Veganism has gained momentum in recent years, with more people embracing the lifestyle that’s all about eliminating animal-based or animal-derived products from your diet and replacing them with plant-based products.

Scientists have found that the benefits of a vegan diet extend far beyond good health and wellness – it also helps in balancing hormones and clearing problematic skin.

Take your time

The best way to go vegan is to start slowly. Transitioning slowly is more sustainable than a radical switch.

Start by elimating meat once or twice a week, participating in #MeatlessMonday, or start with something that you consume the most, such as substituting almond milk for regular milk.

Do your research

As the saying goes, “by failing to prepare, you’re preparing to fail”, so take a little time to do research around plant-based nutrition and how to begin your vegan diet plan.

Find and follow a useful resource vegan website, YouTube channel or Instagram account that will answer all your questions and offer advice on how to go about it.

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Start with foods you already know and love

Prepare your meals around vegan foods you love and have already become accustomed to eating.

Be open to being adventurous with your food and look at the vegan lifestyle as a gradual and evolving process of conscious eating.

Shop smart(er)

The staples in any vegan diet are vegetables, whole grains, nuts and beans.

They are affordable and last longer when bought in bulk. You can visit farmers markets like the Bryanston Organic and Natural Market or shop online at Fresh Earth, Faithful to Nature and Wellness Warehouse.

Benefits:

  • Keeps your heart healthy and lowers risk of heart disease
  • Protects you against certain cancers
  • Helps you lose weight
  • Provides access to more nutrients
  • Improves quality of sleep
  • Clears the skin.