Going vegan is a great choice for your health, the animals and the planet. However, it can also be challenging, especially if you are new to this lifestyle. Here are some common mistakes that vegan newbies make and how to avoid them.
Not eating enough protein: Protein is essential for building and repairing tissues, making hormones and enzymes, and supporting immune function. While plant-based foods can provide enough protein, you need to eat a variety of sources to get all the essential amino acids. Some good vegan protein sources are beans, lentils, tofu, tempeh, nuts, seeds and whole grains.
Not getting enough vitamin B12: Vitamin B12 is only found in animal products, so vegans need to supplement it or eat fortified foods. Vitamin B12 is important for red blood cell formation, nerve function and DNA synthesis. A deficiency can cause anemia, fatigue, nerve damage and cognitive problems. You can get vitamin B12 from supplements or foods like nutritional yeast, plant-based milks and cereals.
Being too strict or too lenient: Some new vegans may feel guilty or stressed if they slip up or make exceptions. Others may not take their veganism seriously and cheat often. Find a balance that works for you and your goals, and don’t be too hard on yourself or others.
Not reading labels: Many foods that seem vegan may contain hidden animal ingredients, such as gelatin, honey, whey or casein. You need to read the labels carefully and look for vegan certifications or symbols. You can also use apps like Is It Vegan? or HappyCow to scan barcodes or find vegan-friendly products and restaurants.
Not planning ahead: Going vegan in India can be difficult if you don't plan ahead. You may face social pressure, lack of awareness and accessibility issues when it comes to finding vegan food options and products. You need to prepare your own meals, snacks and drinks when possible, and carry them with you when you travel or go out. You also need to communicate your dietary preferences clearly and politely to your family, friends and hosts.
By avoiding these mistakes, you can make your transition to veganism easier and more enjoyable. Remember that veganism is not a diet, but a lifestyle that aims to reduce animal suffering and environmental impact. Be proud of your choice and don't let anyone discourage you. 🌱
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