It’s the second week of 2018 and I’m sure resolutions have been made, although I’m not a fan of resolutions. One of the resolutions I find most people make is to be healthy and go to the gym more often. So I thought why not share some tips for a new vegan or anyone who is thinking of being vegan this year. What better way to kick in the year than to start on a healthy journey so here are the tips:
- Start with a open mind
- Go at your own pace. Start with the one thing you eat the most and substitute it with a vegan version
- Do some research on meat and dairy industries. Before being committed to being vegan I tried the vegan lifestyle twice and failed. The third time I tried, I stuck with it. You know why I failed the first two times? Because I wasn’t prepared. I did not do enough research. I wanted to go vegan for the wrong reasons. Then when I tried the third time, I had fully done research, watched documentaries, and recipe videos on YouTube and I had my own personal reasons for the lifestyle change and that’s when I made my decision and I have not looked back since.
- Watch videos on YouTube if you need ideas for recipes.
- Look at your fridge and pantry —-> Throw out anything that is non-vegan (especially if it’s going to tempt you)
- Walk down the produce section. I don’t know if I’m the only one but I feel so good when my cart is filled with vegetables, fruits and wholefood.
- Give yourself extra time to cook. Learn to enjoy being in the kitchen.
- Try to avoid vegan junk food (mock meats, Oreos etc.). Although mock meats can help with the transition, they aren’t really the healthiest.
- Do not be embarrassed. Not everyone will understand why you’re vegan. And that’s okay. You don’t have to explain yourself to everyone.
- If you’re going to a friend’s house or a road trip, pack some snacks with you.
- When eating out, check out the restaurants menu online and see if there’s anything available for you. Most ethnic restaurants (e.g. Asian, Indian etc. ) have ‘vegan’ options on their menu.
- Messed up? Don’t sweat it. We’re all human. Just get right back on track.
- Don’t judge others’ lifestyle. Don’t become a preachy vegan. This is quite hard especially when you’ve done your research. Try to understand that people are entitled to eat whatever they want.
What About Your Non-Vegan Things?
I think the world is definitely coming up and there are certainly vegan substitutes for almost everything. I can still eat cheese, ice cream and milk, it’s just a veganised version. Try not to think of a vegan lifestyle as deprivation. I find that most people think of veganism as a ‘loss’, like you’re missing out on all these amazing things but I promise, there is a vegan substitution for everything you eat. And it tastes the same, if not better.
Being Vegan in a Non-Vegan Family?
Coming from an African family that loves their meat it’s definitely not easy being vegan. But it’s possible. I’m lucky enough to have a family that support this journey I’m on. If you live with your family and they aren’t vegan, I’d suggest when going out to buy groceries, try to stock up more on fruits and vegetables and some wholegrains and either asking your mom/dad to cook something separate for you or you can cook it yourself.
I’m sure some have noticed that the name of my blog has changed to Mbali’s Corner The reason for the change: I have an interest in a lot of things and initially when I started this blog, I wanted to talk about natural hair but my interests have expanded and this is my little space to vent and share my thoughts and feelings without fear. It’s a new year and I wanted some change. Here’s to the new year, to new goals and new experiences. If you have any questions on veganism or anything else, please feel free to comment down below.