The Five Things I've Learned After Being Vegan for Five Years

The Five Things I've Learned After Being Vegan for Five Years

June 1st marks my five year anniversary of switching to a vegan lifestyle and in honour of this landmark day, I thought I'd write about some of the major lessons I've learned along the way. 

In many ways, not that much has changed. The last time I ate meat was two decades prior anyway and the amount of dairy alternatives (cheeses, milks and yogurts) has sky rocketed to the point where I don't even feel I'm making any sacrifices but still, veganism has fundamentally changed my life in many other ways. I'm now constantly aware of the complexity of adequate nutrition, sustainability issues, and even political factors that affect the health and lifestyle of our generation. I'm healthier (although more on this below) and savvier, snapping up seasonal produce and bulk-buying kitchen essentials like grains and pulses. I feel a consistent kind of inner peace from knowing that I'm doing all that's in my power to protect the environment but on the flip-side, when I slip (and that I do) the feeling of guilt (or eco-anxiety as they say) become very real. It has been far from a perfect journey and there is a lot I learned along the way with I'm sure, more to follow.

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How to Incorporate More Real Food Into Your Diet

How to Incorporate More Real Food Into Your Diet

Interested in going vegan or just incorporating more plant-based foods into your diet? The beginning of the journey can be overwhelming because we are exposed to so much contradictory information and more significantly; our food choices have a huge impact on our day-to-day living.  What will I be able to have at that family dinner? Do I need to take any supplements? What about calcium and protein?

The most vital ingredient in succeeding is being prepared; knowing what to expect, being clear about why you have decided to do this and what exactly you will be eating.  I was a vegetarian for nearly 15 years before going fully vegan and in that time I never even considered the latter; I thought it was just too extreme and I could never give up cheese. Little did I know - not only was I able to manage but going vegan ended up being one of the best decisions I made in my life.

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