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Veganuary: Top Tips for Going Vegan in 2018

Veganuary: Top Tips for Going Vegan in 2018

When the January blues dawned on us we felt less than slender, and then the ‘New Year, New Me’ regimes began with one trend that everyone was talking about: Veganuary. From kale smoothies and courgetti bundles to tofu scramble and nut loafs, vegan is in in 2018.

veganuary: tips for going vegan

However, if chicken and rice is your go-to lunch and steak-frites is your absolute fave for a meal out, you’re probably thinking ‘HOW, WHAT, WHY, NO NO NO’ (or something along those lines). But equally, you’re probably reading this as you want to go vegan this month, so we’re here to help!

1. Plan ahead

Like any new meal plan, fitness regime or change of routine, a plan is essential. Going vegan will mean a change in nearly all things you buy, most things you eat and the way you prep everything too! Come up with a plan, go shopping and work out your meals ahead of time. Particularly as veganuary won’t likely have been something you have done before, so it will all be new to you and will take a little more thought than your bulk-cooking of turkey chili on a Sunday night!

2. Don’t expect it to be easy

That being said, don’t panic that it’s going to be too much of a challenge, just be mindful that it won’t be as easy as your usual routine. Something that most people find when going vegan, is that convenience foods are less easy to pick up, particularly when it comes to getting your protein in. It is also important to realise that it will also be a change and you won’t necessarily LOVE everything you make. It might be a little trial and error to find what it is that you like (and don’t like) and it will also be about experimenting. Try some of the Momtastic simple healthy vegan-friendly recipes linked below.

Laslty, there are a lot of vegan-friendly protein powders on the market and it can be difficult to know where to start. IdealFit’s NEW vegan range is a great go-to to kick-start your vegan journey. With delicious chocolate and strawberry flavours and only 115 calories per serving, you can keep your protein intake up, while sticking to your veganuary plans! Shop the range now.

3. Don’t overspend

Before you go spending your entire Christmas bonus on tofu and kale, pause for a moment. Going vegan doesn’t need to break the bank, so make sure you do your research first. Many of your everyday basics are vegan-friendly and possibly some of your favourite foods, without you even realising. The Vegan Society has a great article on how to go ‘Vegan on a budget’ linked below.

4. Do Veganuary YOUR way

For some people, going all out vegan right away might not work and could result in face-planting a roast chicken come Friday night. If you think this could be you, then don’t worry. Start by making simple swaps and slowly try to change your diet to a more vegan way of eating. Normally have cheese with your scrambled eggs? Try Tofu-Scramble instead. Can’t part with your spag-bol? Try this delicious Courgette and Carrot Spaghetti with Red Pepper and Tomato Sauce instead. It’s all about taking the small steps to reach your bigger goal.

5. Always read the label

It’s difficult to know what’s vegan-friendly and what’s not if you’re not used to that way of eating. It might make your food shop a few minutes longer but it will be worth it in the long run. Foods don’t always shout about their ingredients (they’re usually in small print on the back – so take your glasses!), so be sure to read the labels carefully if you’re serious about keeping on track.

6. Enjoy the benefits!

One of the main reasons people opt to either try Veganuary or switch to vegan entirely, is for health benefits. Research has shown that a vegan diet can help to lower cholesterol, improve energy and reduce blood pressure and the risk of diabetes. Now if that’s not a reason to try it, we don’t know what is!

If you’re trying Veganuary this month ladies, good luck – you’ve got this! Head over to our Instagram or Facebook to let us know how you get on!

 

 


20 (Delicious!) Vegan Meals That Don’t Suck

https://www.vegansociety.com/resources/recipes/budget/vegan-budget

 

 



Sophie Seddon

Sophie Seddon

Lifestyle Editor


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