How to Transition To a Vegan Lifestyle: Helpful Tips & More

How to Transition To a Vegan Lifestyle: Helpful Tips & More

Posted by Gr0 Core Team on Tue, Jun 08, 2021

It can be daunting to switch over to a fully vegan diet with one grocery trip. There are a lot of changes that have to be made to switch from a meat-eater’s diet to a fully vegan one, and if you try and tackle them all at once, you could find yourself eating a hamburger later that week. 

That’s why we believe that the best way to make the switch is gradually. Remember, they didn’t build Rome in a day. Becoming vegan isn’t exactly as hard as creating an entire civilization, but you get the point. 

Today, we will go over some helpful tips and tricks to adopting a vegan lifestyle. So if you’re ready to try out a vegan diet but keep thinking things like: What about cheese though? But they don’t have vegan pork rinds, do they? Or, Ugh, why is this so hard? Then don’t worry, we gotchu! 

Why Do You Want To Be Vegan?

Whether you're a meat-eater or a vegetarian, there are lots of great reasons to switch to a vegan diet. Vegan food is better for the environment, doesn't support animal cruelty, and can be a healthier lifestyle overall. The reason that you want to be vegan is different for everyone, but if you can identify your reason or reasons, then write it down. It can serve as motivation when things get challenging and you start craving a beef burger. 

No matter what goal you are trying to achieve, having a clear written reason for why you made that goal in the first place can be invaluable later on. And no, you don’t necessarily have to write it down, but it definitely helps. If you’re not a fan of good ol’ fashion pen and paper, type it in your phone’s notes, send yourself an email, or record a short video and upload it to your TikTok. 

Whatever works for you, as long as you are setting an intention before you take on this challenge. Trust us. Your future self will thank you later!

Vegan Study Time

Look, we get it. Studying is probably the last thing you want to do, like ever, but if you’re going to transition to a vegan diet, then you will have to do a little bit of learning first. Luckily, you don’t have to pass some granola test to become a vegan. However, you need to make sure that you are still giving your body all of the nutrients, vitamins, and minerals it needs by replacing the meat and dairy products in your recipes with plant-based products that give your body the same level, or better, of nutrients like chickpeas, legumes, or tempeh. 

You can learn about veganism however you would like. Maybe you have a vegan friend or family member that could provide some advice, or perhaps you need to seek out more information. Search the internet for helpful videos, blog posts, books, magazines, or super helpful and well-written articles just like this one—thank you, thank you, hold the applause! 

Another important thing to learn is how to read nutrition labels for hidden non-vegan ingredients. You may be surprised to learn that your favorite candies and marshmallows have gelatin in them which is made of, well, some pretty gross non-vegan ingredients.  

Other hidden ingredients include casein, which is a byproduct of milk. Isinglass is a sneaky ingredient used to clarify wines and beers, and it comes from fish bladders—who knew, right? Read up on what to look out for cause you may be surprised to find that something you thought was vegan is, in fact, not. 

A vegan lifestyle can also go beyond vegan meals. Over time, you can choose to embrace vegan cosmetics or vegan clothing, avoiding non-vegan fabrics like leather, flax, wool, or silk.

Take It Slow

When fully switching your diet over, take it slow. You may even want to start out by taking a trip to the grocery store just to look around for vegan products. Tofu? Check. Bananas? Check. Lentils, chia seeds, and brown rice? Check, check, and check. 

When you have the added pressure of needing to check grocery shopping off your list, you might get stressed out trying to sort through what is and isn’t vegan. Go to the store with no expectations and just look for new vegan products to try. 

Most grocery stores nowadays are filled with a bunch of great vegan products, and no, not just vegetables in the produce section. 

You probably haven’t seen them before, but that’s just because you weren’t looking for them, silly. Most stores carry vegan burgers, deli meats, cheeses, butter, soups, and so much more. Switching to a vegan diet can feel limiting at first, but once you find the go-to products that you love, being vegan is a piece of cake—vegan cake. 

