6 simple steps: Starting off as a vegan

Changing your regular diet to a plant based diet can be quite challenging. There is quite a lot you need to think about in advance and a casual lunch out with your co-workers isn’t as simple anymore. You need to fight yourself through the menu to find something you actually want to eat.

Also, going to the grocery story isn’t as simple as it used to be. Right? Wrong!
It’s just a simple as any other diet!

A lot of people start reducing and cutting out certain foods. They start off with not eating any meat anymore, than stopping with dairy products and finally cutting out eggs. We had a totally different approach: We had Schnitzels and Cheesecake the night before we decided to go full on vegan. Just like that, from one day to another. You need to decide for yourselves which way is more suitable for you. But I know, if I’d gone the slow way, I’d probably wouldn’t have made it.

Ok, so you’ve decided to go vegan. How do you do it? It’s only a question about organization. When going vegan, we emptied all our cupboards and read every single food lable of every single product (Ok… not every product – cheese and meat were kinda obvious…!). Then we planned our menu for a whole week with a vegan cookbook we bought. We can really recommend starting off with Attila Hildemanns “Vegan to Go” as it has fun vegan recipes. In a next step we went to the grocery store and spent like 2 hours shopping for food. Again, we read every single lable. Let’s be honest: You always grab the same prodcuts, cause you know you like them. Well, it’s the same with vegan products. As soon as you know what’s vegan, you’ll be just as quickly through the shops as before. So all it takes is two additional hours and there you go: You’ve transferred your household to a vegan household. No more temptation.

Now the most important tip, if you do not live in California or some place else, where there are a ton of vegan restaurants: Pack your lunch! It’ll make your life so much easier. A lot of our friends say that they’d love to go vegan, but they don’t want to meal prep. Well, if you’re cooking dinner anyways, just cook four portions instead of two. Et voilà. Your lunch is prepared. AND! A homecooked meal has so many benefits, most importantly: You know what’s in it. No convenience products.

Okay, so you’ve tried being vegan for a while now, but it’s getting complicated and/or difficult to keep yourself motivated. You wanna know why: Cause dairy has addictive components. Meat has antibiotics ans hormons in it. You need to get these out of your system to stop craving them.  We found the best motivation is research. We watched three documentaries on Netflix and read a LOT of articles. You won’t be able to go back after that, even if you’d want to. It’ll definately keep you going, once you know the truth.

So let’s recap

For changing your lifestyle and feeling awesome you need to:

  1. Empty out all food in your cupboards – yes, even the bouillon. Read the lables!
  2. Give away everything with meat and dairy components in it
  3. Buy yourself a cool vegan cookbook and plan your meals for a week
  4. Go grocery shopping and read every single lable of every product you pick up
  5. Meal prep and take your lunch to work
  6. Stay motivated and informed with Netflix documentaries and other articles

Vegan Netflix Documentaries

We recommend:

  1. Forks over Knives
  2. Food Choices
  3. What the Health
  4. Fat, Sick and Nearly Dead

If you need any tips or motivation, we’ll be happy to help you out. Just contact us. We look forward to your message.

xoxo
Dario & Nikki

 

 

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