Getting started with Veganism…

So you’ve decided to become a vegan?! Well I’ll warn you now, it’s definitely a slippery slope and considered a gateway to much tougher things such as meditation,yoga, or just generally becoming a more spiritual person. So don’t say you haven’t been warned. Anyway, in this post we’ll be taking a look at veganism and how to get your started with your new plant based vegan diet

 

Essential Viewing

Maybe you’re still sitting on the fence with going vegan, and unsure of the reasons behind the movement. We assure you this isn’t just another diet fad, there are so many real tangible benefits to adopting a plant based diet… Here’s our collection of documentaries we think you should give a watch

 

  1. Cowspiracy; The poster child of vegan documentaries if you will. Originally by Kip Andersen and Keegan Kuhn, cowspiracy was picked up by Leonardo DiCaprio who came on board as executive producer. The documentary was then re-cut and featured on Netflix. Cowspiracy places a strong emphasis on the environmental aspects of meat eating and more specifically animal agriculture. It’s a great watch and it’s telling how little coverage animal agriculture gets from mainstream charities.
  1. Forks over Knives; Whilst not directly looking at the atrocities of animal agriculture, forks over knives proves an interesting watch nonetheless. It follows a range of health professionals & physicians who’ve turned to treated their patients with plant based diets. It’s quite a remarkable documentary, as you follow Dr Campbell treat his patients, and in all cases reverse disease and life threatening ailments with a vegan plant based diet.
  1. Earthlings; I’ll warn you this can be a hard watch, but that doesn’t mean you shouldn’t be watching. We’re all creatures on this planet we call Earth and we all rightfully call it our home, whether you have 2 legs or 4 it shouldn’t matter. Earthlings brings this to light brilliantly, and talks about how we as ‘humans’ have had such a devastating affect on almost every other living thing we share this planet with

 

Mental approach to a Plant Based Diet

Its vital to not see ‘Going Vegan’ as a means of punishing yourself or restricting your food choices. It’s vital that you give yourself a compelling reason to go Vegan whether it’s for; ethical, health,or environmental reasons. Your thought process must lead you to a compelling reason for your new way of living. Otherwise, you’re more likely to slip-up! If you don’t have a strong enough reason yet, then perhaps give the documentaries above a watch, and see if this has an affect on your thought process.

 

Going Cold-Turkey

Adopting a vegan diet and going completely plant based can be tough. Especially when there’s such a strong emphasis on animal based products in today’s society. That’s why we recommend making small incremental changes until you’re ready to fully go vegan. This can be achieved in a number of ways but a good start is to mix-up your supplementation with plant based proteins. There are whole range of vegan supplements available. You could easily try swapping your ‘Whey’ protein shake for a vegan protein powder.

 

Plant based living (Conclusion)

We hope this post has helped and offers you a little introduction to veganism. If you have any further questions or queries feel free to drop me a message matt@ethicalpanda.co.uk or visit at: https://www.ethicalpanda.co.uk/ I’d be more than happy to help…

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