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The world of plant-based diets and veganism can be a lot to take in! Here’s what you need to know:
It doesn’t have to be all or nothing
Often people hear plant-based diet and think of vegans. A plant-based diet is what you make of it. It doesn’t have to be every meal, every snack and every drink. You can choose how strict the plant-based part of your diet is!
Do your research
If you are thinking of doing a switch to a plant-based diet be sure to research what you need to know first! Research things like what nutrients you need and where to get them, what your local supermarket has in stock if it’s within your budget, and what meals you would like to cook. Everything you need might not be available to you immediately. In that case, you can make do with what you have and work your way up to having a fully plant-based diet in the future.
Make sure you get enough good stuff and treats!
It’s important to be informed about what you are eating. Doing some research to figure out what your body needs and how to get it will benefit you in the long run and make following a plant-based diet easier. Be sure you are getting enough puddings and treat too!
For more information about getting the right nutrients when you have a mainly plant based diet, visit the NHS Vegan Diet guide.
Where there is a non-vegan food there is an alternative (most of the time!)
Plant-based diets have come a long way in recent years. This means that most of the time you can still enjoy your favourite meals but as a plant-based version. The plant-based foods world has a lot to offer!
Slow and steady
Starting the transition to a plant-based diet slowly is good advice for anyone. You can do this by starting with Meatless Monday, then working your way up to giving up one source of dairy and then another. This might be easier than switching cold turkey!
Try cooking the meals
It’s very easy to eat fake chicken nuggets, oven chips, Oreos and call yourself a vegan. But you might not get that much satisfaction when you rely on frozen food all the time. Cooking is a great way to explore new foods and get creative. Why not try a vegan version of your favourite meal?
Take a look at our article for vegan recipes or social media accounts to follow for inspiration!
It doesn’t just have to be about diet
Veganism can be applied to many aspects of life. For example, some people might only shop at second-hand shops or zero waste food shops to reduce their consumption of plastic. There are even some areas of retail shops that are dedicated to ‘organic materials’, or some that are ethically sourced. These products can often be called vegan which can be added to the lifestyle.
For more information about following a plant-based diet, visit our Keep Your Plants On page.