Tips For Making Your Transition To Veganism Easier

Here are some tips to make your transition to veganism easier whether you’re doing Veganuary or thinking of a permanent lifestyle/diet change. Hope they help!

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Wait a while before trying substitutes- Your taste buds get really used to the taste of non-vegan food if you have, like most people, been eating them your whole life. However, your taste buds slowly change over time and if you start introducing vegan substitutes slowly into your meals you’ll begin to enjoy them more. If you just randomly start using substitutes you’re more likely to not enjoy them because they won’t be the exact same as what you’re used to. Personally, I hated cheese substitutes when I first tried them but now after about a year I love them!

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Try substitutes- I would suggest start add vegan substitutes to your food before you even go fully vegan. And don’t be afraid of substitutes. They’re a great way to eat what you love just that these will be plant based. I’m going to be honest and tell you that not all substitutes are great but keep looking and of course do your research. Don’t give up because you can’t find great substitutes instead read what other vegans have to say and what substitutes they love.

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Appreciate that vegan foods taste different- Like I said substitutes aren’t always great and even though some of them are really close to the non-plant based foods they are not always the exact same. I’ve noticed a lot of people like to compare vegan foods to non-vegan foods by making them look, smell and taste like non-vegan food (which is great if you’re into that!) but instead of always trying to eat substitutes I would recommend trying to enjoy vegan food for what it is. It tastes unique and wonderful and a vegan diet can open up your taste buds to a whole variety of new tastes and flavours so try to enjoy them for what they are.

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Do a lot of research- Before going fully vegan (and even after!) make sure to do a lot of research so you don’t end up lacking vitamins or negatively effecting your health. Veganism is not always easy and it takes a while to get it perfectly right.

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Don’t give up- A lot of people give up on veganism after a while. Some think it’s too hard while some have health issues. My advice would be that instead of giving up try doing more research. If you’re lacking something do research on how to get that on a vegan diet and try that first. If you absolutely feel like it’s not working for you though don’t force yourself to keep eating vegan.

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Top Tips for Veganuary 2019

Good luck to everyone trying out veganuary I hope these tips help!

That Vegan Polerina

This new year is set to be the biggest for participation in Veganuary (a challenge to try the vegan lifestyle for the month of January). Living a vegan lifestyle has become and is becoming increasingly easier, with a wide range of products landing in shops around the world, but as with any lifestyle and diet change, it is not without its challenges.

As a “new” vegan (I transitioned late September 2018), I thought I’d share my favourite tips, tricks, and words of advice regarding the journey into veganism. Best of luck to everyone participating in Veganuary, or otherwise beginning their vegan transition in 2019!

  1. Educate yo’self!!!  There are a number of reasons why people participate in Veganuary/are interested in trying veganism, but three main reasons people stay vegan are 1) for the animals, 2) for the planet, and 3) for their own health (or any combination of these reasons). Whether you…

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Eating Vegan/Vegetarian When Traveling

As a vegan who loves to travel I know just how hard it is to find places that offer vegan options and therefore when triptipedia asked if I wanted to share my tip about how to find vegan/vegetarian food when travelling I was quick to say yes and share this tip! To read the tip click the link below:

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I also wanted to say that triptipedia doesn’t only have vegan and vegetarian tips. They actually have a number of really great tips and ideas for travelers looking to make their life a little easier. I would definitely recommend checking out their page even if you’re a pro at travelling you never know you might learn something new. And if you’re new at travelling then you have to check them out because trust me things can really go wrong sometimes and it’s always good to be prepared!

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Addis Ababa Part 2- Food

If you haven’t read the first blog post about my time in Ethiopia you can check it out here.

I felt like I needed to do an entire post just dedicated to all the amazing food we ate because there were so many things and it was just so delicious. I was really surprised to begin with because they had so many vegan and vegetarian dishes.

Our meals included their traditional Injera bread which is naturally vegan and gluten free. The rice was also really flavourful and delicious- usually mixed with some stir fried vegetables.

The buns were also absolutely amazing. They were super soft and chewy and so delicious. The darker bun was a traditional Ethiopian one that was salted at the bottom and they told us they usually make it in a pan rather then bake it. It was sort of crispy on the outside and very soft on the inside- the taste kind of reminded me of a pretzel.

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Easy 3-Step Tomato Fried Rice Recipe

I love tomatoes- they’re probably my favourite vegetable and I absolutely love rice dishes so I found a way to bring them both together along with some more delicious veggies!

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Easy Hot And Sour Tofu Recipe

This is one of my favourite recipes ever. I make it all the time, especially when I’m having a busy day because it’s really easy to make and not at all time consuming. It’s also perfect for when you’re feeling down because the spicy and sour flavours really brighten your mood!

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Vegan Tofu Scramble Recipe!

I’ve always loved tofu, but I’m not a big fan of making breakfast because it usually takes forever. This is such a great recipe to make when you’re in a hurry but want a healthy and filling breakfast! Of course, you can make it whenever, but I usually have it for breakfast.

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Easy Vegan Homemade Pizza Dough Recipe

Pizza is the best thing to have when you’re sad, or happy, or excited, or bored… what I mean is pizza is the best! You can eat it whenever and enjoy it just as much each time. However, there’s something special about pizza when you make it yourself. Here’s my favourite recipe that I use all the time for a vegan pizza base!

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Vegan French Toast Recipe!

I am so excited to tell you guys that my first recipe post is finally up! I decided to post it on HubPages though and I would really appreciate it if you guys click the link below and check it out and hopefully try out the recipe! It’s one of my favourites and of course it tastes a bit different from the real thing since it’s vegan but that isn’t necessarily a bad thing. Even if you’re not vegan do try out the recipe I think everyone will enjoy it whether they’re vegan or not!

Here’s the link: https://hubpages.com/food/Vegan-French-Toast-Recipe

This is my first article on HubPages so it’s extra special to me and so please do check it out and let me know how it goes if you end up trying the recipe!

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Rise Above

So today we decided to head out for lunch and go back to my favorite vegan restaurant in St. Catharines- Rise Above! They are fully plant based and have the most amazing and delicious food ever!

I’m going to be honest- not all places that have vegan food are good because a lot of places have very bland vegan options that really are not well done but Rise Above is totally different! I think one of the reasons their food is so delicious is because they make it themselves like even the vegan alternatives instead of using store bought stuff. It definitely makes a difference. Their food is so good most of the time I can’t even tell that it’s vegan and they don’t have the usual bland vegan options like salad (honestly no one wants that!) they have so many different and creative foods!

And their portions are amazing too! I usually eat way more than average and I rarely have food remaining after a meal but with this place I never seem to finish (which is great because I get to take it home and eat it again!)

Here are some pictures of the amazing food we had!!

If you’re ever in St. Catharines even if you’re not vegan I would still highly recommend checking out this place! I think you may be pleasantly surprised!

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