Top Tips For Going Vegan
In 2022, more people than ever have adopted a vegan diet. This is partly due to the fact that we are more aware of the environmental effects and the health effects of the animal-farming industry, as well as the animal cruelty aspect.
In the UK, over 7.2 million people have a meat-free diet, and 3% of the population follow a strict vegan diet. This may seem like a low figure, but that equates to over 2 million people.
If you’re considering going vegan, or simply lowering your consumption and usage of animal products, then we’ve got you covered. Read on for our top tips for going vegan, from researching to using excellent vegan alternatives.
Ease Yourself In
Be sure to ease yourself into a vegan diet, and take time to adjust if you need it. Although some people may be able to go vegan overnight, others need time to adjust to a meat-free diet and lifestyle.
This is why so many people choose to become flexitarian first or allow themselves to eat meat two or three times a week at first. Some people will also opt for a pescatarian diet, then a vegetarian diet, and eventually a vegan diet or a plant-based diet.
Veganism is a lifestyle change, and one size doesn’t always fit all. It can take time to adjust and work out a vegan plan that works for you. Why not try cooking a few vegan recipes and see how you feel? It might be easier than you think, as there are countless easy vegan recipes that are both healthy and delicious.
You could also try removing dairy from your diet first, and then removing meat from your diet - or simply having vegan breakfasts and lunches and allowing yourself to eat non-vegan foods at dinner time. What works for you may not work for anybody else - it’s a personalised experience. As long as you keep your end goal in mind, you’re sure to get there in the end.
Research, Research, and More Research
It’s not always an easy process to become a vegan and may require a lot of research. As well as researching which foods are best for vegans, you may also want to research the reasons for veganism.
For example, many people decide to become vegan due to the animal cruelty aspect. Factory farms aren’t pleasant places. In fact, most animals are crammed into containers and cages that they can only just fit into, and are given the bare minimum they need to survive.
They are born on these farms and will die on the farm, and many animals in factory farms will never feel the sun on their back. As Paul McCartney said - “If slaughterhouses had glass walls, everybody would be a vegan”.
In 2022, we are becoming more environmentally conscious - and we are becoming more aware of how the animal farming industry can negatively impact our planet. The meat and dairy industry accounts for 14.% of all manmade greenhouse gas emissions according to the UN - which is around the same as the exhaust emissions for every aircraft, ship, train and car on the planet.
Knowing why you’re vegan is key to sticking to it and changing your diet and lifestyle effectively. However, veganism is a learning curve, and the longer you follow a vegan diet, the more you’ll know. The concept of veganism has been around forever but was given its name back in the 1940s. Be sure to take time to learn about the vegan lifestyle and the different options available to you, whether it be full-on veganism, a vegetarian diet or a pescatarian diet. You may also want to consider a flexitarian diet - which many people choose as a stepping stone to a full-time vegan diet.
You may be surprised to hear that your favourite foods and drinks contain animal products. Researching is the only way of finding this out - without researching, you’ll likely be consuming animal products without realising it.
For example, you may be surprised to learn that not all wine is suitable for vegans. In this instance, you should find quality vegan alternatives. Read on to learn more about finding vegan alternatives.
Find The Best Alternatives
As more and more people are opting for a vegan diet, retailers and the food industry are following suit and providing more vegan options. Most good restaurants will have multiple vegan options, and most reputable supermarkets will have whole aisles or sections dedicated to vegan products.
You may have heard of Quorn and Linda McCartney, but there are many more vegan options out there that can replace your most-used pantry products that aren’t usually vegan - including dairy products. For example, it’s easy to find a vegan alternative to milk - whether you choose oat milk, soy milk, almond milk, or even rice milk. Many of these are also healthier.
You can also find vegan cheese - or make your own if you have the time. Vegan cheese is usually made using components from vegetables - for example, fats, proteins, and plant milks. You can make vegan cheese using soybeans, coconut oil, yeast, rice, potatoes, seeds, or nuts - and of course, spices.
