Category Archives: Going Vegan

Becoming Vegan Is Easy

Becoming Vegan Is Easy and the Benefits are Never Ending!

I am a vegan, I wasn’t always a vegan. Back in 2012 I was overweight, and just diagnosed with high blood pressure.   My 43 birthday had just passed and I was pretty down in the dumps about my whole lifestyle. It was time for a change. I had never been a big fan of red meat so to me going vegan really wasn’t a big thing. I just made the commitment and went for it! And wow did I go for it!

Vegan Stories are Great Inspiration

There is so much information on the web now and vegan information and support can be found with a simple Google search. Becoming vegan stories are so very inspirational. When I first started out I tried to search out other stories and learn from them. Like this one:

This story is written by Caroline. It is a common story and one of success. Here goals with veganism were more related to animal welfare than with all the healthful benefits. She talks about the struggles with family and the everyday decisions to choose vegan over all. She also talks about her ongoing success and happiness with the lifestyle. She even lost 30 lbs of baby weight to boot!

Whatever your reason for going vegan I can tell you this. I have never felt better in my life, I have lost the 20 extra pounds and have kept it off, I have more energy than ever, and my blood pressure is perfect! No medication needed.

There is no way that I would ever go back to the old me. I am happy now.

When you first start out be sure to search out other vegan stories and learn everything you can about the lifestyle. I promise you will never get bored and you will constantly be inspired. From recipes, to products, to new vegan friends, it is truly amazing what it can do for you!

Becoming Vegan: Tips for Transitioning to a Vegan Lifestyle

Becoming Vegan: Tips for Transitioning to a Vegan Lifestyle

By Valerie Bloom

Vegans are people who do not consume animal products – meat, eggs, dairy, or honey. They also do their best to not use other animal-derived ingredients in household or personal care products. Their goal is to reduce – or even eliminate – animal exploitation in their lives.

People choose to become vegan for different reasons. Most of the time, it is out of concern for the lives of animals, our own health, the state of the earth’s environment, or some combination of those three.

Making the decision to become vegan can feel both empowering and terrifying! How does one make such a huge change? People come to veganism with varying degrees of familiarity with vegan cooking, support from family and friends, and understanding of their nutritional needs.

There is no “right” or “wrong” way to transition to being vegan. Some people become vegan over the course of weeks, months, or years while others become vegan overnight. The best advice is to do what feels right and achievable to you at this point in time. Becoming vegan is an individual journey, and what works well for one person may not ring true for another.

Usually, the first question aspiring vegans have is, “What will I eat?” This is a two-fold question, as it’s important to identify both a person’s nutritional needs and recipes that satisfy their personal tastes.

Regarding nutrition, it is not a particularly complicated issue for most people. The most common sources of vegan protein are soy products (such as tofu and tempeh), beans, nuts, seeds, and wheat gluten (sometimes referred to as wheat-meat or seitan). It is important to eat a wide variety of fruits and vegetables. This advice is equally important to omnivores, but vegans tend to think about it more because their diet is under more scrutiny!

A bit of research online or at the local library should be enough for most new vegans to understand their basic nutritional needs and recognize that if a variety of foods are consumed, they don’t need to obsess over each and every meal. For those with specific health concerns related to diet (e.g., those with celiac disease, diabetes, low iron levels, etc.), it is advisable to consult with a nutritionist who is knowledgeable about veganism. The nutritionist doesn’t have to be vegan but does have to be someone who will actively support the new vegan with sound information and advice.

Figuring out what kinds of meals to prepare can feel overwhelming. But once you have a handful of “go-to” recipes, it will get much easier. It won’t take long before you ask yourself, “What should I have for dinner?” rather than, “What can I make that doesn’t have animal products in it?” Incorporating veganism into the diet will feel natural rather than alien.

Invest in a few vegan cookbooks or visit your local library to borrow vegan cookbooks, and look online to find a wide selection of vegan recipes. When choosing recipes, consider your personal tastes as well as how much time you want to spend preparing food and what kinds of ingredients are readily available at your local supermarket. There are a wide variety of vegan recipes featuring different ethnic cuisines, cooking methods, and ingredients.

Be advised that some products that appear to be vegan may not be vegan at all. There are some “fake meats” and “fake cheeses” that are vegetarian but not vegan. Check all labels for ingredients such as whey, egg whites, casein, and gelatin. You can find extensive lists of animal ingredients by looking online.

