Becoming a Vegan?
Taking the steps to becoming a vegan can be challenging for some depending on what you may see challenging to cut out your diet. Those who decided to go “cold turkey” and become a vegan the next day often struggle because they get so caught up in the rules that they become anxious. Becoming a vegan is a lifestyle change that may take time. Also, it is just not about what you’re eating but what you may believe in as well. The production of meat and other animal products places a heavy burden on the environment, from crops and water required to feed the animals, to the transport and other processes involved from farm to fork. The vast amount of grain feed required for meat production is a significant contributor to deforestation, habitat loss and species extinction. Along with animal cruelty, these are some factors as to why some make the choice of becoming a vegan.
Why become a vegan?
There are some who just want the challenge of a healthier lifestyle but most people become vegan because they do not agree with the cruelty of animals. Having emotional attachments with animals may form part of that reason, while many believe that all creatures have a right to life and freedom. Specifics aside, avoiding animal products is one of the most obvious ways you can take a stand against animal cruelty and animal exploitation everywhere. More and more people are turning to a vegan diet for the health benefits: increased energy, younger looking skin and eternal youth are just some of the claims from enthusiastic plant eaters.
Becoming a vegan
Don’t view a vegan lifestyle as the finish line, but as an evolving process of conscious eating. It might be easier to become a vegan if you can avoid questions or scrutiny from others, so don’t announce what you are doing. Focus more on yourself and being conscious of your surroundings, body, and food addictions first. Shopping and going out to eat in this time has made it a tad easier to become a vegan. There are menu options labeled for vegans in restaurants as well as in grocery stores. With the amount of options being a vegan does not mean deprivation. There are now dairy substitutes as well as meat substitutes to support the plant base diet. Even fast-food places are starting to offer vegan options on their menus. In select restaurants, Mexican chain Chipotle serves Sofritas, a shredded, organic tofu cooked with chipotle chiles and roasted poblanos. National chain Tropical Smoothie Cafe will substitute plant-based protein Beyond Meat (which shreds up like cooked chicken) in all salads and sandwiches at no extra cost.
Supporting a vegan diet
Healthy Home Market and Farm 2 Family Foods is a local specialty store that supports the needs of many diets. One being a vegan diet. There are many substitutions you can use to still enjoy the foods you love. They may even taste better than what you are used to. So visit us today in Plaza Midwood, Galleria and Davidson to embark on your vegan journey!