There are also plenty of vegan alternatives to meat products - who says you can’t enjoy a tasty burger if you’re a vegan? Or a delicious Sunday dinner? The vegan section of your local supermarket should present you with a variety of delicious vegan options, from sausages to ‘chicken’ nuggets and even ham.
If you enjoy your wine, you may want to consider opting for vegan alternatives. This is because not all wine is suitable for vegans. It all comes down to the fining process - after wine ferments, there tends to be sediment left over.
Vintners will put the wine through the fining process which clears the wine of any sediment such as proteins and yeast and improves the overall texture of the wine.
However, the fining process involves using fining agents to filter the wine. Some fining agents include animal products, such as casein, fish bladder, gelatin, etc - which means the resulting wine is unsuitable for those on a vegan diet or a plant-based diet.
If you’re looking for quality vegan wine alternatives, check out our very own Think Wine - we have delicious vegan Prosecco and rosé that is also low in sugar and low in calories. Check out this post about vegan wine and non-vegan wine.
Maintain a Balanced Diet
A vegan diet doesn’t always mean a healthy diet - you can be a vegan and eat nothing but chips and vegan chocolate. It’s important that you maintain a healthy balanced diet of whole foods, fruits, and vegetables.
Sometimes, vegan recipes can take longer to complete than regular recipes, especially if you’re making your own vegan alternatives. Use healthy ingredients and you’re sure to stay in your recommended calorie allowance for the day.
Ensure that you’re drinking enough water as your body adjusts to a vegan lifestyle - and ensure you’re always drinking between 6 and 8 cups of water a day. There’s a misconception that a vegan diet is unhealthy - you can still get the right vitamins by maintaining a healthy balanced diet. Take care to ensure you’re getting enough calcium, iron, and vitamin B12 in your diet.
I always order a mixed case as you can get the best of both! They're absolutely delicious but the pink is definitely my fave. Only 450 cals per large bottle too!!
I decided to give this a try. Initially, we thought the first one (pink) was a little sour. But we had ordered 6 and so we kept going over time. We then loved the white and had another pink after that and really loved it too. We will be buying more of this in future. It’s a brilliant alternative and we will stick with it. Maybe it takes a bottle to get used to the difference but then we really started to appreciate it.
I'm not a huge fan of prosecco in general but really liked this. Very light and dry and yes, no hang over the next morning- always a bonus!
Perfect size absolutely delicious wine excellent value
Recommended by a bootcamp so it had to be good. And it is..
Clean crisp and fresh.
No chemical taste that you get with some cheap prosecco
Will definitely buy more
Love the white and pink prosecco, the taste is there without the calories. What more can you ask for ? Easy to order and fast delivery also.
Delicious wine, excellent quality and perfect size
I absolutely loved my mixed case of mini bottles. Perfect when I just want one drink and not the whole bottle.
Both the prosecco and rose are so light and delicious I've been recommending them to all my friends - which probably means I need to buy bigger bottles next time!
I lived these. They look and taste great and most importantly, no wine headache in the morning. I liked the rose best but that's probably because it's made with pino grigio grapes. The prosseco is very nice too. I'm going to order more today.
This Prosecco is delicate, clean and classy. For me the white was slightly better than the pink .. just lovely .. none of that sticky sweetness of cheap supermarket Proseccos . Will be buying this one again .. will definitely be my summer Prosecco and I’m really glad to have come across it .. stands out from the crowd.
The nicest proseco and sparkling wine I have ever tasted. Not too bubbly, just perfect 🥂
Great size bottles for not wanting to open a full bottle I.e. stressful day and just want a glass.
Really good to slip in a gift bag for presents too 💜💙
I could drink a lot of this wine, and it's vegan too.....so I bought more. It would have been rude not to. :)
I am so excited to finally find a delicious drink that is low calorie! I purchased a pack to try and love the flavour of both. They were packed really well and I even got a lovely thank you letter. Thank you so much, I will be recommending and buying again. I'm very happy!
It came in a lovely box and well packaged. Tastes like Pinot Grigio with bubbles, it was crisp, fresh and clean tasting. Most importantly I woke up feeling fresh, no headache or feeling sluggish like I normally do when indulging in wine. Will definitely order again,