5 Tips to Going Vegan

5 Tips to going Vegan

  1.  Know your reason why you want to become vegan. Are you doing it for health reasons, the environment or for the animals? When you feel like you’re struggling go back to this and remember the reason you are doing it in the first place.
  2.   Go at your own pace. I did not turn vegan overnight and you might not either. That is OK! Every step you make is another step in the right direction. You will get there ! If you need a vegan mentor please feel free to reach out to me. You can reach me on my Facebook Page, Instagram or email plantbasedmommyblog@gmail.com . There are also tons of facebook groups you can join in order to get help from others as well!
  3. Be prepared for questions and comments from others. Your eating will not be the hardest part about going vegan, at least it wasn’t for me! The social aspect is much harder to deal with then not eating any animal products! You will get the question about where you get your protein(which you can state from beans, quinoa, brown rice, vegetables, lentils etc) and you will here the comment “I could never give up meat or cheese” over and over and over again. Let this roll off your shoulder. Those who want to listen and care will. It’s not worth getting into an argument over. People always have opinions so just humble yourself and keep moving on to a healthier lifestyle !
  4. Buy some vegan cookbooks and clean out your fridge! This is so easy and fun ! If you don’t have any animal products in your house you are less likely to eat them ! So get rid of them and open up a new cookbook and get cooking ! You will not only feel better with this lifestyle but will have more energy to be able to cook! Below are some of my all time favorite cookbooks!

*   Deliciously Ella: 100+ Easy, Healthy, and Delicious Plant-Based, Gluten-Free Recipes

*   The Oh She Glows Cookbook: Over 100 Vegan Recipes to Glow from the Inside Out

*   The Blender Girl: Super-Easy, Super-Healthy Meals, Snacks, Desserts, and Drinks–100 Gluten-Free, Vegan Recipes!

                   

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Plant Based Diet-Why did I choose this lifestyle?

 

It’s crazy to try and think back to a time when I wasn’t vegan and eating a plant based diet . I don’t even remember the exact point in time that I became vegan, but can tell you the more I learned about a plant based diet, the more I knew I wanted to eat that way. When I moved to Southern California, I started watching documentaries about food, health and a plant based diet. I was vegetarian for probably less than a year before becoming vegan. The closer I got to a plant based diet, the better I felt. First, I gave up meat, then milk and then cheese. Cheese was the hardest to give up because I loved my wine and cheese pairings! Once I gave up cheese, I started to notice a difference right away. I had more energy and didn’t get that afternoon slump as I normally would have. I started to have an increase in energy which led me to have better workouts. I simply started to feel better. I also noticed after a few months that I stopped having headaches and migraines. This alone was enough to keep living this lifestyle. 5’ish years later I can now without a doubt say that eating a plant based diet has changed my life. I have become healthier, more physically fit and had an amazing pregnancy. Some of my most favorite documentaries on a plant based diet are:

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