So, you’ve taken the veg pledge and made it through January – check you out! Living your best veganised life. February or ‘Vegruary’ has rolled around and keeping up the veganuary momentum might be challenging. We live in a non-vegan world with temptations everywhere. Not to mention, there’s milk powder in literally EVERYTHING. If you’re looking for a helping hand, then look no further. You can make a successful long-lasting switch with our 5 steps.
1. Remember why you started Veganuary Challenge
Firstly, think back to why you made the pledge in the first place. Whether it was for the animals, planet, people or your health (or all of the above). Take this time for some important reflection. Reflect on your choices, re-watch vegan documentaries and stay in the know. Your impact is truly powerful and much greater than you might think!
2. Invest in cookbooks & meal prep
Many mention improved cooking skills after going vegan. Not quite Michelin star, but you’re probably getting more comfortable in the kitchen. Make an attempt to stockpile vegan recipes. There are thousands of recipes online. E-book recipes are great for the planet too. However, if you’re more old school, enjoy the smell of a good book, try shopping second-hand. Alternatively you could support books by your favourite vegan influencers. Meal Prep is also perfect for keeping up the momentum. Planning is key. Bulk buying food for meal prepping will also save you some extra cash.
3. Veganised your favourite meals & enjoy getting creative with food
Missing your famous mac n cheese? Veganise it! With vegan lifestyles becoming increasingly popular, so are vegan food alternatives. Fear not, you don’t have to sacrifice your favourite meals. You might just have to get a little creative. Swap out dairy for dairy-free options. You can even make cheesy sauces by blending up cashew nuts. The plant possibilities are truly endless. Let your creative juices flow!
4. Ensure you’re getting enough nutrients on your vegan diet
Obtaining enough nutrients is super important. Okay, we’re incredibly bias here but supplementing along with eating a well-balanced diet is crucial. Especially for newbie vegans because you’ll still be exploring what works for you. This can be a great way to ensure you’re getting everything you need. Whilst learning about the ways of vegan life.
5. Don’t be hard on yourself & take it easy
It’s easy to slip back into old habits. We are all creatures of habit after all. It’s understandable too, since transition periods can be super challenging. Be easy on yourself because nothing happens overnight. Even considering veganism is a massive step. Even if Veganuay is finished, you can still keep your Veganuary momentum going with these 5 simple steps. Maybe sure to fuel your body with good things, surround yourself with like-minded people and you’ll be sure to be living the la vegan loca in no time.