If you are diving into a 1-month vegan cleanse or will be transitioning to a full-on vegan diet, there are a few things you need to know before you get started. These tips will help.
Menu Planning Is A Must
Your vegan diet must be well-balanced which means it’s time to stock your kitchen. Start by removing the non-vegan items in your pantry, fridge, and freezer. Then stock up on vegan alternatives. No, you won’t be eating salads for all 3-meals so look for a vegan cookbook that has fast and easy meals. Don’t count out all of your older recipes as many can be made vegan with just a few tweaks.
Identify Your Daily Protein Source
Replacing your meat protein with vegan alternatives will take some effort. You likely have at least a few vegan proteins that you enjoy, but you must keep things interesting by mixing things up. Try vegan meats and cheeses, as well as vegan frozen meats that you can heat and eat when in a rush. Don’t forget to prioritize foods with iron which we typically obtain from meat, and keep a close eye on your calcium intake.
Remember That Not All Vegan Food Is Healthy Or Ethical
There are many reasons to go vegan, the top being to cleanse, improve health, and make more ethical dietary choices. However, just because food is vegan does not mean that it is healthy or ethical. Many vegan foods are excessively high in sugar, and many are processed or have a high carbon footprint.
And if vegan is too challenging long-term, go vegetarian or low-meat protein instead.