How to go Vegan

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How to go Vegan
Hi, I’m Sadia and today we are going to discuss pickup limes top 12 tips for any beginners venturing into the world of veganism
Now this was a highly requested video, and I’m very happy to share it with you today, but before we begin there’s a few important things that I need to mention. I am in no way pressuring you or forcing you to become a vegan. That’s just not my philosophy.
I think you should always do what feels right to you and let others do the same. And if you have no interest in adopting
a vegan lifestyle, you certainly don’t need to in order to still enjoy this video and the tips that I share
Including more plant-based foods into your diet is a win all around. If you’re somebody who has a medical condition, you’re immune
compromised or your feeding young children
I would recommend seeing a physician or a dietitian before you begin, that way you’ve just got your basis covered.
And finally if you’re interested in learning more about my journey into the veganism, the difficulties
I experienced when I first started or the fears that I had with
coming out as a vegan dietitian, I’ve already written about it on the website.
So I will leave a link to that in the [description] Box below, in case you feel like checking it out
Okay, all of that aside. Now let’s get started.
Forget what you heard about vegan food being bland, the lifestyle being too expensive, you’re not getting enough nutrients
or just being too complicated to incorporate into your life. If you go into it with a negative mindset it’s just going to feel like a punishment. But trust me, it is the furthest thing from that. Eating this way is nourishing
delicious and wholesome
It’s food that loves you as much as you love it back and like anything else it gets easier with time and practice.
You’ll find more affordable places to shop and making meals will be just as quick if not quicker to make in time.
So forget everything you think you know and dive in with an open mind.
Some people feel like when they become vegan they need to also simultaneously become zero-waste, minimalists, gluten-free, sugar-free
oil-free, fitness-warriors not to mention an expert in vegan nutrition.
But why all the pressure? You’re going to learn more and more about veganism with time.
And you can start to adopt these other lifestyle practices down the road if they even resonate with you at all
But biting off more than you can chew just leads to in digestion. So slow and steady friends.
Like I said everything we do is harder and requires more of our time in the beginning.
So intentionally schedule some extra time when it comes to preparing meals at least for the first few weeks. You’ll get faster. Don’t worry.
The Lifestyle change is going to be complicated if you’ve got nothing on hand to work with. So start by stocking up on the pantry essentials.
I’ve made a video on this already
So I’ll link it at the end of this video if you want to check it out
And you know what else if you’re just starting off?
Please don’t go to the extreme and forbid yourself from Having any treat foods
Only to look at other people who have them and then envy them. Now veganism is just as fun
I always enjoy having some dark chocolate in the home and Robin always likes to have a bag of chips for
whenever we’re in the mood [and] because a whole foods plant-based lifestyle means that you’re likely eating well the majority [of] the time
You don’t have to give yourself a hard time for occasionally enjoying some treats
Something like some homemade vegan banana bread or homemade vegan cookies or muffins. It’s all good [in] addition to the pantry essentials
You’re going to want to also make sure that you are stocked up on things like fresh produce breads those plant-based meat alternatives
I’ve already made a comprehensive cursory shopping list on vegan essentials
So if you want to get your own free copy you can check out the link in the description Box below
This is not a deprivation diet. It’s an eat in Abundance lifestyle so a lot of times when people first think about veganism
They start to think about all the things that they can’t have beef chicken fish cheese yogurt butter ice cream milk
But that’s not the right mindset instead what we want to do is focus on all of the things we are
Adding and let these foods naturally replace the other stuff adding more plant-based dairy alternatives like soy
Almond Rice or coconut milks and yogurts more whole Grains more fruits more vegetables?
More nuts seeds trail mix of beans lentils tofu you get the idea and one more tip if you’re new to vegan take
Advantage of the different mock meats also known as textured vegetable proteins that are available at most large chain grocery shops
When Robin first transition to eating more plant-based. He says this was the only reason
He was able to [actually] stick with it some mock meatballs mock ground beef and mock chicken
Helps in your transition for sure and if you don’t know how to cook tofu
They even have [pre] [season] tofu available in most shops as well with time you can start to substitute for [other] more wholesome plant-based sources
Of protein if you’d like things like making your own tofu tempeh lentils and beans
But [in] the beginning go ahead and use all the resources available to you
When you do start to include more beans and lentils as your plant sources for protein and carbs
Start slow a lot of people go from having nothing to having a cup or more in a day
And then they wonder why they’re experiencing in digestion
Or gas it does take our body some time to adjust so start seriously with as little as two tablespoons a day
Gradually increasing to a quarter of a cup half a cup full cup or however much you want
So a gradual increase in intake can help to mitigate the hold gas and bloating
Understand that it can be overwhelming in the beginning
Especially if you don’t know what to make so start by learning just a handful of recipes that you enjoy and learn them well
These are going to be your default with this lifestyle picking up momentum
There is no shortage of plant-based recipes on the web pinterest and youtube are two places that will offer you thousands of delicious recipes
Simply type in vegan recipes, and you’ll have more options than you can imagine [and] if that still feels like too much [work]
You can always go to the pickuplines pinterest page with boards that have already been created and organized for you into breakfast
Smoothies drinks Snacks main meals and more as always the link can be found in the description Box below
It is common to feel more hungry when you’ve just made the transition keep in mind that plant-based foods offer fewer calories for more bulk
Fruits vegetables and legumes simply can’t offer the same amount of calories as you would find in [the] same amount of
fatty meats butter cheese, or ice cream
So if you’ve just finished an entire meal and an hour to later you find that you’re still hungry
Then honor your hunger and eat some more if you feel [it’ll] help it will take you some time to adjust
But just trust that your body will adjust and find its own balance very soon
I say this a lot because I think it’s the most powerful tool that we’ve got and that is what is your why power?
