Image: Fry Family Food Co.
If you’re thinking of changing your current diet to a more plant-based one, there are a few things you need to keep in mind. Incorporating ‘veganism’, so to speak, requires some planning and understanding of why you decided to incorporate these foods, otherwise you might feel lost and confused. Follow these seven top tips for going #PlantBased.
1. Don’t go cold turkey
Changing life-long habits and altering your mindset can take time. While some may be able to switch to a wholly plant-based diet overnight, others might see it as the start of a new journey – just remember to keep your end destination in mind. Try cutting out different food types one by one, or make a promise to yourself to have one vegan day a week, then two, then three, until you figure out what works for you. This is why we started Meat Free Mondays – as just one day of not eating animal products makes a huge difference to the planet and is a great way to ease yourself and your family into a more plant-based diet.
2. No need to feel deprived
Many meat-eaters have a preconception that vegans are restricted to a life of salad and uninspiring bowls of vegetables, when that’s simply not the case. Opting for a plant-based diet does not mean you need to sacrifice the things you loved before. From burgers and sausages, ice cream and pies – there are some brilliant alternatives on the market that will make you wonder why you ever ate meat in the first place!
3. Plan ahead
The key to really enjoying a plant-based lifestyle is to plan your meals ahead. Not only will you need to factor in extra time at the supermarket for reading all the labels, but you’ll want to ensure every meal is delicious so you’re not panic-buying frozen chips at the petrol station. We know, however, that real-life sometimes gets in the way, which is why convenient, tasty grab-and-go plant-based products are an important addition to your shopping list. They are essential for busy lifestyles.
4. Join the conversation
There is a huge vegan and vegetarian community online offering support, tips and recipe ideas, so you’re never too far away from a like-minded individual sharing their plant-based experience.
5. Be healthy
Veganism doesn’t always equal healthy, so it’s important to make sure you’re eating a varied diet to incorporate all the vitamins and nutrients you need to thrive. There is plenty of advice online about which foods provide the best sources of energy.
6. Remember why you decided to go plant-based
It’s likely you’ve found going plant-based much easier than you expected, however there may come a time, whether it’s a week, a month, or a year into your new lifestyle where you could hit a wall. If this happens, just remind yourself why you made the decision in the first place and the benefits you’ve felt since making the choice. Watching informative videos about veganism, connecting with plant-based influencers or finding your nearest animal sanctuary, are all ways to remind yourself why you chose this path in the first place. Starting your journey as part of a new year’s resolution is also a powerful tool. Follow the New Resolution for a Food Revolution with the hashtag #NR4FR for inspiration.
7. Get creative
Veg-based meals can be exciting, delicious and full of flavour, so take this opportunity to try new foods and experiment with ingredients. There are thousands of recipes online with inspiration and ideas to help you get cooking amazing new dishes and interesting variations of your old favourites.