Exactly what to expect when you become vegan


WHEN I first considered becoming vegan, I thought I absolutely had to make this big, absolute lifestyle change: One day I would be someone who consumed animal products, and the next, I just… wouldn’t. But the transition doesn’t always have to be that black-and-white (though it may be for some people).
Going vegan can also be a big challenge; changing your diet takes trial and error, research, and extra planning, so if you’re interested in being vegan, it’s totally OK to do it gradually. If you do decide to jump in at any level, though, there’s some stuff you should know that can make the whole transition a bit easier.
If your friends are anything like mine, the first time you go to a party as a new vegan, your pals might try to sway you. “Vegan? Why?” they’ll ask. “Why can’t you have this dip? It’s just sour cream. It’s not like it’s actual meat.”You will hear every argument for going back on your dietary goals, and you might even want to indulge your friends. Why not? It’s totally less awkward at a party to be easy-going when it comes to food. You’ll feel bad when the hostess awkwardly offers up some of the few vegan options she might have. But in the end, don’t let this deter you! Before parties, I usually just eat something light but filling, so if the situation for vegans at the party is dire, I’m good to go, but not too full to enjoy a snack if there’s anything good out.
If you’ve been vegan for any length of time, you’ve probably experienced accidental animal product consumption at a restaurant with staff who aren’t totally versed in what the term “vegan” means. I don’t blame them, either. When I first decided to go vegan, it blew my mind that honey was no longer an option, but once I read about it, it made perfect sense.
After you learn the ropes, you’ll end up spending a lot of time asking the staff questions about how food is prepared: What kind of oil is used? Is there butter in this? Is there cream in this soup? Is there dairy in the pumpkin spice latte even with nondairy milk? (And yes, there probably is.)
I still don’t know where I stand on the arguments about veganism, TBH. There’s a case to be made for the idea that humans are meant to be omnivores, so we might as well eat everything. But I also believe that since we can sustain ourselves on a plant-based diet, why not do that?
I see truth to both sides; however, the deciding factor for me is how great I feel on a plant-based diet. Plants are a great source of energy, and as long as I make sure I’m getting enough calories, I’ve found that replacing heavy, sleep-inducing food with refreshing veggies has made such a difference in my day-to-day energy levels.

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