We’re just two days away from our Vegan Grazing Evening here at Sheene Mill which will feature an evening of a superfood antioxidant cocktail as well as a five course tasting menu. Not only that but you’ll also get some vegan canapés on arrival.
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So, for those of you who are planning on transitioning to a vegan lifestyle, we’ve put together 10 helpful tips you’ll need to know before going green.
- LEARN AS MUCH AS YOU CAN
Before you can even begin taking on this diet, firstly you will need familiarize yourself with what your new vegan life will be like. This will not only give you knowledge but will help you feel more prepared for your new lifestyle, after all going vegan is so much more than just changing your diet!
Learn the benefits, research ingredients, educate yourself about the practices and health measures. If you’re seriously considering making the switch to vegan you will need a B12 supplement, an iron supplement and you’ll need to find new protein sources. Read, watch and learn all about veganism before making the change.
- ADD TO YOUR DIET BEFORE TAKING AWAY FROM IT
Before cutting dairy, meat and eggs out of your diet completely and sending your body into a whirlwind of change, begin by incorporating more whole grain, beans, legumes, nuts, seeds and tofu into your diet.
Not only will this get you ready for cooking with began ingredients, it’s less of a shock on your body!
- FIND AND REMEMBER YOUR MOTIVATION
There is a big difference between going on a vegan diet and adopting a vegan lifestyle. It’s all too easy to take the occasional cheat day which can turn into cheat week, which before you know it can lead to everyday. So find the reason you’re doing it and remember it. It will help you out on those days where you’re tempted by a juicy steak!
- KEEP POSITIVE
Rather than thinking about all the foods you’ll be giving up, think of all the new and exciting ingredients you can now experiment with. Like anything, it’s all about looking at the glass as half full not half empty. Don’t worry about the changes you’re making, be excited about them.
- BE PREPARED TO READ LABELS
Food shopping can often be a chore and for many people they’ll want to get in the supermarket and get out with no messing around. Be prepared that in going vegan you may have to spend a little more time wandering the aisles. You’ll need to check the food labels on everything you buy, so if you’re not a fan of food shopping, prepare yourself.
- BE PREAPRED FOR A GRILLING
People are very sensitive about their dietary habits, especially if you change something they’ve always believed so you may want to prepare yourself for a lot of questions from your family and friends. Make it clear you’re doing it for your own reasons and that it works for you. Put simply, make it about you!
- YOU MAY FEEL HAPPIER
Compared to veggie or vegan diets, omnivorous ones contain more arachidonic acid which can spur neurological changes that drag down moods, according to a 2012 Nutrition Journal study.
- ALL OR NOTHING CRAVINGS
Like cutting anything you’re used to, once you’ve given something up, you will naturally crave it. Don’t worry, that’s normal!! These are certainly challenges that you’ll have to overcome but they don’t need to be barriers. Most vegans don’t adopt this life because they’ve stopped loving chicken or cheese. It may sound odd but I’m sure there are a lot of meat loving vegans out there! That’s why it’s important to take your time with transitioning to a vegan life. Introduce vegan alternatives to your favourite foods and take it at your own pace.
- DOESN’T HAVE TO COST MORE
At an average of £5 for a good piece of steak, meat can be one of the most expensive items to buy so in going vegan you can save the pounds.
- YOU DON’T HAVE TO GIVE UP FAVOURITE RESTAURANTS
Lastly, but by very no means least going vegan doesn’t mean you have to give up your favourite restaurants. As veganism becomes more popular, so do vegan options on just about all menus. So don’t be afraid in going green you can’t still enjoy an evening out. Here at Sheene Mill we cater for everyone’s dietary needs and can offer a range of vegan options as well as design delicious vegan tasting menus around your eating habits.