Happy #Veganuary friends! Since a lot of people are going vegan in the New Year, I thought sharing some of my tips could be beneficial to some people! Even if you’re a vegan veteran, you might learn something new from this post!
Tip #1 – If you mess up and eat something accidentally nonvegan, DON’T QUIT! I’ve eaten many nonvegan things by accident, and it sucks but you just have to move on and learn from your mistakes. Don’t beat yourself up over something that you can’t control or fix.
Tip #2 – When reading labels, look at the bottom of the ingredients list and you will see in BOLD “Contains: Milk, Eggs, Wheat…” or whatever. If you want to quickly see if something is vegan, it’s easier than reading all of the ingredients, but I still would recommend double checking the full list to make sure there isn’t something like honey, confectioners glaze, or something random.
Tip #3 – Use apps like “Is It Vegan?” to quickly help you find out if something is vegan. All you do is open the app, click the little scan button, and then scan the product, and it will tell you if that product is vegan! Some products aren’t in the database but I’m pretty sure you can add it or it will get added in by other people later. I love this app and I use it when I’m not 100% sure if something is vegan. It will tell you what ingredients make it nonvegan if it is, so you know in the future what to look out for!
Other apps I love are HealthyOut, Happy Cow, and Forks Over Knives. HealthyOut and Happy Cow are restaurant locators that tell you what vegan or vegetarian restaurants are near you. Forks Over Knives is a recipe app with ALL VEGAN food. You can click a recipe, and it will add all of the items you need to a shopping list for you. Vegan living made simple.
Tip #4 – If you feel stuck and don’t know what to eat, think about what you used to eat before you went vegan. Mac & Cheese? Here’s a good recipe! Or buy a vegan version like Daiya, Amy’s, or Annie’s! BBQ Wings? Make my cauliflower bites, or buy Gardien’s Meatless Wings! Craving pizza? Make your own with vegan cheese, vegan pepperoni, or you could even buy one of the many ones at the store from Amy’s brand, or Daiya! Want a sandwich? Make a vegan turkey and cheese sandwich with Lightlife vegan turkey and Follow Your Heart American Style Cheese! Being vegan is as easy as you make it, eat what you’re craving but make it the vegan versions!
Tip #5 – My last tip is to EAT MORE! When I first transitioned into veganism, I didn’t understand why I was so hungry all of the time. I was eating the same amount volume-wise as before, but I was hungry more often. Plant foods are naturally lower in calories than nonplant foods. 200 calories of meat is a lot smaller than 200 calories of veggies. So don’t be afraid to eat more, as long as it is the right foods, like whole plant foods, then you won’t gain weight. I don’t recommend tracking your calories, especially if you are coming from an ED background, but if you feel tired and hungry, maybe track your calories one day to check how many you are eating.
Here’s a link to a Calorie Calculator to see how many calories you should be consuming. Now I prefer to listen to my body rather than tracking, but everyone and everyBODY is different. Take what the website says with a grain of salt, you know your body better than a website does.
Thanks so much for reading, I really hope you enjoyed this post!
Leave a comment down below sharing some of your favorite tips for new or old vegans! I would love to read them!