Shopping Like A True Vegan
Once you’ve thought about what you want to start your vegan diet with, it’s time to go shopping. To shop smarter, consider the tips to follow.
- Always take along a shopping list. It keeps you focused, on track, and on budget. When you do shop, avoid crowded stores and long lines. Shopping off-peak hours is perfect for this.
- Do not go shopping on an empty stomach. You’re more likely to eat junk food in this state.
- This isn’t the time to store hop. Shop at a location where you can get most of, if not all, the items you need.
- Vegan shopping can get expensive. Try to get to know a few places where you can get cheaper items.
Preparing Your Plant-Based Meals In Advance – Breakfast, Lunch, And Dinner
Preparing meals in advance keep things organized. You’ll save precious time, energy, and resources.
Having a few storage containers on hand to refrigerate meals is also important to meal planning. These containers should be microwave-friendly, as you can simply reheat your meals after removing from the refrigerator.
Most vegans who meal plan prepare a week’s worth of food to consume. That can be a bit boring, especially since you’re just making the transition. A better option is to reduce the number of days you prep for. Preparing meals for at least three days, for example, allows you to prepare more options to select from. Plus, your food won’t taste stale after a few days.
Choose a suitable day to prep your meals, and ensure to have all the ingredients you’ll need to reduce confusion. If you’re a bit uneasy about planning your own meals, Sweet Potato Soul has a few ideas you can follow until you get the hang of things. An alternative is to read a vegan meal planning guide.
Becoming A Vegan Without Compromising Your Health
A speedy transition to a vegan diet could have a negative impact on your health. As your body begins to detoxify, you’ll likely feel weak, especially on busy work days and during menstrual cycles. Animal protein withdrawal will result in physical discomfort and extreme tiredness. You might also experience headaches, dizziness, rashes, and acne.
As your diet will see an increase in fiber, you’ll have digestive issues to deal with. You’ll suffer from bloating, flatulence, and frequent bowel movements.
Take things slowly if you want to avoid getting sick while eating a plant-based diet. Eat foods that will energize your body and increase blood production during monthly cycles.
Eating Healthy As A Vegan – The Rainbow Method
Not all vegan diets are healthy. Junk vegan foods do exist. Not eating fruits and vegetables in appropriate portions could cause health problems. Eating vegan using the rainbow method ensures that you’re consuming healthy, nutritious meals. The rainbow method includes eating a variety of colorful fruits and vegetables. The chemicals in these plants protect and strengthen your body.
Green: These foods contain the chemical chlorophyll. Chlorophyll protects the body against cancer and inflammation. It also prevents bad breath and removes heavy metals from the body. Green-skinned vegetables include algae, lettuce, broccoli, cress, and others.
White: White-skinned vegetables and fruits contain anthoxanthins. This chemical helps lower cholesterol, hypertension, and risk of heart disease. Anthoxanthins-rich foods include ginger, onions, potatoes, bananas, and others.
Purple/Blue: These fruits and vegetables are strong antioxidants. Blueberries, for example, are rich in vitamin C and moderate portions of manganese. When added to your bowl of cereal, you’ll be energized to take on a busy day. Flavonoids such as proanthocyanidins may aid in cancer prevention and are mainly found in purple-colored foods. These include purple cabbage, eggplants, grapes, and others.
Red: Lycopene is the chemical found in red-skinned fruits and vegetables. This chemical strengthens the body to fight against cancer and heart conditions. Foods in this category include red bell peppers, watermelons, beets, strawberries, and others.
Orange/Yellow: Fruits and vegetables in this group contain alpha and beta carotene. These antioxidants provide protection for the eyes and skin. They include peppers, papayas, mangoes, oranges, and others. Folate, a B-vitamin mainly found in citrus, helps in DNA formation and may minimize birth defects.
Veganism – More Than Just A Diet?
Veganism is a lifestyle. It involves more than what you cook up in your kitchen. It’s transformational and should affect your choice of clothing, environment, and how you treat animals.
Ethical and moral vegans strive to avoid using products made from animals. This affects the clothes, shoes, handbags, and cosmetics they use. You also won’t find silk, wool, nor leather in their midst.
What sort of vegan are you? Are you in it for the ‘diet’? Or, do you want to transform your entire way of life?