Vegan Curious? My 3 quick tips for plant-based living.

Thinking about going vegan? Just curious? In this video I talk a little bit about the concept of being “vegan curious.”

To me, being vegan curious means allowing yourself to be open to the information you find about animal agriculture and its impact on your health, the planet, and the animals.

Sometimes we shut ourselves off from learning more about something, simply because we’re afraid of what we might find.

I don’t think that’s the best way to live. It’s much better to find out, and make an informed decision. Being vegan curious means opening up enough to find out the truth, no matter how uncomfortable it might be.

There are 3 steps (that I can’t think of so far) to being vegan curious.

1. Be vegan curious and seek out information.

There is so much information on vegansim available these days! If you’d like to do the research on your own, I’d suggest going to the World Health Organization and FAO websites and researching animal agriculture’s impact on the planet and human health. Livestock’s Long Shadow is a great report on the impact of animal agriculture, and I’d recommend it to anyone seriously interested in this subject.

If you don’t feel like undertaking serious academic research quite yet, that’s ok! There are a number of great documentaries that will give you plenty of information to begin.

If you haven’t seen it, Cowspiracy is a great documentary on the effect animal agriculture is having on our planet. It’s also available on Netflix for free. Food choices is another great documentary on Netflix that covers the benefits of a plant based diet and touches on the other benefits of veganism.

2. Experiment with Plant-Based Foods

Try incorporating more plant-based foods into your diet, rather than just focusing on eliminating animal products. Start by experimenting with whatever seems easiest to you first.

For me it was finding a replacement for dairy. I tried a number of different plant-based substitutes (including flax milk, cashew milk, almond milk, coconut milk and pea protein milk) before settling on Silk Vanilla soy milk. My husband and I both love it. Soy milk has a particularly great consistency for baking and drinking, and it makes great foam in lattes.

Along these same lines, I’d encourage you to increase the amount of starch (complex carbohydrates) in your diet in the form of bread, pasta, rice, potatoes and beans. These foods give you tons of energy, and you won’t experience the negative effects described by those who say they “always felt tired” on a plant-based diet. The fact of the matter is, vegetables are very low in energy. They are good for you, but they aren’t a sustainable source of energy for most people. So if you’re vegan curious, eat plenty of fresh fruits and vegetables. But take in the majority of your calories in the form of starchy complex carbs. If your concerned about gaining weight, just lower the amount of fat in your diet.

For more information on the subject of eating well on a plant based diet, I’d encourage you to check out Dr. John McDougall’s new book The Starch Solution: Eat the Foods You Love, Regain Your Health, and Lose the Weight for Good!. It’s a great introduction to a healthy and affordable vegan diet.

3. Seek out positive vegans for support and encouragement

Finally, seek out positive vegan support. There are lots of great resources out there for the vegan curious. Try to resist the lure of vegan drama, and focus instead on learning all that you can from positive and reliable sources. I recommend the YouTube Channel Bite Size Vegan if you want to learn more about veganism in general, and if you’re looking for some quick and easy vegan recipes, check out Chef Vegan, who always has a positive outlook and creative idea for a meal. There are plenty of positive vegans out there, so be sure to be on the look out for them!

I hope this was helpful.

Thanks so much for watching,
Margaret
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