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More people than ever are transitioning their current eating habits to a vegan lifestyle. If you make this decision, it means you eliminate all animal-related products from your diet.

We know that there are ethical, environmental, and health benefits possible when someone transitions to veganism. Is it the right decision for you?

How Much Protein Do You Need?

One of the biggest struggles for people following the vegan lifestyle is to get enough protein. You’ll get it from seeds, nuts, pulses, and beans. Dishes like chili or pasta taste remarkably the same, even though they don’t contain any animal products. Consider trying ingredients like chickpeas, soybeans, and lentils to see if you like them.

Do I Get the Vitamins and Minerals I Need?

Most vegans struggle to get enough Vitamin B12 in their diet. You must eat yeast extract products, fortified breakfast cereals, and dairy alternatives in significant quantities to get this nutrient. Most doctors ask people to think about their calcium intake as well. That’s why adding products from brands like Garden of Life, Pharmax, and Thorne Research’ may be helpful during the transition phase.

Can I Afford to Be Vegan?

The best way to follow the vegan lifestyle is to avoid eating processed foods. Going back to the basics is the best philosophy. Eat plenty of vegetables, fruit, whole grains, beans, and nuts. You’ll find the approach can be healthy, reduce your grocery bill, and avoid added fats and sugars that could be problematic with your new diet. Instead of stocking up with each visit to the store, buy what you need for the week.

Do I Need to Eat All My Meals at Home?

People will respect your dietary preferences if they are your family or friends. Most people who follow the vegan lifestyle also say that they don’t want anyone going out of their way to make a single accommodation. If you think there might be an issue, consider bringing a dish with you to a social event. That way, you’ll know that you can eat something.

How Do I Manage Meat Cravings?

If you’re used to eating meat all the time, detaching from the flavors, smells and textures can be challenging. Vegan food replicates things like bacon, burgers, and fried chicken quite well today, but it is still not the same. If you cave to the cravings every so often, the world isn’t going to end. Start the next day anew.

Food allergies and medical concerns may limit some people from a complete vegan transition. If you can substitute at least one meat dish with vegetables each week, you could be helping your health and the planet.

Scott Larson