Healthy Eating

7 Things You Should Know Before Going Vegan

November 1st kick starts World Vegan Month and also the Vegan Society’s 30 Day Vegan Pledge. Are you thinking of making the switch? Read our handy guide before taking the plunge…

  • 1 Veganism isn’t a weight loss diet
    Cutting out cheese may lead you to lose a few pounds but there are plenty of delicious vegan foods which are still calorific (chips, for example) so don’t expect to drop a dress size just by cutting out meat, eggs and dairy.

  • 2 It is very difficult to go vegan overnight
    We’re not saying it’s impossible… but it is a huge lifestyle change. Studies have shown that vegans who start as vegetarians and then slowly transition into a vegan diet are more likely to stick to it. Remember, it’s not a race.

  • 3 You’ll need to take B12 supplements
    This vital vitamin is predominantly found in meat products and is essential for healthy nerves and blood cells. It helps to make DNA and a lack of B12 can lead to tiredness, weakness, constipation, loss of appetite, nerve problems and even depression.

  • 4 Be prepared to read food labels
    Just because it looks vegan-friendly, doesn’t mean that it is. Thoroughly reading labels and understanding ingredients comes with the territory. For example, did you know Natural Red 4 is a food colouring derived from the dead bodies of female beetles?

  • 5 Eating out will be different
    We’re not saying you have to stay home with a salad while your meat-eating friends enjoy three courses. There are plenty of vegan restaurants popping up and many eateries now provide more detailed menus which outline what dishes are suitable for a host of dietary requirements. Either check the menu online before accepting a dinner invitation or simply ask the chef if they can whip you up something more suitable – think of it like an exclusive dining experience.

  • 6 You’re going to try new things
    This exciting new journey is going to open your taste buds to new and wonderful flavours you probably hadn’t tried before. Yum!

  • 7 People will ask questions
    …but instead of taking offence and assuming that they are looking down on your diet, realise that they are merely inquiring to get a better understanding. They may be asking you for advice as they could be considering going vegan too.

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