#1 Tip For A New Vegan

#1 Tip For A New Vegan December 6, 2016Leave a comment

This week we had a member post a question on one of our Instagram pictures asking for advice to become vegetarian.

Specifically, they hate an industry that treats other conscious beings so poorly, but they don’t want their diet to affect their running. So, in turn we asked the following question to members of the Vegan Runners Club: What is your #1 tip for a new vegan?

Below are the answers that we got along with the members Instagram name. These answers tend to be useful whether you are a brand new vegan or an old vegan!

“Make sure you are eating enough food”

ejoeytorres

“Explore different recipes and make things you’ve always loved but make them vegan, find what you like and make it a staple in your diet”

thatnot2_shabbyvegan

“Read labels! There are a lot of foods that unknowingly have animal byproducts in them but also, cut yourself some slack if you accidental consume these foods. It’s a process, especially when you first start!”

sweatingforthesoul

“It’ll get worse before it gets better.”

–ljg_rawveganrunner

“Read restaurant menus in advance of going in, and if there’s no vegan option call them and see if they would be able to make something up for you! If all they can muster is an iceberg lettuce salad, at least you know you should have a snack before meeting friends there – or convince your friends/family to eat at more vegan friendly places”

veganskibum

“Read restaurant menus in advance of going in, and if there’s no vegan option call them and see if they would be able to make something up for you! If all they can muster is an iceberg lettuce salad, at least you know you should have a snack before meeting friends there – or convince your friends/family to eat at more vegan friendly places”

veganskibum

“Don’t stress about it. If you aren’t 100% successful right off the bat, keep trying. Explore new restaurant you might not have tried normally fake meats are good and make things east at first, but eventually it’s healthier to either make your own or just find a wide source of protein.”

thewhite6

Perhaps this is unorthodox, but as someone who went vegan before there were an abundance of meat and cheese substitutes, I’d frankly skip all that. It’s not going to taste the same anyway. Instead, I would suggest buying a variety of fruit, vegetables, beans, grains and so on. Buy something you have never tried before on every shopping trip or every time you go out to eat and keep doing it. (This has also been a very successful way for me to get kids to eat more vegetables.) And I second reading the labels of any packaged item, and asking restaurants about how they prepare food and if they can make something for you if they do not have options. In 16 years, I have had only 3 bad experiences in restaurants. (Either where unwilling to accommodate or ignored my requests)”

vegetablesandoxygen

“Fruits and veggies will become your best friend!! And I agree with @vegetablesandoxygen said, skip the meat and cheese subs and try lots of new things!”

strongmomhappymom

“Always have bananas to hand for a quick and filling snack and some good vegan cereal bars to grab if you’re hungry and stuck. Also, make sure your cupboards are always stocked with the basics rice, pasta, beans, you can nearly always whip up a meal with them☺”

hhumpers

“Don’t stress about it. If you aren’t 100% successful right off the bat, keep trying. Explore new restaurant you might not have tried normally fake meats are good and make things east at first, but eventually it’s healthier to either make your own or just find a wide source of protein.”

thewhite6

“Don’t let other people discourage you just because it’s not popular (yet). I used to get uncomfortable when other people seemed inconvenienced and now I’m over it. It should be a positive thing! And agreed with everyone else^^, don’t be super hard on yourself if you misread a label or something. There’s no reason to be hateful to yourself or others, we are all learning.”

–haydrienne

“Similar to what’s been mentioned, meat and cheese substitutes are pretty gross, definitely try to limit those and steer towards a more real foods diet. @thugkitchen has fabulous recipes and check out some podcasts like @nomeatthlete_official or @ joyfulvegan for other inspiration and tips.”

rabbitfoodruns

“To do a lot of research and prepare for some criticism. My mistake was telling people I was vegan before I was prepared to answer their questions and concerns which made it look like I didn’t know what I was doing even though I did. I just didn’t know how to articulate my message. It comes with time and lots of research through books, documentaries and experience. ☺”

ronabrookemoore

“Enjoy the journey. Find a couple good blogs and cookbooks while you are learning to cook vegan. Give it time – soon it will be second nature. Last, don’t be ashamed of it or let others make you feel guilty for slipping up. You have to do what works for you if you want it to stick.”

eliza_b_grace

“Legumes and nuts will help the transition….great vegan food….”

nbrunec

 

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