For most people, the thought of cutting out meat and dairy can seem easy, at least in the short term, but when they think about making the change permanent, it can seem incredibly overwhelming.
Believe it or not, long-term success on a vegan diet isn’t impossible, and there are lots of things you can do to become a more successful vegan for the foreseeable future. Here are a few tips from the professionals at My VeeGan for being successful on a vegan diet in the long run.
#1. Choose whole foods over convenience foods.
There are lots of ways to follow a vegan diet, and if you’ve ever been down the frozen food aisles of your local Whole Foods or Trader Joes, then we don’t need to tell you how many convenience food options there are for vegans out there. From rubbery vegan hot dogs to pizza covered in fake cheese, there are lots of options available if you’re not inclined to cook for yourself. However, many of these convenient foods are unhealthy and won’t do much for your taste buds. Plus, it’ll be difficult to meet all of your nutritional needs if your diet consists of vegan convenience foods, and you’ll spend a lot more money. Instead, choose a wide variety of whole, plant-based foods. You’ll feel better, save more money and get more satisfaction out of every meal.
#2. Don’t be afraid to try new things.
If the only things you like to eat are waffles and meatless chili, following a vegan diet is going to get old very quickly. In order to keep your taste buds satisfied — and to meet your nutritional needs — you’re going to need to expand your diet. From tofu and seitan to jackfruit and quinoa, there are a number of new, exciting foods to fall in love with on a vegan diet; you just have to be willing and open enough to try them!
#3. Always read the label.
There are lots of products out there that don’t obviously have animal ingredients in them — marshmallows, for example. Marshmallows don’t have any obvious meat or dairy in them, but most do contain gelatin, which is used to create that gel-like consistency and is derived from the skin and bones of animals. And, the term “gelatin” itself doesn’t sound like it comes from animals, but it does! Gelatin in marshmallows is just one example of the many ways that food manufacturers sneak animal ingredients into their products. In order to follow a vegan diet successfully, it’s essential that you read labels on everything you buy!
Let us help you meet your nutritional needs.
These are so many things you can do to be more successful on a long-term vegan diet, and in our next blog, we’ll be going over a few more. In the meantime, take some of the guesswork out of nutrition by shopping with us at My VeeGan for vitamins made for vegetarians and vegans. With us, you’ll gain the peace of mind in knowing that you’re filling in any nutritional gaps in your diet, while also steering clear of any nasty animal ingredients. Shop with us today!