The smart vegan

So, you want to stop eating animal products. Are you ready?

People think that all you need to do when you switch to a vegan diet is to stop eating fish, meat, poultry, eggs, milk and any animal produce. Well, that’s just half of the story. Talking to my editor who has been a vegan for several years, I decided to post for you lovelies everything that rang a bell and you need to watch out before you take the leap:

Go slow You can’t turn vegan overnight. You HAVE TO take it slow, giving your body time to adjust. Start by eliminating red meat, then go on to poultry, fish, eggs, cheese and then milk. Most people claim cheese was their hardest step so, if you want to, you can leave it for last.

B12 B12 is a vitamin one finds only in animal foods, so you should make sure you take a supplement, since this very important vitamin keeps the body’s nerve and blood cells healthy and helps make DNA.

Protein pro Protein should be your best buddy and, yes, it’s a myth that only meat can provide you with it. Doctors say that getting protein from meat is much easier but, if you think about it, why take in all the bad stuff that comes along with it? Sorry, forgot you are already on the vegan path, so…Always keep in mind to eat soy, lentils, quinoa, black-eyed beans, tofu, the list of vegan protein is long. What you should note down is that you’ll be needing about 0,8 gr of protein for every kilogram you weight.

Don’t dive into junk Yes, french fries, pasta, and bread are vegan, but that doesn’t mean you can have a go at them whenever you have cravings or you feel hungry. Switching from animal products to these babies will give you fat, not nutrition.

Be a beanie Beans provide you with protein and fiber and, if cooked right, they can disguise as meat. Try making a giant bean and mushroom burger by first boiling the beans and then blending them with mushrooms, oil and herbs to create a burger patty that you will then bake in the oven. Yummm…

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Being a vegan holds many challenges, especially if you live in a city that cannot offer you fast and easy options for snacking or lunching on the go. So start training yourself into planning your meals at least one day in advance so you have the time to prep them (most beans need soaking) and carry them in small containers.

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