By Abigail Carroll. Vegetarian Lifestyle. At Saturday, May 04th 2019, 22:23:19 PM.
Some people find relying on vegan alternatives and convenience foods very helpful in easing the transition to vegan‐ism. They’re often high in protein, fortified with lots of vitamins and minerals, quick and easy to prepare, delicious, and familiar. However, some veggie burgers, veggie dogs, vegan delicious slices, etc. are highly processed. Once you begin to feel comfortable with your vegan lifestyle, the use of these products can be lessened. There's nothing wrong with eating the products in moderation, but they shouldn’t be used as your main source of vitamins, minerals, and protein for the long-term.
Think of all the new and delicious foods there are to try rather than thinking about the foods you’re giving up. You may find yourself surprised at how many options there really are. Some of your favorite foods are probably vegan to begin with, there’s loads of international dishes that are suitable for vegans, it can be so easy it is to "veganize" your old favorite meals and recipes. Don't worry about the changes you’re making, get excited about them!
It is possible to become a vegetarian at once, but a gradual change may work better for two reasons: First, a gradual change is more likely to become a lifestyle and a long-term move and second, a sudden dietary change can affect some people's digestive system at first. Changes to the gut Microbiome may lead to temporary bloating, for example. It may also take longer for muscles to repair, without animal protein. Gradually replacing meat with more vegetables, fruits, legumes, such as beans and lentils, and whole grains, may reduce this impact. Another idea is to start with familiar meat-free foods, such as macaroni cheese and salad, before changing to new recipes and ingredients.