More and more people are starting to discover the benefits of a vegan lifestyle. Maybe you're already a flexitarian or you have a lot of vegans in your acquaintance. Whatever the reason for going vegan, it is without doubt the best decision you will make.
Not only is it good for your body, you are also showing that nature is important to you. It is one of the most efficient ways to reduce your carbon footprint. A vegan lifestyle also means more knowledge about food. That doesn't mean you have to be a walking knowledge bank to become vegan, it's often easier than you think. The following steps will get you started.
1. Find out what vegans don't use
Being a vegan is more than just leaving out meat. In fact, it is about everything that contains animal products. It's difficult at first, but immersing yourself in it will help you get a true vegan experience. You will be surprised at what seemingly healthy products contain animal ingredients. Also, products with special e-numbers are best avoided and supplements are not always vegan either.
2. Step by step or all-in
If you've decided that vegan might be for you, you have the choice: one step at a time or give in completely to the new way of life. The latter is difficult, especially if you secretly like that Argentinean rib-eye. Just take it one step at a time, then you can get used to it and discover how delicious healthy food really is.
3. Search for vegan groups on Facebook
It may sound like a form of therapy, but it's very useful for a vegan at the beginning: the well-known groups on Facebook. These aren't just clubs of goat's woolly sock wearers, but people who have been involved in the vegan lifestyle for a long time. So they can give you a lot of advice so that the step to a fully vegan life goes smoothly.
4. Stocking the fridge
This phase is probably the most fun: reorganise your fridge or freezer. Chances are, you've got plenty of products in your fridge that don't really fit into a vegan kitchen. That doesn't mean you have to throw away all your steaks and eggs, though. You'll no doubt have another inveterate carnivore in your circle of acquaintances who you can make happy.
5. Look for vegan recipes
Becoming vegan should be fun, but we can imagine that at the beginning you don't know how to prepare a tasty and balanced vegan meal. As we said, it's more than just leaving out a piece of meat or fish. Fortunately, there are plenty of simple and complex recipes that fit in perfectly with the vegan lifestyle.
About Jaro Broeklander
Online Editor for The Daily Green.
Mixua believes that everyone can make a positive impact. Therefore we want to inspire on the way to a more ecological lifestyle. We do this through different activities like Eco Tours, online workshops and the online Discovery Guide.