Why is it that you want to adopt a plant-based lifestyle is it for your health for the environment for the animal?
Can you be more specific and can you write it down?
By seeing it on a regular basis and constantly reminding ourselves of the why
It’ll be more likely to stick and the other thing it does is [it] [helps] us to shift our focus away from the losses the things we think we’re losing like our ability to have chicken and Instead what it does is it focuses our attention on the gains so gaining improved health
Gaining and improved environmental footprints gaining the peace of mind knowing that an animal’s life wasn’t taken for us to enjoy [our] meal
Now regardless of what your reason is and there’s no [judgment]
the question to be asking yourself is why because it allows you to shift your focus away from the things you think you’re losing and
Instead focus on what you are actually gaining
So you messed up?
Furiously, don’t sweat. It. Just do as much as is reasonable to you
There’s a few glorified stories of these people who became vegan overnight and never looked back
And we all envy them
Because to be honest the path and journey into veganism is more of a zigzag when it is a straight line
[I] mean think about it
You’re rewriting years or decades of teachings about how to eat and you’re reconfiguring habits that you lived with for your whole life
So the boat may rock a couple of times if you trip just turn it into a dance and keep smiling [in]
Other words if you slipped up, it’s seriously okay onwards and upwards
Yes, a vitamin B12 supplement is recommended, but how often you need to take it depends on the dosage
[I’ve] written a very brief article on this
I’ll leave the link in the description box in [case] you want to check it out, and if you’re also living somewhere
Where the sun is not shining so much or maybe it is but you are wearing sunscreen [then] a vitamin D supplement is also recommended
but this applies to everybody not just [vegans] for
[me] veganism is not just compassion for the animals the [environment] and for my health
But it also means widening the circle of compassion to include friends family acquaintances and even total strangers
Unfortunately in the world of plant-based nutrition there can be a fair bit of criticism and judgment when it comes to the choices [of] others
You might have heard or read somebody say well you eat fish
you’re not [a] real vegetarian then or if you had honey, then you can’t call yourself a vegan and
According to the strict guidelines that might be true, but I say drop the strict guidelines and just do your best
[I] mean having plant-based foods most of the time is a clear win compared to nothing at all [and] if you’re somebody who is
Already following a plant-based lifestyle. I would encourage you to share and spread the message with love
Answer questions openly and honestly and never judge or criticize the decisions of others just [lead] by example
and if they feel inspired
[they’ll] be more likely to join than if they were feeling pressured or were made to feel inadequate in some way
All right, so those were pickup lines top 12 tips for anybody who [is] transitioning to [more] of a plant-based lifestyle?
And I also have a bonus tip for anyone who might be
[interested] you can always go to your doctor to get some blood work done before you begin and
Again six to [twelve] months down the road of course you don’t need to do this
But it might help to increase your confidence and to help reassure you and your loved ones that things are going well in
Many cases the lab work comes back indicating no issues or in some cases certain lab values may have improved things like cholesterol
Which is why some [people] choose to follow such a lifestyle
But in other cases it could come back and show a sign of deficiency
And I mean that was the point right to make sure that things are going okay?
So no worries
Remember you’re in the learning stages of it all it could just mean that you overlooked a certain food items that you’re now going to
[start] to incorporate more into your diet, and if you choose not to do this as well
No worries also if done correctly there should [be] no deficiencies on a whole food plant-based diet
[ok] so that’s it for today
I hope that you enjoyed this video
and if you did it would mean the world to me if you gave it a thumbs up because to be honest I was a little bit nervous about making it hoping I was going to answer all [of] your questions
And if you’re looking for more credible sources of information, I will share some links for you in the description Box below
One of them is a book called becoming vegan they also have a book called becoming vegetarian Written by two registered dietitians
And it’s a very comprehensive resource for anyone who’s wanting to learn and know more and it’s all evidence-based and backed up
The other one is a website as well as a Youtube channel called
Run by a Vegan physician named Dr.Greger and he’s got some great information there as well, so you can feel free to check those out all right
That’s it for now pick up line signing off. We’ll see ya real soon

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