4. Identify the easy switches, and make them.
Brown rice instead of white, all natural muesli or naturally sweetened granola instead of generic processed cereal – these are what I call the easy switches. Identify one easy switch a week and make it. If you’re a person who’ll gladly eat brown and white bread for example, opt for brown. If don’t happen to mind the taste of soy or almond milk – go without dairy milk for a week and see how much of a difference it really makes to you. Remember, you don’t have to do everything at once, it’s all about baby steps here.
5. Be supermarket savvy.
This has probably been repeated more times than even google can count, but I think it’s a tip everyone can stand to benefit from. Do the bulk of your grocery shopping on the outer aisles of your supermarket, and steer clear of the middle aisles which usually house the refined and processed food items you want to avoid. Think of this way, it’s going to be a lot easier to resist picking up that family-size bag of potato chips if you don’t go past it.***
I just wanted to point out that a vegan diet is NOT necessarily synonymous with a healthy one – skeptics you have been warned, the world of vegan junk food is alive and well! The reason I’ve chosen to gear this towards health conscious eaters as well is that I appreciate veganism (and even vegetarianism) isn’t for everyone. As my old colleague Keith would say “It’s a glove that won’t fit everyone’s hand”. That said, there’s no harm in trying the glove on for size. Because I initially went vegan for health and diet reasons – I’m equally as passionate about advocating a vegan diet for optimum health and nutrition as I am for ethical and environmental reasons, and I truly believe everyone can benefit from incorporating more wholesome plant-based sources of nutrition to their diet.
On that note I’ll be doing a few more posts about transitioning to a healthy vegan diet along with some really simple recipes that anyone can follow, so stay tuned! So far I’m thinking healthy snack options and dairy-free alternatives – if you have any requests or suggestions for a post in this series feel free to mention it in the comments below or drop me an e-mail via the contact form.