While the issue of what to eat each day is the most pressing concern, new vegans face other lifestyle choices as well. For those who own leather, wool, or other animal-derived products, a choice has to be made about what to do with them. Some people donate these items immediately; others cannot afford to buy new vegan items and decide to continue using the non-vegan items they own until they are able to purchase replacement products.

Similar decisions must be made regarding household and personal care items. It may be tempting to simply throw away various cosmetics, lotions, soaps, and cleaning products; but throwing these items in the trash does nothing other than create more waste. It would be preferable to either give these products to someone who will use them or use them yourself and then replace the items with cruelty-free products.

Some people have to decide whether or not they can afford the cruelty-free products, since they often command a higher price. If an aspiring vegan cannot afford the more expensive products, that doesn’t mean they’re not vegan; it is simply a reflection of their economic reality. Vegans do their best to reduce animal exploitation, and our best is not always ideal!

A major challenge can be the lack of support for a new vegan. Some people have supportive families and friends; others have some support, though their families and friends may not really understand their desire to become vegan; others have overtly hostile families and friends.

Seek community and support for your new vegan lifestyle. There are many vegan groups online, but you may also be fortunate enough to live in an area with an active vegan or vegetarian community. These groups can offer information, advice, and camaraderie as you transition to veganism and may continue to play an important role in your life even after you are comfortable and established in your vegan lifestyle.

Becoming vegan is a tremendous journey that benefits you, animals, and the environment. The transition to veganism may include some challenges, but they are all achievable and well worth it. Having some easy-to-prepare, tasty recipes, solid information about your nutritional needs, and a supportive community will make your transition to a vegan lifestyle much easier!

More Articles about Vegan Living

If you are interested in improving your health, helping the environment, and taking a stand against animal cruelty, please visit Vegan Journey for more articles about vegan living by this author.




Phuket Fit Raw Food Detox Review

My girlfriend and I have just completed a Raw Food Detox at Phuket Fit and wanted to write a review to share our experience with you.

The staff at Phuket Fit are true professionals. Everything from a courtesy pick up from the airport to answering questions and truly going above and beyond for their guests.

They are always striving to do an excellent job, which has benefited them in more ways than one. For example some of the reviews published in the news speak volumes about Phuket Fit.

The Raw Food detox program combines vegan foods with detoxification’s, cleanses, oil massages. herbal saunas, Yoga classes and more. The vegan food was delicious. The tasty nut sauces were my favorite. Whether it was the hazelnut, cashew nut or something else, they were added on the side and were always looked forward to.

Some of my favourite raw vegan dishes served at Phuket Fit, were raw pad thai and vegan skews. I also really liked these Green Smoothies that they served. The Green Smoothie includes a variety of different vegetables which are blended. Also added, are Mung Beans and Chai seeds. These are known as “super foods” because of the nutritional punch they pack. All their food was very high in nutrients whilst still being low in fat. I inquired about the ingredients and discovered that they were all organic and sourced locally. The chef who made the Raw food was very knowledgeable and a true master in the kitchen. The way she combined ingredients and came up with original recipes to please us was astounding. We really appreciated her and her great food. We took a cooking course with her on our second to last day and picked up some great tips and recipe ideas. We even got to take the food with us after the class!

The entire Phuket Fit holiday was very much appreciated by both of us and we are committed to going back again in the future. Highly recommended.

Being Vegan

Being vegan used to mean that you would spend half your life checking product labels and travelling miles to find a health-food shop that sold products suitable for you. Even finding a reasonable selection of vegan chocolate was a major hassle, nevermind trying to buy something more unusual like vegan lipbalm or vegan face paint. Well, not so nowadays! Thankfully, the advent of the internet and online shopping has changed everything as there are now a wide selection of online shops that specialise in selling products exclusively suitable for vegans. No longer do you have to make do with a limited selection of vegan products tucked away in the corner of your local health food store. Far from it. Whilst some of these online vegan retailers specialise in certain things, for example vegan confectionery or vegan bodycare products, others sell a much wider range of products altogether. Indeed, some of the exclusively vegan online shops have a range to rival a small supermarket. For example, one such online shop based in the UK, shop vegan, sells everything from vegan vitamins, vegan face paints, clothing, vegan condoms, vegan chocolate, pet treats through to cruelty-free bodycare products such as shower gel, eye cream, deodorant, moisturiser, hand cream and lipbalm. As you can see, in terms of offering a wider choice for cruelty-free shopping and making life easier for those who wish to avoid using animal derived products and ingredients, the Internet has really opened up a whole new world. Some might even point to the advent of convenient online shopping for vegan products as yet another reason why veganism is on the increase, and they might be right. After all, when shopping for animal-free products is this easy it’s it’s certainly only going to encourage more people to shop in this way and to choose a more compassionate and healthier lifestyle.

