We hope you liked the first 5 tips from our previous blog post. Here are the next five useful tips for anyone wanting to adopt a vegan lifestyle.
6. Read the labels
Learn how to read food labels and identify the ingredients to be avoided. Not only the obvious ingredients like milk, butter, and eggs but also the less-known ones derived from animals.
These can be thickeners, excipients, preservatives, food colorings, and waxes that are often disguised under acronyms or industry jargon, such as E120, cochineal or carmine, segos, lac, lanoline, gelatin and more.
Animal ingredients can also be found in many beauty and pharmaceutical products like drugs and medicines. This list of animal-derived ingredients can provide more information about which ingredients to watch out for.
If you’re at the grocery store and aren’t certain about an ingredient, if you can access the internet from your phone, look it up on the internet! In the end, the more fresh and whole foods you eat, the fewer labels you’ll have to read!
7. Look beyond food
A vegan lifestyle goes beyond following a strictly plant-based diet. It aims at causing the least suffering to animals in every aspect of our daily lives, including but not limited to the food we eat.
Therefore, avoid fabrics of animal derivation, such as wool, leather, suede, down feather, and silk. Be cautious while buying cosmetics and home cleaning products that may contain animal ingredients or may even be tested on animals.
Consider replacing animal activities tied exploitation such as animal shows, horse racing, and dog fights, with activities that work for the betterment of animals such as rescue missions, shelters, and sanctuaries. A lot of “environmental” work involves protecting and restoring habitat for wild animals which need our help, too!
8. Be determined and kind to yourself
To err is human. You might accidentally consume food or use products containing animal ingredients. The difference between people succeeding in their vegan journey and people who give up is how determined they are.
A few mistakes do not make you a “bad vegan” or mean that you can’t sustain a vegan lifestyle. Tolerate mistakes, be forgiving, and carry on with your decision.
9. Lead by example
It can be unproductive to force your views on family and friends. Instead, you can lead by example and have a stronger impact.
Invite friends to dinner and share your favorite recipes. Eating great vegan food with others can often help make them more eager and excited to learn more about the vegan lifestyle. At the end of the day, being vegan can and should be a lot of fun, not a chore.
Have friendly conversations about how simple choices can affect our world. Most vegans notice that the people around them tend start to incorporating more vegan options into their diets and lifestyles, even if not become vegan themselves.
If you’re vegan already, you know why it’s so awesome. Think of all the people who helped you get to this point in your life, and be kind to those coming in behind you.
10. Keep learning!
Last but not the least, be open to learning more about veganism. Read and listen to different opinions and hold on to what resonates with you.
Becoming vegan is a journey, and it should be a fun process. Experiment with it and be ready to change your mind about preconceived convictions.
There are unlimited ways of being vegan. One is not better than the other. What matters is that your lifestyle is in alignment with the ethic that seeks to cause the least harm possible to the animals, our planet, and our health.
Hope you found these ten tips can helpful in approaching a vegan lifestyle!