Everyone thinks that transitioning to a vegan diet is really difficult. I have to agree that yes it takes a lot of will power, but it’s not really that difficult with a little bit of guidance. There is pretty much a substitute for anything that contains animal products. The hard part is just getting to grasps with what you can, and can’t eat. Once you have tried and tested the things that are available for you, it’s simple!
It’s easy. Just check the labels of everything you pick up in the supermarket – any animal products are normally highlighted in bold. After a while you will become aware of which products to pick up and which to avoid. It just becomes a habit, and for me (some may think this is a little sad) it has become kinda fun – like a treasure hunt. Also, all of the supermarkets I visit now have whole sections just for ‘free-from’ foods so you’ll often find that options are grouped together.
I also found that just simply swapping certain products for vegan products and by a few new additions to my kitchen, the transition to vegan so easy.
Items I’ve Swapped:
Cows MilkPlant-based milk – almond, soya, cashew, oat, hemp etc. etc. CheeseVegan cheese – I use Violife ButterDairy-free spread – I use Vitalite Sunflower Spread MayonnaiseVegan mayo Eggs– Tofu
New additions to my kitchen:
- Cashew nuts – lots of them
- Nutritional yeast
- Agave nectar
- Lemons and limes
- Oreos!! – What a Godsend
Things You Probably Already Have:
- Olive oil
- Herbs and spices – lots of them
- Vegetarian stock cubes
- A mixture of vegetables
This has quickly gotten a lot easier as more and more restaurants are now catering for vegans. I was worried that when I went vegan my social life would take a massive hit, all my friends and I ever really do is go out to eat. However, I have been pleasantly surprised! I enjoy going to vegetarian and vegan restaurants because there are so many choices and they often get really creative with their menus, but I’m not one to force my friends to eat vege/vegan with me. Luckily, many chain restaurants have released loads of vegan options including some of my favourites – Nandos, Wagamamas, Pho, Pizza Express, Pizza Hut (this was a huge deal), Wahaca, YO! Sushi and Bella Italia. Some restaurants have clearly marked ‘VE’ for Vegan, or even have a separate menu for Vegan foods, but if you’re unsure then ask for the allergens menu.