How Raw Vegan Foods Fight Aging

Wrinkles, fine lines, weakness and stiffness—all just part of the natural aging process that everyone must deal with… right? If you’ve turned on a TV, flipped open a magazine or walked by any retail store’s beauty aisle, then you’ve no doubt seen countless products intended to cover up the signs of aging.

But it doesn’t have to be that way!

It may—or may not—be surprising, but the #1 way to fight aging is to live by a raw vegan diet (like this 70 year old woman who looks 35). People who follow this healthy, natural diet age slower than people with unhealthy diets—they have fewer wrinkles, are more fit, and are overall much healthier than their unhealthy diet counterparts. Many men and women in their 50s, 60s and 70s on raw vegan diets have reported people thinking that they are ten, twenty… even thirty years younger than they actually are!

But what is it about the raw vegan diet that makes it such an effective way to curtail the signs of aging? It all comes down to that age-old saying: you are what you eat. Now, some people will age faster than others due to genetics. But what you put into your body, or even what you don’t put into it, can significantly speed up the process of aging. A raw vegan diet is full of foods which are packed with fibers, vitamins, and minerals that all contribute to a healthier, younger looking body. By contrast, many non-vegan cooked foods are full of unhealthy additives, preservatives, chemicals and other ingredients that not only make you feel sluggish, but can actually contribute to faster signs of aging.

Take blueberries, for example. On a raw vegan diet, fresh blueberries are high in antioxidants, which are known to fight free radicals which can cause inflammation and cell damage to your skin. They are also high in Vitamin C, which fights wrinkles and may actually improve your memory. Now compare this to, say, a blueberry pie purchased from a grocery store made from artificial blueberry flavoring—you’ve got high fructose corn syrup, loads of added sugar, artificial colorings and flavorings meant to simulate blueberries, and so on. What benefit do these provide? None. The blueberries, fresh and raw, are the obvious choice.

Greens are another raw vegan food that provides particular anti-aging benefits; the Vitamin K in greens help prevent dark circles under your eyes and even help protect your skin against ultraviolet light, because they are high in lutein and zeathanthin. Compare fresh, delicious raw greens to a bacon and processed cheese salad drenched in store-bought dressing made with tons of sugar and additives. Again, the choice is obvious.

A raw vegan diet can help delay those signs of aging that so many people have come to accept as natural—not knowing that every time they sit down at the table, they are making a choice to help speed up their own aging process. The next time you sit down: make the right choice.

Why Vegan?

I guess everyone that has gone vegan can pin point what influenced their decision.  I suppose that my decision was driven by many things.  The biggest was that I was over weight and looking for a long term solution.  I had tried every diet under the sun; low carbohydrate, the Atkins Diet, counting calories, starvation, you name it, I tried it.  I would stick with it a few days and then it would be back to the crap food again.  My weight had steadily risen.  I don’t think I was obese, but I definitely was heavy.   My cholesterol was high and so was my blood pressure.  Of course the doctor just wanted to write a prescription but I have never been a fan of prescription drugs.  I told the doctor that I would be back in six months and we could do the blood work again and see if I still needed the prescription.  My plan was to loose weight and live a healthier lifestyle.  That was about ten months ago.  The first six months I did the usual array of diet, pig out, and diet some more.  ZERO weight lose and still feeling like crap.

So July 4th rolls around and I stuffed my body again with tons of BBQ.  It was a holiday so when I got home I downloaded a book from Amazon.  Not sure why I even picked this title, not sure why I even landed in the section of books.  But I picked Ultra Man by Rich Roll.  That book spoke to me in more ways than I could ever imagine.  WOW, my life changed that day. Most of all my mind set changed that day.

I have been eating a plant based diet ever since and I have made walking & running part of my daily life.

Life is a changing.