This post was written for Daily Hive by Elizabeth Emery. Follow along on her plant-based adventures on Vancouver with Love.
Thinking of going vegan for the new year?
I know how difficult it can be to make that change, from reading ingredient labels and explaining your new diet to friends to craving regular dairy-packed ice cream and cheesy pizza.
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If you’re wondering how to go (and stay) vegan, here are some tips on how to make it happen, and stay on track.
Take it slow
The most common mistake people make when going vegan is thinking they have to do it overnight. You don’t! It’s fantastic if you want to adopt a vegan diet cold turkey (excuse the pun), but why not start by simply reducing your consumption of animal products a little bit at a time?
Ask for help
There is a lot of support out there for anyone wondering how to adopt a more plant-based diet. Veganuary is a great resource, as are local vegan meet-ups and social events with other plant-based peeps.
Changing your diet doesn’t have to be hard work, and with a little organization, it can be simple. Plan the meals you’re going to cook ahead of time, make a list, and grocery shop intentionally just for the ingredients. (Oh, and ALWAYS shop on a full stomach so thay you’re less tempted by all the treats.)
Stop thinking about what you can’t eat
Most people focus on what they’re cutting out of their diet when they go vegan. For every food you’re worried about giving up, take time to find an alternative you love. Foods like the Beyond Burger have grown incredibly popular in the last year, and there are tons of good meat and dairy replacements out there.
Don’t live on junk food
It’s tempting to live off vegan junk food when there are so many good options these days (we’re looking at you, Tostitos). Whilst it’s great to indulge in treats and fast foods now and again, aim to focus on eating nutrient-dense foods and lots of fruits and veggies to keep yourself feeling great and energized.
There are a variety of vegan or vegan-friendly restaurants in cities across the country. If you’re fed up with thinking about what to cook and you have the budget, going out to eat can provide a welcome break and inspiration for your next meal too.