I’ve been a vegan for a while now, and it has been a tough yet fulfilling journey. Veganism is not just about eating a particular food; it is a way of life. For instance, there were a lot of things I wish I knew before going for the big switch. If you’re thinking about going vegan, here are things you ought to know.
You’ll face a lot of temptation, especially if you were once a carnivore
It’s hard going from a carnivorous diet to a plant-based one. And being vegan also means staying away from any animal product—be it cheese, milk, lard, butter, and so much more. Some find it inconvenient to have to check every label to see if it passes the vegan standards. But once you get the hang of it, you’ll see it’s not that hard as it seems.
You’ll have to find new sources of B12, protein, and iron
These nutrients often come with meat products, so it’s best to ask your physician or dietician where to get new sources for these. Many drink whey protein as a substitute, and some stock up on supplements.
Not all vegans are healthy
Turning vegan is not a license to becoming automatically healthy. Some vegans stock up on sugary, hollow, and processed foods that pass vegan standards. It’s best to keep a balanced diet between legumes, oats, fruits, and vegetables.
It’s going to be a big deal
Your family members and friends will ask you a lot of questions. Are you depressed? Do you want to lose weight that bad? Whatever your reason is for becoming a vegan, it will be a big deal for you and for the people you love. Just take it one day at a time, and you’re all going to be fine.