouldn't be the ones who want to convince others of your own better way of life. One of the oldest jokes about vegans says it all in this context: “How do you recognize a vegan? He'll tell you about it. ”Very few people want to be proselytized by others. But vegans are often accused of precisely that. And there may be a tinge of truth behind it. Therefore our tip: Set a good example, show your fellow human beings how comfortable you feel, but don't blame them if they decide to take a different path.
Tip 11: pay attention to nutrients
Yes, there is soy pudding, vegan pizza or shakes with too much sugar, which many of you will taste incredibly good. But for a successful and above all healthy diet change to vegan, you should pay attention to your nutrient balance. In addition, it is important for you to know which plant-based foods contain potentially critical minerals, vitamins and nutrients such as iron, iodine, calcium, etc. in order to be able to consume them in a targeted manner. You can find the relevant articles on our blog: Minerals, nutrients
Tip 12: Perform the B12 test
Vitamin B12 is an essential vitamin that is not found in plants. Therefore, it is best to have a doctor's blood count taken regularly and to take a B12-containing preparation every few months.
Tip 13: Be open to new things
Wow? What is quinoa or amaranth anyway? With the switch to a vegan diet, your food lexicon will also change. Suddenly, completely new exotic dishes appear on your menu. And if you don't like them the first time, try them again a few weeks later. Because our taste buds also have to slowly get used to the many new impressions. But you can be sure - they do. Nature has simply set our body in such a way that it first asks what it is used to. And at some point it might be the previously unpopular cabbage soup or the beetroot salad.
Tip 14: eat more
Sounds strange at first, but it's logical. With French fries with schnitzel you will of course meet your daily calorie requirements faster than with salad and lentils. Therefore, it is better to eat larger portions so that you do not resort to unhealthy junk food because of sudden cravings.
Tip 15: organization is everything
Last but not least, the perfect tip for anyone who likes to write notes. Make a weekly plan of what you want to eat when and where. Put together your breakfast as well as your main meals and also think of taking a few snacks with you when you are out and about, be it fruit, vegetable sticks or vegan bars. Also write down when and where you want to eat out. With the plan you already have the best basis for your shopping and cooking list. This saves you time and effort, and probably even money, because you don't have to run to expensive vegan restaurants every time you're hungry.
We wish you a good start into your vegan future.
In veggies we trust!
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