Veganuary: Mistakes You Will Make

I tried every diet in the book. I tried some that weren’t in the book. I tried eating the book. It tasted better than most of the diets.
— Dolly Parton

Going vegan all at once

    Great, you’ve decided to explore veganism, but slow down. Going “cold tofurky” is probably the fastest way to throw a newbie off their diet. If you want this to last then ease into it. Being vegetarian for the first week is not a bad thing. Some have found that taking up the diet suddenly has had adverse effects on their bodies. They may feel sick or fatigued initially, but recover in a few weeks. This period of feeling sick may be discouraging enough to cause you to quit all together before you can enjoy the benefits of veganism, take caution.

    

Missing the point

    I get that many people are only trying veganism for health concerns. Props to them; the world could use more healthy people. But I encourage you to consider trying veganism for what it started as: a lifestyle choice to mitigate cruelty on animals. I think that veganism has turned into a fad diet, and those fad dieters will not last long. Going vegan for a cause bigger than yourself is the key to making it last.

Think about the "animal half" of going vegan.

Think about the "animal half" of going vegan.

    

Buying the trendy crap

    Corporations have also recognized veganism as a fad diet. There is all kinds of fancy crap out their marketed toward vegans that you really don’t need.Special cookies and chips that only cost an arm and a leg are begging you to indulge. If this was truly a health choice then why ruin it with the same sort of food that was making you unhealthy before?

Opt for something homemade!

Opt for something homemade!

 

Trying to eat out too much

    Believe it or not, a vegan diet is not actually more expensive than a non-vegan diet.But if you try to eat out too often you will likely go broke buying bowls of iceberg lettuce without dressing.Cooking at home is cheaper and usually healthier;this is one of the unseen benefits of veganism. Now, if there are some interesting vegan eats nearby go on and try them. But, as with any diet, frequenting restaurants is not on the menu.

  

Some good vegan eats at a restaurant after a long hike. Treat your self once in a while.

Some good vegan eats at a restaurant after a long hike. Treat your self once in a while.

 

Mock meats and dairy products

    Too many newbies try to replace their diet with vegan versions of the same thing. This is a great way to go broke. The mock meats and faux cheese at the store are way overpriced and chock full of sodium. You are better off without them. embrace the fact that your diet now only consists of plants. Eat your damn vegetables, you vegan!

Experiment with some healthy plant based recipes: Lentil Kale Burgers, Pancake Mix, Guilt-free Cookie Dough, Sauteed Mushrooms, and if you must Seitan for Lazy Vegans