Veganism has come a long way since its humble beginnings and is now the choice of many people. However, before you decide to give up from all animal products, take a look the following tips that will be helpful.
Tips For A First-Time Vegan
Questions, questions and more questions
At a beginning, your friends and relatives will have many questions for sure. People are very sensitive when it comes to food, especially if it is something they believe in their entire lives. The best way to avoid any disagreement is to emphasize that things that you do, including choice of food, you do for yourself, for personal reasons.
Change Doesn’t Happen Overnight
No one does not woke up as a vegan. It requires a lot of time and a lot of effort. At beginning, start gradually to enter more products of vegetable origin in your diet and at the same time stop quitting one by one from your foods of animal origin. Gradual changes are always good and will help you track your health and mood.
Find new sources of protein
Each meal must contain protein and as you may know, best protein sources are animal products so you will need to find new sources. Nearly all vegetables, such as beans, grains etc. contain some amount of protein, also nuts and seeds are good source and best sources are quinoa, natural soy, soy milk, rice, buckwheat.
Extra intake of vitamin B12
Naturally, this vitamin can be found only in food of animal origin, so your diet will have to contain food enrich with vitamin B12 and of course, extra intake of supplements with this vitamin. This vitamin is essential for the health of nerve cells and blood, and the lack of it can lead to fatigue, constipation, loss of appetite, depression and nervous problems.
Extra intake of iron supplements
Although iron can be found in non-animal food, mostly is found in food of animal origin from where is most easily absorbed. Vegan diet contains iron which is harder to absorb, so you will need iron supplements. Good sources of iron are vegetables as tomato, swiss chard, collard greens, seeds (sunflower, pumpkin, squash, unhulled sesame, pine), nuts, cashews, raisins, legumes, grains etc.