It will be a big change to go from a diet in which you eat everything to a vegan diet. There are many things that you are going to need to cut out, and you want to make sure that you are still getting all of your proper nutrition. A vegan diet can be delicious and nutritious if you do it right. The following are some tips on how to start a vegan diet.
First you will need to know the foods you cannot have. Vegans do not eat meat of any kind, including beef, pork, chicken, fish, other types of fowl, and so forth. Essentially they do not eat anything that was alive. In this a vegan and a vegetarian are the same, but a vegan goes further in that they also do not eat any products that came from an animal. That means that they will not eat milk that comes from animals, eggs and so forth. You will want to cut all of these products from your diet.
In addition to the products that are clearly not vegan, there are a lot of products that have hidden animal products as ingredients. For instance, many cakes and breads have milk as an ingredient. Also, many things that you wouldn’t even think of use non-vegan items. For instance, many vegetable soups actually use a beef or chicken stock. A lot of times, vegetables that are cooked have some meat broth for flavoring or may have little pieces of meat that you cannot see. If they cook it in regular butter, then that is also no good. Also, most of the time, gelatin, which is in items like marshmallows, candy, jello and more is not vegan. You will want to carefully look at the ingredients on packages for non-vegan items. If you go to a restaurant, even if something sounds like it should be vegan, you should ask. Remember if you are getting fries from a restaurant and they use the same fryer to cook the chicken strips, then that will make it not vegan.
So what can you eat? There are many delicious items. You have delicious fruits and vegetables, which are often very healthy for you. You can have items such as potatoes, soy, beans, bread, rice and more. You can have soy milk or coconut milk. There are also many items that are meat substitutes that are vegan such as some veggie burgers, fake chicken and more. Nuts are a good source of protein.
When starting a vegan diet, you may want to consider consulting a nutritionist or your physician. It can be a very rewarding diet filled with lots of delicious food.