More people are becoming vegans, and it's no surprise why. A plant-based diet gives you all the nutrients you need without harming animals. Veganism is also more than just a lifestyle — it's an act of protest against meat-producing industries and how much they contribute to climate change.
If you want to be part of the 9.6 million-strong vegan movement in America, welcome! Going vegan is a significant lifestyle change. However, it's best to be completely prepared before you dive in. Here are some barriers to veganism you should consider looking over to make sure that going vegan is one of the best decisions you ever make.
Underlying health conditions
Going vegan promises countless scientifically-backed health benefits. These include weight loss, improved kidney function, as well as a lowered risk of developing diabetes, heart disease, arthritis, and even cancer. However, certain medical conditions may cause a vegan diet to negatively impact your health instead. For example, those undergoing dialysis need a higher-than-average protein intake than a vegan diet can provide. Meanwhile, others might have intolerances to vegetables, like allergies.
If you have an underlying condition, consider making an appointment at your local medical center before going vegan. Here you’ll find experts who have taken comprehensive healthcare management programs and are able to cover a wide range of issues relating to health and wellness. And with holistic health now becoming a vital part of modern healthcare they will be best placed to advise you on how to adopt a vegan lifestyle alongside an underlying condition.
You might also run into budgetary issues when it comes to going vegan. For instance, you may live in a rural area where it's difficult to get produce at a low price. And even if you do live in an urbanized area, rising inflation means that fruits and vegetables can still be prohibitively expensive. Dedicated vegan products like substitute meats and cheeses can also be pricey. But as we’ve previously written, being vegan on a budget isn’t impossible. You can buy generic over named brands for an instant price drop, buy starchy foods like potatoes and whole grains in bulk, or simply take packaged products labeled "vegan" off your list. The key is to stick to the essentials — fruits, vegetables, whole grains, nuts, and beans.
Many religions often feature meat-based foods that have both cultural and spiritual value. Take the Indonesian rendang, which is traditionally made with beef. Each of its ingredients has a particular significance. Its spices represent society, the meat its leaders, the coconut milk its teachers, and its heat Muslim sharia law. The good news is that most dishes can be made vegan. This vegan rendang uses tofu and potatoes instead of meat. While the preparation is a little longer, the taste is just as good (if not better) than a traditional rendang.
Becoming a vegan is a challenge, but one that is certainly worth it. Going vegan is one of the best things you can do for both yourself and the environment.
Penned by Vivianna Marco
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