5 Benefits of Going Vegan

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Let’s begin with the single most important piece of information on how to become vegan. Remember this: if you learn nothing else in this article, remember this: vegans do not eat non-vegetarian foods. Most people believe going vegan needs willpower and struggle. They fail to realize that veganism is a simple change of diet.

The only difficult part about going vegan is making the decision to reduce your intake of animal products. However, once you make this crucial decision, the challenging part is over. Once you’ve made this decision to reduce animal products in your life, the next most challenging task is deciding what all to do with the food you’ve just eliminated.

An Overview


A big part of going vegan is stocking up on fresh, whole foods, as well as cutting out anything with animal products in it, including dairy products. Most nutritionists advise going vegetarian or vegan as a long-term lifestyle change and recommend changing your eating habits for the long term. This means that once you are committed to a new diet, you’ll be committed for life. You’ll have to learn new eating habits, and learn how to incorporate them into your every day life.

There are some excellent resources out there to help you transition to a healthy vegan diet. In addition to ebooks, books, and listening to podcasts, I highly recommend joining a local group or forum for people who are going vegans and like to talk! Chances are you will meet a lot of great individuals with similar ideas and experiences. Find someone to talk to who has also gone through the process. You can ask questions, ask for advice, and learn a great deal about how others dealt with or avoided certain issues during the transition to a vegan diet. This is a great experience and will make veganism much easier for you to deal with.

Benefits of Going Vegan


As you go vegan, you’ll find yourself shopping a little more carefully than you may have in the past. You may find yourself buying items that you never would have purchased if you stayed within your standard diet. There are going to be lots of temptation to indulge in things that you know you should not, so keep your eye out for things like chocolate, cheese, alcoholic beverages, and diary products. Try to resist these as much as possible. Another thing to be careful of is honey – though it is delicious, it has been found to cause digestive problems, particularly in young children. So, look for a sugar substitute instead.

Though many people view going vegan as a spiritual or personal journey, the truth is that most people do it for health reasons. There is no true “vegan” religion, but many vegetarians do adopt an attitude of gratitude toward the plant-based foods that they consume and consider themselves to be “pursuit eaters”. For most people, the benefits of going vegan are not limited to weight loss and improved health – there are also the benefits of reducing stress and feeling better about yourself. Many people find that they have greater peace of mind when they are eating a well-balanced diet with plenty of fresh fruits and vegetables. The reduction in stress caused by reduced animal fat and refined grains makes one feel happier overall.

Another benefit of going vegan is the chance to expand one’s circle of friends. If you meet other vegans on a regular basis, you can develop new friendships that may last a lifetime. If nothing else, sharing recipes and tips with others will help you feel better about being a vegan. Your social circle is likely already aware of other vegetarians and you will have access to information and support that you would not otherwise get.

Bottom Line

Going vegan does have a number of benefits, but they all come back to the choice to eliminate meat from your diet. There are many ways to prepare and cook vegetarian meals so that you don’t have to completely give up eating animal products. You can enjoy great tasting dishes and at the same time be creating healthier meals for yourself and those who love you for the compassion that you demonstrate. With some creativity, you can adapt the flavors of many non-vegetarian foods to make them taste just as good as a meal that consists of meat, fish or dairy products.

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