We often hear people discussing their diets in our Vancouver Vegan Restaurant, especially around the New Year. We hear a lot of stories of people trying veganism for a month or a couple of weeks. So we thought we would offer some tips on how to adjust to a vegan diet.
Be open minded – Before you begin your challenge mentally prepare yourself for success. The more doubt you bring into the challenge the easier it will be for you to give up halfway through. Going vegan is not hard, and it’s not for everyone but if you prepare a challenge for yourself make sure that it’s feasible by your own personal standards.
Make extra time – Most people prepare their meals with meat as the focus of the dish. So naturally preparing meals around vegetables will take a little longer than the way we were used to. Make sure to allow extra time for planning and cooking meals.
Reassess your cupboards – Make way for beans, lentils, and whole grains. Ensure you have lots of dark leafy vegetables in the fridge as well as vegan friendly condiments.
Avoid instant dinners – Successfully completing your dietary challenge will be harder if you rely on instant frozen dinners like veggie patties, frozen vegan pizzas, etc. They’re not very good for you and they don’t taste very good at all. Focus on making delicious and healthy vegan meals at home.
Buy more produce – Now is the time to try all those vegetables and fruits that you’ve always wanted to. Instead of opting for meat and grains with a bit of greens introduce new ingredients to keep your diet diverse.
Be confident – Be proud of your decision to try veganism. Do not be embarrassed by your decision or feel like you have to justify your decision.
If you’re going away, prepare snacks – Sometimes finding vegan options on the road can be difficult. Prepare to have snacks available for any road trips and even stock up your desk with vegan friendly snacks just in case you forget your lunch one day.
Don’t worry about mistakes – Everyone makes mistakes and sometimes they’re out of our control. If you by chance eat some butter by mistake or accidentally eat a stir fry with fish sauce in it, just relax. If you’re pursuing veganism as much as reasonably possible then you’re doing a great job as is.
Remain strong – The first week will be the toughest with the most temptation coming on weekends when everyone wants to dine out. Be strong and things will become easier and easier.
Don’t push it on others – No one likes a person that pushes their ideals onto everyone. If you have some friends that don’t value your diet as much as you do, it’s okay. Everyone has different values and beliefs we all can’t be on the same page at once.
We hope that these tips will help you adjust to your new diet. Please feel free to connect with us on Facebook or Twitter and share your story on going vegan. If you would like to take the night off of cooking, we offer a wide variety of vegan friendly dishes in both our lunch and dinner menus – happy eating! 🙂