Increasing numbers of people are turning to a vegan lifestyle, and it needn’t seem as daunting as you might think.
Vegan lifestyle expert and organiser of VeggieWorld London, Jimmy Pierson, explains: “Firstly, it’s important to recognise that everyone’s different. There’s no right or wrong way. Some people go vegan overnight and if you can, then great – go for it! But for the majority, it’s a longer journey comprising a number of smaller steps.”
Simple ideas to make the transitions easier include making that transition gradually, replacing one thing in your diet at a time.
Swapping meat for healthier alternatives is a great start then, once you’re comfortable with that, start replacing your dairy products.
“It also important for everyone to learn how to eat well. A balanced vegan diet provides all the nutrients you need to be fit and healthy, but make sure you’re getting a good balance of protein, carbohydrates, fats, and all the vitamins and minerals you need. You should also supplement or eat foods fortified with vitamin B12 and, as with all diets, vitamin D,” he said.
“Join a support network. Facebook is full of vegan groups, which help and support those starting out. There are also lots of vegan events, such as VeggieWorld London, where you’ll have a chance to try the amazing range of vegan food currently available and experience the vegan lifestyle for yourself.”
Find out more at veggieworld.de/en/event/london-en