I’ve been on a creative hiatus over the holiday season, rethinking some of the ways that I frame this vegan lifestyle thing. It’s 2019 and seems that everyone is setting resolutions, goals, or intentions with the new energy only a “New Year” can bring. While I’m all for setting goals, I am NOT for setting unrealistic expectations in desperation for change. Been there, done that, it doesn’t work.
Change is a slow process requiring intentional actions while allowing room for failure. If I know anything about change, it can be difficult to say the least. That to say, if you’ve ever thought about going vegan, now is the perfect time to do it.
Veganuary 2019 is off to a running start with people supporting one another in the process. Unlike when veganism made it to surface in the 60s, there are so many options for vegans these days that it’ll have you thinking, “Wow I don’t even miss the ‘real thing’…”
So, with the a record number of you who are pledging to take the plunge into veganism publicly, as stated by The Guardian, here are some practical tips on making the lifestyle transition goes as smooth as possible.
1. Add lots of plants FIRST.
Like Leslie Durso shared with us in one of our latest LA Talk Radio State of the Oceans show, “immediately to start adding large quantities of produce into [your] diet.” Adding things to your diet is always easier than taking the once-familiar things out all of the sudden. Improving our quantities nutrients from produce is the best thing we can start doing because you’re training yourself to consume vegetables. As they say, “You are what you eat.”
2. Get to Know Your Kitchen
Teaching yourself how to cook is the greatest skill & gift you can teach yourself. Knowing how to cook recipes on the fly requires expert skill, so make use of the big-fat network some like to call, “The Internet.” Google, Pinterest, & Youtube became my greatest teachers & resources for recipes in this lifestyle switch, and best of all… that education & recipe collection was FREE!
Need recipes? Download my FREE 6 Week Vegan Meal Plan. There’s something for everybody to eat & enjoy.
3. Start Becoming a Label Reading Expert
This was something that can be done simply by doing it. Meaning: read the ingredients of the food you’re buying. Unlike fruits & vegetables that don’t need a nutrition label, processed foods can be tricky to navigate. Learning other names for animal products can help you stay on track & keeping animals off the plate.
Related: Supplement & Nutrition Labels: 101
4. Invest in a Food Processor/Blender
Having the basic cooking tools, like pots, pans, and utensils, is important. However, I’d go a step further to say that investing in a food processor and/or blender will be great for those recipes requiring smooth consistencies. Also, owning a blender is essential for on the go smoothies which are easy to make vegan.
Need a suggestion? We use the Ninja brand of food processor.
5. Have Grace. It's a Process.
If you’re new to the enlightened lifestyle of veganism, I have good news for you: you’re not alone! With the 300,000 people estimated to go plant-based this year, be assured that failing in the process is completely normal. Be kind to yourself in the process because the impact you’re making by trying is not going unnoticed!