5 Tips that make going vegan easier ~ Mira Marshall

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Some people can go vegan cold turkey. Others transition to a vegan diet over time. I transitioned to a vegan diet after being vegetarian for more than three years. Here are some tips I’ve tested to make your transition to a veganism easier.

Disclaimer: I am not a medical doctor or dietician. This is information that I have learned on my personal journey and want to share to help you with yours. I encourage you to do your own research and make the best choices for you. Please consult a doctor before making any significant diet changes.

1. Be prepared

Maybe you’ve heard this before, maybe you haven’t. Either way, being prepared is essential to succeeding with your new lifestyle. You should always have something vegan-friendly in your fridge or snacks for when you’re on the go. If you’re going to be out and about most of the day, pack a meal or know where there are vegan-friendly restaurants in your area. The last thing you want is to be tempted to eat something non-vegan because you are hungry and weren’t prepared.

2. Try to make the majority of your diet plant-based

When I say “the majority of your diet should be plant based,” I mean around 80 percent.The bulk of your diet should consist of vegetables, fruits, nuts, legumes and whole grains. This is something that I’m still working on because I love bread (most breads aren’t vegan by the way) and pasta.

3. Don’t restrict calories

Now this is one of the many perks of a vegan diet. You don’t have to, and, in fact, should not restrict calories. You are already eating whole natural foods, there is no need to limit calorie intake. Give your body time to adjust to your new plant-based lifestyle before limiting calories if you choose to do so.

4. Give yourself some options

It’s a total myth that vegan food is boring. There are endless vegan food options (well…minus meat, dairy and other animal byproducts) to choose from. You might have to get a little creative, but that’s another perk of being vegan. Here are some sites with great recipes to get you started: Sweet Potato Soul/Brown Vegan.

5. Don’t be so hard on yourself 

It’s totally okay if you slip up and eat something non-vegan. This is a lifestyle change, just learn from it and keep it moving. Give yourself some credit, the fact that you’re even considering going vegan is a step in the right direction. Nobody is perfect, which is why we need to encourage and support each other to make healthier lifestyle choices for the mind, body and soul.

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This Guy Ditched Sugar, Alcohol, and Junk Food for a Month and Here’s What Happened ~ Joanna Fantozzi

Sacha Harland, a Netherlands-based web video editor, ditches all of the sugar in his cabinets for a healthier lifestyle
This Guy Ditched Sugar, Alcohol, and Junk Food for a Month and Here’s What Happened

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Sugar: It’s not just lurking in your sweets and sodas.

When you decide to abstain from sugar for one month, the task at first seems like it would be easy: just clear your fridge of soda and juice, and empty your cabinets of sweet snacks and chocolates, and you’re good, right?Sacha Harland, a Dutch member of the web video team, LifeHunters, decided to undertake the task of cutting out added sugar, alcohol, artificial flavoring, and junk food from his diet for one month, and it was a lot tougher than it sounded. He then proceeded to capture his journey in a six-minute vlog.

On day one, he got a physical (he was deemed pretty fit, except for high cholesterol), and proceeded to clean house. Harland threw out things liked iced tea, teriyaki sauce, yogurt, and practically everything else in his kitchen.

“So I have no idea what you’re going to live on, Sacha, but good luck,” one teammate says.

More than half of the Dutch population struggles with being overweight or obese, and Harland’s experiment was meant to illustrate the impact added and processed sugars can have on your life. The first week, he felt fatigued and craved sweet and salty snacks.

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By the end of the experiment, Harland lost some weight and his cholesterol levels dropped. He also confirmed sugar’s addictive tendencies, because the cravings were gone: Harland’s tastes completely shifted, and he now had more of a taste for cleaner, healthier foods.

Ironically, Harland is part of the same web video team that pranked organic food-loving people last year into believing cut-up McDonald’s food was the latest gourmet food trend.

 

http://www.thedailymeal.com/news/healthy-eating/guy-ditched-sugar-alcohol-and-junk-food-month-and-here-s-what-happened/100715

Thankful Thursday: Holstee Manifesto – Life Cycle

Whenever you need a pick me up or a reminder of how short and valuable life is, turn to the Holstee Manifesto. Simple yet profound, as the best things seem to be, this video gently nudges us to awaken. Awaken to the beauty and glory that is life, awaken to the taste of good food, the warmth of health relationships, and the magic of everyday. Life is short and we are all just cycling through it, but every once in a while it is good to stop, get down, smell the roses, have an ice cream, and share a hug. What are you grateful for? What are the little things that bring joy into your life? Share in the comments.

“Life is about the people you meet, and the things you create with them, so go out and start creating.”

Enjoy and always grateful.