Baby Steps to a Vegan Diet: It’s Easier Than You Think!

Baby Steps to a Vegan Diet: It's Easier Than You Think!

Did you ever think about being vegan? Well I did not for a long time. I was a vegetarian for many years, and I thought it would be too complicated to transition to strict vegan, especially with a toddler and husband who are meat eaters. What I found out is that being vegan is actually very simple. Almost too simple.

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Here are some of the guidelines of a vegan diet: Do not eat meat, fish, eggs, dairy, or any other animal products. So what do you eat? There are plenty of foods that do not fit into the do not eat category such as, vegetables, fruits, beans, legumes, nuts, seeds, grains, etc.

I will be dividing all of these guidelines into baby steps to make the transition effortless and fun!

First of all, If you are not already a vegetarian, you should give up the meat. No more eating dead animals. If you really take a good look and think about what you are eating, this should be a piece of cake! (Vegans can have cake too!) Look at the different substitutes for meat dishes and see which appeal to you. There are soy products available such as tofu, tempeh, textured vegetable protein, and a wide variety of meat substitutes such as vegan burgers, chicken, lunch meats, sausage, etc. You may have to try a few before you find that perfect match for your taste buds, but it is worth it in the long run.

Next, quit drinking that dairy. There is no need for a human to drink the milk of a cow. We are actually the only species that drinks the milk of another. There are many dairy substitutes in the market. Instead of cow’s milk, try soy, rice, hemp, or almond milks. They are all very nutritious and tasty. Find which one you prefer and go for it. These can be used in most recipes in place of cow’s milk too with no problem. Always check the labels of foods because dairy can be in many packaged foods that you would never suspect. Look for ingredients of whey, casein, delactosed, lactulose, and many more. Please read the labels carefully before biting into anything that is packaged.

Last of the baby steps is to give up eggs. This is hard to do with prepared foods, but when you make your own, no biggie! Use tofu instead of eggs for scrambled eggs. I also use an egg replacer in baking. I add it to pancakes, muffins, etc., and they have always turned out moist and yummy! Again, read those labels carefully, and find which foods you like and stick with them.

Do these steps one at a time, and take as much time to get comfortable with each step before moving onto the next. If you develop techniques along the way you will find it easier to stick with it. Remember to eat plenty of vegetables, fruits, whole grains, legumes, etc. for a nourishing, healthy diet. You are on your way with these three easy baby steps! Congratulations!