Think about what animal products you currently use so that you know what you need to swap out. One of the easiest places to start is with milk. 

Most of us use milk and butter for some reason or another. Start trying milk alternatives like oat milk, almond milk, soy milk, coconut milk, or hemp milk. All of these alternatives are great, but you may need to try a few different types and brands before you find the one that is your favorite. So be patient and get your nut milk on!

Can’t Live Without Snacks

Another essential thing to replace is your favorite snack foods. No, just because you're going vegan doesn’t mean that you can only eat salad or fruit for snacks. Vegans need their snack food just like everyone else. That’s why we here at Outstanding Foods have created the ultimate vegan snack foods that you crave. 

Our snack foods aren’t just vegan; they are also GMO-free, gluten-free, soy-free, certified kosher, certified plastic neutral, zero trans fat, and packed with the delicious flavors you love without any grody chemicals. Plus, each bag of crispy rinds is packed with protein. So, if you want to skip lunch and eat the whole bag, you can do so with zero guilt. 

Pig Out Pigless Pork Rinds Flavors

If you have ever tried a pork rind, then you know how delicious, salty, and crispy they are. But at what cost? We love our pink, piggy friends, so we have created the ultimate vegan alternative, Pig Out Pigless Pork Rinds. This tasty vegan snacks have 25 grams of plant-based protein per bag and come in five amazing flavors. 

Are you a spicy little devil that will eat its way through an entire bag of super spicy chips even when your tongue is begging for mercy? Then you have got to try our Hella Hot Pig-Out Pigless Pork Rinds. These spicy little treats are all the kick you want without any of the empty calories and harsh chemicals. 

We use premium spices, plant-based protein, and our lab of science geniuses to create a healthy but still tasty, hot snack alternative. Grab a tissue cause these Hella Hot rinds will make your nose run like any good spicy treat does. 

Howdy! Do you like the sweet yet tangy deliciousness of BBQ? The Texas BBQ Pigless Pork Rinds are sure to hit the spot. These crunchy little cowboys are best served alongside a tasty vegan sandwich or burger. Need a little yee-haw? Then BBQ it up!

What’s cheesier than your dad’s sense of humor? That’s easy; it’s Nacho Cheese Pig Out Pigless Pork Rinds. These crispy little cheesy buddies are all that nacho cheese flavor that you crave, without any actual cheese. That’s right, we’ve even created cheesy pigless pork rinds that are 100% vegan. So, next time you're daydreaming of a gooey queso dip, grab a bag of Nacho Cheese Pigless Pork Rinds instead. 

Need your tongue-numbing salt and vinegar fix? Then try our Salt & Vinegar Pigless Pork Rinds for a crispy snack that is sour and salty. These pigless pork rinds will have you in hog heaven. The best part is, no hogs were harmed in the making of these tasty pig-free snackies. 

Okay, none of those flavors struck your fancy, really?! Not to worry, you may just need something a bit more classic. Try our Original Pig Out Pigless Pork Rinds. They're sure to satisfy your craving for the non-vegan alternative. You can also order our variety pack if you want to try a bunch of different flavors.  

With Pig Out Pigless Pork Rinds, you can level up your vegan snack game with a snack food that tastes great, fuels your body, and is totally vegan. So crunch your way through an entire bag. No one is stopping you. 

Wrap Up

Whether you are new to veganism, or a long-time veggie head, our tasty snack options can spice up your diet with flavor and nutrients. Why snack away on empty carbs when you can have a delicious vegan treat that is packed with protein and other healthy nutrients? 

We’ve got you covered with vegan snacks that can fit right into and even supplement your vegan diet. So crunch away the whole day!

 

Sources: 

7 Sneaky Non-Vegan Ingredients to Look for—The Spruce Eats

Transitioning to a Vegan Lifestyle—I LOVE VEGAN

Going vegan is ‘single biggest way’ to reduce our impact, study finds—Independent