By Abigail Carroll. Vegetarian Lifestyle. At Saturday, May 04th 2019, 22:23:26 PM.
So you've decided that you’d like to become vegan, but where do you start? Transitioning to a vegan lifestyle can seem really daunting but often the idea of a big lifestyle change is a lot scarier than actually doing it. If you focus on making one change at a time the progression to vegan-ism will feel quite natural. It’s important to go at your own pace and to decide on a method that works best for you. Here are some ideas and guidelines to structure your transition to vegan‐ism, just be sure to tailor them to your specific needs.
"Appropriately planned" is the operative term. Unless you follow recommended guidelines on nutrition, fat consumption, and weight control, becoming a vegetarian will not necessarily be good for you. A diet of soda, cheese pizza, and candy, after all, is technically "vegetarian." For health, it is important to make sure that you eat a wide variety of fruits, vegetables, and whole grains. It is also vital to replace saturated and trans fats with good fats, such as those found in nuts, olive oil, and Canola oil. And always keep in mind that if you eat too many calories, even from nutritious, low-fat, plant-based foods, you will gain weight. So it is also important to practice portion control, read food labels, and engage in regular physical activity.
Once you become comfortable with eating no meat or poultry and regularly having fully vegetarian days, you should start to eliminate fish and seafood from your diet. An easy way to do this is to drop one serving of fish per week. However, you can move more quickly if you make sure to continue eating sources of all essential nutrients. To ensure that you do not simultaneously eliminate some essential fatty and amino acids from your diet, replace fish and seafood with plant sources of these nutrients. You can accomplish this by eating soy products instead of fish and regularly adding flax seeds to your meals.