How to follow a vegan diet:
Well hello there! Are you curious to find out more about a vegan diet? Are you ready to improve your diet and give it a try, or do you just want to find some information for a “friend”? Is that friend you? In this section we want to provide you with some information on a plant based/vegan diet in hope to answer some of your questions.
Most people seem to think that being vegan means you have to stick to a raw diet, stuff yourself with rice and beans or give up on life as you know it. Thoughts of living a depressing, deprived life with no fun or good food to eat.
However, all of those things couldn’t be further from the truth, there is no better time to go with a plant based diet than now! With today’s options you can pretty much find something to eat anywhere you go. Even in the most “non-vegan” places, there will always be something that can be “veganized”.
So what is a vegan?
A vegan also known as someone that follows a plant based lifestyle is someone that seeks to exclude animal exploitation and cruelty whether it be food, clothing, or any other purpose from their lives. (Basically try to be peaceful and loving to animals)
So, what should I avoid eating?
You can simply start with the obvious and subtract any foods made of animals or by animals from your diet such as:
Meat – Beef, lamb, pork, veal, wild meat, chicken, turkey, goose, duck, etc.
Dairy – Milk, yogurt, cheese, butter, cream, ice cream, whip cream, cream cheese etc.
Eggs – From chickens, quails, ostriches, fish, etc.
Seafood – All types of fish, shrimp, squid, scallops, calamari, mussels, crab, lobster, eel, etc.
You are getting hotter….. Now you can start looking into it a bit more and read between the lines, AKA start reading labels to look for animal derived ingredients such as:
Whey, casein, lactose,gelatin, cochineal or carmine, isinglass, shellac, L-cysteine, Albumin, Glycerides, Isinglass, Lactic acid, Stearic acid, and more..
Oh Honey….It’s a topic of debate but generally vegans also avoid Bee products, such as Honey, bee pollen, royal jelly, etc. so read the label !!!
Once you have this part taken care of, if you are feeling frisky, start looking at things outside of food (that is why you are here, I’m guessing ). Things such as your wardrobe, beauty products, body products, accessories, and more ..
Ok, I’m scared , how do I start?
Fear not my friend! Just because you are thinking of trying out the vegan diet does not mean you have to flip the switch and start munching on some lettuce. Take it a day at a time, an hour at a time, a meal at a time. Start by incorporating more veggies, whole grains, nuts, beans and fruits to your diet. After trying it this method, you can switch one week of the month to a plant based week, then try two weeks, then a whole month, or maybe even 6 months, skies the limit my friend!
In addition, many vegan versions of familiar foods are available, so you can eat vegan hot dogs, burgers, ncn-dairy cheeses, ice creams and much,much more
If you are ready to give some vegan food a try, check out our other section on “Where to eat” or how to order fast food (not recommended every night, but we all need it time and again). We also included a few links below to help you out even more.