Veganism is a very hot topic at the moment and that is because of the large number of people who are looking to make that change. Furthermore we are seeing a lot of inspiring people in the world of entertainment like Roger Wolfson, who are making the change and speaking out about it. Some people give up meat for welfare reasons, others for their own health and some because of the damage which the meat industry has on the planet. No matter what your reasons are for wanting to give up meat, something you should know is that it really isn’t as hard as you think that it may be.
If you have considered doing this in the past, here is why you will find it easier than you think.
Taking it Slow
When you do give up meat the best thing to do is gradually moving towards a vegan lifestyle. What a lot of people make the mistake of doing is just stopping altogether, but this can lead to a frustrating time which eventually leads you back to meat eating. The best idea is to set a number of days aside each week when you will no longer eat meat. Starting off with 2 or 3 days per week and then gradually increasing to not eating meat at all, this is the smartest way to go about making this lifestyle change.
Range of Options
Many years ago vegans had it really hard in terms of sourcing foods which they wanted to eat, in most cases they ate what they had to based on the options available. This is simply not the case now and not only is there an enormous range of delicious vegan products, they can be found everywhere. Another hugely positive step which many companies have made is the creation of plant based meat substitutes. Again these offerings were poor in the past, but today there is an abundance of products which taste just like meat. No longer do you have to go without fish and burgers or chicken to live a vegan lifestyle, because the replacements are exceptional.
There may be some hardcore vegans who go to the extremes with their opinions, but in the main this is an amazing community which offers help and support to anyone who is changing their life. It is important for example that you replace certain nutrients which you would have once got from meat, and you can ask questions and rely on so much support to help you do this. There are vegan festivals and food events where you can try out new foods and meet new people. The reality is that you will not be short of support once you have made the decision to switch to a plant-based lifestyle.
This will be one of the biggest changes which you perhaps have ever made to your diet, but it will be absolutely worthwhile in the end.