How To Become A Vegan?
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How To Become A Vegan?

Vegan diet is one of the most popular diets in the world at the moment. While many people do it for fitness, the actual goal should be to protect the planet.

Veganism is probably one of the fastest-growing lifestyles in this world. With growing awareness about the environment and climate change, many people are converting to this lifestyle which basically means abandoning all meat products including the eggs and dairy. However, giving up on the meat and all the other things one has grown used to over the passage of time is not an easy task. Here are some quick tips that one should follow if becoming vegan is your final decision.

1.    Learn everything about veganism before becoming one. Get to read about the health and environmental benefits. Since it is a plant-based diet, learn more about protein through plants. Also, read the ingredients of every product carefully. These days a lot of material is available online.

2.    Do not start right away. Transitioning is the key. First of all, start incorporating vegan choices in your daily life along with your routine food. Build your comfort level around the vegan meals and look out for interesting options. Try eliminating meat gradually and become a vegetarian first and vegan later.

3.    Some foods are considered your ‘barrier foods.’ These are the foods you cannot imagine your life without but still come from animals. For example, some people can not function without the cheese. Work on the alternative options first and leave your barrier foods towards the end.

4.    Always remember the reason why you are actually doing it. Becoming vegan just to sound cool or just for the sake of a diet might not work well. It is important to understand the impacts this diet has on the environment and animals.

5.    Starting a completely new lifestyle is never easy. Some days will be low and sore. The body also goes through mood swings when you change your diet. Stay strong and positive.

6.    Think about the production process of your regular animal products. Read about what goes into slaughtering of animals or the milking process for commercial purposes. It will turn you off about using any animal product already.

Change in lifestyle of any sort comes with its limitations and challenges. While you might go through lows due to the chemical changes in the body and might have to make some social adjustments as well, it is important to remember why you started in the first place. Being vegan is a challenging choice and to stay steadfast one needs to have all the reasons clear in the head.

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By Saadia Ahmed
Saadia Ahmed is a Bollywood and cheesecake fanatic with no obvious interest in space travel. She tweets @khwamkhwah day in and out

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