Updated: Jun 11, 2019
Veganism could be one of the best decisions you make for your health, the environment and of course, the animals. Here is a short guide to help you.
Decide how you’re going to approach this.
Are you going to go “cold turkey” or take some time, and gradually withdraw animal products from your diet?
If you do decide to take it slow, I would suggest veganizing your current meals. Merely switch the animal products in your diet for plant-based ones. That way, you won’t have to completely alter your daily regimen, just some products in it.
Some shopping tips:
Don’t buy too much at once because you’re likely going to be overwhelmed by the vegan options at your local store. Try them little by little, so you save money, and food doesn’t go to waste. If you find a product you like, stick with it.
Read the labels. Eggs and milk can easily sneak up on you, so always read the labels of the foods you’re buying. Also, don’t rely on vegan certifications because some foods are vegan-friendly, they just don’t have it written in the packaging.
Make a meal plan. This will make shopping, and you won’t have to buy too much. You can keep this habit forever, or just until you get used to your new diet.
Here’s my list of “must have” foods. This will vary depending on your likes.
Few last tips:
Visit a dietician to help you make a plan
Have a blood test after a couple of months of going vegan to see if you need to make any changes
Remember this is a journey and you shouldn’t feel restricted. You are bound to make mistakes, and that’s okay, as long as you keep trying to better yourself.
You don’t have to like all the vegan foods. If you don’t like tofu, that’s okay, you can replace it with beans or other legumes. You will eventually find what you like and what you don’t like.
Here’s a list of some resources you can use:
websites to visit
(apps to download)
Now Find Vegetarian
Vegan Guide Greece (specific for Greece)
Is it Vegan