Being a vegan is hard work. And, really, I admire people who can do it, as long as they aren’t pretentious about it and try to make you feel bad because you eat meat. Love meat and fish too! There are many people who start going vegan a few months before their weddings, thinking it is healthier than a diet but will still help you lose weight. Here are some tips for going vegan no matter how short or long-term:
1. You can’t get all of your nutrients from just veggies alone. You’ll need to take supplements like B12 and iron or else you’ll feel tired and listless.
2. YOU STILL NEED PROTEIN. Going vegan does not mean protein is optional. We, as humans, need it to survive. Eat beans or quinoa or lentils to get it.
3. Don’t eat too much soy. Soy is not as good for you as everyone makes you think. Go easy on the soy-based meat because in the long run it tends to be worse for you than real meat.
4. Don’t just quit meat cold turkey. It’s like quitting anything–your body isn’t used to it and it takes time.
5. Don’t push your veganism on others. If they ask you why you are vegan, carefully frame your answer to just fall on your thoughts, and don’t put on a judgmental air. That never goes down well.
6. It’s a healthier option to losing weight and feeling great!
If you manage to be a vegan for even just a month, props to you! It’s a lot longer than some of the people I’ve met. And if you don’t–that’s also okay. Do what feels right for your body and as always try to mix up with meal plans with smoothies and yummy salads too!